What are "Book-A-Likes"?  How will they help you in the long run?  How do they help you with your marketing?  To find your readers and make a career out of writing?

How do you know what books out there are your book-a-likes without having to read everything in the genre in which you believe you're writing?

In today's episode Author/Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss this topic in depth - based on a question from a listener.  Also, stay tuned for a message about the upcoming 2019 Halloween Special: Listener Edition!

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Free downloadable worksheets at AloneWithInvisiblePeople.com.

Today's episode is another workshop!  You guys asked and Holly delivered.

Based on a question from one of our listeners, Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss how to use your short fiction (flash fiction or short stories) to your advantage.  Whether you want to give an existing readership something to chew on while they wait for your next book, start building a readership before your big novel comes out, work on a hard drive zombie, create something new or just do background, this workshop can help you out.

So print off the pages, play the episode and share what you got with us in the forums!

Join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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The second part on our heavy hitter, PERFECTIONISM.  If you didn't listen to last week's episode - Please, go back and listen before you get into this one.

Holly and I (host Rebecca) talk about Perfectionism in revision - what this looks like and how it can affect your writing, future and actions.  How many times should you revise a novel?  What are the essentials to a good story?  What are the fears that haunt you during the revision or publication process?  Are you worthy and what does that even mean?

More importantly, what is the cure for all of this?

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Today exactly marks ONE YEAR since our first episode was released!  So we take on a heavy hitter.

PERFECTIONISM.

Holly and I (host Rebecca) have been eager to share this two-parter topic with you!

So very many people struggle with Perfectionism in their writing - many are not even aware of it.  If you've pined over just the right word, the right description, struggled over the dialogue not being just quite right, the very words stifling your creativity...  You might have a problem with perfectionism.

This week we talk about a topic brought up in our forums and touch on the upcoming 2nd annual Halloween Special: Listener Edition before we get into the real meat: What is perfectionism, what are the symptoms and why, and what is the cure?

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Holly and I (host Rebecca) dive back into the many pages of questions that we’ve gotten (and continue to get) from our listeners while preparing another two parter on a different topic.  

Today we look at choosing a specific POV and issues with limitations as well as how to describe creatures to readers without exposition or lengthy bits of wordage.  These two questions were a lot of fun for us both to answer.

So join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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The first in many episodes, (we have over a full year's worth of questions!) Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) start diving into the many pages and pages of questions that we've gotten (and continue to get) from our listeners.

This week we cover several topics including motivation on bad days, how to connect with a story you're losing interest in, the ideas we have and where the true value is in them, how to ask yourself the right questions and so much more!

So join us in this week's episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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In today's episode we are answer another request - another new worksheet! Many of our listeners have asked for another free worksheet (which can be downloaded with one click at https://www.alonewithinvisiblepeople.com/downloads/) and workshop.  Holly uses her current Ohio series as a base and I (Rebecca) worked from scratch but... well, you'll see.

So grab the worksheet, dive right in with us and start building your world in 30 minutes!  Or more... Or less!

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In today's episode we are republishing the much-requested Holly Lisle On Writing - the first three episodes from Holly's original 2006 podcast.

Holly covers tips of all kinds: what to look for in an opener, motivational odds for writers looking to publish in the traditional market, how to test accents, tips on the many ideas you'll have and what to do with them while you're working on something else, revision, and begins her talks on trilogies.  She pulls examples from her own works as case studies.

The regular podcast will return next week (7-2-19).

Featuring Spenser the Cat.

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Taming the Wild Middle - How to Prevent (Plot) Explosions

Okay, so we listened to a good portion of our audience when they downloaded the episode 'How to Write Middles for Fiction' and then said - I HAVE THE OPPOSITE PROBLEM!

So what happens when ideas are coming at you from every angle?  What is PACTS and how can it help you tame the runaway beast that has become your novel?  How do you narrow it down to just good ideas?  What if all of the ideas you are getting are good?

Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the topic of the ever-expanding and growing middle and how you can narrow your focus, what to prioritize on and what you can do with the extra ideas.  We also explain why it's a good thing to keep your book lean versus following every thread down each and every path.

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The Summer of Fiction Writing has a lot of writers setting goals and beginning on their paths towards completion!  Even if you're listening to this for NaNoWriMo, Script Frenzy, 3 Day Novel or something else, this is fully applicable.

This episode covers Follow Through, both as in finishing the even and on taking something with you.  What do you take with you after the event?  We cover that.

In this episode, Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) will discuss not only how to learn from the events, but how to get “paid” by them (and we’re not talking money), how to use objective standards to view  your goals and define success as well as know if you're on track? 

We’ll also go over how to adapt goals, what “bleeding on the page” should be and should not be and how to find your sweet spot within the event.  

Enjoy the final part of the three-part series, all surrounding event writing!

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