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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The conclusion to the two parter on stereotypes:

I (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss stereotypes that we've all seen in fiction: on the page or screen. The Evil Villain, Selfless Hero, Badass Chick, Tough Guy, Angsty Teen, Comic Relief, Henchmen and more.

You might have other examples and that's fine!  Holly offers a system of questions and answers to show you how YOU can take a stereotype - ANY stereotype - from a bland cliche to a deep, well-rounded character.

In Part One we dove into the first few characters.  In this episode we speed it up but still show the make up of the stereotypes left on the list, how to look deeper into characters that require more and ways to show their differences.  We'll wrap it up with a more concise focus on the process as well as sharing the one rule you'll need to remember when dealing with any character.  We also have a brief discussion of specifically using stereotyping and cliches to play with the reader's/viewer's expectations.

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In this two parter, I (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss stereotypes that we've all seen in fiction: on the page or screen. The Evil Villain, Selfless Hero, Badass Chick, Tough Guy, Angsty Teen, Comic Relief, Henchmen and more.

You might have other examples and that's fine!  Holly offers a system of questions and answers to show you how YOU can take a stereotype - ANY stereotype - from a bland cliche to a deep, well-rounded character.

We'll show you what makes up these particular stereotypes and how to look deeper into characters that require more.  Next week, we'll wrap it up with the other half of the examples, the one rule you'll need to remember when dealing with any character and a discussion on how you can use stereotyping and cliches to play with the reader's/viewer's expectations.

After the episode: Have something to say? A question to ask? Jump into the forums for FREE at HollysWritingClasses.com and share with us!

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I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss YOUR story and the impact of using what you've lived through - both good and bad - as well as your own beliefs and objective observation in order to create deeper, richer stories.

Many writers face the struggle of feeling their story ideas lacking in interest, conflict, mystery or a unique voice.  You worry over what you have to say - is even important or interesting?  Will anyone care?

Holly can help you find a way to connect with your story through life events and then put yourself in the path of having the story come to you.  Details in your life matter and even if you think your 'everyday life' holds no magic, look closer.  You, your life and perspectives can be unique, you just have to know what to look for.

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

 

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle talk about worldbuilding again, this time how you as the writer can connect with your creation!  Your world can be big or small, set in any genre and at any time - doesn't matter.  There are no stipulations when it comes to creating a realistic, living, breathing world.

If you're concerned your words will leave readers feeling flat, uninterested and as if the characters are just moving along in a gray, dull blur - have a listen to this episode.  Holly can help you to find what's missing, how to bring your worlds to life and - maybe most important - how to create a connection between what you've created and your readers.

After the episode: Have something to say?  A question to ask? Jump into the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and share with us.

 

 

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Learn Your Genre – How to Dissect a Novel You Love

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle talk about her method for dissecting good novels - that you love - and breaking them down in order to learn the genre you want to jump into.

Whether you are wanting to write in a genre you have always loved or you need to learn a new one relatively quickly, Holly has done both and lays out a clear path to success in this episode.

Find out: how to spot the best parts of a genre, when you can leave out bits and how to add what matters to you into your work.

Listen to the episode, then hop on over to our site, print out the free worksheets (no email is asked for and there are no requirements or restrictions in order to download them) and get to work!

 

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Goal Setting - and Goal KEEPING - for Writing Fiction

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle go into Goal Setting and KEEPING for the fiction writer.

This is not about breaking out your planners or purchasing a $40 goal setting book or taking an expensive (or free) online course.  It's not about vision boards or huge aspirations and big dreams coming true without knowing a single step to get there.

This is about finding the right goals, breaking those goals down, getting leverage, setting achievable targets and working towards them consistently, as well as how to reward yourself for reaching them!

When everyone is setting lofty year-end goals or scoffing at those "suckers setting New Year resolutions", you can be mindful and strong and achieving wins from Day One.

 

After the episode: Have tips for our listeners on goal setting that have worked for you? Jump into the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and share with us.

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This week I, (host Rebecca Galardo), discuss another much asked question with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle.  If you're looking for one of the most cited reasons that people use for not writing, it's time.

Time is a precious commodity, one of the few things in life that truly cannot be replaced.  There is no getting it back and so many people want to take it up.  Carving out space for our passions can be difficult when it comes to daily obligations.  Holly covers how to find the time in your life, but just as important, how to find the why in your life. 

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This week we head back into the vault of Writing Skill Questions.

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss the advice often heard - and not so often explained - "Show, Don't Tell."

Holly walks us through the topic with examples and points out the important things to keep in mind, including her most important tip of all.

Questions or comments after the episode? Join us in the Podcast forum at hollyswritingclasses.com

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A question Holly gets often is a variation of: "How did you go pro as a writer?"

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss her advice for other writers looking to earn a living as an author.  This plan lays out steps built from writing for over 35 years and being professionally published for almost 30 of those years.

Holly and Rebecca get personal and deep with examples of how Holly's life has effected her people, her career - and and how her career has had it's own effects.  An important listen for anyone wanting to make a living writing fiction.

Questions or comments after the episode? Join us in the Podcast forum at hollyswritingclasses.com

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