Hosted by James Thayer, the podcast is a practical, step-by-step manual on how to craft a novel. It presents a set of tools for large issues such as story development and scene construction (Kirkus Reviews said Thayer's novels are "superbly crafted') and it also examines techniques that will make your sentence-by-sentence writing shine. The New York Times Book Review has said Thayer's "writing is smooth and clear. it wastes no words, and it has a rhythm only confident stylists achieve.
Episode 89 - Avoiding the biggest mistakes before we begin to write.
Here are thoughts on how to avoid early mistakes in our writing, those blunders we might make before we write the first sentence of our story. Also, a couple of wonderful quotation about writing. And: new technology tools to help us writers.Support the show
01/12/2023 • 25 minutes 50 seconds
Episode 88 - Writing the fight scene.
Action is the most interesting element in most novels, and a fight is action. Here are some techniques for writing a fight scene. Also, here's an almost sure-fire way to prime the pump of our plotting, a way to invent more plot for our story. And: thoughts about naming our characters.Support the show
24/11/2023 • 28 minutes 37 seconds
Episode 87 - How to write a fabulous first sentence.
The first sentence of our story should suggest to the reader, "Come on in and listen." A good first sentence propels the reader into the story, and here are some ways to write them. Also: Stephen King's twenty important techniques for writing.Support the show
17/11/2023 • 28 minutes 37 seconds
Episode 86 - The importance of a tie-up later list. Also: sequels.
Why should we keep a tie-up later list? How to create one and their importance are mentioned. And Angelou, King, and Tolstoy. Also: should we plan a sequel?Support the show
10/11/2023 • 23 minutes 57 seconds
Episode 85 - Dialogue's three most important techniques.
Listening to characters speak is a great pleasure for readers. It's as if the reader is a character in the scene, listening in, eavesdropping. Here are the three most important dialogue writing techniques I can think of. Also; how can we make our third-person narrator as intimate with the reader as a first-person narrator? Some thoughts are offered on how to get the reader close to the third-person character. And: Mark Twain's daily writing habits.Support the show
03/11/2023 • 26 minutes 1 second
Episode 84 - Why we should create a funny character, and how to do so.
Humorous characters are fun to read about and fun to write about. Here are some thoughts on why funny characters are important in our stories, and some techniques for creating funny characters. Also: Charles Dickens' daily work schedule.Safe, Efficient, Profitable: A Worker Safety PodcastJen & Jen of Allen Safety provide actionable safety ideas to improve safety at your site.Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifySupport the show
27/10/2023 • 24 minutes 27 seconds
Episode 83 - How to show our character's thoughts to avoid interior monologue.
Here are ways to show with action and dialogue what our character is thinking so we can avoid visiting the character's mind for interior monologue, usually the least interesting element of a story. And we visit Somerset Maugham, Truman Capote, and Herman Melville.Support the show
20/10/2023 • 26 minutes 5 seconds
Episode 82 - Finding the courage to write, and describing our first-person hero.
Do we need courage to write our first novel? If so, where do we find it? Also, writing the physical description of our hero in a first-person novel can be tricky. Here are thoughts on how we might do so.Support the show
13/10/2023 • 26 minutes 59 seconds
Episode 81 - The top ten fiction writing techniques.
Here's a list of the most important techniques we should think about when plotting and writing our novel or short story. Also, more on making our settings work for our story. And, how we can show rather than tell about love.Support the show
06/10/2023 • 26 minutes 38 seconds
Episode 80 - Maybe we are writing magic, and strong versus weak words.
Did soon-to-be famous writers know as they drafted their novels that they were creating magic for readers? Maybe. Maybe not. And how can we choose the strong word instead the the weak, so that our sentence shines? Also, here are thoughts on how long our chapters should be, and how to make sure they are not too long and not too short.Everything MattersEverything Matters is a weekly creepy fiction podcast set in a strange paranormal world. Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifySupport the show
29/09/2023 • 26 minutes 3 seconds
Episode 79 - Tips for writing YA fiction. Also: adding detail to our scenes.
