How to Write: How do I keep my scenes cohesive and get to the point?  How do I not lose sight of what the scene is supposed to be?

Today I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss writing scenes with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle.  What is getting in late and leaving early when it comes to scenes?  How do you know what to cut and what to leave in?  How to you even know what is integral to a scene and what to write in the first place?  What are the elements that are absolutely necessary in a scene?  

Holly's got the answers to these and more!

So grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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September 10, 2019

Pen Names - Why and Why Not?

How to Write Fiction: When is a pen name or pseudonym in fiction writing a good idea?  Can it be bad for your career?  And how?

There are many good, valid reasons for having a pen name (or several!) and we discuss these.  There are good reasons to not have one either.  So how do you know if it's right for you?  How do you know if it a pen name will help your sales instead of hurting them?

In this week's episode, I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the pros and cons of pen names with Holly Lisle, as well as learning from the mistakes she's made over her almost 35 years in writing.

Join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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How to Write Fiction: How do I capture the important relationships between both friends or even best friends?

Sometimes when we're writing relationships, friendships and best friends in fiction can often feel obligatory and empty.  At times when reading or writing, these characters can feel likeeclones of each other - or at the other end of the spectrum, people who would never, ever be even casual aquaintances, which will irritate a reader to no end, unless there is a reason keeping them together.

So what can we as writers do to create realistic friendships while maintaining that "they'll never get together - it's not sexual" tone?  How important are friendships in fiction?  What can we do as the author of the story to create a better book with deeper, more meaningful friendships?

Join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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How to Write Fiction: Twists and What They Are

When many writers hear the word they think plot twist, or twist ending and that's about it.  Did you know that every good, meaningful scene has a twist?  Or that every scene should have one?

In today's episode Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) explain the tricky definition of a "twist" and then go through the 11 Questions you can ask of every single scene to find one.  Twists are always about knowing how to ask better questions.

This episode contains a spontaneous and live workshop.  We each set up three very basic scenes, then work through both the obvious - and boring - options and then create ways to bring about different kinds of twists into play.  Join us and learn to find the twist in every single scene you write.

Join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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How to Write Fiction: Where to publish and why?  Writers worry about pay, sure, but sometimes there is more value in a smaller, non-paying market.  How can this be?

Answering another question by a listener, Author and Fiction Writing Teacher Holly Lisle gives us the breakdown in today's episode - and it's a big one.  You as a writer need to know the values of both paying and free markets.  They're not always what you'd expect.  There is genuine value in smaller markets that cannot even pay with copies.  And there are huge drawbacks to the big paying markets.

So join us in this episode and find out what all there is as well as how to stay safe: the things to look for in contracts, how to spot scams and how to make sure the market you're looking at is as good as it seems.

Join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

Check out our website alonewithinvisiblepeople.com for the Show Notes and transcriptions of the episodes (working from first to last, so it might be a while for this episode).

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What are "Book-A-Likes"?  How will they help you in the long run?  How do they help you with your marketing?  To find your readers and make a career out of writing?

How do you know what books out there are your book-a-likes without having to read everything in the genre in which you believe you're writing?

In today's episode Author/Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss this topic in depth - based on a question from a listener.  Also, stay tuned for a message about the upcoming 2019 Halloween Special: Listener Edition!

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Free downloadable worksheets at AloneWithInvisiblePeople.com.

Today's episode is another workshop!  You guys asked and Holly delivered.

Based on a question from one of our listeners, Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss how to use your short fiction (flash fiction or short stories) to your advantage.  Whether you want to give an existing readership something to chew on while they wait for your next book, start building a readership before your big novel comes out, work on a hard drive zombie, create something new or just do background, this workshop can help you out.

So print off the pages, play the episode and share what you got with us in the forums!

Join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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The second part on our heavy hitter, PERFECTIONISM.  If you didn't listen to last week's episode - Please, go back and listen before you get into this one.

Holly and I (host Rebecca) talk about Perfectionism in revision - what this looks like and how it can affect your writing, future and actions.  How many times should you revise a novel?  What are the essentials to a good story?  What are the fears that haunt you during the revision or publication process?  Are you worthy and what does that even mean?

More importantly, what is the cure for all of this?

Join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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Today exactly marks ONE YEAR since our first episode was released!  So we take on a heavy hitter.

PERFECTIONISM.

Holly and I (host Rebecca) have been eager to share this two-parter topic with you!

So very many people struggle with Perfectionism in their writing - many are not even aware of it.  If you've pined over just the right word, the right description, struggled over the dialogue not being just quite right, the very words stifling your creativity...  You might have a problem with perfectionism.

This week we talk about a topic brought up in our forums and touch on the upcoming 2nd annual Halloween Special: Listener Edition before we get into the real meat: What is perfectionism, what are the symptoms and why, and what is the cure?

So join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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Holly and I (host Rebecca) dive back into the many pages of questions that we’ve gotten (and continue to get) from our listeners while preparing another two parter on a different topic.  

Today we look at choosing a specific POV and issues with limitations as well as how to describe creatures to readers without exposition or lengthy bits of wordage.  These two questions were a lot of fun for us both to answer.

So join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing!

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