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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The Summer of Fiction Writing has begun!  Or perhaps you're listening to this for NaNoWriMo, Script Frenzy, 3 Day Novel or something else.  Either way, you're event is under way!  How exciting!

But how do you know how to define what you need to get done?  What about that middle-of-the-run slog?  How do you stay focused?

In this episode, Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) will discuss the second and biggest part of event writing: process. We'll discuss the most important aspects of the process of EVENT WRITING as well as cover the questions above including keeping the magic and motivation going.  We're here for you doing your event!

Enjoy this second part of a three-part series, all surrounding event writing!

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Have you ever wanted to do NaNoWriMo?  Maybe you've done it and felt like a failure?  Maybe you've heard of the 3 Day Novel and you really want to try it.  Or you're looking at Holly's Summer of Fiction Writing and wondering what wonderful, amazing thing you can create in three months.

In this episode, Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) will discuss the first part of event writing: preparation. We'll discuss what you need to do in order to first decide if an event is for you, how to prep yourself for success, what goals you need to look at, what actions you'll need to take beforehand and more!

Enjoy this first part of a three-part series, all surrounding event writing!

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Trad Pub (traditional publication) VS Indie.

It's a well known conflict at this point, because there are pros and cons to both.  There is the credibility of Trad Pub versus the control of Indie.  There is the Publisher handling the marketing, cover and copy versus the writer handling all costs and/or work.

But there is more to it than that.

In this week's episode Holly and Rebecca discuss what pros and cons are there for both Trad Pub and Indie for both beginning authors and authors already working within the traditional industry.

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What does fighting space pirates have to do with connecting to your Muse?  How about climbing on top of a car?  And why would you even do that?  How about "guilty pleasure" tv, films or music?

In today's episode, author and teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) talk about how we connect with our Muses, what kind of tools are in our different toolboxes and how everything above helps us create new stories, work out story twists, break past those places where we're 'stuck' in the writing and more.  We talk about where ideas come from and how to make your own Muse happy.

At the end, if you want to see that picture I spoke of, check out the Show Notes for this episode on our website: alonewithinvisiblepeople.com

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Writers want to make their endings powerful, meaningful, satisfying and yet leaving the reader wanting more and more of their works.  But many times we're at a loss, especially if something is going wrong with the words on the page.

This week Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) go over what differentiates weak endings from strong ones and how you can dissect your own.  We provide examples as well as discuss previous works, using these as case studies.

If you want to get the ending that doesn't just scratch that itch but has your reader (maybe potential editors) screaming "YES!" listen in to this episode.

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How to Write Middles for Fiction

If the beginning is the most intimidating the middle is the slog, the quicksand, the Wall that runners hit.  What do I include is still in question.  What happens with the conflicts?  Where did my steam go?  Why am I STUCK?

This week Holly and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) go over what differentiates weak middles 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.

Most every writer on the planet has hit that Middle Mountain.  Do you have a better name for it?  Please share.  Until then, have a look at what Holly has to say about not just fixing the problem, but getting excited and having fun diving into that middle!

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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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April 16, 2019

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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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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