Young adult fiction is a vast market, and many wonderful writers create YA novels. Here are some thoughts on YA, some techniques we might keep in mind as we put together a story meant for teenagers. Also, what is the balance between not enough detail and too much detail in our scenes? I'll set out a formula.Support the show
22/09/2023 • 27 minutes 45 seconds
Episode 78 - Developing a distinctive voice, and flashbacks.
A distinctive voice can add a charming or compelling aspect to a story. What is voice? And do we need a distinctive voice? Maybe not, maybe so. Here are thoughts about a voice for our stories. Also mentioned are ideas and techniques regarding flashbacks.Support the show
15/09/2023 • 26 minutes 26 seconds
Episode 77 - Eleven techniques for writing strong sentences.
The words on our page should be a clear window to our story. How can we do that? Here are eleven techniques to make our sentences forceful and clear. Also, some comments on the story arc. What is a story arc? Is the concept useful?Support the show
08/09/2023 • 24 minutes 23 seconds
Episode 76 - Writing our synopsis, and avoiding filters.
A literary agent or a publisher may ask for a synopsis of our novel, a three to five-page summary. Here are techniques on how to write one. Also, can artificial intelligence write fiction? We'll find out. Plus, ridding our sentences of filters to get the reader closer to the scene.Support the show
01/09/2023 • 25 minutes 33 seconds
Episode 75 - The magical difference between scene and summary.
New writers tend to put too much summary into their stories. I'll talk about how to avoid that mistake, making sure that most of our novels are scenes. Why is this so important? Scenes are much more engaging for the reader than are summaries. Also, here's how to show--rather than tell--about our characters' aches and pains. And here's a list of the twelve best novels of all time.Support the show
25/08/2023 • 24 minutes 16 seconds
Episode 74 - How to describe our villainous villain, and how to get unstuck.
A great pleasure in our fiction reading is coming across a dastardly villain, someone so bad and so well-described we will never forget him or her. Hannibal Lecter. Nurse Ratched. Huckleberry Finn's father Pap. How can writers create such a villain? Here are techniques, in particular regarding the physical description of the villain. Also discussed is how we can get unstuck in our plotting or writing.Support the show
18/08/2023 • 25 minutes 6 seconds
Episode 73 - How to make settings work for our story, and how writers get to work each day.
Here are two errors we might make when describing our setting. First, using a dull setting. And, second, making the setting inert, that is, not having the setting contribute to the story. Here are techniques to avoid both mistakes. Plus, we'll look at how other novelists get to work each day, how they manage to sit themselves down and start writing.Support the show
11/08/2023 • 25 minutes 12 seconds
Episode 72 - Finding an agent, and writing a query.
Once we have completed our novel, it may be time to obtain the services of a literary agent. Here are thoughts on how to find good ones, and how to write a query asking them to look at your manuscript Support the show
04/08/2023 • 31 minutes 35 seconds
Episode 71 - Using the critical tool of contrast. And writing vivid character descriptions.
Blue is bluer when placed next to yellow. Here are techniques on the use of contrast to make our scenes and characters more vivid. Also, we can learn how to describe characters--and we can be inspired--by reading how the masters create their characters.Support the show
28/07/2023 • 27 minutes 3 seconds
Episode 70 - Writing a story in the first-person.
Here are some thoughts about how we can write our story in the first-person, some techniques that will capture the reader. Also, usually the fewer the adverbs and adjectives, the stronger the writing. Here's how we can reduce the number of modifiers in our fiction. And here's a list of the six funniest novels of all time.Support the show
21/07/2023 • 23 minutes 51 seconds
Episode 69 - Learning character and setting descriptions from the masters.
One of the best ways to learn the craft of fiction is to read the works of great writers, those novelists who know how to offer the reader unforgettable images of new places and new people. Here are examples of character and setting descriptions from skilled writers. Listening to them, we'll be inspired to create vivid and enchanting descriptionsSupport the show
14/07/2023 • 24 minutes 36 seconds
Episode 68 - Do we have an idea or a plot? Also: how to write joyful dialogue.
What's the difference between an idea and plot? It's important to know as we begin writing. Also, readers love joyous dialogue. Here are thoughts on how to write it.Support the show
07/07/2023 • 25 minutes 40 seconds
Episode 67 - Lighting the writing fuse, and showing rather than telling about the setting.
