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Character Eye Descriptions: The Window to Your Story
By Sharla Rae, @SharlaWrites If poets are to be believed, eyes are the windows to the soul. Rather than using clichéd or common descriptions, why not use “explicit” eye descriptions to give your reader a real peek into a character’s psyche? I’ll … Continue reading
Posted in Craft Tagged creative writing descriptions, describe eyes, eye description, Sharla Rae, Writers in the Storm, writing 59 Comments
The No-Stress Way To Create Your Story’s Logline
by Laura Drake @PBRWriter I love loglines. There’s no better feeling than pulling together words that capture the spirit of your book in a perfect, compelling way. I teach a submissions class for the Lawson Writer’s Academy and find that loglines … Continue reading
Posted in Craft Tagged Laura Drake, loglines, The Sweet Spot, Writers in the Storm, writing, writing a query letter 105 Comments
Unforgettable Writing: Use all 5 Senses to Add Emotion
by Orly Konig-Lopez, @OrlyKonigLopez The other day I finished a book and when my husband asked if it was good, my answer was a rather drawn out, “Yeeaaahhhh.” The story was interesting and the author had a pleasant, easy style. … Continue reading
Posted in Craft Tagged Orly Konig Lopez, Writers in the Storm, writing, Writing Craft 43 Comments
Skimming: Never a Good Thing
by Fae Rowen Skimming is defined as a crime. If you skim money from your job, you’re going to jail. (Or worse depending who you work for.) Skimming is also defined as removing floating matter from a liquid. Can you … Continue reading
Posted in Inspiration Tagged creativity, Fae Rowen, Writer Inspiration, Writers in the Storm, writing 37 Comments
4 Tips for the Care and Feeding of Dead Blogs
by Sierra Godfrey Remember when you started your blog? Maybe you were an unpublished writer and fellow unpublished writers followed your trials with you, cheered you when you got an agent and a book contract, and then became readers. Maybe … Continue reading
Posted in Sierra Godfrey Tagged Sierra Godfrey, Writers in the Storm, Writing Life 21 Comments
5 Steps Toward Your Truest Contribution
By Kathryn Craft Turning Whine Into Gold The lament of the modern author, whose writing must now compete for purchase with every other book, from classics like the Iliad to the newest self-published odyssey, all of which will now be … Continue reading
Posted in Craft, Inspiration, Kathryn Craft Tagged Kathryn Craft, Writers in the Storm, Writing Craft, Writing Inspiration, Writing Life 32 Comments
Unleash Your Inner Writing Child: Word – Play
By Laura Drake Think back. Waaaay back, to when you first decided you wanted to write. You sat down, maybe at a computer, maybe with a pen and napkin, or even (in my case) on the back of a motorcycle, … Continue reading
Posted in Craft Tagged Laura Drake, Thesaurus, wordplay, Writers in the Storm, writing 37 Comments
Using A Crowd To Create Tension In Your Story
By Sharla Rae Personally, I dread crowds. They make me feel a bit claustrophobic and oh, the noise! Perhaps this comes from working in my nice quiet office all day; I don’t know. I strive to hit a mall or … Continue reading
Down but Not Out: Finding Inspiration and Moving Forward
By Michelle Gable Earlier this year you might’ve read about the Parisian flat left abandoned for the better part of a century. Though photographs of the frozen-in-time apartment went viral only recently, I read about the discovery several years ago … Continue reading
Do You Know Your Novel’s Theme?
By Janice Hardy Theme is an often misunderstood and underused aspect of a novel. Years of English classes have made us think that theme is something reserved for literary novels or stories with deep, meaningful messages, not for commercial fiction … Continue reading
Posted in Blogging Guests, Craft Tagged Janice Hardy, Orly Konig Lopez, Writers in the Storm, Writing Craft 31 Comments