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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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 30: Living Inside Your Story – Connecting to Your Characters and Fiction

Show Notes for Episode 30: Living Inside Your Story – Connecting to Your Characters and Fiction

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss YOUR story and the impact of using what you’ve lived through – both good and bad – as well as your own beliefs and objective observation in order to create deeper, richer stories. Many writers face the struggle of feeling their story ideas lacking in interest, conflict, mystery or a unique voice.  You worry over what you have to say – is even important or interesting?  Will anyone care?

Holly can help you find a way to connect with your story through life events and then put yourself in the path of having the story come to you.  Details in your life matter and even if you think your ‘everyday life’ holds no magic, look closer.  You, your life and perspectives can be unique, you just have to know what to look for.

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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 16: Taking the Leap – From Fan Fiction to Original Fiction

Show Notes for Episode 16: Taking the Leap – From Fan Fiction to Original Fiction

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

This week we’re changing things up! Today, I (Rebecca) am in the hotseat and Holly discusses with me the topic chosen by a listener: fan fiction and how to make the move over to original fiction.

A decent portion of us start off with fan fiction – or move into it early on while building our skillset – and are thrilled with the results. If your goal is to break away, the pros of writing fan fiction can make getting out difficult.  It was my goal to write my own fiction and hopefully the discussion of what I did to begin creating original work will help you build your own path.

Even if you have never written a word of fan fiction I believe this episode could still be of service to you.

Also, just as a warning… cats may or may not take a small part in this episode.

The Notes on Fanfic and Internets stats I promised in the podcast:

– Also, I forgot about this but ALL NC-17 stories – which were the most popular typically – were removed. I think they still exist on one of the Livejournal pages.  

The numbers on my FF.net page are close to the original numbers of ratings, reviews etc but I have heard from other writers that they feel that accounts get deleted and with that their likes and reviews, etc.  I have no knowledge on this whatsoever.

To this day I still get one to two new notifications a week from FF.net, sometimes likes, but usually people tagging my stories or author account with a subscription where they are signing up for author or story alerts.

I shared in other places but Fanfiction.net was the main go to at the time.

For 17 years ago, 2001, with such a bunch of small niche slash fiction for and for a 17 year old writing and posting her first things ever, this was a huge response.  I had many, many fanfic friends and know that even this small level of response was huge.  In this day and age of things going “viral“ (which didn’t exist back then) these numbers seem small and the impact doesn’t seem to be there.  But times have changed.  2001 6 to 7 percent of the world’s population used the internet. 54 percent of the world used it in 2017. (numbers from https://www.internetworldstats.com/emarketing.htm).  Nearly 90 percent of adults use the internet in the US now.

We take a look at the following:

  • Fan fiction and what it teaches you
  • The pros and cons of FF
  • Brief legal statement (see links below for more details)
  • Why FF has such a huge draw for writers
  • Fan fiction as a drug
  • How to break away (if this is your goal)
  • How to ease into original fiction
  • And what to remember as you move forward in your writing career

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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 14: The Scene Building Workshop

Show Notes for Episode 14: The Scene Building Workshop

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

In another experimental episode, Author/Teacher Holly Lisle walks the listener, and the host … me – Rebecca Galardo – through a scene building workshop.  She’ll define what a scene is for us and guide us through creating a good scene every time.  Play along: all you need is a pen and paper! Using the right questions, Holly and I create scenes from scratch for stories we now both want to tell.

We take a look at the following:

  • A clear and simple definition of what a scene is
  • Examples of scenes that might surprise you
  • The right questions to ask yourself
  • 4 Demo Scenes – Two from Holly, two from myself
  • How to know when to enter a scene and when to exit it.

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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 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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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 07: Settings and Worldbuilding

Show Notes for Episode 07: Settings and Worldbuilding

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 Settings and Worldbuilding with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. They cover world building done right, why this is a crucial – and often overlooked – part of every well written story, how to start world building quickly and the questions to ask yourself.

 

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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 06: The Story Brainstorming Workshop – Part Two

Show Notes for Episode 06: The Story Brainstorming Workshop – Part Two

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

PART TWO: This experimental episode covers the closing up of the brainstorming.  Author/Teacher Holly Lisle walks host and writer Rebecca Galardo through the consult phase of the session.  Remember that when it comes to brainstorming you can go back and forth and falter.  The purpose of the consulting author is to help guide and act as a tether, helping their fellow writer find their way through the story and uncover gems.

If you want to try what Holly now calls ‘The Ball and The Wall’ Technique with a friend or fellow writer, we have the guidelines available as a download on our Download Page.

 

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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 04: The Story Brainstorming Workshop – Part One

Show Notes for Episode 04: The Story Brainstorming Workshop – Part One

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

PART ONE In this experimental episode, Author/Teacher Holly Lisle walks host and writer Rebecca Galardo through a brainstorming session.  Feel free to play along with free worksheets, downloadable immediately.  Just look below in the rest of the show notes.

Using these worksheets and working with the Muse (right brain) and Inner Critic (left brain), Holly and Rebecca create story fragments from scratch.

Download ALL of our worksheets on our Download Page.

 

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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.