Writing Craft

Historical Research Class

Lesson 3 People Your characters are the heart of the story, so you want them to be right. What do they look like? What do they wear? What is their occupation? What manners and mores are typical for their times? When you decide on what time frame you have set for them, and where, it

My 10 Rules for Success

From time to time, I take a moment to reflect where I’m at in my life and where I want to go. During one of these reflections, I read about habits of successful people. You should know I define success not only as financial stability, but also about our journey as individuals and what we

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How Attending the WisRWA Write Touch Conference was like Writing a Romance Novel

Everywhere I looked, a potential story scene loomed. Who was she meeting in that corner room? Why is she rocking out in front of everyone with her happy dance? That's what attending the Write Touch Conference did to me. It inspired me to be creative and share my tales through the power of the written

Combat Writer’s Block with an Idea Factory

If you’ve ever experienced the heaviness of writer’s block, you know you’ll never want to stare at a blank page, without an idea, ever again, period. Let’s learn from the bad times and turn them into something good. Here are a few tips I use to build an idea factory, when writer’s block may hit

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The Discipline of Writing and the Fear of Failure

As the new year begins, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. One of the toughest things about becoming a writer is discipline. We all know a book doesn’t write itself and no matter how much praying we do, the words don’t always come. I have been writing a long time…well, sort of. I

The Internet is Not Forever, and Other Useful Social Media Advice

“The internet is forever.” Wrong. We’ve all heard this warning. I say it to my teenage daughter all the time. But this so-called helpful advice is not only not helpful to you, if you’re like most people, it’s probably detrimental to your success on social media. Unless you’re talking about nudie pictures, (public service announcement:

13 Ideas to Inspire Creativity

Ever have a deadline and have no clue how you’re going to meet it? That painful moment that seems to last ten years where your brain refuses to engage in thought and you’re left idea-less. I was there just minutes ago when I realized it was my turn to post and I had no topic

How to Avoid Writing Burnout

We all know about writer's block, yes? That nagging problem where all of a sudden the words and ideas stop flowing. Usually after a day or so, the ideas start flowing again. No, I'm talking about a real burnout where everything seems to have run into a solid brick wall. You see, I've been writing

Write Touch Conference Registration is now OPEN!

Registration for WisRWA’s Write Touch Conference opened on the 1st of October. Our biennial event promises to offer something for every genre fiction writer. No matter if you’re starting your 1st book or finishing your 25th book, we’ve planned a conference to meet all your wordsmithing needs. #WisRWA19 will be in downtown Milwaukee at the

Promotion Thursday – September 2018

It's Promotion Thursday for March. Check out where you can find our WisRWA authors this month. Helen Johannes is over at Coffee Time Romance & More sharing her writing advice.      

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