Category Archives: Blogging Guests

10 Dialogue Tips To Make Your Novel Shine

By Shannon Donnelly Great dialogue can make or break a novel. This view may stem from growing up watching a lot of 1930’s screwball comedies. Zingers fly with rapid fire and everyone talks. A lot. But the importance of dialogue really … Continue reading

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Chart Your Characters’ Lives On and Off the Page

by James Preston The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. — Sun Tzu First, thanks for having me back.  I really … Continue reading

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5 Tips To Help Writers Embrace Change

by Kathryn Craft Turning Whine into Gold Everything’s changing. Yep—that’s a whine all right, and a truth, and the summary of this entire post. Change is as constant in publishing as any other industry impacted by computerization in the past … Continue reading

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Crossing Physical Barriers: NYT Bestseller Interviews

The winner of Cynthia D’Alba’s giveaway, determined by, is Mary. Congratulations! Cynthia is waiting for you to contact her with your information. by Tiffany Lawson Inman Welcome to Part Three of Crossing Physical Barriers. Surprise! I’ve decided to add … Continue reading

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Promotion….A Necessary Evil?

by Cynthia D’Alba I was sitting an RWA chapter meeting last month when the older woman beside me said, “I didn’t think I’d have to do so much promotion. I thought the publishing company took care of that.” She sighed. … Continue reading

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It’s Valentine’s Day and all of us at WITS want to send our heartfelt thanks to our guest bloggers and our amazing readers. Virtual chocolate hearts for everyone! by Susan Spann  Even though copyright protection is automatic and attaches to … Continue reading

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Get Fresh! Write the BEST Body Language with Margie Lawson

By Margie Lawson  Big hugs to Laura Drake for inviting me to post at WITS today. I love teaching writers how to create their best, best, best writing. Writing that draws the reader in so deep, that when the POV … Continue reading

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Nonfiction Submission Tips — Agents Speak

by Chuck Sambuchino Getting a nonfiction book published is a completely different beast than querying for a novel. It involves things like a marketing plan, comparative title analysis, book proposals, professional credentials, and more. To help with this complicated submission … Continue reading

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What Makes a Romance? Seven tips.

Just a quick announcement – the winner of the drawing for the online course at Lawson Writer’s Academy is . . . Jamie Beck! Writers in the Storm welcomes Shannon Donnelly to clarify what a book needs to land on … Continue reading

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Write Fab Back Story: Not BS!

By Margie Lawson A huge THANK YOU to the amazing Laura Drake for inviting me to be her guest today! Don’t put BS on your pages! Write back story that is fresh and compelling. Readers need some back story. They … Continue reading

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