Demonstrated Writing by A Song of Ice and Fire

Fantasy authors—like J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, or Robert Jordan—craft complex stories that intertwine numerous characters and plotlines. The stories are also set within fictional worlds with fictional geography and fictional histories. All of their novels include appendices as resources, equipped with glossaries, family trees, and/or maps of imaginary worlds. Readers expect this type of […]

The Anatomy of Chapter One

Audrey Wick: There’s something magical about a book’s first sentence. As writers, we get to control that magic by creating a line we hope is memorable and catchy to hook readers enough to keep reading. We also hope that our opening chapter fits that bill. We aim for a smooth and exciting chapter, one that […]

Goals for Making Anthology the Best It Can Be

I recently had the honor of coediting the anthology We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor with Cheryl Dumesnil, Domenica Ruta, and Katherine Shonk. As editors of an anthology aimed at giving voice to a diverse community of solo moms, we plunged into our labor of love with passion and determination. […]

Tips for Writing Multiple Points of View

When a story calls for more than one narrator, it’s exciting (at first). In a way, starting a new book is like diving into a new relationship—a potentially abusive relationship with a high-maintenance narcissist who demands you spend every moment passion about them. I’ve now been in two multiple points of view relationships, one with […]

Guide for Overcoming Writing Fears

At some point in school, I bet you were given a writing prompt. Maybe in 4th grade you were told to write a paragraph on your favorite animal. Or after in middle school, you were asked to write a haiku about a dream. Or perhaps your high school English teacher assigned a 500-word essay describing […]

Research Is a Monster Vintage VD

If you get a kick out of playing detective, like to probe the not-known, are imaginative and persevering, then your chances of successfully researching offbeat subjects are excellent. And it is the offbeat that sells. For if a subject has been published in depth, and written about at some length, it is hardly likely an […]

Timely Craft Tips from the Immortal Bard

There’s nothing like a challenge to get the creative juices flowing. So when a friend proposed that I devote an hour a day for a month to something that would improve my writing, I was in. My plan was hatched in a flash: Spend an hour daily revisiting and analyzing William Shakespeare’s plays. When the […]

Beware of the Great Oz Effect

Writers are great source of Inspiration for each of your Stories. You know everything. You see everything in Your Head Video of every Scene. Sometimes it is not noticed that the Reader is not also knows everything and sees everything. Or you think that You have shared enough, so that the Reader understands. But too […]

Tricks to Outsmart Writing

Writer’s block can hit us all in the most awkward moments, but today I want to offer seven tips for authors prone to procrastination. Some of us are like the tortoise and the hare—rushing to the WIP finish line just to get distracted by the comforts or distractions of life, like the legendary rabbit’s nap. […]

Confusion between To Comma or Not to Comma

Commas cause confusion. I think we all agree. It doesn’t matter if we write novels, essays, articles, blogs or posts. Even English teachers sometimes have problems. And while the comma might be a small piece of punctuation, there’s a pretty big punch. The misuse of commas can bring more than just your grammar chaos. It […]

Tips for Get Out from Behind the Keyboard

Really have. Yakkety Yak. You have time. In fact, you need time to make a metaphorical tour. So sneak out the back door, quit your job (by hammering that keyboard) and talk about things other than writing that you can do to advance your career. Come on. . .come with me. I’m the thug on […]

WITS Event Double The Love and New Website

From the very beginning, here at Writers in the Storm, it was about spreading Love. And, We open to our Readers the Doors for shameless Eigenwerbemöglichkeiten. Our only Requirement for those glorious Days earlier “Pimp & Promote” is that Love to double the Work of another, next to their own promote. Like “are you doubling […]

Cause of Burnout by Writers

There are several Causes of Exhaustion, some of which are listed below. This List is just an example of what the Writer-burnout could trigger. Whatever You think the Cause may be, You know that each of us is unique. You have Circumstances that, from any other Writer to distinguish. Go to Their Exhaustion to the […]

Steps to Avoid the Dreaded Burnout by Writers

Do you have the same energy and enthusiasm that you had when your idea was just the thing? Do you have a creative break-in? What you may experience is either writer’s block or burnout. Both are difficult when working in a creative field, but given the impact each has on your writing ability, the other […]