Crossing Physical Barriers in Fiction – Part 2


Heads up. I’m Guest blogging at WritersInTheStorm today. Are you ready to write action and violence?

For Part Two of Crossing The Physical Barrier, I will be showing you how to wrap wrists, grease the face, and secure your writer-jock-strap before sitting down at your computer to write a fight.

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Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

By Tiffany Lawson Inman

Well gosh, I started to write this blog and realized I jumped the gun during Crossing Physical Barriers in Fiction Part One, when I opened these two topics:

  • Emotional intensity of fictional fights
  • The moment before the fight

medium_9925230863Completely skipping the momentbefore theactual writing of the fight.  EEK! The need to prepare the writer before the fight is just as important as preparing your character!  So, please forgive me, I’ll be backing up for Part Two, to show you how to wrap wrists, grease face, and secure your writer-jock-strap before sitting down at your computer to write a fight.


For most writers crossing the Physical Barrier is a daunting task. Almost as intimidating as  Crossing the Emotional Barrier!

I said almost.

Why is it so hard?

It could be one or a few of the following fears:

  • The writer has never…

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Crossing Physical Barriers in Fiction, Part 1


Read Part One and Two today. Post in Part Two to win FREE FICTION FIGHTING EDITS and 2 shots to win a TIffanyLawsonInman writing course!

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

by Tiffany Lawson Inman

Hello and Happy December! I’ve kept my blog a little shorter today because I know you all are busy busy busy with festivities writing. *wink wink* My hubby is currently wondering when I will put the laptop away and finish wrapping presents.

Here is Part One of my new series here at WITS: Crossing Physical Barriers. Enjoy!

The in-laws will be on your doorstep in 7 hours. The holiday meal must be unique-yet-likeable to nine adults (plus 4 kids) and, um, perfect!

Your house, marriage, holiday décor, life path, parenting skills, current and past weight and hairstyles will be under close scrutiny for the next week. And you are eight days away from the end of the year, realizing now, you are lacking in accomplishments.

Can you think of a better combination for stress, physical outbursts and acne?!?!?

Just from reading the above passage, did you…

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Emotional Barriers in Fiction: Intro to Emotional Channels (Part Three)


I will be drawing for a winner tomorrow! Because class starts tomorrow! Madness to Method: Using acting techniques to invigorate your story and make each moment Oscar worthy!

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

Tiffany Lawson Inman

Tiffany Lawson Inman

Happy Turkey Day Eve!

No time to talk turkey today – I know most of you need to get back to the last lap of NaNoWriMo. I am just going to jump right in with one of my favorite quotes about fiction writing from On Writing Horror, a book put together by The Horror Writers Association. Don’t click away if Horror isn’t your genre!  I’ve found many gems within the pages of this book that could be used with ALL genres.

Horror fiction deals in aberrations—aberrations of nature and circumstance, of fate and destiny, of the cosmic and the exquisitely human. Of these facets, the most memorable and compelling are the humans who populate the writer’s fictional world. Through their eyes, the reader is able to behold existence from a unique and unexpected perspective. The reader is able to live another human’s endeavor in order to…

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Emotional Barrier in Fiction: After You Cross It, What’s Next? (Part Two)


I’m back over at WritersInTheStorm today! Check it out! I use examples from Lisa Unger, Marcus Sakey, and Jay Asher – their writing will help you start your own Emotional Landscape. Stay tuned – a lucky writer will win a free class on Sunday night!

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

Today Tiffany Lawson Inman is continuing the discussion of the emotional barrier in fiction. If you missed Part One on Wednesday, click here.

We’re lucky not only to have Tiffany share her knowledge with us, but she’s giving away a “seat” in her next online class at the Lawson Writers Academy on this very subject to a commenter from Part One or Part Two.  We’ll announce the winner on Monday. Contest closes Sunday, September 29, at noon.

Tiffany Lawson Inman, headshotby Tiffany Lawson Inman

Welcome back!

We learned in Part One of this post, that the emotional barrier is VERY IMPORTANT, and very hard to break down without completely collapsing in on ourselves. We are all afraid of icky gooey stuff that seeps out when we are alone, and it takes skill to use the memories and gut-wrench that is on the other side, right?


And comedians like Louis C.K. have…

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Emotional Barrier in Fiction: Why is it so important for you to learn how to cross it? (Part One)


My site is under construction this Month, but never fear, I’m guest blogging over at WritersInTheStorm ALL WEEK hammering in the importance of breaking through the emotional barrier (fiction that even Donald Maass would be excited to read) and giving away a FREE ONLINE COURSE on breaking down that emotional barrier (and what to do with the dark ugly crap on the other side.)

