The Writer’s Block Podcast
Starting at the Wrong Place - #1 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

Starting at the Wrong Place - #1 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

October 29, 2019

Barbara Wallace, award winning author of romance and mystery, will join Debby today to discuss the ten biggest mistakes writers make.  They will show you how to identify them, how to avoid them, and how to fix them when you do make them.  This week they're discussing what makes a good beginning that will grab your reader and hook them into your story.  A good opening scene will introduce us to the main character and their big problem.  It will set the tone of the book and hint at the story's theme.  Most of all, a good beginning will make the reader want to keep reading!

  • A good beginning should grab the reader
  • Set the tone
  • Introduce the main character
  • Identifies the main conflict
  • Never break the promise with the reader
  • Story action vs action action
  • What is your character's motivation?
  • Do you really need a prologe or is that cheating?

May you be inspired, feel empowered, and B. Well.

All this and more on this week’s episode of The Writer’s Block Podcast recorded at the Studio 21 Podcast Café and hosted on the United Podcast Network.

Trust Your Intuition

Trust Your Intuition

October 22, 2019

Author Jill Sylvester joins the Writer's Block to discuss her latest book, Trust Your Intuition.  In her book she shares 100 ways to transform anxiety and depression for stronger mental health.  As a licensed mental health counselor, she guides people to health and wellness.

  • Self published
  • Why 100 ways and not the top 10?
  • How did she find her intuition?
  • This book is part of a series
  • Fiction work to follow
  • How does Jill find time to Write, be a therapist, and a mother?
  • Why does she think that anxiety a good thing?

May you be inspired, feel empowered, and B. Well.

All this and more on this week’s episode of The Writer’s Block Podcast recorded at the Studio 21 Podcast Café and hosted on the United Podcast Network.

How to Write a Good Bad Guy

How to Write a Good Bad Guy

October 8, 2019

Mandra and Debby will explore the ways to make your antagonist a worthy opponent for your protagonist.  They will give examples of bad guys we hate to love, as well as bad guys we love to hate.

May you be inspired, feel empowered, and B. Well.

All this and more on this week’s episode of The Writer’s Block Podcast recorded at the Studio 21 Podcast Café and hosted on the United Podcast Network.

Writing: Hobby, business, or Lifestyle?

Writing: Hobby, business, or Lifestyle?

September 17, 2019

Is your writing a hobby, a business, or is it at least, in part, your lifestyle?  Do you know?  Would your answer change your actions?  Mandra, Shelly and Debby will help you define the difference and lead you to your own definition of success.

May you be inspired, feel empowered, and B. Well.

All this and more on this week’s episode of The Writer’s Block Podcast recorded at the Studio 21 Podcast Café and hosted on the United Podcast Network.

Know the rules to break the rules

Know the rules to break the rules

September 10, 2019

There are rules when it comes to writing. Some of these rules are iron clad and others have a flexibility to them. When can you start a sentence with “because?” How many ellipses can I use in my book? What are the rules to submitting my manuscript? What makes a paragraph a paragraph? The women of the block will answer all these questions and more and they will also tell you when, and why, it's okay to break them.

May you be inspired, feel empowered, and B. Well.

All this and more on this week’s episode of The Writer’s Block Podcast recorded at the Studio 21 Podcast Café and hosted on the United Podcast Network.

Great Beginnings…

Great Beginnings…

July 30, 2019

Debby and Mandra will explore ways three different authors have chosen to start their books.  

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard, Glennon Doyle Melton's Carry On Warrior and Kathleen Glasgow's Girl in Pieces are three examples of books that have great beginnings.  Whether they chose to use a close-up camera angle, a universal emotion, or stunning analogy's, these three books grab the reader right from the first page and draw the reader into the story.

May you be inspired, feel empowered, and B. Well.

All this and more on this week’s episode of The Writer’s Block Podcast recorded at the Studio 21 Podcast Café and hosted on the United Podcast Network.

The Pandora’s Box of Your Memoir

The Pandora’s Box of Your Memoir

October 2, 2018

Whether you are writing fiction, Non-Fiction, a memoir, or are just into creative writing this is the podcast for you. This podcast is more than just about how to write as we cover the why’s, when’s, and where’s of writing. Shelly Devlin, Mandra Biscornet, and Deborah Monk discuss writing a memoir. Everyone has at least one story in them this episode we will give you some of the tools to deal with the Pandora’s box of emotions that get drawn out during the writing process.

  • Be prepared to potentially open some old wounds
  • The most interesting stories cross from conflict to resolution
    • What did you learn from this experience?
    • What can others learn from your experience?
  • Writing can be very cathartic
  • Give you self a safe place to write and have a life line (friend) to call if you need to talk it out
  • Why are you writing
  • Who do you want to read it?
  • What kind of growth did you experience from your story?

All this and more on this week’s episode of The Writer’s Block Podcast recorded at the Studio 21 Podcast Café and hosted on the United Podcast Network.

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