The Writer’s Block Podcast
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

January 29, 2019

Join the ladies as they dissect the beginning of one of the most popular and prolific writers of all time, James Patterson.  Debby, Shelly, and Mandra will study the first scene of his newest novel, “Liar, Liar”, written with Candace Fox.  See how the authors manage to fit setting, character development, plot and tug on the visceral, guttural human emotion - fear - all within the first page!

 

 

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.

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.

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.

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

July 3, 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 the how to handle all the new things you learn in the writing process! Here are some great thoughts:

  • Editing with an editor

    • The process can be over whelming
    • Be prepared to read as many as 4 lines about one of your single lines
    • They are not all going to be bad
  • Publishing
    • Should your book be” YOUR book” or should you be open to making changes suggested by the publisher?
    • What is the difference between self-publishing and hybrid publishing services?
    • How much money should you expect to spend
    • What are the ways to save money?
  • What are the channels you can go through to network with the right people to do many of the things required to put a team together if you are going down the self-publishing route?

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.

To Be Or Not To Be That Is The Verb

To Be Or Not To Be That Is The Verb

June 26, 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 the power of word choice. This week it’s all about the movers and shakers of the written word…The Verb! Here are some great thoughts:

  • The verbs you choose should be strong and vivid
  • Adverbs can also be replaced with powerful verbs
  • Adjectives and even Nouns can be swapped for verbs
  • “It is” and “there was” are weaker starters for sentences. Using a verb can make your sentence really pop
  • Use your verbs to show rather than tell

 

 

 

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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