What in our lives made us want to write? Here's a discussion about lighting that fuse. Also: here are techniques for showing rather than telling about our story's setting. And discussed also is a wonderful way to learn to write that takes little extra time or effort. Finally, how to write dialogue when the characters are afraid.Support the show
30/06/2023 • 25 minutes 13 seconds
Episode 66 - Creating characters readers love. Also; techniques for writing sad dialogue.
A main reason readers put a novel on their all-time top-ten favorites list is because they fall in love with a character. Here's how we can create characters readers will love. Also discussed are techniques for writing sad dialogue. And also: how to get unstuck when writing or novel or short story.Support the show
23/06/2023 • 25 minutes 15 seconds
Episode 65 - A writer's thoughts on ChatGPT. And the benefits of identifying our genre.
I've been checking out the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT, and here are some impressions of its use for writers. And: what are the benefits of identifying our novel as being in a genre? Also, more on those pesky dialogue tag modifiers. Support the show
16/06/2023 • 26 minutes 16 seconds
Episode 64 - How to get started writing, and tips on romantic and angry dialogue.
How can we get off the dime and start writing our novel or short story? Here are some thoughts. Also, readers love emotional dialogue; techniques to write romantic dialogue and angry dialogue are discussed.Support the show
09/06/2023 • 26 minutes 6 seconds
Episode 63 - How to bring our settings to life, and writing the romantic scene.
Here is a strong technique for immersing readers in our settings. Readers will think they are right there with our characters. Also, almost all stories should have a romance, and keys to writing romance scenes are reviewed.
02/06/2023 • 31 minutes 4 seconds
Episode 62 - A technique for bringing our characters to life, and writing the action scene.
Here is a strong technique to make our characters vivid and memorable for the reader. And also: most novels should have action scenes. The craft of writing a powerful action scene is reviewed.
26/05/2023 • 27 minutes 27 seconds
Episode 61 - How to detect and fix a sloppy scene. Also: how to unleash story ideas.
Sometimes a scene we've written just doesn't feel right. Something is amiss but we can't put our fingers on it. Here's a method to figure out what might be wrong and how to fix it. Also: we can get stuck in our thinking about the plot. Where should the story go next? What should we add? Here are ideas on inventing plot points.
19/05/2023 • 22 minutes 41 seconds
Episode 60 - Fabulous sentences of fiction, font fiddling, and slow motion.
A terrific way for writers to find inspiration is to hear legendary sentences from famous novels. Here are a few. Should we fiddle with fonts in our manuscript? And slow motion is a powerful tool for our scenes.
12/05/2023 • 22 minutes 39 seconds
Episode 59 - Plotting with a spreadsheet. And the unreliable narrator. Also, fiddling with the flow of time.
Can we use a spreadsheet to plot our novels? Some authors do. Here are thoughts about using Excel for outlining a story. Also, most main characters in a novel tell the truth to the reader. But some don't. Sometimes an unreliable narrator is a strong tool for plotting. Plus, should authors fiddle with the speed of time in our novels? Hurrying time and skipping time? Here are some techniques regarding the flow of time in our stories.
05/05/2023 • 24 minutes 11 seconds
Episode 58 - Making writing less daunting, and some techniques to avoid weak sentences.
How can we handle the dispiriting feeling that writing our novel is a huge, endless, and hard chore with completion far in the future, if ever? Here are some thoughts about facing our big writing project. Also mentioned are some sentence-by-sentence writing mistakes that are easy to avoid. And this episode presents some specific words we can delete from our manuscript, and our story will magically be better.
28/04/2023 • 27 minutes 46 seconds
Episode 57 - An important tool, the timeline. Also, authorial distance.
Creating a timeline can help us keep things straight as we plot and write. Also, here's a discussion of authorial distance, which is the closeness or distance the reader feels from the scene's subjects. And a list of ways to avoid sentence-by-sentence weak writing.
23/04/2023 • 22 minutes 43 seconds
Episode 56 - How many characters are too many? And he wore his guilt like a harness.
