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Pro-novelist mother and aspiring novelist daughter discuss writing fiction for a living -- and how to get there yourself.

Pro-novelist mother and aspiring novelist daughter discuss writing fiction for a living -- and how to get there yourself.
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United States

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Pro-novelist mother and aspiring novelist daughter discuss writing fiction for a living -- and how to get there yourself.

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@aiarwip

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English

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Episodes

How to Expand Your Story Idea: Flash, Short Story and Novel Examples

12/10/2019
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How to Write Fiction: How to Build onto Existing Stories and Ideas with examples! Do you have an idea you love, but it's not really long enough for the word count you or a publisher wants? Or did you start writing a novel to find you've only got the meat for a short story? Join Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and myself (host, Rebecca Galardo) as we both build from a single prompt. Holly creates live while I built mine the night before the recording the episode. Holly creates three...

Duration:01:15:08

How to Start Building a Language, Culture... and Story Ideas Workshop

12/3/2019
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How to Write Fiction: How to get story ideas while building a Language and Culture! What can you create with ten sounds and three words? The in-depth start to an entire world! The same with creating a belief like like an every day item is Sentient and Evil! Join Author and Teacher, Holly Lisle, and her daughter (writer and host, Rebecca Galardo) as they spawn ideas that thrill them from just the tiniest of worldbuilding! Special Note: Never were the type to be interested in creating a...

Duration:01:25:58

How to Worldbuild Fast - Workshop

11/26/2019
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How to Write Fiction: Workshop with Us While We Build Worlds in Around 5 Minutes (or less!) a Piece. Are you the type of write who, like Holly, can spend endless hours - days upon days, weeks upon weeks, and more - world building? Or are you the type of writer, like Rebecca, who ends up writing characters speaking and doing things in a barely there setting? Perhaps you're the type of writer who is a middle grounder, who does some world building but all of these writers can still wonder:...

Duration:01:03:46

Listeners' Questions on: Which Idea is Best, Hitting Word Count and Why We Don't Name and Shame

11/19/2019
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How to Write Fiction: Today we cover three different questions our listeners have asked - 1. How Do I Know Which Idea is Better? What happens when the Muse is giving you more than one idea or keeps coming up with different ways your story could go? 2. How do I Hit Word Count without Padding? How do you create target word count goals for individual scenes? 3. Why are you guys always saying you don't play the Name and Shame Game when some people have acted in ways that deserve...

Duration:01:30:01

How to Plot Twists that Fit

11/12/2019
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How to Write Fiction: How to Find Twists that Fit Your Story Afraid of “anvils and aliens” intruding on your historical romance? Finding your sweet YA has suddenly become horribly R-rated? Maybe you've tossed a few spells into that Sci-Fi book you've been slugging along on. Or perhaps you keep introducing new characters because your Muse says "Oh, here, this guy will TWIST things up!" You know when something you've written doesn't fit, sometimes intuitively and sometimes it's just plain...

Duration:00:35:13

Who Are Your 10 Most Influential Writers and Why?

11/5/2019
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How to Write Fiction: Do you know what your most influential authors have done for you? For your work? In this week's episode Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) delve into our top ten (well, okay, it's more than that, sorry) authors and point out why and how they influenced our lives and our work. Join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com (no purchase or ownership of courses necessary) and...

Duration:01:50:41

Second Annual Halloween Special: Listener Edition - Part Two

10/31/2019
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This year our Halloween Special is a two parter with the second part airing today, on the spookiest of holidays! Happy Halloween to our listeners from your AIARWIP family! We invite you to cozy on up to your listening devices for part one of our Halloween Special! This spooky and spoopy, cute and morbid, heart-warming and heart-ripping extra EXTRA special episode of Alone in a Room with Invisible People is sure to have a story or two fitting your tastes... be they for sweets or...

Duration:02:10:57

Second Annual Halloween Special: Listener Edition - Part One

10/29/2019
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We invite you to cozy on up to your listening devices for part one of our Halloween Special! This spooky and spoopy, cute and morbid, heart-warming and heart-ripping extra EXTRA special episode of Alone in a Room with Invisible People is sure to have a story or two fitting your tastes... be they for sweets or gore! Writers and listeners of the podcast have once again given us some wonderful and entertaining stories to behold in our second annual holiday podcast! Enough that you'll be...

Duration:02:12:34

How to Write Funny: Putting Humor into Fiction - Workshop

10/22/2019
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How to Write Fiction: A Workshop to Help Add Humor to Your Stories Humorous writing can sometimes seem like a either a born talent or a sudden - sometimes seldom given - gift. It might feel that way when you're plodding along in a scene and something hilarious happens. Rest assured this is your Right Brain - your Muse - and humor is yet another skill you can learn, a muscle you can work out and build over time. In this episode I (host Rebecca Galardo) ask questions from Holly's free...

