Episode 51: Taming the Wild Middle – How to Prevent (Plot) Explosions


Show Notes for Episode 51: Taming the Wild Middle – How to Prevent (Plot) Explosions

Okay, so we listened to a good portion of our audience when they downloaded the episode ‘How to Write Middles for Fiction’ and then said – I HAVE THE OPPOSITE PROBLEM!

So what happens when ideas are coming at you from every angle?  What is PACTS and how can it help you tame the runaway beast that has become your novel?  How do you narrow it down to just good ideas?  What if all of the ideas you are getting are good?

Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the topic of the ever-expanding and growing middle and how you can narrow your focus, what to prioritize on and what you can do with the extra ideas.  We also explain why it’s a good thing to keep your book lean versus following every thread down each and every path.

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Episode 50: Event Writing Part Three: Follow Through


Show Notes for Episode 50: Event Writing Part Three: Follow Through

The Summer of Fiction Writing has a lot of writers setting goals and beginning on their paths towards completion!  Even if you’re listening to this for NaNoWriMo, Script Frenzy, 3 Day Novel or something else, this is fully applicable.
This episode covers Follow Through, both as in finishing the even and on taking something with you.  What do you take with you after the event?  We cover that.
In this episode, Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) will discuss not only how to learn from the events, but how to get “paid” by them (and we’re not talking money), how to use objective standards to view  your goals and define success as well as know if you’re on track?
We’ll also go over how to adapt goals, what “bleeding on the page” should be and should not be and how to find your sweet spot within the event.
Enjoy the final part of the three-part series, all surrounding event writing!

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From Rebecca: My husband says that because I am the author of a trad pubbed poem and have written an article for our local newspaper, that I am wrong and he is correct.  His argument is based on the following and would like this to pointed out:

  1. (definition of published author)The more specific phrase published author refers to an author (especially but not necessarily of books) whose work has been independently accepted for publication by a reputable publisher, versus a self-publishing author or an unpublished one.
  2. (definition of author) a writer of a book, article, or report.
  3. be the author of (a book or piece of writing).

He has since declared this argument won by him.  *sigh*  Married life.

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Episode 49: Event Writing Part Two: Process


Show Notes for Episode 49: Event Writing Part Two: Process

The Summer of Fiction Writing has begun!  Or perhaps you’re listening to this for NaNoWriMo, Script Frenzy, 3 Day Novel or something else.  Either way, you’re event is under way!  How exciting!

But how do you know how to define what you need to get done?  What about that middle-of-the-run slog?  How do you stay focused?

In this episode, Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) will discuss the second and biggest part of event writing: process. We’ll discuss the most important aspects of the process of EVENT WRITINGas well as cover the questions above including keeping the magic and motivation going.  We’re here for you doing your event!

Enjoy this second part of a three-part series, all surrounding event writing!

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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 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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