The Writer’s Block Podcast
Character Derailment - #3 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

Character Derailment - #3 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

November 12, 2019

Barbara Wallace, award winning author of romance and mystery, will continue her discussion of the most common writing mistakes. 

This week's topic is Character Derailment.  This is when the character does something so "out of character" that the writer loses credibility and the reader loses interest.  Characters need to feel like real people to the reader so the writer can't make them do things just to move the story along or to hit a plot point. 

  • Is your hero too stupid to live?
  • Every scene should have conflict but it needs to stay within the confines of the character that you have created
  • When you really understand your character you will be less likely to derail them
  • What is pre-writing?
  • What is your character's motivation?

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.

Starting at the Wrong Place - #1 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

Starting at the Wrong Place - #1 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

October 29, 2019

Barbara Wallace, award winning author of romance and mystery, will join Debby today to discuss the ten biggest mistakes writers make.  They will show you how to identify them, how to avoid them, and how to fix them when you do make them.  This week they're discussing what makes a good beginning that will grab your reader and hook them into your story.  A good opening scene will introduce us to the main character and their big problem.  It will set the tone of the book and hint at the story's theme.  Most of all, a good beginning will make the reader want to keep reading!

  • A good beginning should grab the reader
  • Set the tone
  • Introduce the main character
  • Identifies the main conflict
  • Never break the promise with the reader
  • Story action vs action action
  • What is your character's motivation?
  • Do you really need a prologe or is that cheating?

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.

Deborah Monk Books Etsy Shop Grand Opening

Deborah Monk Books Etsy Shop Grand Opening

October 15, 2019

Debby doesn't like traditional marketing tools so she's broken the rules and created her own marketing plan that resonates with her.  Today she launches the grand opening of her Etsy store, DeborahMonkBooks.  From her Seeds of Wisdom hand-made books to her inspirational jewelry, the shop will be home to all the art from her heart.  

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 Good Bad Guy

How to Write a Good Bad Guy

October 8, 2019

Mandra and Debby will explore the ways to make your antagonist a worthy opponent for your protagonist.  They will give examples of bad guys we hate to love, as well as bad guys we love to hate.

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 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.

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.

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.

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