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

We are fortunate to get a double-dose of Tiffany Lawson Inman this week with her insights on the emotional barrier in fiction. Look for Part Two on Friday. Oh, and read on. Tiffany’s offering a “seat” for one lucky commenter to her next online class at the Lawson Writers Academy.

Tiffany Lawson Inman, headshotby Tiffany Lawson Inman

Emotions play a big role in writing fiction.

That’s not a big secret, right?

Nope, but what I say next might surprise you. One of the many things I learned during my years as an actor is that most people, including writers, are afraid of their own emotions. Feeeeeeeeeeelings.Kermit Oh yes, those pesky feelings.

Most people are afraid of the thoughts and situations that forced them to feel hate, shame, guilt, terror, deep sadness, and dread. Humans are blessed to have the ability to emote, but they also have within them an emotional barrier to protect…

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Small Actions, Deeper Characters, Better Stories!


I’m guest blogging today! Pop over to Writer’s In The Storm to join all the fun!

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

We are delighted to welcome back The Naked Editor, Tiffany Lawson Inman from hiatus! Whoop!

By Tiffany Lawson Inman

What do you do when your character needs to wipe his/her nose?  Or wave goodbye? Or hold back a tear? Or close a door? Or smile?

            Write the action. Simple. Right?

Is your character always in character? Is your character always in the moment? Yup, these are phrases usually used in the theatre. Most commonly used by the director, yelling out to an actor, “You aren’t in character.” Or, “That’s out of character.”  Or, “You’re not in the moment.”

What do those phrases really mean?

  • When an actor isn’t in character, it usually means he/she is speaking dialogue and moving around the stage as the actor and not the character.

Example: Jane Smith the actor’s mannerisms instead of Blanche Dubois’.

  • When they are truly out of character it…

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Under The Microscope With A Micro-Editor

AprIL 21, 2012 —– 10am——— 2 Hour WORKSHOP

Under the Microscope With a Micro-Editor
by Tiffany  Lawson  Inman

Thinking of sending your manuscript to an agent?
Thinking of self-publishing? 

After a manuscript has been macro-edited, it needs to go in for the micro-edit: a dissection of the writing, line by line by line by line. Fixing little issues that create BIG problems.

Details. Nix it. Reword. Choreography. Motivation. Echo. Simultaneity. Why? Awkward. Pacing. Adverb adverb! Response? Rhythm. Wordy. Telling. Throw away. Backwards. Who?
Unnatural. Missing environment. Missing action. Missing body language.Too much.Too little. Huh?

Learn how to face the fear of micro-editing.  It is hard work,  but the end result will bring you closer to publication! Tiffany Lawson Inman will go through the basics of Micro-edit with a dramatic dissection of an unpolished scene.

Optional, bring up to 5 pages of your WIP to start micro-editing.  A sample scene will be provided for those without.

April 21, 2012 with Heart of Denver Romance Writers (you don’t have to be a romance writer to come to the workshop – all genres will benefit!) There is a $2 door fee for members. Visitors are welcome at meetings. Non-members may attend twice before being asked to join our chapter.

Hungering to Write YA Fiction?

Quick update on my class schedule for those of you HUNGERING for my YA class, 77 Secrets to Writing YA Fiction That Sells .Apologies for the confusion. I did have the class set for April along with my Madness to Method: Oscar Worthy Charactersclass (one you should also be looking into. )

Oops!  Not a brilliant idea on my part – I have had a string of writer-folks telling me they want to take both classes, but are saying they won’t because that would mean two assignment loads in the same month. *sad face*

Well I can absolutely understand the busy-schedule-syndrome. BBS is a stinker.  I really want everyone to be happy and be able to absorb ALL of the knowledge they can this summer, so what am I going to do about it??

I’m leaving Madness to Method: Oscar Worthy Characters on the schedule for April and nudging 77 Secrets to Writing YA over to May.   The class is up on the May schedule for registration.

I cringe at having to do this,  I sincerely hope that you all can take the class in May.   Many apologies if this is an inconvenience for you.  This class will be taught again this year because this knowledge is a MUST when writing YA and writers want this information in their road-to-publication-arsenal.

~always be learning


Dirt On Face Action. Dirt In Mouth Scene Writing!

First: Read blog. Comment. Might win a class.

Second: Write 300 world fight scene and enter it into Dirty Fighting Contest. Might win 10 Page EDIT.

Third:Smile at the fact that you are an accomplished writer.

Are you good at pullin’ punches with your laptop-in-hand?

What Is More Dramatic Than A Fight?

Get a fight choreographer/stuntman insiders view of writing fictional violence with Teel James Glen and Tiffany Lawson Inman today on 

Comment on blog and your name is in hat to win one of my classes!

Get your fingers and brain moving on a 300 word fight scene Dirty Fighting Contest – rules are just a click away!