September 23rd, 2016

Nail That First Line!

Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right (click on the photo to check out this amazing book)

I just taught a class on Beginning Pages recently, so I’ve been thinking a lot about first lines.

Stephen King had something to say about the magnitude of a novel’s first line:


August 26th, 2016

Craft Books for Pantsers

photo credit: Lonely Highway via photopin (license)

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E.L. Doctorow

Y’all know I have process envy, right? I think most of us do. I […]

June 24th, 2016

Motifs and Symbols and Themes – Oh My!

I love almost all literary devices, but the three in this post’s title are my favorites. I’m sure you heard of them, and have probably used them in your writing, but you may not know the definitions, so here they are:

Motif is any recurring element that has symbolic significance in a story. Through its […]

June 6th, 2016

Summertime Reading — Let’s Pimp and Promote!

Photo from Pixabay

Summer is coming up fast and here 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 there will be awesome “beach read” sales in next […]

May 6th, 2016

Why You Should Write Flash Fiction

But first, an announcement~ The winner of Chuck Sambuchino’s book, How To Get a Literary Agent is…morgynstarz! Chuck will be in touch, and will send you the book. Now, on to today’s blog.

I’m a tight writer (I’m cheap too, but in this case, I mean no spare words), so short-short fiction has always […]