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Insights, encouragement, and actionable advice designed to help writers craft sensational novels and build their best writing lives. Always in 30 minutes or less, so you can get back to writing!

Insights, encouragement, and actionable advice designed to help writers craft sensational novels and build their best writing lives. Always in 30 minutes or less, so you can get back to writing!
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Insights, encouragement, and actionable advice designed to help writers craft sensational novels and build their best writing lives. Always in 30 minutes or less, so you can get back to writing!

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English


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Why I Set & Quit a Hundred Book Reading Challenge

5/23/2019
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“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” — Stephen King Earlier this year, I mentioned in a newsletter that I had set out to read 100 books in 2019. Five months and 35 books later, I've decided to call this challenge quits. Why? Well, the answer's a bit complex, as is the reason I decided to take on this challenge. In today's episode, I'm sharing the dangers of setting arbitrary creative goals and chasing other authors' ideals. If you don't...

Duration:00:18:02

How to Structure Compelling Scenes

5/9/2019
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Every phenomenal story unfolds in a series of scenes. And if each scene in a book is a link in a chain, one weak link can threaten the overall power of a story. How, then, do we craft well-structured and compelling scenes for our stories? In today's episode, we break down what exactly defines a scene (hint: it's not just a fun, frightening, or steamy moment between characters), the six elements that most compelling scenes contain, and how you can ensure your scene serves a powerful purpose...

Duration:00:17:59

Feel Like You're Falling Behind In Your Writing Life?

5/2/2019
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I've long wondered if I'm falling behind in my writing life. I blog about writing (and talk about it here on the podcast), but I haven't yet published my fiction. And as I toil away on my manuscript, it seems like every other writer I see is passing me by, hot on the trail of their writing dreams. Am I falling behind? Am I working hard enough? Am I enough? These are the doubts that I've lived with for many years, and though I'm still a work-in-progress, I've done a tremendous amount of work...

Duration:00:21:33

How to Utilize Motifs In Your Fiction

4/18/2019
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Motifs are one of those literary devices that are often ignored because of the belief that they only have a place in academic circles. But in truth, motifs serve two key purposes that can be just as powerful in genre fiction as in literary novels. In today's episode, I’m breaking down exactly what a motif is, the purposes it can serve, and how you can begin making use of motifs in your own stories today. I also share examples of motifs from The Great Gatsby, A Game of Thrones, and Bridge to...

Duration:00:15:03

Can You Really Make a Living Writing Fiction?

4/4/2019
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It's one of the questions I'm most frequently asked as someone who blogs about writing: Can I really make a living with my writing? But what if I told you this is the wrong question to ask? If you're interested in building a writing career, the better question to ask is: Is building this career the right choice for me? In today's episode, I’m breaking down a few common myths about what a writing career looks like, sharing whether (and how!) it’s possible to make a living publishing...

Duration:00:20:21

Eight Ways Writers Can Combat Imposter Syndrome

3/21/2019
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Have you ever worked hard to achieve an important writing milestone, only to downplay your accomplishment? Have you ever sat frozen in fear while staring down a new project, terrified that others will think your work just isn’t up to scratch? Have you ever wondered if you “have what it takes” to be a writer, unsure if you can even claim the title? This, my friend, is Imposter Syndrome. And in today's episode, I'm breaking down exactly what Imposter Syndrome is (and isn't), eight ways you...

Duration:00:18:59

Eight Things To Consider When Working In A New Creative Medium

3/8/2019
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Whether you’re preparing to write your first novel or short story, screenplay or video game script, or something else entirely, working in a new creative medium can prove an intimidating process. To better prepare, here are eight lessons I learned from diving into my first non-fiction book on writing! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/medium On Patreon: www.patreon.com/wellstoried The Newsletter: www.well-storied.com/newsletter/ Well-Storied Communities:...

Duration:00:18:33

How To Craft Static Character Arcs For Your Novel

2/20/2019
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We've talked about positive and negative character arcs, but what if your character doesn't change over time? You, my friend, have a static character arc on your hands. Let's break down how you can bring it to life! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/static On Positive Arcs (Ep. #6): www.well-storied.com/characterarc K.M. Weiland's Work: www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/write-character-arcs/ Support My Book On Writing: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Subscribe to The Well-Storied...

Duration:00:18:00

How To Craft Negative Character Arcs For Your Novel

1/30/2019
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Will your character's tragic flaw or limiting belief ultimately prove their emotional downfall? In today's episode, we're talking all about how to craft epic negative arcs for your story, writer! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/negative Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community All Episodes: www.well-storied.com/podcast You can find the show on: iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, Youtube, RSS,...

