Category Archives: About Us

The Emotion Thesaurus SUPER FAN Contest

So, recently something nifty happened: we sold our 200,000th Emotion Thesaurus book. 200,000! We’re completely awestruck. When Becca and I started this journey, we talked about what success would look like for The Emotion Thesaurus. After gnawing on the question … Continue reading

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Context, Text, and Subtext: What They Are and How They Help Storytelling

In writing tips, we talk about text a lot. But I feel like we don’t talk enough about context and subtext in this industry. Both are vital to good storytelling and often misunderstood or even mixed up. So today I … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Description, Dialogue, Resident Writing Coach, Revision and Editing, Show Don't Tell, Subtext, Uncategorized, Writing Craft | 5 Comments

Two Great Tools To Help You Win NaNoWriMo

Everyone ready for NaNoWriMo? I won’t lie, I am super envious of all you NaNo Warriors. I love this event and the creativity that comes from it. How I wish I could join in the fun…but it’s not in the … Continue reading

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How to Nail the First Three Pages

Let’s face it, talking about writing the first pages of a novel is stressful. It can strike terror into the heart of even the most seasoned writer, because as writers we all know how scarily narrow the window is, and … Continue reading

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Create Killer Twists: Learn How to Redeem Your Villain

You might think a villain can’t be redeemed. After all, they’re sinister and twisted and think killing people is a post-dinner dessert choice. But even villains are people, and, no matter how coal-crusted it gets, they have a heart buried … Continue reading

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One Stop for Writers Turns 3: Grab Your 50% Discount Code!

Has it really been 3 years since One Stop for Writers first opened its doors? Yes! Coming from the land of books, it was a big leap for us to enter the world of custom tools & resource design with … Continue reading

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On The Quest for Knowledge, Writers Must Show Courage

When we step onto the writing path, we know there will be a lot to learn. We see the mountain ahead and sure, it’s intimidating. But hey, we’re head over heels for story, in love with the author’s dream, and … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Critiquing & Critiques, Focus, Motivational, One Stop For Writers, Revision and Editing, Show Don't Tell, Software and Services, Story Structure, Uncategorized, Websites, Writer's Attitude, Writing Craft, Writing Groups, Writing Resources | 12 Comments

Capturing Complex Emotion: A Writer’s Superpower

Our brain is driven by emotion. We may like to think we’re rational beings, applying the rules of logic calmly and sensibly to those little and not-so-little decisions, but our every thought, our whole perspective is colored by emotion. What … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Emotion, Resident Writing Coach, Uncategorized | 20 Comments

Meet Our Newest Resident Writing Coaches!

We’re heading into our third year of the Resident Writing Coach program, can you believe it? Writers Helping Writers is honored to host some of the best teachers of writing craft out there, bringing you a variety of voices and … Continue reading

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And…Action! Applying TV Lessons to Chapter Hooks

We’ve probably all heard the advice to end our scenes and chapters on a hook. At the end of every scene or chapter, readers might put down our book and decide against picking it up again, so it’s important to … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Conflict, Experiments, Fear, Flashbacks, High Stakes, Resident Writing Coach, Series, Story Structure, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 8 Comments