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 46: Muse Toys – How to Connect with your Muse


Show Notes for Episode 46: Muse Toys – How to Connect with your Muse

What does fighting space pirates have to do with connecting to your Muse?  How about climbing on top of a car?  And why would you even do that?  How about “guilty pleasure” tv, films or music?

In today’s episode, author and teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) talk about how we connect with our Muses, what kind of tools are in our different toolboxes and how everything above helps us create new stories, work out story twists, break past those places where we’re ‘stuck’ in the writing and more.  We talk about where ideas come from and how to make your own Muse happy.

Oh, and here is the picture I spoke of in the episode:

Best. Geocache. Ever.

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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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