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Author: Jenny Hansen

A Big Picture Solution to "The Writing Bottleneck"

by Jenny Hansen

Break thru your writing bottleneck! Shows bullet breaking bottle

Every writer gets stalled, frustrated, and just plain stuck sometimes. Sometimes it's life, sometimes it's illness, and sometimes it's the story. I’ve been dealing with cancer since last November. Talk about a writing bottleneck! Nothing kills the writing mojo like chemo, amiright?… Read the post

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Top Posts from 2022: The WITS Dynamic Dozen

Every year in January, we love digging into the stats and sharing the posts that got the most views and shares the prior year. Often these posts surprise us, and always they delight us.

Here are the "Dynamic Dozen" for 2022

Every single one of these articles wowed us, and it was interesting to see how many were from a long time ago.… Read the post

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The Importance of Great Mentors (for You AND Your Books)

by Jenny Hansen

Do you have a great mentor?

All of us here at Writers In the Storm know that veteran-WITS contributor, Julie Glover, is both funny and wise. She and I were talking about the importance of mentors and she made this observation:

"Being storytellers, we're likely all fans of a good mentor.… Read the post

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One Word to Guide Your Journey in 2023

Every year here at Writers In the Storm, we picture one word that we need to guide us through the coming year. It might be an action or a belief or a philosophy. Below are our words. We hope you will share yours with us in the comments!… Read the post

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Why You and Your Characters Deserve some Ikigai

by Jenny Hansen

ikigai - interpretation of Japanese concept  - a reason for being as a balance between love, skills, needs and money - handwriting on a napkin with a cup of espresso coffee

Every so often, I read an article that makes me ponder this writing life and the characters we create. The one that prompted this post was Harvey Mackay's Try IKIGAI; The Secret for Happiness. "Ikigai" (pronounced Icky Guy) has been a hot topic in the business arena for a few years, but I hadn't stopped to think about the fiction possibilities until now.… Read the post

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