Episode 53: 30 Minute Worldbuilding Workshop


Show Notes for Episode 53: 30 Minute Worldbuilding Workshop

In today’s episode we are answer another request – another new worksheet! Many of our listeners have asked for another free worksheet (which can be downloaded with one click at https://www.alonewithinvisiblepeople.com/downloads/) and workshop.  Holly uses her current Ohio series as a base and I (Rebecca) worked from scratch but… well, you’ll see.

So grab the worksheet, dive right in with us and start building your world in 30 minutes! Or more… Or less!

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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 44: How to Write Middles for Fiction

Show Notes for Episode 44: How to Write Middles for Fiction

If the beginning is the most intimidating the middle is the slog, the quicksand, the Wall that runners hit.  What do I include is still in question.  What happens with the conflicts?  Where did my steam go?  Why am I STUCK?

This week Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) go over what differentiates weak middles 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.

Most every writer on the planet has hit that Middle Mountain.  Do you have a better name for it?  Please share.  Until then, have a look at what Holly has to say about not just fixing the problem, but getting excited and having fun diving into that middle!

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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 39: How to Brainstorm Ideas from Scratch – A Workshop

Show Notes for Episode 39: How to Brainstorm Ideas from Scratch – A Workshop

Staring at the blank page can be scary, frustrating and it’s easy to walk away from writing to do anything that seems easier.  Dishes, video games, an entire spring cleaning, taking apart an engine…  Who knows.

Brainstorming ideas can be fun, invigorating and inspiring!  And you don’t have to “wait for inspiration” or the “perfect mood” to hit.  You can put yourself in that mood very easily.

So follow along with Holly and I as we go through 6 of 10 prompts, doing two ideas each from scratch for these prompts and always making sure to cover what Holly refers to as the Four P’s.  We’d love for you to join us in the forums and share some of your odd, fun, funky, beautiful, heartbreaking or cheerful story ideas!

The last four prompts:

  • What professional realizes the job is suddenly different?
  • What wish comes true with unexpected results?
  • What day doesn’t happen… and why?
  • What person loses the most important thing in his/her life?

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