Category Archives: Balance

No Story Conflict? Explore Your Options

As a reader of Angela and Becca’s blog, chances are you’ve seen some of their many posts about the role of conflict in our story. In fact, as a Resident Writing Coach here, I’ve previously talked about how to make … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Characters, Conflict, Endings, Experiments, Pacing, Plotting, Reading, Resident Writing Coach, Uncategorized, Writing Craft | 12 Comments

Writers, Are You Struggling? It’s Time to Turn the Page

This year’s been a bit of a nightmare, hasn’t it? It feels like we’re living in the Upside Down. Between COVID, anxiety, financial stress, (and new responsibilities if you have school-aged children), you probably haven’t written as much as you’d … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Focus, Goal Setting, Motivational, The Business of Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writing Time | Leave a comment

Ways to Defeat Self-Doubt: Hang Upside Down (and Other Creative Moves)

September, 2009, was Dan Brown week in the world of publishing. That was when The Lost Symbol—Brown’s much-awaited follow-up to The Da Vinci Code (2003)—hit the bookstores.   The Lost Symbol was not easy for Mr. Brown to write. I … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Motivational, Reading, Writer's Block, Writing Craft | 2 Comments

Writing in the Time of Coronavirus: Practical Tips

As a native Floridian, I know about disruption. It happens repeatedly every year between June and November. But hurricanes and their inconvenient aftermaths are temporary; even though they’re annoying, you know you’ll be back to your regular schedule soon. But … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Focus, Goal Setting, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writing Time | 14 Comments

Mastering Show, Don’t Tell

We hear it over and over: Show, don’t tell. You can’t get away from this advice, not in writing workshops, at conferences, or heck, even when visiting this blog. Writers Helping Writers and the thesaurus work we do is all … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Characters, Mood and Atmosphere, One Stop For Writers, Revision and Editing, Setting, Show Don't Tell, Tools and Resources, Uncategorized, worldbuilding, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 15 Comments

Writing for Carrots

Are you writing for carrots? It’s a weird question that I’ve had bubbling around my brain lately, so I probably need to explain.  You’ve seen the old cartoons where the horse was constantly chasing the carrot, right? It’s always there, … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Goal and Milestones, Goal Setting, Motivational, Resident Writing Coach, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude | 15 Comments

The One Thing Writers Miss When Trying to Improve

Hi guys! Colleen M. Story is posting with us again, and she always has good food for thought when it comes to flexing our creative muscles and growing as writers. Read on! Writers do something rather unusual on a frequent … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Focus, Guest Post, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writing Craft, Writing Groups, Writing Lessons, Writing Resources, Writing Time | 7 Comments

Overcoming Negativity Bias

As human beings and writers, we all struggle with maintaining a healthy balance between the positives and negatives of life. A disappointing review, a less-than-successful launch, critique feedback that wasn’t what we’d anticipated, a manuscript disfigured by an editor’s red strokes—it’s so easy … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Reader Feedback, Uncategorized | 22 Comments

Personality Traits: Building a Balanced Character

If writing the Positive Trait & Negative Trait Thesaurus books have taught me anything, it is that compelling characters are neither good nor bad, perfect or fundamentally flawed. Instead, they are all of these things. Each has a set of … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Character Flaws, Character Traits, Character Wound, Characters, Emotion, Empathy, Fear, Positive & Negative Thesaurus Guides, Show Don't Tell, Uncategorized, Villains, Writing Craft | 27 Comments

Emotional Description: 3 Common Problems with Show & Tell

Writing compelling emotional moments is the lifeblood of any story and the key to building a relationship between characters and readers. Yet steering clear of the show-don’t-tell pitfalls requires practice and skill. Here are three scenarios that can challenge writers … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Characters, Emotion, Emotion Thesaurus Guide, Show Don't Tell, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 32 Comments