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Tag Archives: Shannon Donnelly
A Synopsis Checklist
by Shannon Donnelly Years ago I was struggling to try and figure out how to write a synopsis. It took a lot of input from other writers, and some workshops, but I finally became comfortable with syopsis writing—and now it’s … Continue reading
Posted in Blogging Guests, Craft, Shannon Donnelly Tagged Shannon Donnelly, Writers in the Storm, Writing Craft 49 Comments
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
Posted in Craft, Shannon Donnelly Tagged Dialogue tips, Shannon Donnelly, Writers in the Storm, writing, writing internal dialogue 54 Comments
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
By Shannon Donnelly Everyone knows there’s a story arc—story goes up in tension, reaches a peak, and falls down. And there are character arcs, too, since story is character and character is story. But what about your scene arcs? That’s … Continue reading
Getting Your Characters to Spark
Before we get to the awesome Shannon Donnelly, I wanted to be sure you all saw the winner of Tiffany Lawson Inman’s critique: Angela Quarles! By Shannon Donnelly I just finished reading a story that had a major problem—no sparkage … Continue reading
Posted in Blogging Guests, Craft, Miscellaneous Tagged characterization, romance, romance writing, Shannon Donnelly 34 Comments
Laura here. I just wanted to squee a moment. The very first book I wrote (and edited 3,457 times,) Her Road Home releases tomorrow! It earned a RT 4 star review! You can learn more about it on my website.It’s … Continue reading
Posted in Blogging Guests, Inspiration, Miscellaneous Tagged deadlines, Riding on a Burning Tire, Shannon Donnelly, writing 34 Comments
Once More with Feeling
by Shannon Donnelly Emotion. It’s what we read for in fiction. We want the thrill, the sorrow, the laughter, and the tears. Unfortunately, words are abstracts. Emotions are visceral—they’re in our bodies. That means the illusion to bring about emotion … Continue reading
Posted in Blogging Guests, Craft Tagged Shannon Donnelly, Writers in the Storm, Writing Craft 32 Comments
Hooks, Lines—and Sinkers
NOTE: Our very own Laura Drake is teaching an online course on “Fearless Pitching,” June 10-July 7. Click here for more information. Now, Let’s welcome back Shannon Donnelly! First lines fall into three categories—hooks, lines, and sinkers. The sinkers are … Continue reading
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First of all, we at Writers in the Storm must let you know that we continue to be blown away by your first lines. Your responses rained tantalizing hooks across pages of comments. Today we are pleased to welcome back … Continue reading
Posted in Blogging Guests, Craft Tagged Likeable Characters, Shannon Donnelly, Writers in the Storm 47 Comments
How Much Detail Is Enough For Your Story?
Here’s Shannon Donnelly with 12 tips to help you gather “just enough” details for your story! ************* There’s a dilemma that faces every writer of fiction—when is enough enough? When do you need more details to help the reader “see” … Continue reading
Posted in Blogging Guests, Craft Tagged Historical fiction, researching your novel, Shannon Donnelly, Writers in the Storm, writing 40 Comments