Category Archives: About Us

How to Rescue a Book in Danger of Dying

Some experts claim that as many as 82% of adults dream of writing a book. They have a story they are burning to tell or a message they are dying to convey. The advent of self-publishing has given all these … Continue reading

Posted in Resident Writing Coach, Revision and Editing, Uncategorized | 11 Comments

What Does It Mean To “Raise the Stakes”?

Yay! I’m happy to be back at WHW as a Resident Writing Coach. *waves* Last time I visited, we discussed how understanding the interconnectedness of our story elements can help us with revisions, and today we’re going to dig deeper … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Motivation, Plotting, Resident Writing Coach, Tension, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 18 Comments

Conflict and Suspense Belong in Every Kind of Novel

What is the goal of the novel? Is it to entertain? Teach? Preach? Stir up anger? Change the world? Make the author a lot of money? It can be any of these things, but in the end, none of these … Continue reading

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Help Us Celebrate Our 200,000 Book Milestone

Honestly, I don’t even know how to start this post–I am utterly lacking in the word department, which is pretty ironic for a writer, isn’t it? 200,000. Books. Sold. Back in 2012 when Becca and I dipped our toes into … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Contests, Emotion Thesaurus Guide, Foreign Rights, Goal and Milestones, Marketing, One Stop For Writers, Positive & Negative Thesaurus Guides, Promotion, Publishing and Self Publishing, Sales Numbers & Helpful Data, Setting Thesaurus Guides, The Business of Writing, Uncategorized, Writing Resources | 32 Comments

Introducing One Stop For Writers’ NEW Worldbuilding Tool

We’ve all read amazing fiction where the world itself captivated us as much as the characters did. And let’s all admit it, when we hit the last page of the final book in the series, a little piece of our … Continue reading

Posted in Description, One Stop For Writers, Setting, Show Don't Tell, Uncategorized, Writer's Block, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons, Writing Time | 3 Comments

Using Text-to-Speech Software as an Editing Tool

When I was preparing to edit my novel last year, one technique I considered was reading each chapter out loud. That way, I could hear the words instead of simply seeing them, and gauge whether sentences or paragraphs were too … Continue reading

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The Secret of a Successful Mystery: Making the Reader a Participator

A lot of great stories have a mystery in them. The mystery may not be the primary focus; it might be the secondary, or the mystery might be so minor it lasts only a few chapters. But whatever the case, … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Resident Writing Coach, Show Don't Tell, Subtext, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 3 Comments

Does Your Character Description Create A Powerful Image?

Your job as a storyteller is to create IMAGES. This is true not just for screenwriters, but for anyone presenting a story to a reader or an audience. Whenever we read a novel or hear a speech or see a … Continue reading

Posted in Character Arc, Character Flaws, Character Traits, Characters, Description, Dialogue, Emotion, Motivation, Resident Writing Coach, Show Don't Tell, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 2 Comments

Describing Your Character: How To Make Each Detail Count

Describing a character’s physical appearance is a tough job. Most writers either really get into it and share every dimple, curl, and laugh line, or they sprinkle in just a few details so readers can make up the rest. No … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Cliches, Description, Emotion, Empathy, Motivation, One Stop For Writers, Pacing, Show Don't Tell, Subtext, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 15 Comments

Pacing and Momentum in Revision

One of the elements I like to focus on when I revise is pacing. Pacing is the manipulation of momentum and time in a piece of writing and how the characters and reader experience it. Pacing influences how time and … Continue reading

Posted in Pacing, Resident Writing Coach, Revision and Editing, Uncategorized | 24 Comments