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Who Do You Trust?

October 28th, 2014

Tower-blogHow did we ever survive without the internet? Just twenty years ago, it was a new-fangled ‘thing’ for programmers and academics. Folk like us only got to play with it occasionally. And when we did, it was stunningly unimpressive.

Now though, I lose track of the number of times I log on every day. What will the weather be like? Check online. Fancy hearing that old LP from 1987? It’s on Youtube. Want to know who acted with John Wayne in ‘Stagecoach?’ Google it. What a fantastic resource.

Of course, it can be a bit of a double-edged sword. When it comes to tips and guidance, it’s difficult knowing who to trust sometimes – particularly with writing, There’s a lot of ‘content’ on the web being churned out by people with no professional experience at all, whilst other stuff, which may or may not have a professional source, is just plain bad advice. But thankfully, as a counter to all that fluff and nonsense, there’s ‘Writers In The Storm.’

Writers In The Storm is a blog. It was founded in April 2010 by Laura Drake, Jenny Hansen, Orly Konig Lopez and Fae Rowan. Of themselves they say: “We are a group of seasoned writers. We write in different genres and bring unique perspectives to the table.” And that, they certainly do. Their blog is made up of countless great articles about the craft, inspiration and business of writing.

“Every writer must weather the storm within,” they say. “Self doubt, rejection, deadlines …” It’s clear, from every article I’ve read, that these people really understand writers, because they are writers. They’re not selling anything or banging any drums. As far as I can see, they’re only motivation is an honest desire to create something useful, something of high quality that does what it says on the tin.

One thing I particularly love about the blog is its search facility. So, if you’re struggling with dialogue, or wondering how best to contact an agent, you can pull up all the relevant articles in their archive with just the click of a mouse (something we would do well to emulate here at the Writers Bureau).

Also, and this may seem a frivolous point (but I really don’t think it is), another reason I like going back time and again to Writers In The Storm is the fact that it’s one of the best looking pages I know anywhere on the web. Now, the more I use the internet, as both a writer and musician, the more convinced I am that it is first and foremost a visual medium. If you really want  people to read or listen to your stuff online, you have  to make sure it’s accompanied by good pictures. And if you don’t agree, take a look at Writers In The Storm, then tell me I’m wrong.

Keep on Writing!

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