How to Write Fiction: Being Naked and Proud

Only you can truly see through your eyes... that is until you put them on the page through your characters.  And then everyone can see it.  For better or for worse - and sometimes both - you're revealed in ways even you were not aware of.

Being naked on the page is being honest, is showing others who you are, why you believe the way you do, what you think is important and how you want the world to be.  In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss how to write true to yourself, why you'd want to put the best, worst, and ugliest parts of ourselves out there for the world to consume and what we as writers get out of it.

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How to Write Fiction:

We are such strange creatures.  We desire comfort and chaos, routine and inspiration.  In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the importance of creating space in your life for your art.  We go into each of the three types of space in detail and why they're important.  

If you're lucky enough to be able to do all three, they can only help in aiding in the building of your writing habit.  Consistent efforts to create and maintain your space will benefit you to creating the life you want to live.

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How to Write Fiction: Stories using both the Editor and the Muse!

For three weeks we have been talking Sweet Spot Map.  From building a one, to building a world and then building your characters.  In the fourth and final installment, we go over how to use the map for story building.

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 to find key conflicts, mixing and matching over and over to fine-tune your story.  Using examples from both of our works and maps, we'll go over how to find the conflict in the parts you love (and hate) most.

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How to Write Fiction: Build Characters using the Muse's input!

Two weeks we went over building a Sweet Spot Map, last week we went over building a world.  This week we go over how to use the map for character building.

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 characters that will inhabit your worlds, using examples from both of our works. Anything on these maps can be used to build characters you've just created or enhance ones you've had around for a while.  We go into how much to include, how to look at different sections in more than an obvious way and drawing from your own life.

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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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