We are a group of seasoned writers. We write in different genres and bring unique perspectives and strengths to the table. Along the way, we’ve discovered that there’s more to life than writing, and sometimes life can be the richest story of all. We chose Writers in the Storm as the name of this blog because every writer must weather the storm within: self doubt, rejection, deadlines and more
This month I chose an ‘en media res’ beginning. They can be fast-moving and titillating – but they’re not easy! You need to clearly lay out the stakes, and since you don’t have time to flesh out a character, (and make us care about them) at least give us a rough idea of who [...]
Clichés pop in a writer’s mind as fast as lightning. They cover the bases.
Clichés roll onto your page like gumballs rolling out of a gumball machine. They require no more thought than swatting a fly. They fit like a pair of old shoes. They sound right, look right, feel right as rain.
How to Dig Deeper for the Buried Treasure in Your Story
There is a scene in the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love that wrings my heart out every time I see it. Childhood sweethearts and longtime spouses, played by Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore, are separated after the wife’s infidelity. Carrell’s character can’t stop [...]
Over the last few years, I’ve been able to experience the joy of sharing the Harry Potter books with my daughter. We’re on Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) and going strong, so J.K. Rowling is a bit of a celebrity in our house.
She’s a celebrity to me as a writer. She accepted that [...]
Everyone loves a good fight, and a good fight scene is arguably the heart of every thriller. But as NYT Bestseller James Rollins says, in fiction, never use the same killing method twice in the same book. As a result, fiction writers are always looking for a new [...]
Before I begin this post, I have to share that my book cover for P.R.I.S.M. took second place in the Young Adult category of the JABBIC Contest, sponsored by our own Julie Glover’s RWA Houston Bay Area chapter!
At the beginning of every year, as the resident science and science fiction geek here at WITS, [...]
When it comes to creating your author persona, some refer to this as your “author brand.” Understand that you aren’t branding your book – you’re branding YOU. Simply put, your author brand is about connecting with your readers on a person-to-person level.
Everyone’s persona (or brand) is unique (just like you) and it’s [...]
There’s always plenty of debate (sometimes heated) about whether to indie or traditionally publish. Growing numbers of authors are going hybrid, which is using both platforms to build their readership. When originally broached on writing about this subject I was a bit hesitant. So many authors are firmly entrenched in one of [...]
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