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 45: How to Write Endings for Fiction


Show Notes for Episode 45: How to Write Endings for Fiction

Writers want to make their endings powerful, meaningful, satisfying and yet leaving the reader wanting more and more of their works.  But many times we’re at a loss, especially if something is going wrong with the words on the page.

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

If you want to get the ending that doesn’t just scratch that itch but has your reader (maybe potential editors) screaming “YES!” listen in to this episode.

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Episode 40: How to Write Surprises and Mysteries in Any Genre – Part Two

Show Notes for Episode 40: How to Write Surprises and Mysteries in Any Genre – Part Two

The much needed follow up on ‘How to Write Surprises and Mysteries in Any Genre‘ is here!  Holly takes on a Sci-Fi Romance while I (host Rebecca Galardo) take on a straight genre Romance.  The first episode on this topic is pretty much required listening before taking on this one.  The following is the basic premise of both of these episodes together:

“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 on our download page at AIARWIP.com/downloads (no email requested, no obligation whatsoever).”

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

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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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