Duration:01:04:50

Workshop - How to Build Plot Arcs

10/15/2019
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How to Write Fiction: A Workshop on Creating Story Arcs for Novels You might know how to write a scene, but what about story or plot arcs? How do you tie in those larger story elements within the book while also working on the other parts of the scenes? How do you plan those? How do you include more than just the minimuma scene needs without going overboard with exposition on your larger-than-a-single-scene-level conflicts? This episode was inspired by a great question in the forums after...

Duration:01:23:48

Advice for Fiction Writers: What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

10/8/2019
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How to Write Fiction: This week Author and Teacher Holly Lisle answers a question that is familiar to most of us. What would you tell your younger self? Join us in this week’s episode and if you have an answer for us, join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing! Join us in this week’s episode and if you have a question for us join us in the forums at HollysWritingClasses.com and get to typing! After the episode: Have something to say? A question to ask? Jump into...

Duration:00:43:10

What are Common Traps for Aspiring Writers?

10/1/2019
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How to Write Fiction: The pitfalls for beginning authors... There are a lot, but Holly has seven that she wanted to cover How do you learn from writers you love without stopping yourself from putting words on the page? How important is the perfect first line when writing first draft? How does revision come into play? Talent VS skill? How is research a pitfall? Why being SAFE is a trap? How is "process" not always "process"? There are a lot of traps to fall into when it comes to the world...

Duration:00:52:12

Procrastination in Writing Fiction - Outlining

9/24/2019
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How to Write Fiction: Do you find yourself trying to get the outline of a story or novel perfect before you write? Do you feel stuck in a synopsis before beginning your work because you don't have it all figured out... so you don't get to the action writing fiction part? In this week's episode I (host, Rebecca Galardo) and Author and Teacher Holly Lisle discussion outlining as a form of procrastination as well as planning your fiction and where your best ideas come from. We go over how you...

Duration:00:25:55

How to Keep Your Scenes On Target

9/17/2019
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How to Write: How do I keep my scenes cohesive and get to the point? How do I not lose sight of what the scene is supposed to be? Today I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss writing scenes with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. What is getting in late and leaving early when it comes to scenes? How do you know what to cut and what to leave in? How to you even know what is integral to a scene and what to write in the first place? What are the elements that are absolutely necessary in a...

Duration:00:56:25

Pen Names - Why and Why Not?

9/10/2019
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How to Write Fiction: When is a pen name or pseudonym in fiction writing a good idea? Can it be bad for your career? And how? There are many good, valid reasons for having a pen name (or several!) and we discuss these. There are good reasons to not have one either. So how do you know if it's right for you? How do you know if it a pen name will help your sales instead of hurting them? In this week's episode, I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss the pros and cons of pen names with Holly Lisle,...

Duration:00:30:06

How to Write Relationships in Fiction: Besties and Buddies

9/3/2019
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How to Write Fiction: How do I capture the important relationships between both friends or even best friends? Sometimes when we're writing relationships, friendships and best friends in fiction can often feel obligatory and empty. At times when reading or writing, these characters can feel likeeclones of each other - or at the other end of the spectrum, people who would never, ever be even casual aquaintances, which will irritate a reader to no end, unless there is a reason keeping them...

Duration:01:32:55

How to Write Fiction: Twists and What They Are

8/27/2019
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How to Write Fiction: Twists and What They Are When many writers hear the word they think plot twist, or twist ending and that's about it. Did you know that every good, meaningful scene has a twist? Or that every scene should have one? In today's episode Author and Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) explain the tricky definition of a "twist" and then go through the 11 Questions you can ask of every single scene to find one. Twists are always about knowing how to ask better...

Duration:02:10:25

Fiction Writer Money Talks: Paid Markets VS Free Markets

8/20/2019
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How to Write Fiction: Where to publish and why? Writers worry about pay, sure, but sometimes there is more value in a smaller, non-paying market. How can this be? Answering another question by a listener, Author and Fiction Writing Teacher Holly Lisle gives us the breakdown in today's episode - and it's a big one. You as a writer need to know the values of both paying and free markets. They're not always what you'd expect. There is genuine value in smaller markets that cannot even pay with...

Duration:01:24:58

How to Find Your Book-A-Likes... And Why.

8/13/2019
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What are "Book-A-Likes"? How will they help you in the long run? How do they help you with your marketing? To find your readers and make a career out of writing? How do you know what books out there are your book-a-likes without having to read everything in the genre in which you believe you're writing? In today's episode Author/Teacher Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss this topic in depth - based on a question from a listener. Also, stay tuned for a message about the...

Duration:00:44:58

Workshop - How to Build Novel Tie-Ins Using Flash Fiction & Short Stories

8/6/2019
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Free downloadable worksheets at AloneWithInvisiblePeople.com. Today's episode is another workshop! You guys asked and Holly delivered. Based on a question from one of our listeners, Holly Lisle and I (host, Rebecca Galardo) discuss how to use your short fiction (flash fiction or short stories) to your advantage. Whether you want to give an existing readership something to chew on while they wait for your next book, start building a readership before your big novel comes out, work on a...

Duration:00:59:13