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Hello! I’m Melissa Bourbon, and this podcast is a place where business, creativity, and the craft of writing converge. I can’t wait to become part of your creative life and your writing journey. Thanks for tuning in!

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Hello! I’m Melissa Bourbon, and this podcast is a place where business, creativity, and the craft of writing converge. I can’t wait to become part of your creative life and your writing journey. Thanks for tuning in!

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Episodes

How to Tap into M.A.G.I.C. in your Writing

3/4/2024
We can all use a little MAGIC in our writing lives. In this case, I'm talking about the MAGIC from "Organisational Consultant and workplace mediator Sharon Darmody". In our conversation, we talked about how to apply her MAGIC framework to the writing life. Books and Other Resources Mentioned in this episode: * Work Your Magic* https://www.amazon.com.au/Work-Your-Magic-Business-Community/dp/1647425336 * Sharon Darmody's Website: https://www.sharondarmody.com/ *Visit Melissa Bourbon's Website: http://www.melissabourbon.com * Visit WriterSpark Academy: http://www.writersparkacademy.com * WriterSpark Book Cover Design: https://writersparkbookcovers.com/ * Learn about WriterSpark Course: https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com * Melissa Bourbon's books: https://melissabourbon.com/bookshelf/ ✨ What's Your Story: Writing Your Memoir self-paced course: https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribing to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/https://writersparkacademy.com/newsletter-signup/) Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Learn more about the host, Melissa Bourbon: http://melissabourbon.com ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨

Duration:00:57:45

Mining Your Life for Stories

1/22/2024
Episode 42 In this episode, Melissa talks with Lynne Golodner, author of Woman of Valor and prolific creative nonfiction writer, about mining your life for stories. This is such a great topic and applicable to people who write (or want to write) memoirs, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Enjoy! Books and Other Resources Mentioned in this episode: https://amzn.to/3Ss64Trhttps://lynnegolodner.com/http://www.melissabourbon.comhttp://www.writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkbookcovers.com/https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/https://melissabourbon.com/bookshelf/ ✨ What's Your Story: Writing Your Memoir self-paced course: https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/p/writing-your-memoir-master-class ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribing to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Additional Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozyFollow WriterSpark on Pinterest ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨

Duration:00:58:07

Literary Agents: What to think about and look for, and so much more!

12/13/2023
Episode 41 In this episode, Melissa talks with Michael Griffo, who also writes at JD Griffo and Michael Falco. The topic is All About Agents: Do you need them? What to look for... But it ended up being so much more. Enjoy! Resources mentioned in this episode: Books and Other Resources Mentioned in this episode: http://www.melissabourbon.comhttp://www.writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkbookcovers.com/https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/https://michaelgriffo.com/michael-griffo-books/https://melissabourbon.com/bookshelf/https://www.grammarly.com/ Podcast: https://writersparkacademy.podbean.com/e/going-into-deep-point-of-view-by-adding-thought-emotion-action-and-decision-in-your-writing/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfI59DkiLUk&t=56s ✨ Check out the Field Guide to Writing a Cozy Mystery Online course: ✨ https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/p/how-to-write-a-cozy-mystery-master-class ✨ ✨ Check out the Ready, Set, WRITE! Online course to dig deeper into writing techniques: ✨ https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com ✨ ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribing to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Additional Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozyFollow WriterSpark on Pinterest ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨

Duration:01:23:47

Reasons Why Every Author Needs an Editor

11/21/2023
Episode 40 Every writer needs an editor, but do you know why and what they do for you? Do you know what editors do and what different types of edits mean? Developmental. Substantive. Line. Copy. They each have their own purposes. As well as being an author, writing coach and instructor, and cover art designer, I am also a freelance editor. Today I'm talking with Donalee Moulton, who is also an author and freelance editor. This episode is chock full of great information. Enjoy! ✨ Check out the Ready, Set, WRITE! Online course to dig deeper into writing techniques: ✨ https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com ✨ ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribing to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) Books and Other Resources Mentioned in this episode: https://donaleemoulton.com/http://www.melissabourbon.comhttp://www.writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/ Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Additional Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozyFollow WriterSpark on Pinterest ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨

