Show Notes for Episode 24: Going Full Time as a Writer – Insanity Helps


Show Notes for Episode 24: Going Full Time as a Writer – Insanity Helps

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

A question Holly gets often is a variation of: “How did you go pro as a writer?”

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss her advice for other writers looking to earn a living as an author.  This plan lays out steps built from writing for over 35 years and being professionally published for almost 30 of those years.

Holly and Rebecca get personal and deep with examples of how Holly’s life has effected her people, her career – and and how her career has had it’s own effects.  An important listen for anyone wanting to make a living writing fiction.

Questions or comments after the episode? Join us in the Podcast forum at hollyswritingclasses.com

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Credits:

Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

Episode 23: The Writing Career – What if You had to do it ALL Over Again?

Show Notes for Episode 23: The Writing Career – What if You had to do it ALL Over Again?

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

The Writing Career – What if You had to do it ALL Over Again?

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle went a different route this episode.  Holly was struck by a question in her personal Patreon.  “What if you had to do it all over again?”

What would you do differently?

Holly takes this question on from two perspectives: starting over in her own already set life’s timeline, or starting as a writer might be starting now, in the world of Indie and Trad pub options.

A complex question with a myriad of answers, there is something for any aspiring writer to learn in this episode, most of which is: all you have is right now.

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Rebecca’s Personal Page: https://www.rebeccagalardo.com/
Rebecca’s Writing Blog: https://rebeccagalardowords.wordpress.com/

 

Credits:

Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

Episode 22: 16 Bad Habits Writers Have

Show Notes for Episode 22: 16 Bad Habits Writers Have

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle took to asking a question of our listeners in the AIARWIP forums at HollysWritingClasses:

“What is/are your worst bad habit/s?”

Bad habits differ greatly but the common denominator is that they alllead to results that are not ideal for writing: mostly leading to NOTwriting.  

For all 17 of the mentioned bad habits – ranging from listening to your Muse’s every idea to never finishing, to not being firm about a writing habit – Holly and I provide our experiences and tips for getting past the habitand back to the writing.

(If you have a bad habit that was not covered, join the free forums at hollyswritingclasses.com and let us know on the post in the forum for this episode.)

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Holly’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hollylisle/
Holly’s Personal Page: https://www.hollylisle.com/
Holly’s Blog: https://hollylisle.com/weblog/
Rebecca’s Personal Page: https://www.rebeccagalardo.com/
Rebecca’s Writing Blog: https://rebeccagalardowords.wordpress.com/

 

Credits:

Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

Episode 21: Mini Episode – What if I Don’t Have Talent?

Show Notes for Episode 21: Mini Episode – What if I Don’t Have Talent?

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle answer one of the most common questions that creatives ask over and over. It’s the fear many of us have: What if I don’t have the talent to pursue my dreams?  

Society tells us that creatives are born not made.  Well, we disagree.

This is a very important topic.  As you grow your skills and people begin to look at your work and compare their lower-level stuff to it, you’ll hear the same thing: “I just have no talent.”

And then you can help a future author out too.

Holly and I cover the following:

  • Does talent matter?
  • Why having none gives you the advantage.
  • And what you can do if you’re starting from scratch with zero skills.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American listeners!
  • Evan Almighty Scenehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikes4yPulmI&frags=pl%2Cwn 

    (If the video doesn’t work this is the link). Neither Holly and I are Christian, but I love the point of this scene and the point is relevant for everyone.  The purpose of it starts at 1:10, but if you haven’t seen the film, the first minute gives you backstory.  While I don’t subscribe personally to “prayer” I do believe that if you are looking to grow (or become more skilled, or have more courage, etc) and actively persuing it, you will see the opportunities in your life to do so.

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Rebecca’s Personal Page: https://www.rebeccagalardo.com/
Rebecca’s Writing Blog: https://rebeccagalardowords.wordpress.com/

 

Credits:

Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

Episode 20: How Not to Get Eaten by Research

Show Notes for Episode 20: How Not to Get Eaten by Research

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

In this episode, I – host Rebecca Galardo – discuss the topic of research with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. This was a highly requested topic from our listeners.

Research is every writer’s best friend… and worst enemy!  Learn how we as writers can take control and learn to tame the beast.

