How to Write Fiction: How to Unleash Your Muse and Get Creative, Unexpected and Motivating Ideas

Our listeners have been asking for this episode since we first started referencing the Sweet Spot Maps.  We are now taking on a four-parter on the topic with personal examples of how we use it in our work.  

What is a Sweet Spot Map?  What is it used for?  How do I build one and why do I want to?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the technique and how Holly has altered the basic mind map to work on a deeper, more personal, more fiction-focused level.  This helps to develop ideas and cultivate a closer connection to your muse while also creating links you might not have found otherwise.  Learn over the next four weeks how powerful and multi-faceted this tool really is.

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In this episode, we're reading four scenes volunteered by four different writers, and demonstrating not just where the scenes work work and where they fall apart... BUT exactly how you can check your own scenes using the process we demonstrate.

Need to know why your test readers aren't thrilled by a scene you thought was going to rock their worlds?

Download your worksheet (free at alonewithinvisiblepeople.com, no email required), listen in, and follow along while you discover where things went wrong in your own problem scene... and fix each issue.

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How to Write Fiction:

Since we spoke so heavily last week on PRO-Indie and PRO-Series, Holly thought it was important to discuss some incredibly important series fundamentals - elements of your series that you do not want to mess up.

What promises do you want to make?  What is the difference between what is important to you and what is important to the reader?  What will cause your reader to go from love to hate for your main character in the span of a series?  How do keep track of what your series core is - the thing you never, ever break?

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss how NOT to break your series in this first episode of series fundamentals.  Next week we'll do our official 100th episode (we don't count The Introductions as an episode) AMA (ask me anything).

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How to Write Fiction: Which is best for building a readership and making a career from writing?  Series Fiction?  Or Stand Alone novels?

The best choice may come down to personal preference for each writer but, as far as building a readership and making a living from your fiction, there is no competition. 

In this episode Author and Fiction Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the question from a listener and Holly-student regarding what the best choice is for authors today.   We'll break down the best options, why they're the best options and what varieties exist within series fiction, as well as breakdown Holly's future marketing plan for her own series fiction - including the pros and cons. 

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