How to Write Fiction: Working with a Theme in your fiction and characters!

Most writers at one point in their lives struggle with theme.  What is theme?  How do I incorporate it into my story?  How do I tie that in with my characters in actions and thought?  How do I make sure my point comes across?  Can I show different parts of the theme without seeming incoherent?

In today's episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) cover all of this with an example that Holly comes up with and builds upon live.

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How to Write Fiction: What is Telegraphing in Fiction and What are the

What is Telegraphing and the Truth About Writers' Groups

What the heck is telegraphing?  And should I join a Writer's Group?  How do I choose one?  What are things to look for?  What are red flags to watch out for?  How can I contribute to one?

This week Author and Writing Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) answer two questions from our listeners.  We've got more coming and very soon, but if you've got a question you want to send to us privately you can either respond to the weekly email (if you're signed up for the episode notifications) or email us at show@alonewithinvisiblepeople.com.

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How to Write Fiction: How to Know if You're Struggling for Good Reason or If Your Book is Killing Your Joy.

It's not always a flaw in your character or a lack of self-disipline - sometimes it's just the story.  So then the question becomes: How Can You Tell the Difference?

Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) explain the method of looking deep into both yourself and your writing to find the cause of your struggles.  With real life examples we'll show you the difference between the thing we all eventually come to know as truth - WRITING is actually HARD - and the thing many of us might face more than once in our lives - Writing THIS THING is WRONG for me.

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How to Write Fiction:

Do you have issues with keeping the focus on your fiction?  Maybe you're overwhelmed with all you have to get done?  Or is the inconsistency of your schedule (or lack thereof) getting in the way?

If you're suffering from any kind of attention issues, we understand!  In this episode, Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) cover different issues writers face when it comes to putting words on paper and getting work done.  There are  a million things vying for your attention at any point in time - let's focus on the ones that point us in the direction of our dreams.

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How to Write Fiction: Writing Goals and Resolutions (or UNresolutions to Holly) and How To Set Them!

If you have always wanted to: write and finish that novel in your head, self-pub a bunch of your short stories, finally finish the one big revision that is driving you nuts and submit the damn thing, get a chapbook of poetry out...  

Whatever your writing goals, we've got you covered in how to set them, how to work on achieving them - and we've also set up a support system!

Author and Teacher Holly Lisle goes over her plan for the year, and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) come up with different examples to have Holly walk me through.  We'll show how to set achievable goals, how to track them, and where to find support all year long as you attempt to keep focused.  

The year 2020 is going to bring personal upheavals as every year always does.  It's not going to take it easy on you just because you want to finally make this your year.  So let's set some goals, get clear on why we want to achieve them and what good they'll do!  Let's keep the focus on taking action on our dreams instead of letting them stay dreams. 

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How to Write Fiction: Take Your Obsessions and Spin Unique Tales to Tell!

In this episode Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) break down how to create fiction out of the things in life you truly love or have an obsessive interest in.  

We not only show you how to find ways to hone in on what you can write about passionately - we also show you how to combine loves and create unique twists and combinations to create a truly different perspective for your future works.

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December 17, 2019

How to Nail Your Endings

How to Write Fiction: How to Write the Best Ending... and Discover the Wrong Ones.

If you're a writer odds are you have struggled with an ending or two.  Maybe you didn't have a clue how to end a work.  Or maybe you have something that just doesn't feel right.  

Trying to "nail" an ending is hard work - even the best of writers can become frustrated when it comes to tying everything up and creating a resolution that both pulls together the threads of your story and satisfies.  

So whether you're at a complete loss at the finish line or you just need a little help fine-tuning things during your revision, Author and Teacher Holly Lisle has got a few questions that might help you cross that finish line in first place.

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How to Write Fiction: How to Build onto Existing Stories and Ideas with examples!

Do you have an idea you love, but it's not really long enough for the word count you or a publisher wants?  Or did you start writing a novel to find you've only got the meat for a short story?

Join Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and myself (host, Rebecca Galardo) as we both build from a single prompt.  Holly creates live while I built mine  the night before the recording the episode.  Holly creates three different ideas (a flash fiction storyline, a short fiction story line and what could be a novel or series storyline) while I take the same idea from the one prompt and add bits and pieces to it to create all three length storylines required.

Added request: If possible, come up with your own work and share with us in the forums.  We love to see what you guys come up with.

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How to Write Fiction: How to get story ideas while building a Language and Culture!

What can you create with ten sounds and three words? The in-depth start to an entire world! The same with creating a belief like like an every day item is Sentient and Evil!

Join Author and Teacher, Holly Lisle, and her daughter (writer and host, Rebecca Galardo) as they spawn ideas that thrill them from just the tiniest of worldbuilding!

Special Note: Never were the type to be interested in creating a language?  COOL!  I (Rebecca) was the same!  Please: give it a go anyway.  Try it out.  It won’t take long and the worst case scenario - you’ve completely a unique writing exercise you don’t have to ever do again and you maybe got a story idea out of it.  Your Muse (Right Brain) needs stimulation and the Inner Critic (left brain) is the one telling you "I don't do languages." or "That's not for me." and "You don't need them in your genre/writing/work."

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How to Write Fiction: Workshop with Us While We Build Worlds in Around 5 Minutes (or less!) a Piece.

Are you the type of write who, like Holly, can spend endless hours - days upon days, weeks upon weeks, and more - world building?  Or are you the type of writer, like Rebecca, who ends up writing characters speaking and doing things in a barely there setting?  Perhaps you're the type of writer who is a middle grounder, who does some world building but all of these writers can still wonder: have I done enough?

Today's episode is all about world building fast.  If you tend to overbuild, underbuild or just wonder if you've really done enough, this episode is for you.  Even if you're confident in what you've done, this might be a new approach to building stories and worlds that you haven't tried yet.

Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) walk through prompts from our own brains, surprise prompts from each other and then collaborate on two ideas - creating no less than 6 rich worlds and story ideas in under an hour.

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