The Writer’s Block Podcast
Dialogue Is not Just Conversation - #5 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

Dialogue Is not Just Conversation - #5 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

November 26, 2019

Today on the block, Barbara Wallace joins us to discuss the importance of honing your dialogue skills... in writing.  Dialogue is not just conversation between characters.  It is a vital story tool that, if done properly, should:

  • Advance the plot
  • Can often point out subtext
  • Reveal story information
  • Provide insight into character
  • Heighten tension
  • Character’s with heavy accents…don’t overdo it. Transition from very brief dialect and then make it easy for the reader going forward
  • Repetitive words that you hear in real life have no place in the story…”Um, Like, Well” readers don’t want to read them over and over again
  • Sex noises during love scenes are a no no
  • Don’t over vary or over use your tags…”She Said, they replied, and he asked” are examples of good easy tags that can lubricate the dialogue
  • Dialogue is not a tool for info dumping

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.

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.

Do the Words Matter?

Do the Words Matter?

May 14, 2019

Communication relies on so many things from tone of voice to facial expression there are non-verbal cues, inflection, and even intention.  As writers we only have words, so every word does matter.  Join the ladies on the block as they give examples of how to write clichés, emotions, and dialogue better. If you struggle with which words to use this is the episode 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.

How To Write A Memoir with Professor Martha Stavrou

How To Write A Memoir with Professor Martha Stavrou

April 23, 2019

The Writer's Block welcomes back, Martha Stavrou a Memoir writing  instructor/professor at the New Hampshire Institute for Art.  Listen in as she discusses the importance of memoir, the craving we all have to find people who help us express experiences we sometimes aren't able to.  We'll delve into the craft elements of memoir such as character, landscape, and time stamps, and take a look at the importance of details to pull the reader into your story.

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.

How To Ground Your Character Part 2: Examples

How To Ground Your Character Part 2: Examples

April 16, 2019

Join Debby, Mandra, and Shelly as they share examples of their own writing to teach you how to ground your reader into your world. They peel back the layers and show you behind the scenes. Some of it starts weak but listen to how they work together to see: Who is in the scene? Where is the story set? What is the major conflict?  “When are you” in the whole story?

Never be afraid to write a lousy first draft. It will make a great outline for the final draft. You can always use dialogue to show character traits rather than telling your audience about them.

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.

Writing Prompt-ly

Writing Prompt-ly

April 2, 2019

Having trouble getting started?  Intimidated by the blank page staring back at you?  Ladies of the Writers' Block will give you prompts to trigger emotion, spark imagination, and breath through your writer's block.

  • Writing prompts can help you break through the other side

    • Dream catcher
    • Eaves dropper
    • Mirror-mirror
    • All the scars on my body
  • Writing about how you are feeling
  • Find a way to relieve the pressure…you can write what you want when you want
  • What brings you joy…focus on that!
  • Writing on location
  • Guided meditation

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.

Why Write a Book If No one Knows About It

Why Write a Book If No one Knows About It

March 26, 2019

The book is done, but HOW do you get people to find and read it?  Don't miss this episode of The Writer's Block as we welcome author and tv personality Mike Morin to talk marketing strategies for your book. Mike is the author of 50 Shades of Radio, and Lunch with Tommy and Stasia, and is an authority on how to use traditional mass media to promote your writing.

  • How do you get the booking for signings?
  • Are libraries willing to pay to have you speak?
  • Should you bring books to every signing especially when the place doesn’t sell your book?
  • You gave birth to this baby now its time to raise it!
  • Reach out to local radio and news papers who for the most part love to do stories and pieces on locals
  • MikeMorinMedia.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.

Writing Your Resolutions For 2019

Writing Your Resolutions For 2019

December 31, 2018

Join Shelly, Debby and Mandra as they share their 2019 writing resolutions, what they hope their writing careers will look like, the commitments they're making to their craft... and, of course, dreaming up some magical manifestation!

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.

Can a Good Teacher Make You a Better Writer?

Can a Good Teacher Make You a Better Writer?

December 24, 2018

Want to take your writing to the next level? In their never-ending quest to become better writers, Debby, Shelly and Mandra welcome back ghostwriter and writing professor, Dave Copeland. As a writing instructor at Bentley College, Dave helps students improve their writing skills.  Listen in as we discuss what types of writing classes are most useful, suggestions for shutting out distractions and tips for overcoming writer's block.

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.

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