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.

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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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!

 

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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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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The Writing Career - What if You had to do it ALL Over Again?

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle went a different route this episode.  Holly was struck by a question in her personal Patreon.  "What if you had to do it all over again?" 

What would you do differently?

 

Holly takes this question on from two perspectives: starting over in her own already set life's timeline, or starting as a writer might be starting now, in the world of Indie and Trad pub options.

A complex question with a myriad of answers, there is something for any aspiring writer to learn in this episode, most of which is: all you have is right now.

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November 27, 2018

16 Bad Habits Writers Have

I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle took to asking a question of our listeners in the AIARWIP forums at HollysWritingClasses:

"What is/are your worst bad habit/s?"

Bad habits differ greatly but the common denominator is that they all lead to results that are not ideal for writing: mostly leading to NOT writing.  

For all 16 of the mentioned bad habits - ranging from listening to your Muse's every idea to never finishing, to not being firm about a writing habit - Holly and I provide our experiences and tips for getting past the habit and back to the writing.

(If you have a bad habit that was not covered, join the free forums at hollyswritingclasses.com and let us know on the post in the forum for this episode.)

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I, (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle answer one of the most common questions that creatives ask over and over. It's the fear many of us have: What if I don't have the talent to pursue my dreams?  Society tells us that creatives are born not made.  Well, we disagree.  Holly and I cover the following:

Does talent matter?

Why having none gives you the advantage.

And what you can do if you're starting from scratch with zero skills.

This is a very important topic.  As you grow your skills and people begin to look at your work and compare their lower-level stuff to it, you'll hear the same thing: "I just have no talent."  

And then you can help a future author out too.

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