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 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 28: Learn Your Genre – How to Dissect a Novel You Love

Show Notes for Episode 28: Learn Your Genre – How to Dissect a Novel You Love

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 her method for dissecting good novels – that you love– and breaking them down in order to learn the genre you want to jump into.

Whether you are wanting to write in a genre you have always loved or you need to learn a new one relatively quickly, Holly has done both and lays out a clear path to success in this episode.

Find out: how to spot the best parts of a genre, when you can leave out bits and how to add what matters to you into your work.

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

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Episode 26: Mini Episode: What if I Don’t Have Time to Write?

Show Notes for Episode 26: Mini Episode: What if I Don’t Have Time to Write?

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 another much asked question with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. If you’re looking for one of the most cited reasons that people use for not writing, it’s time.

Time is a precious commodity, one of the few things in life that truly cannot be replaced. There is no getting it back and so many people want to take it up. Carving out space for our passions can be difficult when it comes to daily obligations. Holly covers how to find the time in your life, but just as important, how to find the why in your life.

We take a look at the following:

  • Does anyone have more time?
  • Escapism
  • Do you really want to write?  Or is it part of an identity that no longer fits you?
  • How to make “finding time” a priority
  • What issues we faced in making time for our writing
  • What questions you need to ask yourself

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

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

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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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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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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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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.