Boring Scene? Here’s a Fix – From the Writers in the Storm blog

I’ll admit it. I can write a scene that only a mother can love. One so sappy you’ll need to test your blood for sugar afterward. A sure cure for insomnia. (as boring as all these old saws).

And when the author knows it sucks, you can imagine the sheer volume of suckage I’m talking about.

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Taking the Next Step – From the Writers in the Storm blog

Taking the Next Step

Amy Impellizzeri

Before I was a novelist, I was a corporate litigator for 13+ years.

When I left corporate law in 2009, I didn’t leave to write novels. I left for what was supposed to be a one-year sabbatical intended to treat a bad case of professional burnout. With three small children under the age of five, and a demanding position at one of the top law firms in the country, I was anxious to shift gears for a year.

I wasn’t exactly sure how the year would end up but I had scheduled the next few steps.

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When You Think Your Writing Sucks – From the Writers in the Storm blog

This is an actual file on my computer:

Image of computer file titled "Read When You Think Your Writing Sucks"

I confess that I’ve accessed it more than once.

Truth is, anyone who’s been writing for a while knows there will be moments when you wonder if you’re really cut out to be a writer.

Pen and crumpled up piece of paperThis feeling strikes writers who struggle to finish their first novel; writers who submit their manuscript only to receive repeated rejections; writers who debut with confetti and fanfare and then worry about whether they can make the magic happen with a second novel; and writers penning their twentieth novel who can’t figure out why writing is still so dadgum hard.

We’re all in this boat together, though sometimes it feels like that boat is leaking and we’re sinking.

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How Writing Partners Help – and Where to Find Them – From the Writers in the Storm blog

Julie Cantrell

Imagine six female novelists. One quiet mountain retreat. Three days of intense power-packed creative sessions (plus a hefty stash of chocolate). That’s how our writing tribe was formed. Today, we’re a supportive sisterhood now calling ourselves the Summit Girls.

Who Are the Summit Girls

The Summit Girls are comprised of six female novelists from the U. S. who gathered together this spring to brainstorm plots, critique writing samples, and offer encouragement. With more than 80 books published between us, as well as a few scripts, screenplays, and a long string of articles, our diverse backgrounds provide unique perspectives as we help to shape one another’s stories.

Although we had been friends for years (some longer than others), we had never carved time for a retreat until this year. Setting aside one long weekend proved to be a pivotal decision for all of us. Not only have our friendships deepened, but we now rely on one another to foster more successful careers as novelists.

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How Productivity Affects Your Brand – From the Writers in the Storm blog

June Westerfield

Your brand encompasses everything your reader sees or perceives about you and your books.  If I’ve said that once, I’ve said it 5,896,458 times.  And I do mean everything.  That, obviously, includes your books.  But it also includes non-visible intangibles, like your level of productivity and even your organization.

Twice in the past few months I’ve had new authors sign up for “new author” coaching sessions, because they are doing everything they can think of, but not getting any sales.  Both were spending hours upon hours on social media promoting their book, they both spent hours building up their email lists, and both were spending hundreds in advertising and Bookbub ads.

Both authors were writing series and each only had one book published.  One was still writing their second book, and the other had book two written but not up for pre-order yet.  Neither had any clues about book three.

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5 Tips For NaNoWriMo – From the Maltese Tiger blog

It’s November.

Is it just me, or was November designed to be the most stressful month of the year? Halloween is such a fun holiday, but fast-forward twenty-four hours and all the big-box retailers start blasting Christmas carols like they’re trying to break up a hostage crisis.

How can you convince your boss to give you time off for Thanksgiving? What side dish are you going to bring this year? (the Tofu casserole, from last year, went over like lead balloon) Then there’s Black Friday…

Do you really want to risk life and limb for a thirty dollar Fitbit?

And, as if all of that isn’t enough, if you’re a writer you have NaNoWriMo to worry about, too. No need to fret, though. You can make it through this turkey strewn gauntlet! And, while I’ve got no cure for the holiday blues I might be able to help you with your writing goals.

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6 Tips to Survive a Writing Disaster – From the Writers in the Storm blog

Kourtney Heintz

In 2014, I was in the middle of line edits when my publisher shut down the imprint publishing my book. A few months later, my agency and I parted ways. Everything that I had worked for over the past nine years disappeared. I hope nothing like this ever happens to you. But we’re all prone to disasters, big and small. Here’s how I got through mine:

  • Remain Professional

Emotions are flooding through you. That’s 100% normal, but makes it really easy to flip out on your agent or editor. Don’t do it!

Screaming at your agent or your editor won’t change the situation. And that temporary release will have serious long-term consequences that hurt you because you still have to work with these people to get the next steps done.

All you have left is your agent and you need her to help you navigate these unchartered waters. Scream into a pillow. Call a friend and rally against the injustice of your life. But when you talk to your agent or editor, remain professional. To keep your emotional distance, have a pen and paper handy and take notes, or interact via email. You can edit the emotion out of an email—make sure you write a few drafts and never fire off your first one.

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