How to Write Fiction: Build your Fictional World using the Muse's input!

Last week we went over building a Sweet Spot Map.  This week we go over how to use the map for worldbuilding.

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss how to take what you've written down on your map and build the world from it, using examples from both of our works.  We'll show you how almost anything can be turned into a worldbuilding element, how to pick out the important parts and how to navigate your way through your muse's more incoherent ramblings.

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How to Write Fiction: How to Unleash Your Muse and Get Creative, Unexpected and Motivating Ideas

Our listeners have been asking for this episode since we first started referencing the Sweet Spot Maps.  We are now taking on a four-parter on the topic with personal examples of how we use it in our work.  

What is a Sweet Spot Map?  What is it used for?  How do I build one and why do I want to?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the technique and how Holly has altered the basic mind map to work on a deeper, more personal, more fiction-focused level.  This helps to develop ideas and cultivate a closer connection to your muse while also creating links you might not have found otherwise.  Learn over the next four weeks how powerful and multi-faceted this tool really is.

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In this episode, we're reading four scenes volunteered by four different writers, and demonstrating not just where the scenes work work and where they fall apart... BUT exactly how you can check your own scenes using the process we demonstrate.

Need to know why your test readers aren't thrilled by a scene you thought was going to rock their worlds?

Download your worksheet (free at alonewithinvisiblepeople.com, no email required), listen in, and follow along while you discover where things went wrong in your own problem scene... and fix each issue.

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How to Write Fiction:

Since we spoke so heavily last week on PRO-Indie and PRO-Series, Holly thought it was important to discuss some incredibly important series fundamentals - elements of your series that you do not want to mess up.

What promises do you want to make?  What is the difference between what is important to you and what is important to the reader?  What will cause your reader to go from love to hate for your main character in the span of a series?  How do keep track of what your series core is - the thing you never, ever break?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss how NOT to break your series in this first episode of series fundamentals.  Next week we'll do our official 100th episode (we don't count The Introductions as an episode) AMA (ask me anything).

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How to Write Fiction: Which is best for building a readership and making a career from writing?  Series Fiction?  Or Stand Alone novels?

The best choice may come down to personal preference for each writer but, as far as building a readership and making a living from your fiction, there is no competition. 

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the question from a listener and Holly-student regarding what the best choice is for authors today.   We'll break down the best options, why they're the best options and what varieties exist within series fiction, as well as breakdown Holly's future marketing plan for her own series fiction - including the pros and cons. 

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How to Write Fiction: How to Define a Chapter in Your Written Works

What goes in a chapter?  Is there a best way to use them?  Are there different ways to use pacing, scenes and chapters together?  What are my options?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the weirdness of The Chapter.  What is it?  What should it include?  What should you do - or not do?  Do I have to even include chapters in my work?

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How to Write Fiction:  Why do people tell me all of my character’s sound the same and what can I do about it?

Ah… character voice.  We’ve all been there.  Maybe you’ve written a few stories and published or shared them.  Or even the first draft of a novel.  Either way you’ve got trusted writer friends telling you your characters “sound the same” or are missing a distinct “voice”.

What can you do?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss Character Voice (not to be confused with your voice), what it is, what it is not and what you can do to work it into your work in a way that deepens and enriches the final product.

What does your characters’ dialogue say about them without them spelling it out?  How can mixing it up create deeper, more interesting characters?  What is specialized dialogue and why do we have to be so damn careful with it?  How does being the weirdo eavesdropping on others help you out as a writer?

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How to Write Fiction:

Some people are naturally good at coming up with names for their projects.

This episode is not for them, but if they'd like to drop into our podcast forums and help out, we'd love to hear their take on this!

For the writers out there who struggle to come up with titles that get the book into a reader's hands but also evoke an almost magical desire to read the subject matter, we hear you and we're going to do our best to discuss the subject matter today!  

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss titles, how to dig deep to create ones that fit, the importance of maintaining objectivity on what you've created and talk about a few examples here and there.

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How to Write Fiction:

The Internal Conflict.  This can be either the driving force of an entire series... or the doom of your book (and anywhere in between, but that's less dramatic).

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss a question posed by a listener regarding internal conflicts, common problems with how they're written and how to do them justice while driving the plot ever onward!

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How to Write Fiction: What is Process and can I change it?  How does Process effect my writing?

Have you been struggling with writer's block?  Maybe you've got a ton of Hard Drive Zombies and you just can't seem to finish anything.  Or maybe you've been writing a long time, have a decent amount of established work... and now what you've always done is failing you.

You're not alone.

So many writers have writers have run up against the agony that slams you full body into a brick wall when your process suddenly just stops working.  Some writers don't know what process is in general, much less can define their own.  

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss several different processes she has worked through when creating several different works of fiction including different genres and a collaboration.  So listen and then jump into the forums to let us know: What is YOUR process?  Has it changed?  Has it ever failed or is it staying strong?  What do you do: cling to process and force it to the end?  Or drop it at even the hint of Muse Resistance?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss

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