October 16, 2018

Plotting VS Pantsing

I, (host Rebecca Galardo), discuss the topic of Plotting VS Pantsing with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. We cover the pros and cons of both Plotting and Pantsing, why a balance of both is most likely your best bet, and how to find that balance. 

Many of us struggle with getting our ideas down and knowing how much plotting is enough. When too little leaves us stranded, and when too much kills the story before we've started it, it’s important to find YOUR right amount. Holly has a few answers that might just help you out.

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October 9, 2018

The Scene Building Workshop

In another experimental episode, Author/Teacher Holly Lisle walks the listener, and the host … me - Rebecca Galardo - through a scene building workshop.  She'll define what a scene is for us and guide us through creating a good scene every time.  Play along: all you need is a pen and paper! Using the right questions, Holly and I create scenes from scratch for stories we now both want to tell.

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In this episode, host Rebecca Galardo and author and teacher Holly Lisle discuss a place we’ve all been — discovering that you hate something you’ve written. 

We uncover the reasons for this torment, show you where to find the issues in the work and what options you have to understand and fix what broke, or to learn how to use this wreck to prevent future wrecks.

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September 25, 2018

Criminally Annoying Characters

In this episode, host Rebecca Galardo and author and teacher Holly Lisle discuss Criminally Annoying Characters and what we did to deserve them. 

We uncover the different types of characters that fit this description, reasons they've shown up, and how to decide if they're worth a little tweaking or too horrible to keep.  We show you where to look to pinpoint the flaws and what options you have fix what broke, and to learn how to use this prevent future disaster characters.

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September 18, 2018

Getting Unstuck in Your Writing

In this episode, host Rebecca Galardo and author and teacher Holly Lisle dig into what causes that agonizing moment where you realize your story is stuck… and then they show you were to find the problems, and how to make the fixes.

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In this episode, host Rebecca Galardo discusses the topic of Good Critiquing VS Bad or Destructive Criticism with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. They cover what Destructive Criticism is - and how to spot it - what good critiquing is - and how to do it - and share some of their horror stories and insights.

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In this episode, host Rebecca Galardo shares a listener's questions on introducing multiple characters and plotlines with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. They cover how to handle sweeping epic storylines as well as structuring plot, figuring out your skillset and how to overcome fear and procrastination to take action on your writing.

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September 4, 2018

Why Write Flash Fiction?

Host Rebecca Galardo discusses the topic of Flash Fiction with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. They cover the surprising and, at times, overwhelming benefits of writing flash fiction (an often overlooked and disregarded type of story) and the reasons why EVERY writer should try it out - even YOU.

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August 28, 2018

Settings and Worldbuilding

Host Rebecca Galardo discusses the topic of Settings and Worldbuilding with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. They cover world building done right, why this is a crucial - and often overlooked - part of every well written story, how to start world building quickly and the questions to ask yourself.

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PART TWO: This experimental episode covers the closing up of the brainstorming.  Author/Teacher Holly Lisle walks host and writer Rebecca Galardo through the consult phase of the session.  Remember that when it comes to brainstorming you can go back and forth and falter.  The purpose of the consulting author is to help guide and act as a tether, helping their fellow writer find their way through the story and uncover gems.

As with Part One, feel free to play along with free worksheets, downloadable immediately from the website (no need to give your email address or any other information). Using these worksheets and working with the Muse (right brain) and Inner Critic (left brain) Holly and Rebecca create story fragments from scratch.  If you want to try what Holly now calls 'The Ball and The Wall' Technique, we will have the rules available as a download as well.

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