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It’s nothing personal against Coloradans, but I’ve started to sigh heavily when I hear this one word: Denver. For those of you with many friends in the Romance Writers of America, you know what I’m talking about. Next week, thousands of writers will descend on Denver, Colorado for the RWA annual conference — the one [...]

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Orly Konig

There are certain words that make most writers break into a cold sweat. “Synopsis” is one of them.

Until recently, the thought of writing a synopsis would send me into fits of, “screw this, I’m going to become a unicorn farmer.” After all, I’m a pantser, I can’t possibly write about a story [...]

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Penny Sansevieri

Have you ever wanted to engage with popular blogs and people in the book biz? Following publishing experts and influencers on social media is not enough—you need to be proactive by standing out. Book promotion and marketing utilizes many tools, but there is one simple and efficient thing you can do that [...]

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Two days ago, in Part One of this three-part series, I began sharing how to use The Five Thieves of Happiness by John Izzo in our writing to provide inner conflict for our characters. I only had “time” in the first post to share one “thief.” In this post I’ll share two more. (Why do I [...]

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If you’ve been reading Writers in the Storm for any length of time, you know that I’m a proponent of using what you do—what happens to you, what you think and believe—in your writing. A year ago, I wrote about using your summer memories in your writing. Today I’m sharing one of my first summer [...]

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  I thought of the title for this Pimp & Promote, then wondered where the term came from. So I looked it up. Here you go:

The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They [...]

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Over the last few months, I’ve shared “Top 10” lists from several authors on the topics of writing and success. This month I chose Cheryl Strayed, author of WILD (one of my favorite books), because she has so much practical wisdom to share about life. For years before WILD gained popularity, Strayed moonlighted as [...]

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Tracy Brody

I was a contest addict. Or, if you’d prefer, a contest whore. Either way, I’ve had a lot of experience with writing contests. I’m not entirely reformed, but I’m going to share a little about my feelings on the pros, some cons, and why I think you should consider using contests to [...]

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Writers In The Storm by Guest Blogger - 3w ago

Lori Freeland

There are lots of different ways to start sketching in the empty page of a new scene. Dialogue. Setting. Action. Internal thought. But for me, the easiest way to get words on the page is to use dialogue—what I want my characters to say to each other—as the blueprint of my scene.  

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Writers In The Storm by Laura Drake - 3w ago

I chose this month’s first page to explain how to get close POV. I think it’s due to our visual, reality based, Netflix, 3-D modern world that makes readers want an immersive read. They’re used to ‘being in’ films, which makes it easy to BE the character. Who didn’t want to be Katniss? *raises [...]

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