Episode 38: When are Collaborations a Good Idea?

Show Notes for Episode 38: When are Collaborations a Good Idea? Collaborations.

It’s alien subject for many authors. Even the concept can be a bit foreign. Writing is a solo effort. You’re in your mind, working with your characters in your world. Already they can be so hard to control! So what benefit comes from sharing a world, a page, and a cover with another writer?

It’s not what you’re thinking. It has nothing to do with snagging a duo with a bigger name author, gathering up thousands of new readers and the big bucks – in fact, those don’t typically work out as expected.

Tune in as Holly and I discuss the many pros (and the many cons) of collaborations. It might be just what you needed to hear to convince to write with another person – or to keep your invisible people to yourself.

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Episode 37: Writing to Market VS Selling Out

From Rebecca: I believe this is a ‘must listen to’ episode if you are aspiring to write for a living.  There are always exceptions to every rule – but the exceptions are few and far between.  

In this episode we cover the difference between ‘Writing to Market’ and ‘Selling Out’ – and how it can vastly affect your writing career.

Holly reveals a mistake that she has been committing the entire 30+ years she has been writing professionally and has only just found – one that she believes is the answer to why the majority of her work has never sold as well as expected.  She’s about to make a big change to her future works and she wants to share this with our listeners in order to reach those with similar goals who might also be making this mistake.

If you’re looking at dismal sales or piling up rejection slips no matter what you’ve tried, it could beas simple as what she has found.  Could be.  Maybe not.

As always, this podcast is 100% free.  This episode is not an attempt to sell you a system, an ebook, a course, a counseling session, etc.  There is no silver bullet, no guarantee – ever – and anyone promising those things is a salesman looking for a buck.

Rising tides lift all boats and if you’re committing the same writing mistake as Holly, she wants to help.

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Episode 35: Competition VS Cooperation Between Writers

Show Notes for Episode 35: Competition VS Cooperation Between Writers

Scathing crits, passive aggressive comments from a ‘friend’ or mean-spirited reviews can all rile us up.  But what exactly is behind a lot of this?

The desire to destroy others.

In this episode Holly delves deep into the ever-present ‘elephant in the industry’ and sets forth her flag in the underground fight for bringing other novelists and writers up – supporting them as your people instead of looking at them as a stepping stone from which to reach the top.

Many writers are out there fighting the good fight for themselves and each other.  Join us.  Be a part of the solution and keep readers coming back for more.

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Episode 34: How to Write Sex and Romance in Any Genre

Show Notes for Episode 34: How to Write Sex and Romance in Any Genre

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

Sometimes sex or romance – or both – adds to fiction.  The question is, when?

I (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss when sex and romance adds, when it detracts, and how to write it well.  Characters, plot and genre come into play, but so do you.  You are the most important part of this.  While we describe what sex and romance is to us, that is only our part of the equation.  

What is it to you and the stories you are itching to tell?

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Episode 33: How to Write Surprises and Mysteries in Any Genre

Show Notes for Episode 33: How to Write Surprises and Mysteries in Any Genre

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

Have you ever read a book that kept surprising you with twists and turns you didn’t see coming but once read you couldn’t unsee the clues?  How about the opposite – guessed the twist from the start? If you aspire to write great mysteries in your novels and avoid at all costs the obvious surprises, this episode could give you the tools to do just that.

I (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss how to plan surprises and mysteries while leaving room for your muse to play.  Without over-planning, spontaneous twists that even shock you as the author can come into play!

Get the free worksheet here or on our download page at AIARWIP.com/downloads (no email requested, no obligation whatsoever).

Plotting Surprises and Mysteries Worksheets

What do you know that your reader doesn’t?

At the start of the story, everything.

But surprises and mysteries are built from misdirection — from allowing (or helping) your reader to assume things that are not true, to jump to incorrect conclusions, to look at the wrong pieces of evidence or the wrong suspects first, and to otherwise gently help your reader to follow the wrong paths so that you can break out the right path at the right time, and delight your reader with your cool surprise.

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Surprises and Mysteries: Holly’s Demo

This is a really ugly PDF of my worksheets, which I threw away before I could scan them. Fortunately, I sent pictures of them to Becky before the show so she could see how I’d done the sheets.