Duration:00:58:17

Use these 8 Strategies to Get Past Writer’s Block

11/11/2023
Episode 39 Every writer gets stuck now and then. It's part of the journey. Getting stuck doesn't mean you need to stop, though, and it isn't just about pushing through. I have 8 strategies to help get you past 'Writer's Block' so you can move forward with your writing. (Read along on the WriterSpark blog) ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribing to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) Books and Other Resources Mentioned in this episode: Silent Obsessionhttp://www.melissabourbon.comhttp://www.writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/ Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Additional Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozyFollow WriterSpark on Pinterest ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨

Duration:00:08:55

You NEED these 11 Tips to CRUSH NaNoWriMo

11/1/2023
Episode 38 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is HERE, and writers all over have jumped into this exciting challenge. Whether you're an aspiring novelist or a seasoned writer, National Novel Writing Month may be just the special (not-so-secret) sauce you need to get motivated. If you are taking this writing challenge, you're in for a whirlwind of creativity, inspiration, and, yes, probably a little bit (or maybe even a lot) of madness. I have tips to help you CRUSH NaNoWriMo. (Read along on the WriterSpark blog) ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribing to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) Books and Other Resources Mentioned in this episode: CinderNight CircusCalculating StarsFangirlA little Something DifferentAbsolutely Remarkable ThingModern GirlFirst Grave to the RightWith the Fire on HighWater for ElephantsThe Wedding Date http://www.melissabourbon.comhttp://www.writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/ Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Additional Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozyFollow WriterSpark on Pinterest ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨

Duration:00:13:54

Interview (Not Interrogation) Techniques for Fiction Writers

10/25/2023
Episode 37 George Cramer spent years as a PI and Police Officer (turned writer), and many hours interviewing (not interrogating!) victims, suspects, and witnesses during investigations. Join me for this interesting conversation with George where he shares anecdotes, techniques, and tips for fiction writers. ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribing to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) Books and Other Resources Mentioned in this episode: George Cramer's Website:http://www.melissabourbon.comhttp://www.writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/ Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Additional Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozyFollow WriterSpark on Pinterest ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨

Duration:00:59:41

Turning True Crime into Thrilling Fiction

10/15/2023
Episode 36 Join me for a captivating podcast interview with Eryk Pruitt, the author of Something Bad Wrong, a gripping novel inspired by an unsolved true crime case from the 1970s in North Carolina. We talked about the fusion of fact and fiction in this great interview. Get ready for an insightful and intriguing conversation! 📖🕵️‍♂️ Learn more about WriterSpark's Writing a Novel Online Course ➤https://bit.ly/How-To-Write-A-Novel-Course A QUICK LOOK AT BOOKS and RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribing to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) Books and Other Resources Mentioned in this episode: https://yonderbarnc.com/ https://amzn.to/46wZKP3 https://amzn.to/3ZWAcbA https://amzn.to/403zqtC https://amzn.to/3PZEgTQ https://amzn.to/3ZWAxLo https://amzn.to/46S7riO https://amzn.to/48Rc7XV https://amzn.to/3M13EaK http://www.erykpruitt.com/ http://www.melissabourbon.com http://www.writersparkacademy.com https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/ Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Additional Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozyFollow WriterSpark on Pinterest ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨

Duration:00:47:30

Using Your Real-Life as an Influence in Your Writing

10/6/2023
Episode 35 Marjory McCown Final Cut Signed Copy Giveaway! If you’d like to enter for a chance to win, go HERE: https://forms.gle/8PkJnGUYtRqZQfu97 How do you use your real-life as an influence in your writing? Marjorie McCown did just that in her book, Final Cut. She was a costume designer in Hollywood for 30 years and she used experiences from her own life in her book as she created the fictional world of her protagonist, costume designer Joey Jessop. If you’ve wondered how to incorporate part of your real-life career in your book, listen to this episode of The WriterSpark Podcast. Learn more about how to write a cozy mystery with WriterSpark's self-paced online course ➤https://bit.ly/FieldGuideCozy Follow WriterSpark on Pinterest ➤ https://www.pinterest.com/writersparkacademy/ A QUICK LOOK AT BOOKS and RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Field Guide to Writing a Cozy Mystery Online CourseMelissa Bourbon and Winnie Archer Bookshttps://melissabourbon.comMarjorie McCown’s Final Cut Marjorie McCown’s Website ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribe to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨ Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozy

