May 31st, 2017

Enhancing Your Story Through Macro & Micro Setting Descriptions

Tasha Seegmiller

At a recent conference, I attended a class taught by Ally Condie where she went over the nuances of setting in story. As someone who strives to make my settings rich, and even feel like another character, it was something I was very interested in. While there were many concepts that she discussed […]

May 15th, 2017

Divine Inspiration… Or Not: Mining Your Life for Story

Kate Moretti

A few weeks ago, the fabulous Kimberly Brock wrote a post about the fear of the blank page. She claimed that there are people who love it and she called them psychopaths and equated it to jumping out of airplanes.

I’m here to confess: I am that psychopath.

I just handed in my […]

November 4th, 2016

Taking a Story from Idea to Concept to Premise

Susan Bischoff 

Writing as a career isn’t easy—especially for those writers who are still in another career (the evil day job). We can’t have a career polishing five-year novels, and we know, given the demands of day jobs, family, and all the commitments in our lives, that our writing time is very precious. False starts, […]

September 25th, 2015

Write Up A Storm – Back By Popular Demand

It’s b-a-a-a-ack!

During our first event on April 20th, we wrote a whole book! The final word count for our first Write Up a Storm was 79,591 words.

We promised a follow-up event, and it’s coming up just in time to jump start your engines for NaNoWriMo. Writers in the Storm is holding another […]

January 14th, 2015

Writing Process Throwdown: Jenny’s Story Quilting

Quilt a story, piece by piece… https://www.flickr.com/photos/tweedledeedesigns/4932424821/

Writing is a very imprecise process for me, which surprises no one who knows me well. I’ve tried a gajillion tools in my quest to get a book off the ground and finished. Fast Draft, W-Plot, Snowflake Method. They all helped me be a better writer, but […]