The Writer’s Block Podcast
Writing Your Book Bio

Writing Your Book Bio

October 2, 2019

While Shelly's away, Debby and Mandra will play with her author bio.  Now that Shelly's coming close to finishing her book, her editor reminded her it's time to write the dreaded author bio.  Listen in as the kid gloves come off and we edit the first draft.

  • Opening bi-line
  • Credentials that are relevant to the work
  • Synopsis of your writing work
  • Interesting facts or two about you
  • Be relevant not repetitive

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 411 on Audio

The 411 on Audio

September 24, 2019

The ladies of the Writer's block welcome Rick Peoples to the show to talk about the process of turning his novel into an audio book.  We are delighted to also have Martha Polley, who is the voice of, "Hey Ma, Your Husband's Dead."

  • Having your audio book out will boost sales. The industry is showing double digit growth every year
  • Finding the right voice actor is key
    • Someone who can deliver the story in the right tone
    • Someone in your price range
  • 10,000 words will end up being 1 hour of finished audio
  • You will need a separate cover for your audio book
  • Martha can be found on Facebook

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.

Know the rules to break the rules

Know the rules to break the rules

September 10, 2019

There are rules when it comes to writing. Some of these rules are iron clad and others have a flexibility to them. When can you start a sentence with “because?” How many ellipses can I use in my book? What are the rules to submitting my manuscript? What makes a paragraph a paragraph? The women of the block will answer all these questions and more and they will also tell you when, and why, it's okay to break them.

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.

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.

 

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