Duration:00:51:22

10 Reasons to Read and Write Cozy Mysteries

9/29/2023
Episode 34 If you've ever thought about writing a cozy mystery, this WriterSpark Podcast episode is for you! The mystery genre is huge, and cozy mysteries are a pretty special part of it. In this episode, I'm sharing 10 reasons to read and write cozy mysteries. What makes them so popular? Listen to find out! Learn more about how to write a cozy mystery with WriterSpark's self-paced online course ➤https://bit.ly/FieldGuideCozy Follow WriterSpark on Pinterest ➤ https://www.pinterest.com/writersparkacademy/ A QUICK LOOK AT BOOKS and RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Field Guide to Writing a Cozy Mystery Online CourseMelissa Bourbon and Winnie Archer Bookshttps://melissabourbon.com ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribe to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨ Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozy

Duration:00:19:18

Learn All About Audiobook Production and Narration

8/29/2023
Episode 33 Have you ever wondered what audiobook production and narration entails for an author? If you haven't, this episode of The WriterSpark Podcast is for you! Audiobooks can be a huge asset to an author's bottom line. There is a lot to learn, and that's what we're talking about in today with author and audiobook narrator Mary Castillo. She has great tips and resources about the audiobook arm of the publishing industry. A QUICK LOOK AT BOOKS and RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Ready, Set, WRITE!Mary Castillo's Books https://marycastillo.com/books-by-mary-castillo/Audacity Free Open Source Softwarehttps://www.audacityteam.org/RX7 Software https://getintopc.com/softwares/audio-processing/izotope-rx-7-audio-editor-advanced-vst-free-download-1356257/Canva http://canva.com)Listen to Mary's Voice Samples:https://marycastillo.com/audiobooks/audiobook-narrator/Silent Echoes & Silent Obsession (https://amzn.to/45OHWOBLiving the Vida Lola Murder in Devil's Cove Suggested reading: On the Mic by Nic Redman (https://amzn.to/3syMFWB) Audiobook Recording: A Beginner's Guide to Producing Audiobooks using Audacity (https://amzn.to/45v1oQH) ✨ 📝 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribe to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) ✨ 📝 Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. 📝 ✨ Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/http://marycastillo.comhttp://marycastillvo.comwww.marycastillovo.comhttps://www.facebook.com/marycastillohttps://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozy

Duration:01:09:56

Extraordinary Attorney Woo’s Hero’s Journey

8/23/2023
Episode 32 Books. Movies. TV shows. Most of them are structured using at least some, if not all, of the elements of The Hero's Journey. That includes Extraordinary Attorney Woo, the Netflix original South Korean show. This is one of my favorite things to watch on television. It's smart, heartwarming, poignant, interesting, romantic, and I love it! From the ratings and success, I'm definitely not the only one who thinks so. This episode is a quick breakdown of The Hero's Journey using episode one of Extraordinary Attorney Woo. As always, thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! A QUICK LOOK AT BOOKS and COURSES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The Hero's Journey Mini Course (https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/p/the-hero-s-journey-mini-courseExtraordinary Attorney Woohttps://www.netflix.com/title/81518991 Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribe to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) ✨ Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. ✨ Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozy

