Flavor Your Fiction with Foreign Expressions
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Flavor Your Fiction with Foreign Expressions

by Sudha Balagopal As a writer straddling continents, I am fascinated by authors who inject foreign words and phrases into their English fiction. I believe these international words and expressions help lend credibility to a story. They embellish the narrative, bring authenticity and help transport the reader. Some writers explain the meanings of non-English words, Read more

Writing Character Descriptions that Hook Readers
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Writing Character Descriptions that Hook Readers

by Angela Ackerman I think we can all agree that characters are the heart of a novel. We build worlds around our story’s cast, spend dozens of hours plundering their psyche to understand needs, motivations, and beliefs, and even envision complete backstories. Then, of course, we go on to produce tens of thousands of words Read more

5 More Writing Tips We Love to Hate
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5 More Writing Tips We Love to Hate

by Eldred Bird In a previous WITS post, I covered five of the Twitter writing community’s least favorite tips and so-called “rules” for writing. One article wasn’t nearly enough space to cover the subject, so I’m back with five more! As I stated last time, everyone has their own interpretation as to the meaning of Read more

5 Reasons Why Authors Need a Website
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5 Reasons Why Authors Need a Website

by Lisa Norman We’ve all heard that writers need a website, but why? When I ask writers why they want a website, they say: so I can look professional so I can get a book deal to sell more books because my coach/agent/publisher said so. When we don’t know why we need a website, it Read more

5 Steps to Creating a Unique Character Voice
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5 Steps to Creating a Unique Character Voice

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Create unique character voices by varying how they communicate with other characters. I’m one of those writers who needs to put my characters through a first draft before I figure out who they really are. Tossing them into trouble and watching how they wrangle their way out of it helps me Read more

Finding Your Writing Rhythm
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Finding Your Writing Rhythm

by Karen DeBonis For those who were born with the instinct to write, you probably figured out your writing rhythm—the ebb and flow of your writing practice, and the beat and tempo of your unique voice—early on. I wasn’t one of those kids who filled notebooks with short stories, or wrote under the covers at Read more

Memoir Writing 101: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started – Part 3
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Memoir Writing 101: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started – Part 3

By Linda Ruggeri Earlier this month, I posted my Memoir Writing 101 Series: Getting Started Part 2. Today’s Part 3: different ways we can revise our memoir once we’ve finished writing it. (In case you missed it, here’s Part 1.) Somewhere along your memoir writing path, you probably asked yourself “Why am I writing this?” Read more

Exploring a Character’s Past Wound
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Exploring a Character’s Past Wound

by Tasha Seegmiller About five or six weeks ago, I rolled my ankle while walking to work. It wasn’t significant, I didn’t even lose my balance. Just a slight not okay and then okay and I continued on my way to work. To you, this may seem like a non-story. People roll their ankles ALL Read more

Bringing a Character To Life
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Bringing a Character To Life

by Barbara Linn Probst Stories are about what happens to the characters in them. It doesn’t matter if those characters are robots, pigs, spiders, or dragons. We read to find out how the character’s schemes and adventures turned out. Without characters, there’s no story. In my experience, characters are “born” in different ways. Some appear Read more

Memoir Writing: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started – Part 2
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Memoir Writing: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started – Part 2

By Linda Ruggeri A few months ago, I posted my Memoir Writing 101 Series: Getting Started Part 1. Today I’m sharing Part 2, where we discuss with the same authors I wrote about, the positive things and surprises that came out of their memoir projects—the unintended consequences memoir writing can have in our lives. When Read more