These are pretty readable grayscale of those photographs.

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Episode 32: 11 Common Stereotypes: How to Make Them (and others) Real People – Part Two

Show Notes for Episode 32: 11 Common Stereotypes: How to Make Them (and others) Real People – Part Two

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

The conclusion to the two parter on stereotypes:

I (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss stereotypes that we’ve all seen in fiction: on the page or screen. The Evil Villain, Selfless Hero, Badass Chick, Tough Guy, Angsty Teen, Comic Relief, Henchmen and more.

You might have other examples and that’s fine!  Holly offers a system of questions and answers to show you how YOU can take a stereotype – ANY stereotype – from a bland cliche to a deep, well-rounded character.

In Part One we dove into the first few characters.  In this episode we speed it up but still show the make up of the stereotypes left on the list, how to look deeper into characters that require more and ways to show their differences.  We’ll wrap it up with a more concise focus on the process as well as sharing the one rule you’ll need to remember when dealing with any character.  We also have a brief discussion of specifically using stereotyping and cliches to play with the reader’s/viewer’s expectations.

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Episode 31: 11 Common Stereotypes: How to Make Them (and others) Real People – Part One

Show Notes for Episode 31: 11 Common Stereotypes: How to Make Them (and others) Real People – Part One

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

In this two parter, I (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss stereotypes that we’ve all seen in fiction: on the page or screen. The Evil Villain, Selfless Hero, Badass Chick, Tough Guy, Angsty Teen, Comic Relief, Henchmen and more. You might have other examples and that’s fine! Holly offers a system of questions and answers to show you how YOU can take a stereotype – ANY stereotype – from a bland cliche to a deep, well-rounded character.

We’ll show you what makes up these particular stereotypes and how to look deeper into characters that require more. Next week, we’ll wrap it up with the other half of the examples, the one rule you’ll need to remember when dealing with any character and a discussion on how you can use stereotyping and cliches to play with the reader’s/viewer’s expectations.

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Social Links Alone with Invisible People FORUM: https://hollyswritingclasses.com/forum/index.php?forums/our-podcast-alone-in-a-room-with-invisible-people.183/ AIARWIP Patron:https://www.patreon.com/aiarwip AIARWIP Redbubble: https://aiarwip.redbubble.com/ 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/

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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 30: Living Inside Your Story – Connecting to Your Characters and Fiction

Show Notes for Episode 30: Living Inside Your Story – Connecting to Your Characters and Fiction

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 discuss YOUR story and the impact of using what you’ve lived through – both good and bad – as well as your own beliefs and objective observation in order to create deeper, richer stories. Many writers face the struggle of feeling their story ideas lacking in interest, conflict, mystery or a unique voice.  You worry over what you have to say – is even important or interesting?  Will anyone care?

Holly can help you find a way to connect with your story through life events and then put yourself in the path of having the story come to you.  Details in your life matter and even if you think your ‘everyday life’ holds no magic, look closer.  You, your life and perspectives can be unique, you just have to know what to look for.

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Social Links Alone with Invisible People FORUM: https://hollyswritingclasses.com/forum/index.php?forums/our-podcast-alone-in-a-room-with-invisible-people.183/ AIARWIP Patron:https://www.patreon.com/aiarwip AIARWIP Redbubble: https://aiarwip.redbubble.com/ 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/

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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 29: Connecting to Your World – Worldbuilding Extras

Show Notes for Episode 29: Connecting to Your World – Worldbuilding Extras

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 talk about worldbuilding again, this time how you as the writer can connect with your creation!  Your world can be big or small, set in any genre and at any time – doesn’t matter.  There are no stipulations when it comes to creating a realistic, living, breathing world. If you’re concerned your words will leave readers feeling flat, uninterested and as if the characters are just moving along in a gray, dull blur – have a listen to this episode.  Holly can help you to find what’s missing, how to bring your worlds to life and – maybe most important – how to create a connection between what you’ve created and your readers.

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Social Links Alone with Invisible People FORUM: https://hollyswritingclasses.com/forum/index.php?forums/our-podcast-alone-in-a-room-with-invisible-people.183/ AIARWIP Patron:https://www.patreon.com/aiarwip AIARWIP Redbubble: https://aiarwip.redbubble.com/ 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.