Duration:00:13:44

How to Avoid Getting Stuck With Your Writing

8/9/2023
Episode 31 Whether you call it writer's block or simply getting stuck, the feeling of not being able to keep writing is very real. Certain strategies and tactics can help you get past the wall that sometimes appears and interferes with your forward progress. Today I'm in conversation with author Anne Louise Bannon, author of the Operation Quickline, the Old Los Angeles series and the brand new Running from Boston techno-thriller. Anne offers several strategies to help work past that sense of writer's block to keep you moving forward with your writing. Thanks for tuning in to The WriterSpark Podcast! A QUICK LOOK AT BOOKS and COURSES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Ready, Set, WRITE!Anne Louise Bannon's Books on Amazon https://amzn.to/3Y2r4kZScrivener(https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview) Aeon Timeline (https://timeline.app/) Get updates on business, creativity, and the craft of writing by following this podcast and subscribe to the WriterSpark newsletter (https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/) ✨ Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. ✨ Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/Anne’s Websitehttps://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozy

Duration:00:58:55

Writing a Memoir: Tips and Processes to Tell Your Story

7/25/2023
Episode 30 Everyone has a story to tell. Robin Schepper turned her story and the search for her biological father into her book: Finding My Way, A Memoir of Family, Identity, & Political Ambition. In this episode, we talk about writing a memoir with tips and processes to tell your story. We talk about Robin's writing process, delving into the past, developing themes in a braided memoir, her memoir-writing tips, and more. If the thought of writing a memoir intrigues you, you will find this episode so inspiring! A QUICK LOOK AT MOVIES, BOOKS, and COURSES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/p/writing-your-memoir-master-classhttps://amzn.to/3Y2r4kZhttps://amzn.to/3Dg50JU Please like and follow this podcast, and subscribe to the WriterSpark newsletter at https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/ ✨ Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. ✨ Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://robinfschepperauthor.com/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozy

Duration:00:48:40

How to Start Your Book: ’In Media Res’ or with a Wide Lens

7/17/2023
Episode 29 In this craft topic episode, I'm talking about different ways to begin your book, scene, or chapter: 'In media res' or with a wide-lens view. Have you ever thought about the opening scenes of movies? If you pay attention, you will start to notice how they often begin with a sort of wide-angle view of the world in which the story takes place. A QUICK LOOK AT MOVIES, BOOKS, and COURSES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: https://amzn.to/3pQZxpNhttps://amzn.to/46W3P02Murder in Devil's Cove (Pippin Lane Hawthorne) (https://amzn.to/3raRg0q) https://bit.ly/MagicalDressmakingMysterieshttps://amzn.to/3tQCLNEhttps://amzn.to/3Dg50JUReady, Set, WRITE! https://bit.ly/ReadySetWRITE Please like and follow this podcast, and subscribe to the WriterSpark newsletter at https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/ ✨ Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. ✨ Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozy

Duration:00:25:23

8 Secrets from Science to Fire Up Your Readers’ Brain

7/11/2023
Episode 28 Seeing things from a new perspective can really give you a new way of seeing and internalizing things. That’s how I felt after reading Bill Birchard’s new book Writing for Impact: 8 Secrets from Science to Fire Up Your Readers’ Brain. This book really hit home for me on so many levels. There are a ton of craft books out there, but this one is different. It’s science-based, for one, and it gives a new vernacular and a new understanding of what most writers already do. The fundamental principle is to fulfill the desires hard-wired into the human brain. There are 8 of them, and that is what Writing for Impact is all about…and it’s what we’re talking about today. DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: 8 Secrets to Fire Up Readers' Brain Keep it simple Keep it specific Keep it surprising Keep it stirring Keep it seductive Keep it smart Keep it social Keep it story-driven Anatomy of comprehension: The brain processes meaning and reward Ready, Set, WRITE! self-paced writing course What happens in the brain while reading and writing ✨ Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. ✨ A QUICK LOOK AT BOOKS and COURSES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Writing for Impacthttps://amzn.to/3rt0PIgReady, Set, WRITE! https://bit.ly/ReadySetWRITEBook Magic Mysteries (Pippin Lane Hawthorne) (https://amzn.to/3raRg0q) https://bit.ly/MagicalDressmakingMysteries Please like and follow this podcast, and subscribe to the WriterSpark newsletter at https://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/ Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://billbirchard.com/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozy Learn more about our self-paced online courses at: https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/

Duration:01:04:39

Revise your Manuscript like a Boss!

