December 7th, 2016

Your Story as a House

Tiffany Yates Martin

(In the past two months, I’ve shared my revision process with you here at Writers in the Storm as I’ve moved through the suggestions Tiffany has made. Today, she shares what she does in her job working with authors, like me, as a professional editor. -Fae)

My husband doesn’t want me to be on […]

October 5th, 2016

How I Edited 1200 Pages in 12 Weeks

First, I am not crazy. Well, not that way.

I’ve finished four manuscripts; all have finaled or won in several contests. I’ve sent out a dozen queries, maybe more, thanks to Laura Drake. The two books I thought were most salable, have been requested and sent to a handful of agents and editors in […]

April 22nd, 2015

Creating Tension with Lizard-brain Writing

Tiffany Yates Martin

Writers love their brains: We exploit our highly evolved prefrontal cortex to infuse our prose with dazzling verbiage and transport our reader to the world of our creation.

Yet for creating tension—one of the most important elements of compelling fiction—nothing beats the lowly amygdala: the primordial lizard brain that handles the […]

December 3rd, 2014

NaNoWriMo: Now What?

Tiffany Yates Martin

Before we turn the blog over to Tiffany Yates Martin, we want to announce the winners of Chuck Sambuchino’s Worst Storyline Ever! contest.

Winners:

1. Laurie Michele – “Nudist cowboy rides his faithful horse across the Wild West, fighting crime and saddle rash.”

2. Therese Calegari – “Defeated by the love of […]