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!

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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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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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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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  • 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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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 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.