For each scene, the perfect number of characters exists. We'll talk about that number. Too few, and we don't have a scene. Too many, and the scene is like a subway at rush hour. Also, here are some techniques regarding metaphors and similes, a skill that can make our writing more lyrical and engaging. Please note: I will be out of the office next week, and so won't upload a new episode next Friday, but will return for a new episode the following Friday.
14/04/2023 • 26 minutes 25 seconds
Episode 55 - How many words should we write a day? And the use of contrast.
How many words a day? Too fast, and our story might be sloppy. Too slow, and we'll never finish. Here are some thoughts about our pace of writing. And also; contrast is a critical tool for us writers. How can we use it?
07/04/2023 • 24 minutes 19 seconds
Episode 54 - Fear of failure, author photos, and the use of humor.
Here are thoughts on how we might handle doubts about our writing abilities, the fear of failure. Plus, more tips on facing the camera. And: humor is a wonderful tool for writers. Add some laughs to our stories.
31/03/2023 • 24 minutes 22 seconds
Episode 53 - Embarrassing stuff, and the middle of the novel.
We shouldn't write about embarrassing stuff, and here's a list. Also, here are techniques to rev up the middle of the novel, often the hardest part to write.
24/03/2023 • 23 minutes 43 seconds
Episode 52 - Making our sentences more lively, and avoiding reader disbelief.
Here's a strong way to make our sentences pop, to make our writing lively and energetic. Also: how to keep the reader engaged by reducing disbelief and so making our story more real.
17/03/2023 • 24 minutes 29 seconds
Episode 51 - The wonder factor.
Let's apply the wonder factor to our stories, giving readers elements that will make them shake their heads and smile, and so remember our writing. And here also are techniques to avoid inertia in our writing.
10/03/2023 • 24 minutes 40 seconds
Episode 50 - The right kind of surprise ending, and wonderful character descriptions.
The ending of our novel should be a surprise but not a complete surprise. Here are techniques for crafting that balance. And famous character descriptions can inspire us to create our own fascinating character portraits.
03/03/2023 • 27 minutes 6 seconds
Episode 49 - Avoiding the biggest mistake, and keeping the POV tight.
If we are going to spend a year or two writing a novel, shouldn't we avoid a mistake in our very first chapter that ruins the novel's chances with agents and publishers? Here's the mistake and how to avoid it. Also mentioned are techniques on keeping the point of view tight.
24/02/2023 • 22 minutes 22 seconds
Episode 48 - Writing strong dialogue, and Ray Bradbury on plotting.
Dialogue is fun to write and fun to read. What's the best way to mix dialogue with action? How can we make sure dialogue and action work together to propel the story forward? And how science fiction legend Ray Bradbury came up with his plots.
17/02/2023 • 24 minutes 52 seconds
Episode 47 - A strong plotting technique, and leeches.
Sometimes when plotting we run out of ideas. Here's a good way to prime the plotting pump. And more on qualifiers, the leeches that infest the pond of prose.
10/02/2023 • 21 minutes 18 seconds
Episode 46 - What if no one comes to our book signing? And crafting our narrative voice.
No one in line to buy an autographed copy of your novel? You are not alone. The Wall Street Journal tells of famous authors who have suffered empty bookstores. And techniques for fitting our narrative voice to our genre
06/01/2023 • 25 minutes 54 seconds
Episode 45 - Techniques to make our dialogue riveting.
Dialogue is fun to write and fun to read. Here is a strong technique to make our dialogue fascinating for readers. Also, novel writing's rule of exceptions.
30/12/2022 • 20 minutes 29 seconds
Episode 44 - How to avoid another prospect-killing mistake.
We'll talk in this episode about another big mistake, one that will cause agents and editors to put aside our manuscripts after four or five pages. Also, some dialogue is better than other dialogue, and so here are tips on writing fascinating dialogue.
23/12/2022 • 21 minutes 42 seconds
Episode 43 - Dialogue should do double duty. Here's how.
Dialogue that does only one thing might be inert. Talk between our characters should do double duty, and here are techniques about how to write double-duty dialogue. Also, how to avoid the as-you-know syndrome in dialogue.
16/12/2022 • 26 minutes 32 seconds
Episode 42 - The single most important writing technique.