We take a look at the following:

  • Research as a temptation
  • When you do NOT do research
  • How to do research
  • How to learn when research can be avoided – at least temporarily
  • How to define and deal with research that MUST be done to continue writing
  • What time-shifting is
  • How to Feast, then Fast
  • Who is your reader?

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Holly’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hollylisle/
Holly’s Personal Page: https://www.hollylisle.com/
Holly’s Blog: https://hollylisle.com/weblog/
Rebecca’s Personal Page: https://www.rebeccagalardo.com/
Rebecca’s Writing Blog: https://rebeccagalardowords.wordpress.com/

 

Credits:

Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

Episode 19: What Motivates You to Write Fiction


Show Notes for Episode 19: What Motivates You to Write Fiction

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

This week I, (host Rebecca Galardo), discuss the topic of Writing Better Description with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. We cover the issues many writers face with this topic, such as description that is: boring, too long, too detailed, unnecessary, etc.  We also discuss the most common questions,  “What do I need to include?” and “How do I know when I have the right amount of description?”

Holly provides a very clear set of questions for yourself and actions that can help guide you through writing better description by knowing what is integral in each scene.

We take a look at the following:

  • What exactly is writing?  The answer is probably not what you think.
  • Why do you want to write?
  • Where in your life will  you draw your fiction from and why?
  • What is in it (writing) for you?  What can we get out of it?  What will motivate us to keep going?
  • Questions to ask yourself discover what matters most to you and why.

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AIARWIP Patron:https://www.patreon.com/aiarwip
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HollysWritingClasses: https://hollyswritingclasses.com/
Holly’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hollylisle/
Holly’s Personal Page: https://www.hollylisle.com/
Holly’s Blog: https://hollylisle.com/weblog/
Rebecca’s Personal Page: https://www.rebeccagalardo.com/
Rebecca’s Writing Blog: https://rebeccagalardowords.wordpress.com/

 

Credits:

Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

Episode 18: Halloween Special: Listener Edition

Show Notes for Episode 18: Halloween Special: Listener Edition

We invite you to cozy on up to your listening devices for this spoooooooky, extra special episode! Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, werewolves and more! Oh my!

Writers and listeners of the podcast have given us some wonderful and entertaining stories to behold! Using Holly’s Free ‘How to Write Flash Fiction that Doesn’t Suck’ course, they’ve submitted their Halloween-themed stories.

Just under 30 tales of the macabre, scary, goofy, quirky, sad and funny!! There is a story for everyone in this batch. All in bite size, delectable chunks, just like your favorite pieces of Halloween candy! So carve out sometime on All Hallow’s Eve to feast on candy & these stories!

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Authors Featured in the Podcast (alphabetical order by story)

Music and Sound Effects provided by:

 

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Holly’s Personal Page: https://www.hollylisle.com/
Holly’s Blog: https://hollylisle.com/weblog/
Rebecca’s Personal Page: https://www.rebeccagalardo.com/
Rebecca’s Writing Blog: https://rebeccagalardowords.wordpress.com/

 

Credits:

Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

Episode 17: Writing Better Description

Show Notes for Episode 17: Writing Better Description

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

This week I, (host Rebecca Galardo), discuss the topic of Writing Better Description with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. We cover the issues many writers face with this topic, such as description that is: boring, too long, too detailed, unnecessary, etc.  We also discuss the most common questions – “What do I need to include?” and “How do I know when I have the right amount of description?”

Holly provides a very clear set of questions for yourself and actions that can help guide you through writing better description by knowing what is integral in each scene.

We take a look at the following:

  • Problems writers face with description
  • What good description is and is not
  • Questions to ask before writing description
  • How the process differs between First Draft and Revision
  • Why revising as you go is detrimental to every single writer – no exceptions.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiarwip
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alonewithinvisiblepeople/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aiarwip
Our Website: https://www.aiarwip.com/ https://www.alonewithinvisiblepeople.com/
HollysWritingClasses: https://hollyswritingclasses.com/
Holly’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hollylisle/
Holly’s Personal Page: https://www.hollylisle.com/
Holly’s Blog: https://hollylisle.com/weblog/
Rebecca’s Personal Page: https://www.rebeccagalardo.com/
Rebecca’s Writing Blog: https://rebeccagalardowords.wordpress.com/

 

Credits:

Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

Episode 16: Taking the Leap – From Fan Fiction to Original Fiction

Show Notes for Episode 16: Taking the Leap – From Fan Fiction to Original Fiction

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

This week we’re changing things up! Today, I (Rebecca) am in the hotseat and Holly discusses with me the topic chosen by a listener: fan fiction and how to make the move over to original fiction.