Duration:00:17:28

Exploring Three Ways To Structure Your Book Series

1/23/2019
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Interested in writing a book series? Not all series are created equal. In fact, there are three distinct ways you can structure a book series, and understanding which structure is right for your stories and career goals is key to setting yourself up for series success. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/series Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community All Episodes: www.well-storied.com/podcast You can find the show...

Duration:00:14:01

How Reading Critically Can Improve Your Writing

1/16/2019
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“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” — Stephen King. How can reading with a critical eye help us improve our writing skills? Let's break down everything you need to know today on the podcast! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/reading Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Our new free email course: www.well-storied.com/rock Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community All Episodes:...

Duration:00:13:46

How To Work Through Writing Doubts

1/9/2019
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Writing doubts get the best of all of us, but we don't have to stay stagnant for days, weeks, months, or even years on end. So what's the key to working through and moving forward? Let's talk about cultivating an attitude of bravery, writer! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/doubts Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Our new free email course: www.well-storied.com/rock Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community All Episodes:...

Duration:00:16:29

Episode #101: Defining Your Unique Writing Style & Voice

1/2/2019
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Defining your personal writing style and voice can help you gain confidence in your creative work, but how exactly do you go about building that sense of assurance? Grab a cuppa and settle in, writer. It's time we had a chat! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/style Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Our new free email course: www.well-storied.com/rock Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community On Youtube: bit.ly/2zhkKJm On iTunes: apple.co/2rGZaPE All...

Duration:00:10:45

Defining Your Unique Writing Style & Voice

1/2/2019
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Defining your personal writing style and voice can help you gain confidence in your creative work, but how exactly do you go about building that sense of assurance? Grab a cuppa and settle in, writer. It's time we had a chat! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/style Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Our new free email course: www.well-storied.com/rock Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community All Episodes: www.well-storied.com/podcast You can find...

Duration:00:10:45

Episode #100: How To Rediscover Your Love For Writing

12/19/2018
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Has your passion for writing dwindled? Do you find yourself stuck in a rut, no matter how much you want to write? It’s time we had a chat about creative passion, writer — and more importantly, how to rediscover it for yourself. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/love Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community On Youtube: bit.ly/2zhkKJm On iTunes: apple.co/2rGZaPE All Episodes: www.well-storied.com/podcast

Duration:00:12:20

How To Rediscover Your Love For Writing

12/19/2018
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Has your passion for writing dwindled? Do you find yourself stuck in a rut, no matter how much you want to write? It’s time we had a chat about creative passion, writer — and more importantly, how to rediscover it for yourself. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/love Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community All Episodes: www.well-storied.com/podcast You can find the show on: iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify,...

Duration:00:12:20

Episode #99: How To Hold Yourself Accountable To Your Writing Practice

12/12/2018
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Why does it often prove so difficult to get our butts in our chairs and our fingers on the keys? Today, let’s talk about the phenomenon of resistance and how we can overcome it to build life-long, creatively fulfilling writing habits! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/accountable Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community On Youtube: bit.ly/2zhkKJm On iTunes: apple.co/2rGZaPE All Episodes: www.well-storied.com/podcast

Duration:00:16:21

How To Hold Yourself Accountable To Your Writing Practice

12/12/2018
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Why does it often prove so difficult to get our butts in our chairs and our fingers on the keys? Today, let’s talk about the phenomenon of resistance and how we can overcome it to build life-long, creatively fulfilling writing habits! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/accountable Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community All Episodes: www.well-storied.com/podcast You can find the show on: iTunes, Soundcloud,...

Duration:00:16:21

Episode #98: Do You Know What Drives Your Story's Narrative?

11/28/2018
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At the heart of every good story lies an arc, a series of related events that compels readers to engage with the narrative. As writers, why is it important to understand which arcs drive our stories? Let’s examine the difference between plot-driven and character-driven narratives today! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/drive Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community On Youtube: bit.ly/2zhkKJm On iTunes:...

Duration:00:11:48

Do You Know What Drives Your Story's Narrative?

11/28/2018
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At the heart of every good story lies an arc, a series of related events that compels readers to engage with the narrative. As writers, why is it important to understand which arcs drive our stories? Let’s examine the difference between plot-driven and character-driven narratives today! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/drive Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community All Episodes: www.well-storied.com/podcast You...

Duration:00:11:48