The Writer’s Block Podcast
Fall into Writing with KanBan

Fall into Writing with KanBan

September 3, 2019

Fall is a good time to get back to a schedule, get back to your goals, maybe even go back to school.  The hectic schedules of summer and vacation are over, now it's time to get back to your book. Join Shelly, Mandra and Debby as they help you get back on track, introduce Kanban Planning, and make this Fall season work for you!

 

 

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.

Courting the Muse

Courting the Muse

August 27, 2019

Shelly, Debby and Mandra will discuss the ways of inviting the Muse into their creative work and, even more important, into their lives.

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.

Fantastic Endings

Fantastic Endings

August 20, 2019

After the Great Beginning, the non-sagging middle, you need a fantastic ending.  Join Debby, Mandra and Shelly as they share examples of great endings, the characteristics of a bad ending, and discuss the importance of an ending in a series, which essentially, is also a new beginning. Does your story deliver on its promise? Does the reader want more or has their story appetite been satiated? 

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.

 

Mary Vensel White’s Top 5 Editors Tips

Mary Vensel White’s Top 5 Editors Tips

July 16, 2019

Mary Vensel White Special Guest author, editor, and Guest of the Writing on the Beach retreat joins the writer's block.

  • What are the top 5 Tips she has for writers from and editor’s perspective

    • Being a good reader
    • Choosing a consistent voice
    • Character knowledge – Do they know too much or too little
    • Over writing – when is it too much
    • Duplication of description from dialogue to narration
  • Best tip for a student: “Find out what your skin is in the game as the author writing the story…what is your connection to the character?”
  • Ins and outs of the Young Adult genre
  • Making time to write by boking your own personal retreat by booking a hotel room to write
  • Visit MaryVenselWhite.com if you are looking for an editor or more information about Mary.

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 Writer’s Block Visits with Liz Gilbert

The Writer’s Block Visits with Liz Gilbert

July 9, 2019

Shelly and Debby finally make it to Harvard. . . after purchasing a ticket to see Elizabeth Gilbert at the Harvard Campus!  Liz Gilbert, Author of Eat, Pray Love and her new book, City of Girls, which explores promiscuous women of the 1940's and their sexual escapades in New York City.

  • How can you go to Harvard for $40?
  • How important is the research for your book?
  • How long does it take to research your book?
    • Don’t get too caught up because there is a such thing as being too prepared
    • Research until you are proficient in the topic
    • Your research can help set the stage for and almost be one of the characters
  • Consider the consequences of your character’s life choices
  • Should your book be included in the ticket price of your launch presentation?

 

 

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.

Marketing with Katie Boyd

Marketing with Katie Boyd

July 2, 2019

Podcast host, fitness guru, and soon-to-be-author Katie Boyd will share marketing tips that have helped her build a business, got her on the Dr. Oz show, and strategies she will use to launch the publication of her book, Ambitchious.

  • There are introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts which one you are can help you understand your strategy for marketing
  • Don’t get up to sell get up to serve
  • You don’t have to get good at what you don’t like. Hire the right people to do it!
  • Worry less about how many followers you have and more about how many conversions you get from the posts
  • When building an email list always give a freebie!

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.

Just Picture Them in Their Underwear!

Just Picture Them in Their Underwear!

June 25, 2019

More and more, writers are using public speaking to spread the word about their books.  But how do you prepare? What makes a public speaker effective?  Join the Writer's Block as Debby shares her experience giving talk at UMASS Lowell, and find out if she really did picture the audience in their underwear!

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.

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