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A Show-Don’t-Tell Database for Writers

One thing we’re known for around here is description. For a dozen years, Becca and I have explored topic after topic, and whether it’s settings, emotions, backstory wounds, conflict, weather, or something else, we dive in and find all the ways this storytelling element can be leveraged via show-not-tell to improve your book and the reader’s experience....

Release Day: The Conflict Thesaurus Is Here!

Well, guys – another book is out in the world! The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Volume 1) is a game-changer for writers, screenwriters, game designers, and anyone else who needs a steady stream of ideas on how to challenge their characters inside and out. Conflict is a big...

NaNoWriMo Prep for Plotters & Pantsers

It’s October, meaning many writers are turning their thoughts to NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month) starting November 1st, when they will attempt to write 50,000 words in a month. NaNoWriMo is a great time to lock up your internal editor and let creativity take the wheel. But unfortunately for most writers, it can be a...

Happy 6th Birthday, One Stop for Writers (+Giveaway!)

Welcome to the Birthday Zone, because our web app, One Stop for Writers, is six! Unlike most six-year-olds, there are no tantrums at bedtime or arguments over eating green beans at dinner. Instead, it’s just rollout after rollout of incredible tools to add to your writerly playbook, like the Storyteller’s Roadmap and an even larger Description...

Relationship Thesaurus Entry: People Who Are Dating

Successful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so it’s important to craft them carefully. But characters don’t usually exist in a vacuum; throughout the course of your story, they’ll live, work, play, and fight with other cast members. Some of those relationships are positive and supportive, pushing the protagonist to positive...

Meet Our Newest Resident Writing Coaches

It’s always exciting when fall comes around as it means a new season of the Resident Writing Coach program is about to start! We’ve had great fortune to have so many writing experts share their brainpower with us here at WHW. I know I’ve grown as a writer as a result, and I bet you have, too! For those new to RWC, this is a program where we feature...

Need Compelling Conflict? Choose A Variety of Kinds

All right, hands up: What’s the one thing we can’t get enough of in fiction but we avoid like a screaming toddler in real life? Conflict.  It’s ironic that something we try to avoid in the real world is the very thing we can’t get enough of in books. Psychologically speaking, though, it makes perfect sense. Books do not significantly...

Phenomenal First Pages Contest

Hey, wonderful writerly people! It’s time for our monthly first-page critique contest This contest is closed. See you next month! If you’re working on a first page (in any genre except erotica) and would like some objective feedback, please leave a comment. Any comment :). As long as the email address associated with your WordPress account/comment...

How Much Do I Need To Describe My Character’s Appearance?

By Lucy V Hay How characters look is a much-discussed element of writing craft. So, just how much do we need to describe our character’s appearance? Obviously individual writers’ mileage may vary on this question. Some authors may spend a lot of time on character appearance. Others may do it more intuitively, or leave it almost entirely...

Relationship Thesaurus Entry: Boss and Employee

Successful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so it’s important to craft them carefully. But characters don’t usually exist in a vacuum; throughout the course of your story, they’ll live, work, play, and fight with other cast members. Some of those relationships are positive and supportive, pushing the protagonist to positive...

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