What's the one most important writing technique for novelists? If we get it wrong it sinks our publishing chances. We'll talk about how to get it right. Also, how to add the charming or funny or odd trait to our character that will make him or her stick in the reader's mind.
09/12/2022 • 23 minutes 25 seconds
Episode 41 - How can we know if we have the talent to write?
Can we know in advance if we have the talent to write a novel, before we spend the time and effort to write it? Here are some thoughts. Also, we can get better at close observing and phrase- making, and some techniques are discussed.
02/12/2022 • 25 minutes 13 seconds
Episode 40 - Creating villainous villains.
Here are techniques for creating fictional villains readers will love to loathe and fear. We writers can make readers shudder when our scoundrels appear.
25/11/2022 • 26 minutes 4 seconds
Episode 39 - How to create characters readers love.
Readers want to fall in love with our characters. Here are some techniques about how to create characters readers will be passionate about, and so will dislike seeing the novel end. Also, some advice on handling minor characters.
18/11/2022 • 25 minutes 26 seconds
Episode 38 - We shouldn't write these scenes, and strong techniqes for character description.
Some scenes are too much, and they may ruin a novel for readers. What are they? Plus, here are some good techniques for describing our characters, having our descriptions do double duty. And don't forget the quirks.
11/11/2022 • 27 minutes 49 seconds
Episode 37 - When to stop preparing and start writing.
How can we know when we've prepared enough? Is it time to start chapter 1? Here's a list of eight things we probably should have figured out before we start our first chapter. Also, how to show rather than tell about emotions and reactions.
04/11/2022 • 25 minutes 20 seconds
Episode 36 - The most interesting to the least interesting aspects of a novel.
Some elements of a novel are more interesting than others, and some are less interesting. Writers should give readers more of the involving and fascinating aspects, and here is a ranked list of those elements. Also, a look at how three great writers describe their characters, and what we can learn from them.
28/10/2022 • 26 minutes 29 seconds
Episode 35 - A close look at scene structure, and avoiding mushy sentences.
Scene structure is an art hidden from the reader but critical for the success of a scene. We'll talk about structure in this episode. Also, here is one of the best ways to avoid mushy, colorless sentences that don't grip the reader.
21/10/2022 • 23 minutes 9 seconds
Episode 34 - Why and how to practice writing, and more thoughts on thoughts.
Should we as writers practice our craft? What are the benefits, and how should we do so? And here are more ideas about making clear to readers what our character is thinking. Also, here are some laughably bad sentences.
14/10/2022 • 23 minutes 14 seconds
Episode 33 - Danger signs our plot is dull.
Here are eight signs that our plot isn't as interesting as we'd like, which is to say; it's dull. And how to fix it. Also, how do we carve out the time to write in our busy lives? A good author reveals how she did it.
07/10/2022 • 23 minutes 51 seconds
Episode 32 - A formula for showing, and clear and spare writing.
We should show as opposed to tell most of the time. But sometimes telling is fine. Here is a formula for when to show and when to tell. Also, we'll talk about techniques for clear and spare writing. And the reason Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is my favorite novel. And a wonderfully funny sentence from Lee Child.
30/09/2022 • 25 minutes 27 seconds
Episode 31 - Favorite novels and check-mark plotting.
Making a list of our favorite novels is fun and it can teach us something about writing, plus the strong technique of check-mark plotting.
23/09/2022 • 22 minutes 21 seconds
Episode 30 - Plotting and the power struggle.
Plotting our story is so important that we return to it here. How can we know what works and doesn't work in a story? We'll talk about plotting techniques including good advice from a Pulitzer Prize winner.
16/09/2022 • 25 minutes 11 seconds
Episode 29 - The pattern of a novel.
Successful novels almost always follow a pattern, and we'll talk about the pattern in this episode. Also, what put you in mind of writing fiction? I'd like to hear from you about it. And several more odd book titles.
09/09/2022 • 26 minutes 26 seconds
Episode 28 - The enchanter quality, and weather and rudeness.
Vladimir Nabokov said a writer should have the enchanter quality. Here are examples from H.P. Lovecraft. And how does Nora Roberts work? Also, showing rather than telling about the weather and personality. And some John Lennon.
02/09/2022 • 26 minutes 56 seconds
Episode 27 - The importance of genres and formulas. And thoughts about titles.
