Scathing crits, passive aggressive comments from a 'friend' or mean-spirited reviews can all rile us up.  But what exactly is behind a lot of this?

The desire to destroy others.

In this episode Holly delves deep into the ever-present 'elephant in the industry' and sets forth her flag in the underground fight for bringing other novelists and writers up - supporting them as your people instead of looking at them as a stepping stone from which to reach the top.  

Many writers are out there fighting the good fight for themselves and each other.  Join us.  Be a part of the solution and keep readers coming back for more.

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Sometimes sex or romance - or both - adds to fiction.  The question is, when?

I (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss when sex and romance adds, when it detracts, and how to write it well.  Characters, plot and genre come into play, but so do you.  You are the most important part of this.  While we describe what sex and romance is to us, that is only our part of the equation.  What is it to you and the stories you are itching to tell?

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Have you ever read a book that kept surprising you with twists and turns you didn't see coming but once read you couldn't unsee the clues?  How about the opposite - guessed the twist from the start? If you aspire to write great mysteries in your novels and avoid at all costs the obvious surprises, this episode could give you the tools to do just that.

I (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss how to plan surprises and mysteries while leaving room for your muse to play.  Without over-planning, spontaneous twists that even shock you as the author can come into play!

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The conclusion to the two parter on stereotypes:

I (host Rebecca Galardo) and Author/Teacher Holly Lisle discuss stereotypes that we've all seen in fiction: on the page or screen. The Evil Villain, Selfless Hero, Badass Chick, Tough Guy, Angsty Teen, Comic Relief, Henchmen and more.

You might have other examples and that's fine!  Holly offers a system of questions and answers to show you how YOU can take a stereotype - ANY stereotype - from a bland cliche to a deep, well-rounded character.

In Part One we dove into the first few characters.  In this episode we speed it up but still show the make up of the stereotypes left on the list, how to look deeper into characters that require more and ways to show their differences.  We'll wrap it up with a more concise focus on the process as well as sharing the one rule you'll need to remember when dealing with any character.  We also have a brief discussion of specifically using stereotyping and cliches to play with the reader's/viewer's expectations.

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