7/3/2023
Episode 27 Love it or hate it, revision is an essential part of the writing process. Today, I'm sharing my four steps for revising your manuscript like a boss! After 32 books, I've distilled how I revise into this process. Wherever you stand on the revision, I hope today's episode gives you something to add to your process. DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: ✨ Share the love! Forward this podcast to your writer friends. ✨ A QUICK LOOK AT BOOKS and COURSES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Big Magichttps://amzn.to/3NZ3pysBook Magic serieshttps://amzn.to/3raRg0qLiving the Vida Lola https://amzn.to/3NJqioiDialogue Mini CourseFREE Quick Guide for Writing Dialogue Connect with Melissa: ▸ Online | http://melissabourbon.com ▸ WriterSpark | http://writersparkacademy.com ▸ Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/writer_spark/ ▸ Dialogue Mini Course | https://bit.ly/WSDialogueCourse ▸ FREE Quick Guide to Writing Dialogue | https://writersparkacademy.podbean.com/e/revise-your-manuscript-like-a-boss/ ▸ All The WriterSpark Podcasts (https://writersparkacademy.com/blog/writerspark-podcast/) ▸ Learn more about our self-paced online courses ( https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/)

Duration:00:28:26

How to Introduce the Protagonist in your Book

6/26/2023
Episode 26 Figuring out how to introduce your protagonist (and sleuth) can be a real challenge. In today's episode, Melissa discusses this craft topic with author Zara Altair. DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: A QUICK LOOK AT THE BOOK MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The Used Virgin RESOURCES Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozyZara Altair's https://amzn.to/3NMVoMG Learn more about our self-paced online courses at: https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/

Duration:00:35:18

Letting Go of Perfection & Five Hacks to Chase Away Negative Self-Talk

6/20/2023
Episode 25 Here’s a great lesson. Whatever you do can be changed. Because things evolve and nothing is perfect the first time around. That’s what today’s episode is all about. We're talking about the importance of letting go of the idea of perfection and remembering that you can change, improve, revise, or enhance anything. On the flip-side, we also need to banish negative self-talk, which can stem from not being perfect out of the gate. I have five hacks to help you chase away that negative self-talk. Let's go! DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: A QUICK LOOK AT THE BOOK MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Big Magic RESOURCES Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozy Learn more about our self-paced online courses at: https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/

Duration:00:13:45

How to Tackle Your Financial Life as an Author

5/23/2023
Episode 24 Finances for authors. It’s not the most appealing topic for people who spend their time with words…but wherever you are on your writing path, it’s never too early to start thinking about how to tackle your financial life as an author. Managing your expenses, especially in relation to current and/or future profits--or even just knowing what you are spending--is pretty important. Honing in on what’s most worth spending money on is vital. With all of the resources out there, it’s easy to get sucked into the mire of endless blind spending. It’s important to evaluate what you actually need, based on where you are in your career. Today's episode with USA Today Bestselling author Kelsey Browning, is chock full of accessible information that will get you started. Have you ever asked: Why should I start an LLC? How many bank accounts do I need? Should I run a Profit and Loss statement? Do I need to cut back on what I'm spending to support my writing career? These are only a few of the topics we discuss. So grab a cup of something tasty, settle in, and get ready to ignite your WriterSpark! Get my seven tips for an author's financial life HERE! Resources http://writersparkacademy.comhttps://writersparkacademy.com/newslettersignup/https://www.kelseybrowning.com/https://www.kicksasscreations.com/Profit First https://amzn.to/3MxbkAPWave Software https://www.teepublic.com/stores/writerspark/sharehttp://melissabourbon.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKN2ZVZwjoAOeHlBO-cRIw/videoshttps://www.facebook.com/TheWriterSparkhttps://twitter.com/TheWriterSparkhttp://instagram.com/bookishly_cozyhttp://instagram.com/writer_sparkhttps://www.tiktok.com/@bookishly_cozy Learn more about our self-paced online courses at: https://writersparkwritingacademy.teachable.com/

Duration:00:48:21