Formulas became formulas because they work. Our genre will offer guidelines (formulas) for our plots. And: titles are fun to think about but it's sometimes hard to invent a good one. Here are some thoughts about coming up with a good title.
26/08/2022 • 24 minutes 15 seconds
Episode 26 - Navel gazing and how to avoid it. And more on showing
Interior monologue and how to avoid it. And more techniques regarding the critical skill of showing rather than telling. And visits to John Steinbeck and Willa Cather.
19/08/2022 • 25 minutes
Episode 25: The magic of writing. Cause and effect. And thinking.
We writers may never know to whom our words will have a profound meaning. Plus, the importance of cause and effect. And the perils of interior monologue.
Should we show friends and family our manuscripts as we compose them? Good reasons for and against exist. The key to vivid writing: be specific, definite, and concrete. Plus, famous romantic lines, avoiding useless analogies, and a technique for vivid writing: using verbs rather than verb objects.
05/08/2022 • 23 minutes 47 seconds
Episode 23: Editing our own manuscript
What should we look for when editing our own manuscript? How do famous authors do it? What should we look for as we edit? This episode discusses the editing process, the good and bad of it.
29/07/2022 • 25 minutes 41 seconds
Episode 22: A summary of earlier episodes, and techniques for musical writing.
Topics of earlier episodes are boiled down to sixteen points, and we'll talk about them briefly. Also, here are some things we can do to make our sentence-by-sentence writing more pleasing to readers' eyes and ears.
22/07/2022 • 28 minutes 13 seconds
Episode 21: Creativity and how to get it.
How can we shake loose from our brains plots for our novels? Here's my favorite way. Plus, benefits and perils of writing with a partner. More on accents. And avoiding adverbs, which are not a writer's friend.
15/07/2022 • 25 minutes 27 seconds
Episode 20 - Reasons we fail to start.
Why don't we begin our novel? Here's a reason, and a way to avoid it. Plus, we'll talk about qualifiers and intensifiers, the leeches of language. And some thoughts on profanity and slang. And why age benefits novelists.
07/07/2022 • 25 minutes 13 seconds
Episode 19 - More on modifiers, including the useless and the dangling. And clunky reach words.
Many adjective and adverb s do nothing but pad a sentence, making the sentence rickety. Here are some techniques on avoiding these useless or unintentionally funny modifiers. Plus, some words are just too much. We'll avoid these, too.
06/06/2022 • 25 minutes 19 seconds
Episode 18 - Lots of things to avoid: the negative, cliches, and too many modifiers.
In this episode we focus on sentence-by-sentence writing. How can we make our sentences vivid and powerful? Some strong techniques are discussed, such as avoiding cliches like the plague.
04/06/2022 • 26 minutes 10 seconds
Episode 17 - Keep it simple but not too simple, and metaphors.
Our writing should be a clear window to the story, and a technique is to, in Einstein's phrase, keep it simple but not too simple. Here are some techniques for doing that, along with a discussion of metaphors and similes.
29/05/2022 • 25 minutes 53 seconds
Episode 16: Theme, odd questions, more on conflict, and vivid writing.
As writers, should we be concerned with a themes for our stories? And a critical question: are writers allowed to be weird? We'll also return to the need for early conflict in our stories, and then go on to discuss vivid writing.
21/05/2022 • 26 minutes 52 seconds
Episode 15 - Techniques for writing about settings.
Our setting -- the place and time of the scene -- anchor our characters the the ground. Here are techniques for writing our settings to get the most from them, so that they play a strong role in the story.
16/05/2022 • 29 minutes 47 seconds
Episode14: The fourth wall, the ending, and some bad writing.
Our topics this episode are how to avoid breaking the fourth wall, onomatopoeia (clunk, thud, kersplat), and techniques on ending the novel. We'll also talk about some bad writing, really bad writing.
11/05/2022 • 26 minutes 15 seconds
Episode 13: More on dialogue, and techniques about foreshadowing and coincidences
Dialogue is so important to our stories that we'll talk more about it here. Then we'll move on to foreshadowing--including the Chekhov's famous gun--and coincidences., where one is fine but two are not.
