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How do I write a book? How do I create compelling characters that readers will love? How do I build a believable world for my story? What does it even mean to write a story that works? Do you have any writing tips? These are just some of the big questions that developmental editor and book coach, Savannah Gilbo, digs into on the Fiction Writing Made Easy Podcast. Each week, Savannah shares actionable tools, tips, and strategies that will help you write, edit, and publish your book. So, whether you're brand new to writing, or a seasoned author looking to improve your craft, this podcast is for you!

How do I write a book? How do I create compelling characters that readers will love? How do I build a believable world for my story? What does it even mean to write a story that works? Do you have any writing tips? These are just some of the big questions that developmental editor and book coach, Savannah Gilbo, digs into on the Fiction Writing Made Easy Podcast. Each week, Savannah shares actionable tools, tips, and strategies that will help you write, edit, and publish your book. So, whether you're brand new to writing, or a seasoned author looking to improve your craft, this podcast is for you!

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United States

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How do I write a book? How do I create compelling characters that readers will love? How do I build a believable world for my story? What does it even mean to write a story that works? Do you have any writing tips? These are just some of the big questions that developmental editor and book coach, Savannah Gilbo, digs into on the Fiction Writing Made Easy Podcast. Each week, Savannah shares actionable tools, tips, and strategies that will help you write, edit, and publish your book. So, whether you're brand new to writing, or a seasoned author looking to improve your craft, this podcast is for you!

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English

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9493109913


Episodes

First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone with Abigail Perry

5/25/2022
In this episode, we're taking a deep dive into the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Join me and fellow developmental editor, Abigail Perry, as we nerd out about the first book in the Harry Potter series: [04:30] A very quick summary of the first chapter [07:00] A macro analysis of the first chapter using 7 key questions from Paula Munier's book The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings [38:00] A micro analysis of the two scenes within the chapter using the "5...

Duration:01:13:45

10 Querying Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

5/18/2022
In this episode, I'm sharing the 10 most common querying mistakes I see writers make and how to avoid them. Here's a preview of what you'll hear in the episode: [02:45] Mistake #1: Your story isn't 100% ready to send out just yet. [04:25] Mistake #2: Sending your query to the wrong person. [06:15] Mistake #3: Not following the submission guidelines. [08:45] Mistake #4: You forgot to include your metadata. [09:50] Mistake #5: Your word count is too high or too low. [11:10] Mistake #6:...

Duration:00:26:24

Bonus: Be A Bestseller 3.0 Summit Interview with Emma Dhesi

3/15/2022
In today’s extra special bonus episode, I'm sharing an interview I did earlier this year with Emma Dhesi for her Be A Bestseller Summit. We talked about genre and how your story’s genre can help you write a story that works. And specifically, we dove into the thriller genre and talked about how the key scenes and conventions of the thriller genre show up in The Silence of the Lambs. This was such a fun event to be a part of because it’s always fun to talk about writing, but also there were...

Duration:00:40:05

Action Genre Conventions

2/15/2022
In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through the conventions of the action genre. I'm also going to show you how these conventions show up in the movie The Hunger Games. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:25] Action stories are about life and death, and good versus evil. They’re about a character who has to rise up, overcome great obstacles, defeat forces of evil, and maybe even save the world. But that being said, these stories aren’t always about superheroes. [02:35] Readers...

Duration:00:20:14

5 Reasons Why Readers Stop Reading

2/3/2022
In this episode, I'm exploring 5 reasons why readers might stop reading a novel. Here's a preview of what you'll hear in the episode: [01:50] Reason #1: Nothing meaningful happens in the opening pages. [04:15] Reason #2: It’s hard to connect with the point of view characters. [06:30] Reason #3: Readers don’t know what kind of story they’re reading. [09:40] Reason #4: Readers have seen the same thing before. [12:30] Reason #5: Readers don't care what happens next. [15:45] Final thoughts...

Duration:00:18:39

3 Tips for Writing a First Draft in 90 Days

1/18/2022
In this episode, I'm sharing three tips for writing a first draft in 90 days. Here's a preview of what you'll hear in the episode: [01:35] How one of my Notes to Novel students, Jennifer, wrote a draft in 90 days (after creating a flexible, yet very fleshed out scene-by-scene outline) [04:35] Tip #1: Block out the time and space on your calendar so that you'll actually have the time and space to write a first draft in 90 days. [05:25] Tip #2: Accept that your first draft will be messy,...

Duration:00:12:14

How to Test Your Story Idea Before Writing

1/11/2022
In this episode, I'm sharing two of my favorite ways to test out a story idea before you start writing a single word. Here's a preview of what you'll hear in the episode: [01:50] The goal of these two exercises is to find out which foundational pieces of your story still need to be fleshed out. Better to find out now than halfway through a draft! [01:10] Exercise #1: Write a 1-2 sentence summary of your story. Try to capture the WHO, the WHAT, and the WHY of your global story. [04:45] If...

Duration:00:14:24

Counting Down the Best Tips from FWME in 2021

12/21/2021
In this episode, I'm doing my own little countdown of some of the best and most listened to clips from the Fiction Writing Made Easy podcast episodes in 2021. Here's a preview of what you'll hear in the episode: [00:00] Tip #10: The more clear you are about your goals, the better chance of success you’ll have when it comes to accomplishing them. [00:00] Tip #9: Knowing your story’s ideal reader can help you write, edit, publish, and market your book. [00:00] Tip #8: Your point of view...

