Writers In The Storm is starting a new series this month that we think y’all will love. In addition to our regular contributing bloggers like Kara Lennox, Shannon Donnelly and Susan Spann, we’ll be opening the door to a whole new you with this series of posts.
Many of you have expressed interest in our name.
We chose Writers in the Storm because every writer must weather the storm within – self doubt, rejection, deadlines, and balancing our writing passion with everyday life. Not to mention the storm raging outside - the paradigm shift in the publishing industry. It takes a lot of courage and a lot of tools to survive in this business and we want to do our part to help you be strong.
What do we mean by “strong?”
Think about those New York Times Bestsellers on your auto-buy list. Their writing leaps off the page in technicolor. They’re almost always full of all-around awesome but usually, there’s ONE area where they particularly excel. (We took a quick poll so we could give you examples. )
- Linda Howard – Sex
- Janet Evanovich – Humor
- Stephen King – Horror
- Dean Koontz – Evil
- Christine Feehan – Otherworldly
- Suzanne Collins – Tension
- Karen White – Setting
- Barbara Samuel – Characterization
Strong writing equals strong sales and there’s a ton of good habits, work and kismet that go toward the making of the strong writer. Writers In The Storm will present blogs over the next few months that target one particular facet of strong writing and really explore it, using writing examples (in the tradition of Margie Lawson) to bring the point home.
There’s a multitude of ways to be strong:
We’re brimming with ideas and are excited to get this party started. Our first WriterStrong guest is none other than August McLaughlin, an amazing nutritionist and health writer at LIVESTRONG.com. August will be giving us pointers on how to stay BrainStrong.
Note: Please let us know if you have a recommendation for the WriterStrong series – your feedback is always invaluable!
On Monday, we talked about your innate strengths. Please share them with us in the comments, if you didn’t get the chance to do so before. We’d also love to know the areas where you’d like to be even stronger? Who are the authors on your auto-buy list? What makes them so strong??
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