A decent portion of us start off with fan fiction – or move into it early on while building our skillset – and are thrilled with the results. If your goal is to break away, the pros of writing fan fiction can make getting out difficult.  It was my goal to write my own fiction and hopefully the discussion of what I did to begin creating original work will help you build your own path.

Even if you have never written a word of fan fiction I believe this episode could still be of service to you.

Also, just as a warning… cats may or may not take a small part in this episode.

The Notes on Fanfic and Internets stats I promised in the podcast:

– Also, I forgot about this but ALL NC-17 stories – which were the most popular typically – were removed. I think they still exist on one of the Livejournal pages.  

The numbers on my FF.net page are close to the original numbers of ratings, reviews etc but I have heard from other writers that they feel that accounts get deleted and with that their likes and reviews, etc.  I have no knowledge on this whatsoever.

To this day I still get one to two new notifications a week from FF.net, sometimes likes, but usually people tagging my stories or author account with a subscription where they are signing up for author or story alerts.

I shared in other places but Fanfiction.net was the main go to at the time.

For 17 years ago, 2001, with such a bunch of small niche slash fiction for and for a 17 year old writing and posting her first things ever, this was a huge response.  I had many, many fanfic friends and know that even this small level of response was huge.  In this day and age of things going “viral“ (which didn’t exist back then) these numbers seem small and the impact doesn’t seem to be there.  But times have changed.  2001 6 to 7 percent of the world’s population used the internet. 54 percent of the world used it in 2017. (numbers from https://www.internetworldstats.com/emarketing.htm).  Nearly 90 percent of adults use the internet in the US now.

We take a look at the following:

  • Fan fiction and what it teaches you
  • The pros and cons of FF
  • Brief legal statement (see links below for more details)
  • Why FF has such a huge draw for writers
  • Fan fiction as a drug
  • How to break away (if this is your goal)
  • How to ease into original fiction
  • And what to remember as you move forward in your writing career

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Holly’s Personal Page: https://www.hollylisle.com/
Holly’s Blog: https://hollylisle.com/weblog/
Rebecca’s Personal Page: https://www.rebeccagalardo.com/
Rebecca’s Writing Blog: https://rebeccagalardowords.wordpress.com/

 

Credits:

Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

Episode 15: Plotting VS Pantsing

Show Notes for Episode 15: Potting VS Pantsing

I, (host Rebecca Galardo), discuss the topic of Plotting VS Pantsing with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. We cover the pros and cons of both Plotting and Pantsing, why a balance of both is most likely your best bet, and how to find that balance.

Many of us struggle with getting our ideas down and knowing how much plotting is enough. When too little leaves us stranded, and when too much kills the story before we’ve started it, it’s important to find YOUR right amount. Holly has a few answers that might just help you out.

We take a look at the following:

  • Plotting and the Problems with OverPlotting
  • Full On Pantsing and the Issues that Ensue
  • Why you don’t want too subscribe fully and without budging to either
  • How to find the balance in the two
  • What the most critical aspects of your story need developing regardless of what else you do.

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Alone with Invisible People FORUM: https://hollyswritingclasses.com/forum/index.php?forums/our-podcast-alone-in-a-room-with-invisible-people.183/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiarwip
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alonewithinvisiblepeople/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aiarwip
Our Website: https://www.aiarwip.com/ https://www.alonewithinvisiblepeople.com/
HollysWritingClasses: https://hollyswritingclasses.com/
Holly’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hollylisle/
Holly’s Personal Page: https://www.hollylisle.com/
Holly’s Blog: https://hollylisle.com/weblog/
Rebecca’s Personal Page: https://www.rebeccagalardo.com/
Rebecca’s Writing Blog: https://rebeccagalardowords.wordpress.com/

 

Credits:

Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.