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Writing is hard. Writing well is even harder. That’s where WriterSpark comes in. Join National Bestselling Author Melissa Bourbon from WriterSpark Academy as she explores tips and tricks for fiction writing, and what it takes to write a great book. Listen to conversations with successful published authors who share what works for them. Listen and learn as we explore the craft of writing and take your writing to the next level.

Writing is hard. Writing well is even harder. That’s where WriterSpark comes in. Join National Bestselling Author Melissa Bourbon from WriterSpark Academy as she explores tips and tricks for fiction writing, and what it takes to write a great book. Listen to conversations with successful published authors who share what works for them. Listen and learn as we explore the craft of writing and take your writing to the next level.

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Writing is hard. Writing well is even harder. That’s where WriterSpark comes in. Join National Bestselling Author Melissa Bourbon from WriterSpark Academy as she explores tips and tricks for fiction writing, and what it takes to write a great book. Listen to conversations with successful published authors who share what works for them. Listen and learn as we explore the craft of writing and take your writing to the next level.

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English

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Episodes

Planning Your Book Like a Pro with Plottr

12/7/2022
Every writer plots, we just do it differently. Some of us are meticulous. Some...not so much. Personally, I land somewhere in the middle on the plotting spectrum. Which is why I was so curious about how plotting software like Plottr can help someone like me. In this episode, I talk with Troy Lambert, an education specialist with Plottr, about different ways to use their software. I actually learned a lot and am excited to give the Plottr trial a go to see how it can work for me. Here's...

Duration:00:43:41

Using JournalisticTools (Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How) to Plan Your Novel

11/30/2022
There is no shortage of plotting and planning methods when you're writing a book, but no matter where you are in your writing journey, you can learn new methods and who knows, maybe something will resonate. In this episode, I talk with historical mystery writer, Dianne Freeman, about her use of journalistic tools (who, what, when, where, why, and how) in her planning and plotting process. Take a listen, and happy writing! Please LIKE this episode, follow the podcast, and leave a...

Duration:00:37:46

Three Tips for Writing Compelling Characters

11/18/2022
There are a lot of strategies for creating compelling characters in fiction. I have three tips for you to consider. These are, by no means, the only ways to help bring your characters alive. Part of it is about Stimulus; Response; and Result. Take a listen, and happy writing! Download the Cheat Sheet: Three Tips for Writing Great Characters Cheat Sheet. Please LIKE this episode, follow the podcast, and leave a review! I appreciate you! Join me on WriterSpark: Tips and Tricks for...

Duration:00:12:24

Adding Myth and Lore to the Novels you Write

11/10/2022
Adding Myth and Lore to the Novels you Write Author Julia Buckley writes the Hungarian Tea Shop cozy mystery series. She embeds myth and lore to her stories through setting, character history, and memories. Why should writers think about how to do this? I believe it adds depth to a story and layers to characters. Take a listen to my chat with Julia and be inspired to dig into myth and lore. Please LIKE this episode, follow the podcast, and leave a review! I appreciate you! Resources...

Duration:00:42:36

Core Qualities of the Reluctant Hero in Fiction Writing

11/4/2022
What is a reluctant hero? The answer to that question is very simple. A reluctant hero is someone who does not set out to act heroically, but ends up doing so. They are often considered an "ordinary man (person)" who is a reluctant participant in a story. They don't want to be heroes, but they end up being heroes anyway. There are several core qualities most compelling reluctant heroes share. Keep listening for more! If you'd like to follow along, read the blog post, and Please LIKE this...

Duration:00:16:37

Have you Looked at The Hero’s Journey through the Lens of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief?

10/26/2022
Have you looked at The Hero's Journey through the lens of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief? If not, you are in the right place because that is exactly what I do in this podcast. One of the best ways to really begin to internalize the steps and importance of The Hero's Journey in writing is to analyze books and movies that use the story structure. Disney and Pixar movies offer particularly strong examples of this story structure in action. Watching movies and breaking down the Hero's...

Duration:00:29:20

How to Research and Write Historical Mysteries

10/24/2022
Episode 10: How to Research and Write Historical Mysteries Writing historical mystery books--or any novel, for that matter--is no easy feat. It takes time, research, a desire to learn about the era about which you are writing, And if you want to write a real showstopper, you have to fully immerse yourself. Heather Redmond Heather Redmond knows just how to do the research required to write truly authentic novels. She is the author of the Dickens of a Crime series with...

