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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Episode 37: Writing to Market VS Selling Out

From Rebecca: I believe this is a ‘must listen to’ episode if you are aspiring to write for a living.  There are always exceptions to every rule – but the exceptions are few and far between.  

In this episode we cover the difference between ‘Writing to Market’ and ‘Selling Out’ – and how it can vastly affect your writing career.

Holly reveals a mistake that she has been committing the entire 30+ years she has been writing professionally and has only just found – one that she believes is the answer to why the majority of her work has never sold as well as expected.  She’s about to make a big change to her future works and she wants to share this with our listeners in order to reach those with similar goals who might also be making this mistake.

If you’re looking at dismal sales or piling up rejection slips no matter what you’ve tried, it could beas simple as what she has found.  Could be.  Maybe not.

As always, this podcast is 100% free.  This episode is not an attempt to sell you a system, an ebook, a course, a counseling session, etc.  There is no silver bullet, no guarantee – ever – and anyone promising those things is a salesman looking for a buck.

Rising tides lift all boats and if you’re committing the same writing mistake as Holly, she wants to help.

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Episode 35: Competition VS Cooperation Between Writers

Show Notes for Episode 35: Competition VS Cooperation Between Writers

Scathing crits, passive aggressive comments from a ‘friend’ or mean-spirited reviews can all rile us up.  But what exactly is behind a lot of this?

The desire to destroy others.

In this episode Holly delves deep into the ever-present ‘elephant in the industry’ and sets forth her flag in the underground fight for bringing other novelists and writers up – supporting them as your people instead of looking at them as a stepping stone from which to reach the top.

Many writers are out there fighting the good fight for themselves and each other.  Join us.  Be a part of the solution and keep readers coming back for more.

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Episode 34: How to Write Sex and Romance in Any Genre

Show Notes for Episode 34: How to Write Sex and Romance in Any Genre

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

Sometimes sex or romance – or both – adds to fiction.  The question is, when?

I (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss when sex and romance adds, when it detracts, and how to write it well.  Characters, plot and genre come into play, but so do you.  You are the most important part of this.  While we describe what sex and romance is to us, that is only our part of the equation.  

What is it to you and the stories you are itching to tell?

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