October 15th, 2014

An Author’s Assistant – Do You Need One?

I have heard other authors discussing their experience with assistants, and frankly, some of them were horror stories. I wasn’t even clear on what an assistant did, much less being able to assess if I needed, or could afford one. When my friend, Susan Squires, raved about a new assistant she hired, Kelly Oakes, I […]

July 18th, 2014

Let’s Get Down To It—Writing the Sex Scene

Susan Squires

Recently, I wrote a blog here at WITS about how to put sexual tension in your romance novel. But it felt like only half the story. Sexual tension often leads to…you guessed it…sex. Not all romances have sex in them, but many do. I’ve been teaching a class on writing romance and […]

June 30th, 2014

Sexual Tension: It’s all in your head

Susan Squires

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The road to writing a successful romance always leads through good sexual tension. It doesn’t matter whether your characters are having actual sex every other scene, or indulge in nothing more than a chaste kiss during the course of the story. In romance, sexual tension is […]

June 2nd, 2014

Writers In The Storm is Having a MOVING PARTY!


Party bus!

Thanks for coming along with us Now the party can begin!

I’ll bet this is the first moving party you’ve been invited to that doesn’t involve packing boxes, shifting furniture, or putting down shelf paper.

Why? Because Sierra Fong and Mike Chen over at Atmosphere Websites have already done all the […]

January 13th, 2014

How To Negotiate a Writing Life in 10 Easy Steps

by Susan Squires

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Whether you’re just starting out or under contract, being productive isn’t easy. There isn’t enough time. Or enough space. Or enough quiet. Or enough organized thinking. There isn’t enough something, always.

How many times have you heard writers say, “I sure wish I had more_______. Then I […]