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Tag: Lynette M. Burrows

One Plotting Tool for All

Whether you’ve just finished a project or you’ve just started writing, facing the blank screen (page) is daunting. It can make even the best ideas shrivel in your head and freeze your fingers. Some believe that story structure is essential for success and advise all writers must plan their story in advance.… Read the post

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Things I Wish I Knew Before I Published: Part I

by Lynette M. Burrows

I am an independent author-publisher. I love what I do. But there are things I wish I knew before I published. 

Things I Wish I Knew Before I published is illustrated by a photo looking down on a a man's hands on a typewriter's keys

I spent years learning how to write a story. Having listened to more than a few science fiction authors, I knew more than the average person about the book publishing industry.… Read the post

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One Word To Guide Your Writing Journey in 2022

Our Writers in the Storm team chose single guiding words in 2016, and 2017, 2018, and 2019. We took last year off for Covid, but we're ba-a-ack with new energy, new team members, and new words. We are ready for some writing in 2022!… Read the post

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Happy Holidays from Writers In the Storm!

Whether you celebrate a lot or a little, on your own or with family and friends, all of us here at Writers In the Storm are wishing you a joyful holiday season. There is no blog today because we're all being busy holiday elves, but we hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.… Read the post

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Lies, Secrets, and Scars Create Better Characters

by Lynette M. Burrows

Many writers spend days, weeks, months, even years creating characters using complex character profile worksheets. The best characters aren’t a collection of data points on a worksheet. Depending upon data points like the genre, physical attributes, favorite desert, or what he’s wearing may disrupt story flow even to the point of what many call writer’s block.… Read the post

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