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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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.

Episode 17: Writing Better Description

Show Notes for Episode 17: Writing Better Description

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 the topic of Writing Better Description with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. We cover the issues many writers face with this topic, such as description that is: boring, too long, too detailed, unnecessary, etc.  We also discuss the most common questions – “What do I need to include?” and “How do I know when I have the right amount of description?”

Holly provides a very clear set of questions for yourself and actions that can help guide you through writing better description by knowing what is integral in each scene.

We take a look at the following:

  • Problems writers face with description
  • What good description is and is not
  • Questions to ask before writing description
  • How the process differs between First Draft and Revision
  • Why revising as you go is detrimental to every single writer – no exceptions.

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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.

Episode 16: Taking the Leap – From Fan Fiction to Original Fiction

Show Notes for Episode 16: Taking the Leap – From Fan Fiction to Original Fiction

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

This week we’re changing things up! Today, I (Rebecca) am in the hotseat and Holly discusses with me the topic chosen by a listener: fan fiction and how to make the move over to original fiction.

A decent portion of us start off with fan fiction – or move into it early on while building our skillset – and are thrilled with the results. If your goal is to break away, the pros of writing fan fiction can make getting out difficult.  It was my goal to write my own fiction and hopefully the discussion of what I did to begin creating original work will help you build your own path.

Even if you have never written a word of fan fiction I believe this episode could still be of service to you.

Also, just as a warning… cats may or may not take a small part in this episode.

The Notes on Fanfic and Internets stats I promised in the podcast:

– Also, I forgot about this but ALL NC-17 stories – which were the most popular typically – were removed. I think they still exist on one of the Livejournal pages.  

The numbers on my FF.net page are close to the original numbers of ratings, reviews etc but I have heard from other writers that they feel that accounts get deleted and with that their likes and reviews, etc.  I have no knowledge on this whatsoever.

To this day I still get one to two new notifications a week from FF.net, sometimes likes, but usually people tagging my stories or author account with a subscription where they are signing up for author or story alerts.

I shared in other places but Fanfiction.net was the main go to at the time.

For 17 years ago, 2001, with such a bunch of small niche slash fiction for and for a 17 year old writing and posting her first things ever, this was a huge response.  I had many, many fanfic friends and know that even this small level of response was huge.  In this day and age of things going “viral“ (which didn’t exist back then) these numbers seem small and the impact doesn’t seem to be there.  But times have changed.  2001 6 to 7 percent of the world’s population used the internet. 54 percent of the world used it in 2017. (numbers from https://www.internetworldstats.com/emarketing.htm).  Nearly 90 percent of adults use the internet in the US now.

We take a look at the following:

  • Fan fiction and what it teaches you
  • The pros and cons of FF
  • Brief legal statement (see links below for more details)
  • Why FF has such a huge draw for writers
  • Fan fiction as a drug
  • How to break away (if this is your goal)
  • How to ease into original fiction
  • And what to remember as you move forward in your writing career

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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.

Episode 14: The Scene Building Workshop

Show Notes for Episode 14: The Scene Building Workshop

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

In another experimental episode, Author/Teacher Holly Lisle walks the listener, and the host … me – Rebecca Galardo – through a scene building workshop.  She’ll define what a scene is for us and guide us through creating a good scene every time.  Play along: all you need is a pen and paper! Using the right questions, Holly and I create scenes from scratch for stories we now both want to tell.

We take a look at the following:

  • A clear and simple definition of what a scene is
  • Examples of scenes that might surprise you
  • The right questions to ask yourself
  • 4 Demo Scenes – Two from Holly, two from myself
  • How to know when to enter a scene and when to exit it.

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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.

Episode 12: Criminally Annoying Characters

Show Notes for Episode 12: Criminally Annoying Characters

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

In this episode, host Rebecca Galardo and author and teacher Holly Lisle discuss Criminally Annoying Characters and what we did to deserve them.

We uncover the different types of characters that fit this description, reasons they’ve shown up, and how to decide if they’re worth a little tweaking or too horrible to keep.  We show you where to look to pinpoint the flaws and what options you have fix what broke, and to learn how to use this prevent future disaster characters.

