November 29th, 2021

The 14 Most Successful WITS Blogs This Year

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Writing Craft

Every so often, I jump into the archives to see what is and isn't working here at Writers In the Storm. I look closely at the posts that are getting more attention to determine whether we should ask the contributor to continue with a series on a topic or whether there might be a tie-in with a current post.… Read the post

November 3rd, 2021

A Premise Isn’t a Plot. But it’s a Good Start.

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Janice Hardy | Writing Craft

by Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

You need more than a great idea to write a great novel.

Although I’ve never done an official study on this, I strongly suspect a lot of first novels are premise novels. The writer comes up with an idea and dives in, but they haven’t yet learned how to develop a protagonist with a problem, and are still a little unsure about how to plot.… Read the post

September 1st, 2021

5 Ways Your Story Hurts Your Novel

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Janice Hardy | Writing Craft

By Janice Hardy (@Janice_Hardy)

When your technical writing skills are at a professional level, but you're still not getting bites from agents, editors (or readers if you self-publish), it's time to look at the story itself.

One of the more frustrating aspects of being an author is the sheer unfairness of publishing.… Read the post

July 7th, 2021

5 Steps to Creating a Unique Character Voice

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Janice Hardy | Writing Craft

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Create unique character voices by varying how they communicate with other characters.

I’m one of those writers who needs to put my characters through a first draft before I figure out who they really are. Tossing them into trouble and watching how they wrangle their way out of it helps me get to know them.… Read the post


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