Duration:00:26:39

5 Takeaways From Coaching Writers in 2021

12/14/2021
In today’s episode, I'm sharing some of the lessons I learned from coaching writers this year. My hope is that these lessons will help you to keep moving forward with your work in the most efficient way possible. Here's a quick preview: [01:15] Lesson #1: Most writers have trouble with the emotional layers of their stories. We need to properly learn how to convey our character's emotional reactions in order to successfully evoke emotions in readers. [05:00] Lesson #2: It's not always going...

Duration:00:17:04

3 Tips for Writing Unforgettable Secondary Characters

12/7/2021
In today's episode, I'll walk you through three tips for crafting unforgettable supporting characters. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:15] Supporting characters are any characters that are not your protagonist or your antagonist. In general, each supporting character in your story will either support or thwart your protagonist as they try to achieve their goal. [03:10] Tip #1: Develop your supporting cast of characters just as fully as you would your protagonist and your...

Duration:00:13:14

Save the Cat! The Ending Beats

9/7/2021
In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through the beats that make up the end of a story, or the final section of Blake Snyder's Save the Cat! (STC!) beat sheet so that you can efficiently outline (or write) your novel. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:45] A recap of the last three episodes (episodes #47, #48, and #49)/ [03:15] The average novel is about 80k words, and this section (the end) is about 20k of them. If you write 1,500-word scenes, you're looking at about 14 scenes...

Duration:00:21:30

Save the Cat! The Middle Beats (Part 2)

8/24/2021
In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through the beats that make up the second half of the middle section of Blake Snyder's Save the Cat! (STC!) beat sheet so that you can efficiently outline (or write) your novel. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:55] A recap of last week's episode that focused on the first half of the middle beats in the STC! method. Click here to listen to episode #48 first! [03:05] The average novel is about 80k words, and this section (the middle, part...

Duration:00:25:09

Save the Cat! The Beginning Beats

6/22/2021
In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through the beginning beats of Blake Snyder's Save the Cat! (STC!) beat sheet so that you can efficiently outline (or write) your novel. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:05] The STC! method highlights 15 “beats” or plot points that each has a specific purpose and serves a particular function within your global story. [02:25] The average novel is about 80k words, and this section is about 20k of them. If you write 1,500-word scenes, you're...

Duration:00:21:47

Save the Cat! The Middle Beats (Part 1)

6/15/2021
In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through the beats that make up the first half of the middle section of Blake Snyder's Save the Cat! (STC!) beat sheet so that you can efficiently outline (or write) your novel. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:55] A recap of last week's episode that focused on the beginning beats in the STC! method. Click here to listen to episode #47 first! [02:30] Act two is all about your character changing. In act one, the protagonist starts out one...

Duration:00:28:20

The 6 Scenes Every Worldview Novel Needs

6/1/2021
In today's episode, we're going to talk about the key scenes that every worldview story needs to have in order to work and to satisfy fans of the genre. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:20] Worldview stories focus on a period of the main character’s life where he or she is transitioning from one significant state to another. These stories show how the external events of the plot affect a character in such a way that he or she must grow, change, and awaken to a new understanding of...

Duration:00:15:55

How to Deal With Imposter Syndrome

5/25/2021
In today's episode, I'm sharing three strategies that will help you overcome imposter syndrome. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:50] A quick story about what my two dogs, Forrest and Luna, taught me about overcoming imposter syndrome (and how you can, too). [04:35] An example of how a client I worked with suffered from imposter syndrome for twelve years before every querying agents with her story. Spoiler alert: she's now a published author whose book is with one of the big five...

Duration:00:18:15

Performance Genre Conventions

5/18/2021
In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through the conventions of the performance genre. I'm also going to show you how these conventions show up in the movie The Mighty Ducks. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:15] Performance stories center around a character who wants to achieve something specific in order to prove their worth to the world. For example, they might want to win a certain award, climb Mount Everest, be the best in their field, or be famous. [01:55] Readers choose...

Duration:00:17:55

10 Tips for Writing Better Scenes

4/20/2021
In today's episode, I'm sharing my top ten tips for writing better scenes. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:45] Tip #1: Stick to one point-of-view character per scene. This will help you avoid head-hopping and getting off track. [02:45] Tip #2: Establish where and when each scene is taking place as soon as possible. Especially, if things have changed since the last scene. [03:50] Tip #3: Give your point-of-view character a specific (and meaningful) goal in each scene. What do they...

Duration:00:16:09

10 Reasons Why Novels Get Rejected

3/30/2021
In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through 10 common reasons why manuscripts are rejected by publishers. Here's a preview of what's included: [02:05] After a rejection, you don't have to wait before making your next move. You can get to work right away and figure out what’s wrong with your draft so that you can fix it and resubmit your story. [02:25] Reason #1: The category or genre isn’t the right fit for the agent or the publisher. Usually, this means the author didn't do their...

Duration:00:19:19

The 6 Scenes Every Action Novel Needs

3/9/2021
In today's episode, we're going to talk about the key scenes that every action story needs to have in order to work and to satisfy fans of the genre. Here's a preview of what's included: [01:25] Action stories are about life and death, and good versus evil. They’re about a character who has to rise up, overcome great obstacles, defeat forces of evil, and maybe even save the world. But that being said, these stories aren’t always about superheroes. [02:35] Readers choose action stories to...

Duration:00:15:54