December 10th, 2021

10 Steps: NaNoWriMo to Publication

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Writing Craft

by Piper Bayard

It's December, which is known to writers as the month after National Novel Writing Month. The intensity of the push is over. We blink and search around like the lights just came up in the bar. Or maybe our expressions are more like that look a cat gets when a kid puts a paper bag over it for a few seconds and then pops it off again.Read the post

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

October 13th, 2021

Writing Spies: A Window Into the Top Four Organizations

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Bayard & Holmes | Writing Craft

By Piper Bayard
of Bayard & Holmes

In spy and crime fiction, one of the most common mistakes that my writing partner and I see is confusion about which organization does what, to whom, and where. As a result, our first goal in writing Spycraft: Essentials was to draw on my partner's 45 years of experience in military and intelligence field operations to clear up that confusion and provide a window into the top spy organizations.Read the post

September 15th, 2021

Writing Spies: How To Bug a Room

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by Piper Bayard
of Bayard & Holmes

Surveillance camera or device, writing spies

The basic function of intelligence personnel (a.k.a. "spooks") is to collect information on people and organizations. One way of doing that is to plant "bugs." People often ask why anyone would bother physically bugging a room when there are so many ways to hack into everything from computers and phones to cars and refrigerators and take over the cameras and microphones in them to spy on people.Read the post


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