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 43: How to Write Beginnings for Fiction

Show Notes for Episode 43: How to Write Beginnings for Fiction

How to start your book…  Oh, jeez!  Who doesn’t lock up a bit from time to time thinking about the beginning?  It can be intimidating thinking about the first page!  What do I include?  How do I show the world, engage the reader in the conflicts?  What is the best way to introduce my characters and get the story rolling?

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

We also discuss briefly a few important topics at the beginning of the episode, especially questions that Holly has once again been getting from listeners regarding the level of education as a limitation on their future as career authors.  I think you’ll be encouraged.

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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 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!

Get the free worksheet here or on our download page at AIARWIP.com/downloads (no email requested, no obligation whatsoever).

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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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.

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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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