November 12, 2019

How to Plot Twists that Fit

How to Write Fiction: How to Find Twists that Fit Your Story

Afraid of “anvils and aliens” intruding on your historical romance?  Finding your sweet YA has suddenly become horribly R-rated?  Maybe you've tossed a few spells into that Sci-Fi book you've been slugging along on.  Or perhaps you keep introducing new characters because your Muse says "Oh, here, this guy will TWIST things up!"

You know when something you've written doesn't fit, sometimes intuitively and sometimes it's just plain obvious.  Coming up with twists that fit the story and the world is not always easy.  In fact, most of the time it can be downright difficult.

(This week's episode also features a Halloween Story Rebecca left out of the Special Episodes by accident - ENJOY!).

Join us in this week's episode and as we answer this question, talking process, Muse, Inner Critic, letting go, limitations and how to chase that damned slippery twist.

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: Do you know what your most influential authors have done for you?  For your work?

In this week's episode Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) delve into our top ten (well, okay, it's more than that, sorry) authors and point out why and how they influenced our lives and our work.

Join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com (no purchase or ownership of courses necessary) and get to typing!

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This year our Halloween Special is a two parter with the second part airing today, on the spookiest of holidays!  Happy Halloween to our listeners from your AIARWIP family!

We invite you to cozy on up to your listening devices for part one of our Halloween Special!  This spooky and spoopy, cute and morbid, heart-warming and heart-ripping extra EXTRA special episode of Alone in a Room with Invisible People is sure to have a story or two fitting your tastes... be they for sweets or gore!

Writers and listeners of the podcast have once again given us some wonderful and entertaining stories to behold in our second annual holiday podcast!  Enough that you'll be getting one episode today and another on All Hallow's Eve itself!

Using Holly’s Free ‘How to Write Flash Fiction that Doesn’t Suck’ course, our authors have submitted their Halloween-themed stories.  Beginners and pros alike have joined in to give you over 2 hours of tales of the macabre, scary, goofy, quirky, sad and funny!!

There is a story for everyone in this batch, all in bite size, delectable chunks, just like your favorite pieces of Halloween candy! So carve out sometime on Hallowe'en to feast on candy & these stories!

Share, rate and subscribe for weekly episodes!  And if you liked what you heard, you can find the Author List (alphabetical by story), links and music in our Show Notes at AloneWithInvisiblePeople.com

We invite you to cozy on up to your listening devices for part one of our Halloween Special!  This spooky and spoopy, cute and morbid, heart-warming and heart-ripping extra EXTRA special episode of Alone in a Room with Invisible People is sure to have a story or two fitting your tastes... be they for sweets or gore!

Writers and listeners of the podcast have once again given us some wonderful and entertaining stories to behold in our second annual holiday podcast!  Enough that you'll be getting one episode today and another on All Hallow's Eve itself!

Using Holly’s Free ‘How to Write Flash Fiction that Doesn’t Suck’ course, our authors have submitted their Halloween-themed stories.  Beginners and pros alike have joined in to give you over 2 hours of tales of the macabre, scary, goofy, quirky, sad and funny!!

There is a story for everyone in this batch, all in bite size, delectable chunks, just like your favorite pieces of Halloween candy! So carve out sometime on Hallowe'en to feast on candy & these stories!

Share, rate and subscribe for weekly episodes!  And if you liked what you heard, you can find the Author List (alphabetical by story), links and music in our Show Notes at AloneWithInvisiblePeople.com

How to Write Fiction: A Workshop to Help Add Humor to Your Stories

Humorous writing can sometimes seem like a either a born talent or a sudden - sometimes seldom given - gift.  It might feel that way when you're plodding along in a scene and something hilarious happens.  Rest assured this is your Right Brain - your Muse - and humor is yet another skill you can learn, a muscle you can work out and build over time.

In this episode I (host Rebecca Galardo) ask questions from Holly's free worksheets (found in the show notes for this episode at AloneWithInvisiblePeople.com) and Holly's walks us through her plot and different possibilities to add humor.  You can listen along and we'd love to see what you'd come up with for Holly's ideas (join us in the forums) or take the worksheet to your current work and see how you can retrofit it.

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

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How to Write Fiction: A Workshop on Creating Story Arcs for Novels

You might know how to write a scene, but what about story or plot arcs?  How do you tie in those larger story elements within the book while also working on the other parts of the scenes?  How do you plan those?  How do you include more than just the minimuma scene needs without going overboard with exposition on your larger-than-a-single-scene-level conflicts?

This episode was inspired by a great question in the forums after How to Keep Your Scenes on Target.

Download the free workshop, print (or save ink and answer the questions with pen in a notebook) and get to writing!

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

After the episode: Have something to say? A question to ask? Jump into the FREE forums at HollysWritingClasses.com (no purchase or ownership of courses necessary) and share with us.

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How to Write Fiction:

This week Author and Teacher Holly Lisle answers a question that is familiar to most of us. What would you tell your younger self?

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

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!

After the episode: Have something to say? A question to ask? Jump into the FREE forums at HollysWritingClasses.com (no purchase or ownership of courses necessary) and share with us.

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How to Write Fiction: The pitfalls for beginning authors...  There are a lot, but Holly has seven that she wanted to cover

How do you learn from writers you love without stopping yourself from putting words on the page?  How important is the perfect first line when writing first draft?  How does revision come into play?  Talent VS skill?  How is research a pitfall?  Why being SAFE is a trap?  How is "process" not always "process"?

There are a lot of traps to fall into when it comes to the world of writing fiction and even more advice in this episode on how to avoid a handful of them.

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: Do you find yourself trying to get the outline of a story or novel perfect before you write?  Do you feel stuck in a synopsis before beginning your work because you don't have it all figured out... so you don't get to the action writing fiction part?

In this week's episode I (host, Rebecca Galardo) and Author and Teacher Holly Lisle discussion outlining as a form of procrastination as well as planning your fiction and where your best ideas come from.  We go over how you can tell if you're working or if you're procrastinating, what you can do about it, how you can work with or around outlining stories...  and most importantly how to find what works for you.

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: 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!

After the episode: Have something to say? A question to ask? Jump into the FREE forums at HollysWritingClasses.com (no purchase or ownership of courses necessary) and share with us.

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