06/05/2022 • 23 minutes 59 seconds
Episode 12 - Dialogue
A fictional character's dialogue sounds like a person speaking in real life, but not too much like a person speaking in real life. In this episode we'll talk about dialogue techniques that draw the reader into the story.
28/04/2022 • 25 minutes 9 seconds
Episode 11: Point of view and voice.
Here are techniques to control our point of view so that our story doesn't have a dizzying quality as the reader jumps from one character's mind to another character's mind. We'll also discuss a writer's narrative voice.
21/04/2022 • 25 minutes 4 seconds
Episode 10: More show and tell, and the grammatical person.
The difference between showing and telling is so important that we continue with it in this episode, including the technique of saving it for later. Plus, we'll talk about the grammatical person.
16/04/2022 • 23 minutes 53 seconds
Episode 9: Showing versus telling
We'll talk about the most critical skill for vivid writing, showing versus telling. Showing reveals. Telling explains. Showing is almost always more involving for the reader, and we'll discuss how to show rather than tell..
09/04/2022 • 27 minutes 16 seconds
Episode 8 - Scene and summary
We'll discuss the difference between summary and scene., and why writing scenes rather than summaries is so important. Point of view will also be briefly touch on, along with techniques on how to end a scene Rhythmic placement of scenes is also a topic in this episode.
04/04/2022 • 24 minutes 10 seconds
Episode 7 - Crafting a scene
Good scenes have a certain form. This episode is about how to craft a compelling scene, including the need to begin a scene late in the chronology and end it early.
27/03/2022 • 22 minutes 51 seconds
Episode 7 - How to crtaft a scene.
Crafting a scene involves mechanics hidden from readers. Here are techniques that lead to the success of a scene: ways to grab the reader, immerse him or her in the scene, and then launch the reader into the next scene. Support the show
27/03/2022 • 23 minutes 14 seconds
Episode 6: Villains and sidekicks.
How can we create compelling villains and lovable and maybe eccentric sidekicks? How many characters should we put in a scene? How about basing a character on a friend or relative? And are there tips for naming our characters? Learn these techniques and more ini this episode.
23/03/2022 • 23 minutes 21 seconds
Episode 5: Creating compelling characters.
Characters in fiction come in a huge variety, and creating characters involves techniques that discussed in this episode. There are reasons we find Scout Finch and Hermione Granger and Jack Aubrey and Katniss Everdeen so compelling, and let's find out why.Support the show
16/03/2022 • 25 minutes 12 seconds
Episode 5: How to develop appealing characters
Heroes in our novel reading appear to be wildly different. But almost all successful novel protagonists have several common aspects to their personalities, and in this podcast we'll talk about them. We'll focus on creating a character the reader loves, and so the reader will intensely dislike coming to the end of the story when the reader must leave the beloved character behind.
10/03/2022 • 24 minutes 49 seconds
Episode 4: Pace, the first sentence, back-story, over-description
We'll talk about how to keep the reader involved in the story, how to move a plot forward. And we'll discuss one of my favorite topics: the novel's first sentence.
09/03/2022 • 25 minutes 22 seconds
Episode 3: Finding a fresh plot.
Is there an idea dump where we can go to find a fresh plot for our novel or a strong plot point for the next chapter of our novel? No, but good methods exist to develop plots, and that's the topic of this episode.
03/03/2022 • 25 minutes 22 seconds
Episode 3 - Go big or go home.
Is there an idea dump where we can find a fresh plot for our novel or a strong plot point for the next chapter of our novel? No, but good methods exist to develop plots, and that's the topic of this episode.Support the show
03/03/2022 • 25 minutes 35 seconds
Episode 1: Learning and getting better at the craft of writing.
Follow the rules. Go with what works to increase our chances of getting published. Writing can be learned. And if we know how to write, we can get better. A critical ingredient: persistence. One negative thing about learning to write. Leaning to concentrate. And a technique about weeping.
02/03/2022 • 28 minutes 2 seconds
Episode 2: Getting ready to start writing a novel.
Getting ready to start a novel. Drafting a a plan (timetable). An outline (pros and cons). Other useful pre-writing and during-the-writing documents. Recommendations for a novel's length.