They take a look at the following:

  • What kinds of characters qualify
  • Why you need to pay attention to characters acting out of character
  • How to spot the havoc
  • How to FIX the characters
  • What SHOOTING a character is and why you might want to do it

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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.

Episode 11: Getting Unstuck in Your Writing

Show Notes for Episode 11: Getting Unstuck in Your Writing

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

In this episode, host Rebecca Galardo and author and teacher Holly Lisle dig into what causes that agonizing moment where you realize your story is stuck… and then they show you were to find the problems, and how to make the fixes.

They take a look at the following:

  • P.A.C.T.S. what they are and how they can be at the root of your problem.
  • How to recognize what it is that is creating the block.
  • The importance of character.
  • What you need in each and every scene.
  • Ways to fix your problems and make your work far better.
  • Story Idea, Theme, and Subtext and how these might be causing you issues.

New FORUM at HollysWritingClasses.com for Podcast Listeners (you will need an account to post).

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Due to semi-popular demand, I have added a picture of KiKi (and me, last year after she was feeling better post-vet visit).  This is the trouble-making guest star that HAS to be with me during podcast recordings.  Hope you guys will forgive her, she has health issues and attitude problems with three other fur-family members of the household – especially when I am in a room she cannot get to, ha!

 

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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.

Episode 10: Critiques VS Destructive Criticism

Show Notes for Episode 10: Critiques VS Destructive Criticism

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

In this episode, host Rebecca Galardo discusses the topic of Good Critiquing VS Bad or Destructive Criticism with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. They cover what Destructive Criticism is – and how to spot it – what good critiquing is – and how to do it – and share some of their horror stories and insights.

They take a look at the following:

  • What Destructive Criticism is, why you get it, why it hurts, how to spot it and what to do when you get it.
  • What Good Crits are, how to know if the criticism is good, right, wrong or just not what you’re looking for.
  • How to help your people help you and your work
  • And more.

SHARE YOUR CRIT HORROR STORIES HERE!  Name NO names.  Use Kate/Bob for the person you received the criticism from.  Please note that if you don’t your comments are subject to editing and/or deletion.

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Mentioned in the Podcast

  • Holly’s Patreon Page: $1, $2 and $5 (top tier) levels supporting her fiction writing while she continues her main focus on creating her non-fiction courses.
  • Matt’s Content Edits
  • Hawkspar Issue: I realized in looking for this article, that the part with “The Hills You Die On” was a part of one of Holly’s courses.  But this gives you an insight into where she was at the time of finding out that someone had cut 55K words out of her book without regard to the writer or the story.
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A fantastic article on Critiquing and Writers Group Basics
  • How to Revise Your Novel
  • Publishing While Broke (currently not for sale – down for updates)

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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.

Episode 9: Listener Question: Ways to Introduce Multiple Characters and Plots

Show Notes for Episode 9: Listener Question: Ways to Introduce Multiple Characters and Plots

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

In this episode, host Rebecca Galardo shares a listener’s questions on introducing multiple characters and plotlines with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. They cover how to handle sweeping epic storylines as well as structuring plot, figuring out your skillset and how to overcome fear and procrastination to take action on your writing.

 

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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.

Episode 04: The Story Brainstorming Workshop – Part One

Show Notes for Episode 04: The Story Brainstorming Workshop – Part One

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

PART ONE In this experimental episode, Author/Teacher Holly Lisle walks host and writer Rebecca Galardo through a brainstorming session.  Feel free to play along with free worksheets, downloadable immediately.  Just look below in the rest of the show notes.

Using these worksheets and working with the Muse (right brain) and Inner Critic (left brain), Holly and Rebecca create story fragments from scratch.

Download ALL of our worksheets on our Download Page.

 

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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.

Episode 03: Debugging a Plot

Show Notes for Episode 03: Debugging a Plot

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

In this episode, Host/writer Rebecca Galardo discusses the topic of Debugging a Plot with Author/Teacher Holly Lisle, covering an easy definition of plot, problems that can arise when one goes awry, good plots, and directions to look for when trying to figure out how to fix what breaks.

The take a look at the following:

  • How an antagonist is not always a villain
  • Limitations and why they’re important
  • How to start debugging
  • Why Reading like a Reader is important for a Writer
  • Why it’s bad when you get caught up in ‘Writer over Reader’
  • Why not to write to trends

 

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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.