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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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. Music during Sponsor Spot: Yan Terrien – Rose Baba

Episode 42: Hard Drive Zombies

Show Notes for Episode 42: Hard Drive Zombies

Holly has them.  I have them.  You have them.

Everyone has them.

We’ve been in the middle of the zombie apocalypse for as long as there have been writers!  The Undead live as ideas stumbling around in the dark corners of your hard drives, starving, searching for life-giving sustenance.

This week Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) go over our own zombies, what to do with them, whether you should resurrect them or have mercy and kill them off (remember, the BRAIN!)… and we also have a challenge for you.

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Episode 41: How to Build Your Writing System

Show Notes for Episode 41: How to Build Your Writing System

Holly gets asked all the time: “How do you consistently show up to work and get words on the page?”  “How do you get to the ‘butt in chair’ mindset and do it enough to create so many finished works?”  “How do you create a routine that gets you progress even on days when the last thing you want to do is write?”

This week Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) go over our own writing systems and the processes we use to consistently create.  Each step will show you how to find your own way of doing things.  Holly breaks down what a writing system is into a clear, manageable sequence of tasks and ideals that will help you apply values and principles into your life to build your own writing system.

As you listen, write down your own preferences and ideas.  What would make a better environment for you?  What would help you stay consistent on an every day basis?

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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 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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