Why Rhetorical Questions Help You Go Deeper With
Emotions
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Why Rhetorical Questions Help You Go Deeper With Emotions

by Lisa Hall-Wilson Ever figure out a solution to a problem, and then way over-use it? That’s what happens with rhetorical questions when we’re trying to avoid author intrusion! Once you become aware of author intrusion, of what that looks like in either limited third person, first person, or deep POV, the easy workaround becomes Read more

A Strengths-Based Approach To Writing
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A Strengths-Based Approach To Writing

by Jenny Hansen Does anyone else here do that thing where they worry about their weaknesses too much? I’ve noticed a worrisome trend in the writing world, and sometimes in my own psyche. It’s a disturbing phenomenon that occurs in creative types (especially writers). These creatives seem to think they have to be good at Read more

Why Writing Conferences Matter For Writers
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Why Writing Conferences Matter For Writers

by Penny C. Sansevieri I’m a huge fan of author education, and there’s no better way to further your book marketing and publicity success than attending a writers’ conference. The connections you make at these events are tremendous. With writers’ conferences finally returning to in-person, now is an excellent time to start planning for your Read more

Welcome to the Future, Part 1
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Welcome to the Future, Part 1

by Lisa Norman Story time I learned to type on a manual typewriter. In my advanced typing class at a small private school, the teacher promised that anyone who finished all the lessons in the book could work one-on-one with her to learn how to use the school’s new computer. People often comment about how Read more

How Your Author Platform Helps You Do More Than Sell
Books
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How Your Author Platform Helps You Do More Than Sell Books

by Colleen M. Story If you’re like most writers, the word “platform” may inspire visions of soul-draining promotional activities that you wish you could pawn off on a full-time publicity department. But the reality is that most of us are “stuck” tackling this marketing beast on our own. I used to drag myself to the Read more

Parking Lot Crime: Writing About Burglaries and
Robberies
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Parking Lot Crime: Writing About Burglaries and Robberies

By Piper Bayard of Bayard & Holmes Authors who write about crime need to understand crime. My writing partner, Jay Holmes, is a 45+ year veteran of field intelligence operations, and we often get questions about espionage and crime. In our last article, Writing Believable Driveway Crime: Carjacking & Kidnapping, we wrote about crime that Read more

Fix Fluff Words –Fillers for Writers to Avoid (part
2)
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Fix Fluff Words –Fillers for Writers to Avoid (part 2)

By Kris Maze In a previous Writers in the Storm blog post, we covered several common filler words to avoid.  This post extends the list of word-culprits, along with searchable lists, to help you self-edit your writing.  Take some time searching for these in your WIP and tighten your writing today. Here are 7 insights Read more

Taking a Break Today
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Taking a Break Today

It’s Labor Day here in the United States and we hope you are taking a break from your regularly scheduled labors. For those like Jenny with kids to carpool…we hope you follow her example and pawn them off on someone who owes you babysitting favors. For those who are caregivers…we hope you can line up Read more