How to Write Fiction: What is Process and can I change it?  How does Process effect my writing?

Have you been struggling with writer's block?  Maybe you've got a ton of Hard Drive Zombies and you just can't seem to finish anything.  Or maybe you've been writing a long time, have a decent amount of established work... and now what you've always done is failing you.

You're not alone.

So many writers have writers have run up against the agony that slams you full body into a brick wall when your process suddenly just stops working.  Some writers don't know what process is in general, much less can define their own.  

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss several different processes she has worked through when creating several different works of fiction including different genres and a collaboration.  So listen and then jump into the forums to let us know: What is YOUR process?  Has it changed?  Has it ever failed or is it staying strong?  What do you do: cling to process and force it to the end?  Or drop it at even the hint of Muse Resistance?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss

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How to Write Fiction:

Who doesn't worry at some point that they're going to bomb with their fiction? Many writers put off publishing, revising or even creating for fear of a lack of skill.  

If you're a non-linear writer with scattered scenes, how do you know if you technically have a first draft?  

Should I change a process I love if I feel it's not getting results I think I am supposed to be getting?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss several questions emailed to us by two writers who feel their issues were not common enough to warrant a post in the podcast forums - but these are very, very common issues!  Let's get to working on some solutions together.

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How to Write Fiction: Listener's Questions!

How can I know if the writing is boring to just me as the writer or to everyone?  How do you write flashbacks, dreams, and premonitions well and are they necessary for your main character to gain information when you're limited by point of view?  How do you avoid an info dump when the character has no information but needs it to figure everything out?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss all of these questions in depth.  If you feel you're still lost, please come into the forums and let us know!

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How to Write Fiction

Technical difficulties have left us in a bit of a lurch, but we're not leaving you without content.  In today's episode we are republishing more of the much-requested Holly Lisle On Writing - the episodes 4 and 5 from Holly's original 2006 podcast.

In this blast from the past Holly answers questions from listeners and readers covering collaborations, world building, languages, themes and more.  We'll have updated links on anything possible in the show notes at AloneWithInvisiblePeople.com

The regular podcast will return next week (3-17-20).

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How to Write Fiction: With so many ideas, how do I know which ones are best?

If you're stuck in overwhelm on a current novel or story, surrounded by the ideas coming at you from everywhere, this episode addresses just that.  When we're writing fiction, ideas flood in.  The more you write, the more ideas you get.  So how in the world can you tell the difference between a good idea that supports your work and a bad one that derails it? 

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the overabundance of ideas, what to do with them, how to tell if they're good for a current work or not, and how to maintain your focus on the current story.

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How to Write Fiction: Story Ideas VS Fiction Length

Two common scenarios, each is one side of the same coin: 1. you're writing a short story that won't end or 2. you've run out of steam with your current novel.  The short story is too involved, while the novel isn't involved enough.

So how can you tell whether or not your story matches the length of the work you want to write? 

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss just this question, providing you with a few examples (real and imagined) as well as questions to ask yourself if you find you're running into this very familiar problem.

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How to Write Fiction: Example of How to Revise

Man... revision.  Whew.  'Nuff said, am I right?

Revision can feel like you're stumbling around in a room the size of a football stadium, one with booby-traps and sharp objects, big, hard furniture - and you're blindfolded.  Did I mention you're also trying to find a particular object in this quest?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss what revision is (and what it is not - hint, editing) and we'll break it down into very basic steps.  We'll use flash fiction examples written especially for this episode.  You'll hear the first drafts, the revised but still rough versions and listen as we try and help each other out with our stories.  If you work on this yourself, please share your work in the forums!

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How to Write Fiction: How to Write Holiday Centric Fiction!

Have you ever wanted to write a story surrounding an upcoming holiday, but feel locked into certain tropes?  Have you ever struggled to put your own spin on a piece of work you want to write for a specific holiday?  Maybe you want to create a new take on the celebration or focus the darker side of any number of these "special" days.

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss how much fun writing holiday-based fiction can be, how to go about it in an easy and orderly way and how to find what matters to you in each and every holiday.

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How to Write Fiction: How to Beat Burn Out

Most everyone has - or will - face burn out.  You're tired of even looking at the work you've been chipping away at.  You want to go hide in a corner or maybe you just push yourself harder at this big, unmovable force.  Either way you want it done and done yesterday.

But burn out isn't what you think it is.  This is a signal from the Right Brain Muse and/or Left Brain Inner Critic that all is not well that should be.  

In this episode Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) help to show how to recognize burn out, where we as writers need to ask questions and how burn out can actually be a key to making your work better and more you than it was before. 

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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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