September 22nd, 2014

When Rejection is Necessary, or I Reject All the Fear

Heather Webb

The most detested word in the publishing industry, perhaps even in the English language (we writers might argue) is rejection. Even saying it aloud gives you a nasty swirling in your stomach. Whether it be from agents and editors, or readers and reviewers, the word itself embodies our deepest darkest fear—we aren’t good […]

October 24th, 2012

NO FEAR — Pushing the Envelope

By Laura Drake

Here at WITS, we’ve discussed dealing with fear before – most notably, our Throwdown, which explored The Fear of Success, and The Fear of Never Succeeding.

Today, I thought I’d share with you my latest goal – To Live Without Fear.

Yeah, I know, it’s ambitious, but you have to admit, it’s […]

August 31st, 2012

Press on Regardless — PMS and the Wizard of Oz

By Laura Drake

Press On Regardless. I know you’ve seen this phrase before. It’s one of those old sayings, and like dialog tags, they become invisible after awhile. But it’s more to me – it’s my mantra.

We start this writing journey, naïve, excited, and hopeful. Actually, we’re that way because we don’t know […]

July 2nd, 2012

The Fear Factor

Welcome to the first Monday of the month, when we are lucky to share in the wisdom of contributing blogger Shannon Donnelly. Her post today will help get you writing this summer, despite your fears.

by Shannon Donnelly

“I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing. . . . Good writing […]

June 25th, 2012

Unusual Inspiration: Character Arcs Made Easy

by Fae Rowen

I am a plot-driven writer. The plot arrives first in my head, then I look for people who will survive and grow in that world.

My #1 concern? My characters MUST connect with my readers. To have the “best book ever” experience, your reader must believe in, root for, identify with, and, […]