The Writer’s Block Podcast
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.

Marketing Mania

Marketing Mania

October 9, 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 Marketing Mania!

Whether you choose indie or traditional publishing, you're going to have to market your book.  Listen in as The Writer's Block discuss new and innovative ways to reach readers and sell more books!  From merchandising to podcasts, book clubs to book trailers, we'll give you the tools to promote your book in new & creative ways!

  • Book Themed Gifts
  • Expensive looking packaging
  • Swag items that tie into the theme or title of your book
  • Create a Book Trailer
  • Podcast tours
  • Start your own podcast

 

 

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.

Writer’s Coach Dawn Reno Langley

Writer’s Coach Dawn Reno Langley

September 18, 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 interview Dawn Reno Langley.

Dawn Reno Langley is the author of more than 30 books -- children's books, nonfiction books on art and antiques, and novels -- as well as an academic who's taught at every level. She is a Fulbright scholar, having spent time in Pakistan, and she's also a TedX speaker who advocates for animal rights, as well as women's issues.

Dawn is a professional writing coach who walks her authors through the many steps of writing. She can take you from concept to the finished product, published to marketing, and everything in between.

 

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.

Getting Your Acts Together

Getting Your Acts Together

September 4, 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 how to craft your story’s arc through 3 acts including Plot Point one, Plot Point Two, and Midpoint

 

  • Plot point One

    • Moves you from act 1 to act 2
    • Often the start of the main character’s journey
    • The point of no return the character can not back out of the central conflict
  • Midpoint
    • Main character turns from reactive to proactive
    • He/She gets some of the information to prepare themselves for the “black moment”
  • Plot Point 2
    • This is when all seems lost for the hero of the story
    • This is the transition for act 3 which is the story’s resolution

 

 

 

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.

Are You Talking To Me?

Are You Talking To Me?

August 21, 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 the do’s and don’ts of writing good dialogue:

 

  • Dialogue is everything between the quotations…Whenever the characters are speaking
  • It should move the story along, develops the character, or builds the reader’s understanding of the character’s relationship to the others in the story
  • Dialogue doesn’t belong if it doesn’t add to the story
  • Poor dialogue can be disruptive to the reader

 

 

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.

When The Good Guy goes Bad

When The Good Guy goes Bad

August 14, 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 is out sick today so Mandra Biscornet and Deborah Monk discuss the do’s and don’ts of developing strong characters:

 

  • Make up a character bio so you know them very well more details are better
  • Struggle is one way to develop your character quickly
  • How characters interact with one another is also a great way
  • Clichés have their place but be careful not to overdo them
    • What are the redeeming qualities of the “Bad Guy”?
    • What is the dirty little secret the “Good Guy” is hiding?

 

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.

Letting Your Dialogue Speak For Itself With Tags

Letting Your Dialogue Speak For Itself With Tags

July 31, 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, Shelly Devlin, and Deborah Monk discuss ways to Let Your Dialogue Speak For Itself With Dialogue Tags:

 

  • Dialogue tags clarify who is speaking
  • To use or not to use “said”
  • Too many tags or tags that are over the top will pull the reader out of the story
  • When only two characters are talking you can have one character refer to the other by name
  • You can skip a tag if the tag before and after are clear
  • Your dialogue should speak for itself

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.

Well Behaved Woman Coming Undone Launches Today

Well Behaved Woman Coming Undone Launches Today

July 17, 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, Shelly Devlin, and Deborah Monk to discuss the launch of Deborah’s new book as well as the re-release of her first book:

  • Available on Amazon: “Well Behaved Woman Coming Undone” and “Searching for Julia Stone”
  • Along with the book the merchandise that goes long with the art that appears in the book launches on the keepsake tab of DeborahMonk.com
  • Enter Deborah’s monthly contest on her website to win some of her one of a kind pieces
  • Would you like Deborah to speak at your book club?
  • Do you own an independent book store and want to carry Deborah’s book?
  • Her book’s and some of her stained-glass art are available at Sisters We Three in Newburyport, Ma
  • Watch for the video trailer coming soon Follow her on Facebook and YouTube to get notified as soon as they are uploaded

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.

Hey Ma, Your Husband’s Dead

Hey Ma, Your Husband’s Dead

July 10, 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 Rick Peoples sits in on the panel with Shelly Devlin and Deborah Monk to discuss:

  • Rick Peoples Wrote “Hey Ma, Your Husband’s Dead”

  • Self-Published
    • How long does it take to self-publish once the editing is done?
    • Hire an editor…You cannot self-edit. A fresh set of eyes can make ALL of the difference.
    • What are the total costs to self-publish?
    • How do you figure out what you really paid for your project?
    • Formatting programs can limit your creativity.
    • Should you buy your own ISBN number?
    • Who pays for the ISBN number becomes the publisher of record
  • People judge your book based on its cover. How can you make the process easier?
    • What are the colors that people are drawn to on books?
    • What Fonts are most popular

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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