Episode 44: How to Write Middles for Fiction

Show Notes for Episode 44: How to Write Middles for Fiction

If the beginning is the most intimidating the middle is the slog, the quicksand, the Wall that runners hit.  What do I include is still in question.  What happens with the conflicts?  Where did my steam go?  Why am I STUCK?

This week Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) go over what differentiates weak middles from strong ones and how you can dissect your own.  We provide from-scratch examples as well as discuss previous works, using these as case studies.

Most every writer on the planet has hit that Middle Mountain.  Do you have a better name for it?  Please share.  Until then, have a look at what Holly has to say about not just fixing the problem, but getting excited and having fun diving into that middle!

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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. Music during Sponsor Spot: Jahzzar – Shake It

Episode 43: How to Write Beginnings for Fiction

Show Notes for Episode 43: How to Write Beginnings for Fiction

How to start your book…  Oh, jeez!  Who doesn’t lock up a bit from time to time thinking about the beginning?  It can be intimidating thinking about the first page!  What do I include?  How do I show the world, engage the reader in the conflicts?  What is the best way to introduce my characters and get the story rolling?

This week Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) go over what differentiates weak beginnings from strong ones and how you can dissect your own.  We provide from-scratch examples as well as discuss previous works, using these as case studies.

We also discuss briefly a few important topics at the beginning of the episode, especially questions that Holly has once again been getting from listeners regarding the level of education as a limitation on their future as career authors.  I think you’ll be encouraged.

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Episode 42: Hard Drive Zombies

Show Notes for Episode 42: Hard Drive Zombies

Holly has them.  I have them.  You have them.

Everyone has them.

We’ve been in the middle of the zombie apocalypse for as long as there have been writers!  The Undead live as ideas stumbling around in the dark corners of your hard drives, starving, searching for life-giving sustenance.

This week Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) go over our own zombies, what to do with them, whether you should resurrect them or have mercy and kill them off (remember, the BRAIN!)… and we also have a challenge for you.

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Episode 41: How to Build Your Writing System

Show Notes for Episode 41: How to Build Your Writing System

Holly gets asked all the time: “How do you consistently show up to work and get words on the page?”  “How do you get to the ‘butt in chair’ mindset and do it enough to create so many finished works?”  “How do you create a routine that gets you progress even on days when the last thing you want to do is write?”

This week Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) go over our own writing systems and the processes we use to consistently create.  Each step will show you how to find your own way of doing things.  Holly breaks down what a writing system is into a clear, manageable sequence of tasks and ideals that will help you apply values and principles into your life to build your own writing system.

As you listen, write down your own preferences and ideas.  What would make a better environment for you?  What would help you stay consistent on an every day basis?

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Patreon Deleted for Ethical Reasons

I cannot stress how much the support of my Patrons meant to me.  Holly has funded much of this podcast’s start up costs on the faith alone that I would get the work done and consistently.  Thankfully I haven’t failed her there.  It’s a passion project for me and there is so much time involved.  So much.  And the fact that you all listen and are active in our forums, are using what we talk about, what Holly teaches in the podcasts…  it is incredible.

However, my goal of making enough on support that this podcast could support itself has taken a hit.  I wasn’t kidding when I said every dollar counted and it did 😀  The funds provided for the first few months provided the opportunity to learn new skills and not always the hard way. So thank you.

This article covers why I have chosen to not use Patreon:

The Beginning of the End for Patreon

If they change their terms, maybe it’s a future possibility.  I’ll be looking into better ways to fund the podcast without ads for things unless they are things we use and love and stand behind (Audible and Scrivener, for instance).

I cannot in good conscience use Patreon.  While the podcast had no original works that could fall under their bullshit terms (PERMANENT, IRREVOCABLE LICENSE TO PROPERTY, RIGHTS TO ALTER, MERCHANDISE AND (even, holy hell) SUBLICENSE and MORE – I am a creator.

Creators are my people.  Yes, they still own their works and no one else can claim anything else.  But Holly still has the copywrite on books she’s written that publishers are not giving back.  I grew up in a house where I saw how big publishers screwed her over again and again.  I saw how she struggled with no control over what they did with her materials.  And her contracts were typically better than this.

As an artist I fear for other creators within Patreon’s community.

Thank you again to all of the support I received for Alone in a Room with Invisible People.  Don’t worry, we’ll still be creating episodes.  We just need to find another way for it to support itself financially.