December 16th, 2016

How to Use Symbolism To Elevate Your Storytelling

Angela Ackerman

Stories should be a true experience for readers. Like a gourmet meal, we want there to be more to them than just what is seen on the surface. This depth can be added a number of ways—through subplots, character arc, subtext, theme, and symbolism. Of them all, symbolism is one of the simplest […]

July 9th, 2012

Life’s Theme

We’re always happy when Laura quits juggling chainsaws long enough to share a blog!

By Laura Drake

What is theme? You can read the whole definition here, but the gist is: it’s a common thread or repeated idea that is incorporated throughout a literary work.

Why use theme? Here’s a great article […]

May 14th, 2012

Lessons I’ve Learned About Memoir Writing

by Jenny Hansen

In my wildest dreams, I never imagined I’d write a memoir.

Like most of you, I’ve written as long as I can remember, and from the very first day, I’ve lived solidly in the fiction camp.

Before we get any farther, let’s make sure we’re all speaking the same language.

What […]

June 27th, 2011

Writing The Big Picture – Don’t Trash The Roadmap

By Sharla Rae

In our WITS crit group, we all have our individual critiquing talents: grammar, tight writing, action scenes, male point of view, description etc. And when one of us starts a new project, we verbalize or write an outline of the story so that our partners can critique the individual story elements as […]