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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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.  FANTASTIC Image by peter_pyw from Pixabay

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2 thoughts on “Episode 03: Debugging a Plot”

  1. Halfway (almost) through this episode and I loved Rebecca’s fun little note about Armageddon. The divorce comment (without spoiling it for others). Will never be able to watch that movie now without thinking about that. Such a great point. Made me laugh so much. Thank you for posting these on YouTube because that’s my main go-to place for things to listen to. I’m truly enjoying this. I listen while I make dinner at night.

    I was going to suggest a topic that I think would be awesome for both of you to cover together if we’re allowed to? Details and deepening the setting. When I was a beginning writer it was SO hard for me to get what I saw out of my head and onto the paper and even now to slow down enough at times to really detail out . . . well, everything. I have to actively force myself in revision to truly see the tiny little details that make a scene come alive (one of my favorite things about Stephen King is how he provides such vivid detail). So I think that would be a great episode down the line. Ways to improve that one specific focus. Holly has such a fabulous way of explaining things so the brain takes it in and uses it. I’d love to hear both of you discuss that. Depth and detailing. I think many writers struggle with that, especially newbies.

    1. Lol, what sad is that I thought that at 14 or 15, the first time I saw that HA! So it’s always stuck with me. Glad I could make someone else laugh too 😉

      We love to hear suggestions. We actually *DO* have ‘Setting’ written down for the topic of an episode, we just haven’t got a date for it yet. There are soooo many things we want to cover, it’s insane! We will most certainly do Setting.

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