What If My [Insert Name] Reads This?
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What If My [Insert Name] Reads This?

by Jenny Hansen Many authors are afraid to let their friends and loved ones read their writing. They use pseudonyms, join Reddit discussions and fret endlessly about “What if my boss / mother / [insert name] reads this?” Many of us started reading and writing as an escape from our everyday lives. I always joke Read more

Double The Love (aka Pimp & Promote)
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Double The Love (aka Pimp & Promote)

Since the beginning here at Writers in the Storm, we’ve been all about spreading the love. And every so often, we throw the doors open for some shameless self-promotion opportunities for our readers. Our only requirement for those glorious days — formerly called “Pimp & Promote” — is that they double the love and promote Read more

It’s Okay To Fall Down
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It’s Okay To Fall Down

by Jenny Hansen I just watched a video by one of my favorite motivational speakers, Simon Sinek, where he states: “There is a big difference between ‘falling’ and ‘failing.’” How powerful is that? So many authors suffer terrible anxiety over their fear of failure. “Failure” often sounds so very catastrophic. What if we changed our Read more

Confessions of a Devoted Scene Writer
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Confessions of a Devoted Scene Writer

by Jenny Hansen Earlier this week, Karen DeBonis did a post here at WITS about finding your writing process. In the comments, I confessed that finding mine to a long (LONG) time. I’ve tried a gajillion tools in my quest to get a book off the ground and finished. Fast Draft, W-Plot, Snowflake Method and I have a confession to Read more

5 Life “Rules” That May Change Your Writing Future
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5 Life “Rules” That May Change Your Writing Future

by Jenny Hansen A lot of leadership advice, training styles, and life philosophies pass by my desk in the course of my day job. Books like Emotional Intelligence 2.0, The Storyteller’s Secret, and Start With Why are sitting in my workspace right now. When I’m really really lucky, those leadership philosophies and “life rules” inform Read more

Dear Readers – Share Your First Lines
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Dear Readers – Share Your First Lines

Fabulous first lines tend to stick with all of us. We ponder them, agonize over them, rewrite them, and rewrite them again. And more than once, we’ve actually purchased a book based on breathtaking first line or paragraph. Plus, a good first line is quotable. Who doesn’t remember these? “It is a truth universally acknowledged, Read more

Top 10 Success Tips from Prince
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Top 10 Success Tips from Prince

by Jenny Hansen Over the last few years, I’ve shared “Top 10” lists from several amazing people on the topics of writing and success but I haven’t branched out into musicians. In my humble opinion, there’s no one better to talk about creative success than Prince. (Yes, that Prince. aka Prince Rogers Nelson.) This massively Read more