June 25th, 2014

Margie’s Rule # 3: Lock in the Emotional Set

Margie Lawson

If you are an NCIS fan, you know about Jethro Gibbs’ fifty-plus rules. I want to be as cool as Jethro Gibbs. This blog features my third Margie-Rule for writers.

Margie’s Rule # 3: Lock in the Emotional Set

My term, Emotional Set, refers to the mood of the scene. Writers know the […]

September 28th, 2012

Ax Your Cliches: Why and How

We couldn’t talk WriterStrong without our Yoda of Edits and sparkling prose, Margie Lawson. Be prepared for great takeaway as Margie not only tells you, but shows you how it’s done! Here she is:

A big THANK YOU to Laura Drake for inviting me to be her guest today.

Everything I teach is all about […]

June 22nd, 2012

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh Character Descriptions!

We’re so happy to welcome Margie Lawson today to share her writing wonderment with us. Margie will be speaking at the RWA National Conference in Anaheim next month, both at the Women’s Fiction pre-conference event and a session at the conference. Generous as ever, Margie is donating a lecture packet or a free class to […]

May 23rd, 2012

The Drama Bomb – Drop it!

Please Welcome Mario Acevedo to WITS – he’s a best selling novelist and instructor over at the Lawson Academy, so you know he knows what he’s talking about! Here he is:

Mario here: I’ve been invited to share a little of what I know about writing tension and conflict.

Let’s first ask ourselves why […]

May 11th, 2012

Smart Writers Expand Time – From Margie Lawson!

By Margie Lawson

A BIG THANK YOU to Mega-Talented Laura Drake for inviting me to be her guest blogger today!

Writers are all powerful. Well, in their fictional worlds they are all powerful.

Two of the 74,386 story dynamics that writers control are expanding time and compressing time. Today we’ll focus on the most fun […]