Category Archives: Craft

Who Needs Secondary Characters?

By Laura Drake I don’t know about you, but I can’t write a book without secondary characters. Yes, I’ve read books without them (or ones where they had tiny roles), but I can’t write that way. I mean, where would … 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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Crossing Physical Barriers: NYT Bestseller Interviews

The winner of Cynthia D’Alba’s giveaway, determined by Random.org, 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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How Writing a Picture Book Can Help with Writing a Novel

by Orly Konig-Lopez Last month Sharla Rae wrote about switching genres. She’s a historical romance writer and has decided to take the leap into a futuristic. The common thread between the two genres that gave her the courage to try: … 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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What’s Love Got to Do with It? – Part 1

Let me count the ways . . . by Fae Rowen Falling in love is like a roller coaster ride. Filled with anticipation and a little scary to think about, exciting turns and dips precede the grateful sigh when the … 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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Are You Too Glued To Your Writing Genre?

by Cate Russell-Cole As writers, we are creatures of habit. We have our favorite words, preferred plot structure, must-refer-back-to writing books and generally, we have “our genre!” I love to see writers wearing their genre with pride and not writing … Continue reading

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Let Your Voice Be Heard

By Travis Erwin Defining voice is a bit like nailing Jell-O to the wall. The harder you try, the messier things get, but let’s pick up that hammer and give it a whack anyway. Voice is a writing style. It … Continue reading

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