March 23rd, 2018

First Page Critique

This month I chose an ‘en media res’ beginning. They can be fast-moving and titillating – but they’re not easy! You need to clearly lay out the stakes, and since you don’t have time to flesh out a character, (and make us care about them) at least give us a rough idea of who […]

February 23rd, 2018

New WITS Feature: First Page Critique

I’m trying a new series here on WITS, where I’ll crit a submitted first page. More on how to get your work considered below. In the meantime, let’s jump right in!

I believe we learn best, by example.

The following is from a brave WITS follower who agreed to go first ~ […]

February 5th, 2018

Some Hearts and Flowers Love – Pimp & Promote!

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and at Writers in the Storm, we’re marking the occasion with a little “Pimp and Promote.” Of course, this always costs us some money, because we have to go out and buy lots of books. But let’s go for it!

How does this work?

To quote the genie in […]

January 26th, 2018

What Writers Can Learn From Song Lyrics

I was chatting with an old friend via email this morning, and we were discussing song lyrics. It’s a favorite topic of mine, because I’ve always wanted to write them. After all, they’re just a hugely abbreviated form of writing. Mini Flash Fiction, with poetry thrown in. Extreme write tight! 

If they can do this […]

January 1st, 2018

What word will guide your writing life in 2018?

I love the idea of a fresh start.

There’s something so appealing about a new beginning, an uncharted course, a do-over. It’s why every year, I make New Year’s resolutions and manage to keep many of them.

But for the last few years, I’ve also followed along with the idea of choosing a single word […]