Discover Your Writing Strengths (and Weaknesses)
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Discover Your Writing Strengths (and Weaknesses)

by Lynette M. Burrows There are writers whose characters jump off the page to live in your head. Lyrical writers can make music on the page that goes straight to your heart. And writers of intricate plots with twists and turns that thrill and delight. Every writer, no matter their experience, has strong skills in Read more

Writing Spies: A Window Into the Top Four Organizations
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Writing Spies: A Window Into the Top Four Organizations

By Piper Bayardof Bayard & Holmes In spy and crime fiction, one of the most common mistakes that my writing partner and I see is confusion about which organization does what, to whom, and where. As a result, our first goal in writing Spycraft: Essentials was to draw on my partner’s 45 years of experience Read more

To Comma, or Not to Comma (Part 1)
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To Comma, or Not to Comma (Part 1)

by Lori Freeland The comma. It’s a scrappy little mark—that’s often the bane of an author’s writerly existence. With every clause, the question becomes, to comma, or not to comma? As an editor, I’ve had quite a few clients tell me they tend to stick commas in wherever they “sound” like they should go. It’s Read more

What is a MacGuffin?
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What is a MacGuffin?

by Eldred Bird In my last WITS post, Everything has a Story, I mentioned “The Maltese Falcon”. This movie revolves around what is arguably one of the most famous examples of a plot device known as a MacGuffin (sometimes spelled McGuffin). So, what is it? Definition of a MacGuffin Webster defines a MacGuffin as an Read more

Navigating a Story Identity Crisis
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Navigating a Story Identity Crisis

by Karen Debonis If I had a dollar for every time I asked myself, “What is my memoir really about?” I’d probably have enough money to hire a pricey publicist. Although at the rate my manuscript is coming together, I may never need a publicist. My endless work-in-progress has been “finished” five times since I Read more

Best Pro Tip For Writing in Deep POV
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Best Pro Tip For Writing in Deep POV

by Lisa Hall Wilson Depending on the genre you’re writing, you might’ve been told or heard that you need to know or write in Deep POV. I get it. It’s definitely more popular in some genres than others. However, so many people who join my Facebook group for help learning deep POV and writing emotions, Read more

Writing Spies: How To Bug a Room
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Writing Spies: How To Bug a Room

by Piper Bayardof Bayard & Holmes The basic function of intelligence personnel (a.k.a. “spooks”) is to collect information on people and organizations. One way of doing that is to plant “bugs.” People often ask why anyone would bother physically bugging a room when there are so many ways to hack into everything from computers and Read more

Everything Has A Story
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Everything Has A Story

by Eldred “Bob” Bird If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my writing life, it’s that everything has a story. Every object within my sphere came from somewhere. It had a beginning and will eventually have an end. Along the way it may pass through many hands and touch countless lives before being swallowed up Read more