June 15th, 2012

What’s the Worst that Can Happen? Your Character’s Biggest Fear

By Laura Drake


I read a lot about craft. Books, blogs, articles, websites. I’m always looking to improve my craft. I know you are too, or you wouldn’t be reading this. WITS is all about craft.

One of my weaknesses is Plotting. I know these amazing characters – like Athena, they are born, fully […]

May 4th, 2012

Plot Fixer – Part 2: How To Fix A Weak Opening

Writers In The Storm welcomes back Kara Lennox, a.k.a. Karen Leabo for some more plot-fixing magic.

Kara is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than sixty novels of romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin and Random House.

OMG, excuse the interruption, but I just realized we hadn’t posted Kara’s BIG news! She is NOT just […]

September 9th, 2011

The Plot Thickens

Mystery Maven, Linda O. Johnston is back! We’ve gotten lots of mysterious questions lately, particularly about writing “process,” and Linda O has some answers about plot.

The Plot Thickens by Linda O. Johnston

My guest blog posts here on Writers in the Storm will largely be descriptive of how I write, focusing on mysteries. That’s […]

August 24th, 2011

Plot vs. Character – Which Side are You On?

Before I jump into today’s post, I just want to remind you to stop back on Friday for our next Fabulous Friday guest blogger, multi-published author, Louisa Bacio!

Part 1 of a series

This part brought to you by Laura Drake. Check back Monday when Fae Rowen presents the opposite viewpoint.

People have a […]

March 29th, 2011

Plotting Method: The Blind Men and the Elephant


By Laura Drake

Have you ever heard this Indian Parable? Six blind men try to determine what an elephant looks like by feeling different parts of its body. The one at the tail says an elephant is like a rope; the one at a leg says it’s like a pipe, the one at the […]