February 16th, 2018

Scrivener’s Upgrade – Exciting New Features

Gwen Hernandez

Hi, everyone! I’m excited to be joining WITS as a regular contributor to discuss the popular writing program, Scrivener. (For more on what Scrivener is and some of my past favorite features, check out this post I did for WITS in 2014.)

In November, the Scrivener developers released version 3 for Mac, and the version […]

February 14th, 2018

Using Third Person vs First Person Novel Narratives

Les Edgerton

Hi folks,

A source of discussion that always comes up at the beginning of my classes is whether the writer should use first- or third-person. The short answer I usually give, is: “Whatever the material calls for.”

Since that doesn’t adequately address the question, I go on to amplify the […]

February 9th, 2018

3 Writing “Rules” I Break

Author W. Somerset Maugham famously said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

Maybe there aren’t any rules per se, but there are suggestions given often enough that they almost seem like rules for writers. Yet three of those “rules” I regularly break.

“Just vomit the […]

February 5th, 2018

Some Hearts and Flowers Love – Pimp & Promote!

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and at Writers in the Storm, we’re marking the occasion with a little “Pimp and Promote.” Of course, this always costs us some money, because we have to go out and buy lots of books. But let’s go for it!

How does this work?

To quote the genie in […]

February 2nd, 2018

5 Writing Lessons from Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day, when people all over the United States wait to hear if groundhog Phil’s shadow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is visible.  We’ve been doing this since the 1800’s even though it’s an incredibly weird thing to depend on a rhodent’s shadow to predict when Spring will begin.

Still, when a writer hears about […]