Episode 17: Writing Better Description

Show Notes for Episode 17: Writing Better Description

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

This week I, (host Rebecca Galardo), discuss the topic of Writing Better Description with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. We cover the issues many writers face with this topic, such as description that is: boring, too long, too detailed, unnecessary, etc.  We also discuss the most common questions – “What do I need to include?” and “How do I know when I have the right amount of description?”

Holly provides a very clear set of questions for yourself and actions that can help guide you through writing better description by knowing what is integral in each scene.

We take a look at the following:

  • Problems writers face with description
  • What good description is and is not
  • Questions to ask before writing description
  • How the process differs between First Draft and Revision
  • Why revising as you go is detrimental to every single writer – no exceptions.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiarwip
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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 12: Criminally Annoying Characters

Show Notes for Episode 12: Criminally Annoying Characters

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 discuss Criminally Annoying Characters and what we did to deserve them.

We uncover the different types of characters that fit this description, reasons they’ve shown up, and how to decide if they’re worth a little tweaking or too horrible to keep.  We show you where to look to pinpoint the flaws and what options you have fix what broke, and to learn how to use this prevent future disaster characters.

They take a look at the following:

  • What kinds of characters qualify
  • Why you need to pay attention to characters acting out of character
  • How to spot the havoc
  • How to FIX the characters
  • What SHOOTING a character is and why you might want to do it

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiarwip
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alonewithinvisiblepeople/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aiarwip
Our Website: https://www.aiarwip.com/ https://www.alonewithinvisiblepeople.com/
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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 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!

 

Mentioned in the Podcast

 

Social Links
Alone with Invisible People FORUM: https://hollyswritingclasses.com/forum/index.php?forums/our-podcast-alone-in-a-room-with-invisible-people.183/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiarwip
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 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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Mentioned in the Podcast

  • 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)

Social Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiarwip
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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Social Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiarwip
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 01: The Inner Critic

 

Credit: Rebecca Galardo Art

Show Notes for Episode 01: The Inner Critic

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 The Inner Critic with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle.  They cover how the Inner Critic is both harmful and helpful, how to use it to your benefit and also how to shut it off when you need to be focusing on your muse.

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*We plan to have Holly’s audio fixed in episode 02 and on.

Mentioned in the Podcast

Holly’s Sonnets – The first fiction she’s ever sold: To an Android Lover and Pensive Ruminations on Impermanence in a Technophilic World

The Socials and Whatnots (Social Media Links)

Episode 00: The Introductions

 

Show Notes for Episode 00: The Introductions

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/Teacher Holly Lisle both introduce themselves as well as the podcast.

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*We plan to have Holly’s audio fixed in episode 02 and on.

Mentioned in the Podcast

Matt’s Content Edits

The Socials and Whatnots (Social Media Links)