The Writer’s Block Podcast
Inconsistent Pacing - #6 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

Inconsistent Pacing - #6 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

December 3, 2019

Pacing is the speed with which your narrative unfolds. The Writer’s Block welcomes Barbara Wallace to talk about the importance of pacing.

  • Your book should be like a symphony
  • The pace should be variable
  • There should be a purpose to your pacing
  • At what point in the writing process should pacing be addressed?
  • Language and sentence structure can be used to control pace

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.

Sagging Middles

Sagging Middles

August 6, 2019

To continue with last week’s episode of "Great Beginnings", this week special guests Kelly Mcintire and Rick Peoples join us to discuss the dreaded "sagging middle" of your book.  We will give examples of common mistakes, offer exercises to avoid losing momentum, and most importantly, save you the embarrassment of a droopy mid-section in the body of your work.

  • Leave out the irrelevant details
  • Know your audience
  • Too much description can take away from the subject
  • Show not tell
  • Watch your dialogue
  • Vomit the words on the page, Sharpen the knife with your group, then trim the fat in editing
  • If you hit a block you can always kill off one of your favorite characters
  • Betrayal is a great way to get some extra juice in the middle of the story.
  • Character movement can inspire your story telling
  • A time crunch can help push the story’s excitement and tighten up the middle
  • Mirror your character don’t be afraid to make a major change

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.

Co-Authoring - Don’t go it alone

Co-Authoring - Don’t go it alone

July 23, 2019

Have you ever thought about writing a book with a partner?  What would it be like to co-author a book and share the writing process?   Our guest today, Cathy Waldron aka Catherine Dougherty has done just that and is here to share what it's like to write and edit with a collaborator.

  • You need a partner whose style is complimentary to yours
  • Each other can write for their own character
  • One can start and the other can finish
  • Editing can be a struggle so final say should be decided prior to beginning the project
  • Having a writing partner helps you stay on task and motivated
  • https://www.fanstory.com/ is a great website to help you edit for $9.99 a month
  • Go to http://catherinedougherty.com/ to find out more about Cathy

           

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.

 

Drawing on Life Experience to Strengthen Your Writing

Drawing on Life Experience to Strengthen Your Writing

June 18, 2019

One of the ways to strengthen your writing voice is to pull from your own life experience.  Shelly, Mandra and Debby will share excerpts of their own writing where they used life experiences to enhance the honesty of their writing, develop characters that feel more real than made-up, and how being more specific reveals more of the Universal themes that connect us all.

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.

Go Edit Yourself!

Go Edit Yourself!

June 4, 2019

Whether you are using a professional editor or not, you want your book to be in the best shape possible! Join the ladies as they share tips to edit and polish your manuscript.  If you are using an editor, self-editing first will save the editor time and help you get the most out of the editing process as possible.  If a professional editor isn't in your budget, then these tips are a must for a professional looking book!

  • You can have your editor do it all and pay full price
  • The more you do prior to turning in your pages the less it will cost you to go to print
  • Print your work out on paper and read it like its someone else’s work
  • To use a red pen or is there a better color?
  • Read your work out loud or you can use a program that reads your work for you
  • Look for words you use too often (“That” is a big culprit)
  • Are you using “ly” adverbs when you should be replacing these with stronger verbs?
  • Don’t try to edit everything at once. Pick one thing you are looking to improve and see it through to the end.
  • Know what your direction is in your writing.
  • Cut the clutter…Often less words will equal more understanding for the reader
  • One metaphor vs multiple metaphor
  • When you are done you are done!

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.

Write on the Beach Retreat

Write on the Beach Retreat

May 7, 2019

Shelly will share her experience at the writing retreat she did on Topsail island, North Carolina, by Rewired Creatives.

How close is she now?

  • What is a writing retreat?
  • What are the benefits of going vs just writing on your own?
  • What are mentor sessions all about?
  • What is the Zig Zigler method of book selling?
  • Is there really magic in the Post-It note outline technique?
  • What does the expense of the retreat look like and is it a good value?
  • Is there a possible tax deduction in going on the retreat as an author?

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.

Editors - Bruisers of Egos

Editors - Bruisers of Egos

February 26, 2019

You finished your book.  You think you're done.  You buy big sunglasses so you can hide from your fans.  And then reality, in the name of your editor, sets in.  The book isn't done.  The first draft is done.  Now is the time to find the holes and fill them in.  Find your why and thread that through.  Today we interview Shirley Jump, who is the full package.  A best-selling author in multiple genre's, an editor, a teacher, and a ghostwriter, she knows writing from every angle.

You can reach out to Shirley at her website www.ShirleyJump.com.

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.

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.

Edits are in…Now what?

Edits are in…Now what?

January 22, 2019

Ever wonder what it's like to have your pages professionally edited?  Having received the notes from their editors, Debby, Mandra, and Shelly are all in the midst of editing and revision hell! What revisions do you make, which ones do you disregard? How do you decide?  Join the Writer's Block Podcast to hear how the ladies survive the highs and lows of the editing process!

 

 

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.

 

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.

Piecing the Puzzle Together On The Treasure Map

Piecing the Puzzle Together On The Treasure Map

June 19, 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. Mandra Biscornet is out this week so Shelly Devlin and Deborah Monk discuss:

  • The third architype of writing…The Puzzler

    • Puts the key pieces of the puzzle on the treasure map early on
    • The story reveals its self to the puzzler as the story unfolds
  • The post-it note method allows you, as a puzzler, to move the pieces of the story around to suit your narrative
  • Writers block…sometimes you must just keep writing
    • You can re-write something you have done before
    • Start with a paragraph of someone else’s writing
    • Use this time to work on some editing
    • Sit at your desk, set the timer, and write for 5 minutes
    • Do some calisthenics

 

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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