Duration:00:25:59

Creating Workable Systems for Writers to Elevate Your Career

10/20/2022
Episode 9 Creating workable systems for writers is a clear and strategic way to elevate your writing career. As a creative, my brain doesn't naturally skew toward creating systems. Being an author is one thing, but elevating that writing career to a business that earns in the 6 figures is a different ballgame for most of us. Prolific USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has figured out just how to do this--to go from an author to a savvy businesswoman running Tonya Kappes Books. She...

Duration:01:10:20

Lessons Fiction Writers can learn from the Hollywood Writer’s Room

10/17/2022
Episode 8: WriterSpark: Tips and Tricks for Fiction Writers Podcast How writers in a writer's room write is different from fiction writers. But there are lots of lessons to be learned from those writer's rooms. Really, wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall in a Hollywood Writer's Room? I would! Reality Unfortunately, most of us don't get that chance, but mystery author Ellen Byron spent years in a variety of Writer's Rooms. On the podcast today, she is sharing lessons she learned...

Duration:00:29:02

All authors were aspiring and unpublished. They all have an origin story.

10/15/2022
Episode 7 All authors were unpublished, aspiring authors at one point. All authors started at the beginning. They all have an origin story. How did they get their start? What was their path to publication? Inspiration These stories can be inspiring. Motivating. Whether it’s the Joker’s, Batman’s, or our own, they are all meaningful. WriterSpark WriterSpark is me…I am WriterSpark. Today I am sharing my origin story. I started my writing journey in the early ’90s, but my first book...

Duration:00:26:05

How to Excel at Plotting your Fiction Novel

10/14/2022
Episode 6: How to Plot your Fiction Novel So how, exactly, do you plot a fiction novel? Bestselling author Libby Klein has some plotting 101 tips that are invaluable. Plotting Versus Pantsing Plotting versus pantsing is a popular topic. Everyone has their own process, and there is no one way to do things when it comes to writing. The most important thing is to figure out what works for you. In this Episode In this episode, author Libby Klein joins me to talk through her plotting...

Duration:00:56:29

How to Add Humor to your Writing

9/27/2022
Episode 5: Do you know how to add humor to your writing? You don't have to be a side-splitting funny person to be able to add humor to your writing. You don't even need to be funny at all. So what do you need? You just need to understand the techniques needed to add humor to your writing and you'll be golden. Scott Sedita There are a lot of ways you can approach humor. Scott Sedita's Eight Characters of Comedy is one way to create characters with that sole intention. His Eight Characters...

Duration:00:26:34

Outlining while Still Writing by the Seat of your Pants

9/21/2022
Episode 4 Outlining while Still Writing by the Seat of your Pants Outlining (or plotting) seems opposite of writing by the seat of your pants. In a lot of ways it is. But it doesn't have to be. See how they work together. In this episode, I'm talking with bestselling mystery and suspense author Daryl Wood Gerber about how these two methods of writing actually work hand-in-hand. First First of all, are you a plotter or a pantser? Most writers fall somewhere in between. Plotting can be a...

Duration:00:31:35

How do you Write a Compelling Villain?

9/21/2022
Episode 3 How do you Write a Convincing Villain? The villain is just as important as the hero. In fact, in the WriterSpark Ready, Set, WRITE! course, I recommend starting with the villain to ensure complexity. In This Episode In this episode, Melissa chats with author Annette Dashofy about her tips to writing a compelling villain. Annette gives several tips on writing villains. Definitely keep them in mind as you write yours. Listen Now! Please LIKE this episode, follow the podcast,...

Duration:00:23:52

Tips for Writing Historical Mysteries

9/21/2022
Episode 2 How to Research and Write Historical Mysteries Writing historical mystery books--or any novel, for that matter--is no easy feat. It takes time, research, a desire to learn about the era about which you are writing, And if you want to write a real showstopper, you have to fully immerse yourself. Heather Redmond Heather Redmond knows just how to do the research required to write truly authentic novels. She is the author of the Dickens of a Crime series with...

Duration:00:31:35

Writing Your Bliss Rather than Following the Market

9/20/2022
Episode 1 Writing your Bliss Rather than Writing to the Market Writing your bliss rather than writing to the market may not be easy to do. It's tempting to want to write to the market. If you do that, however, you risk: Follow Your Heart In this episode, Melissa chats with mystery writer, Brook Peterson, about 'Writing Your Bliss', or following your heart when you write instead of following the market. Get Inspired I love it when I get inspired by people. Brook Peterson is inspiring,...

Duration:00:31:35