SPS-254: The Writer’s Cookbook: Recipes for Author Success
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Bestselling indie author, Kristina Adams, is on a mission to help other writers looking to navigate the murky waters of self-publishing.

Fiction Writing Made Easy
Fiction Writing Made Easy
Savannah Gilbo
5 Questions to Ask Before Writing a First Draft
*In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through five questions to ask before you start writing a first draft.* Here's a preview of what's included: [01:25] The purpose of a first draft is to tell yourself the story. The purpose of a first draft is NOT to be perfect or to have everything 100% figured out. [01:50] * *By doing some of the important work or heavy lifting upfront, you CAN write a stronger, more efficient first draft that feels more like a second or third draft. But to do that, you need to know the answer to five really important questions. [03:15] Question #1: Who is this story about? Who is your protagonist? [04:40] Question #2: What's the main genre of this story? [06:10] Question #3: What point are you trying to make with this story? [07:20] Question #4: Where and when does this story take place? [08:40] Question #5: What happens in the story's plot? [10:30] Key points and episode recap. *Subscribe & Review in Apple Podcasts* Are you subscribed to my podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode! Especially because I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. So, click here to subscribe to the show in Apple Podcasts! If you're already a subscriber, and if you enjoy the show, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. Those reviews help other writers find my podcast and they’re also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the show is. Thanks in advance! *Links mentioned in this episode:* * Episode Freebie: 5 Questions to Ask Before Writing a First Draft (PDF) * How to Choose the Right Genre for Your Story (podcast and article) * 5 Questions to Help You Flesh Out Your Characters (podcast and article) * 3 Ways to Uncover the Theme of Your Story (podcast and article) * How to Figure Out the Big Picture Shape of Your Story (podcast and article) P.S. Did you know that I have a Facebook group just for fiction writers? In this private group, we talk about all things writing, editing, and publishing fiction. It's free to join and you can request access here. Hope to see you there!
13 min
writing class radio
writing class radio
andrea askowitz and allison langer
Brave Listener Gets Hard Edits
We asked you, our listeners, to send in your unfinished essays. We didn’t mean first drafts. We meant those essays you’ve been working on forever that you can’t get to the bottom of. Today on our show, we bring you an unfinished essay by listener Julie Schoelzel, a writer from Keene, New Hampshire. We hope to offer Julie insights into figuring out what she’s come to say and how to finish her essay.  In every class, of every essay, we ask: What is the story about? After several drafts, we hope the narrator can answer this question because every scene and every detail must lead the reader/listener to that conclusion.  Thank you Julie Schoelzel for being brave and sharing your story. Writing Class Radio is co-hosted by Allison Langer (www.allisonlanger.com) and Andrea Askowitz (www.andreaaskowitz.com). This episode of Writing Class Radio is produced by Virginia Lora, Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer. Mia Pennekamp is our media specialist. Theme music is by Amadians.  There’s more writing class on our website (www.writingclassradio.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/writingclassradio/), Instagram and Twitter (@wrtgclassradio). If you love the lessons you get on each episode, you can get them ALL in one place--our three-part video series--for $50. Click Video Classes on our website. If you want to be a part of the movement that helps people better understand each other through storytelling, follow us on Patreon. For $10/month Andrea will answer all your publishing questions. For $25/month you can join Allison’s First Draft weekly writers group, where you can write and share your work. Go to www.Patreon.com/writingclassradio.
21 min
The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience
The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience
Kelton Reid
How NY Times Bestselling Thriller Writer Jeff Lindsay Writes
The international bestselling thriller writer of the Dexter series, Jeff Lindsay, chatted with me about his previous life in the dramatic arts, marrying into literary royalty, and what it's like to hang out with actor Andy Garcia. "I thought I was creating a bad guy. And I was trying to make him just interesting and likeable enough to keep people reading .... I was glad it took off like it did, but it was always a shock to me that people actually liked Dexter." — Jeff Lindsay Jeff is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dexter novels – which debuted in 2004 with Darkly Dreaming Dexter – adapted by Showtime into the popular TV series that ran for eight seasons. His latest novel is Fool Me Twice, second in the Riley Wolfe series, about "... a master thief that targets the wealthiest 0.1 percent." Publishers Weekly said of the series in a starred review, “Fans of the Ocean’s Eleven film franchise will be eager for more.” Jeff has also spent time as an actor, comedian, and playwright. INSERT LINKS: If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In this file Jeff Lindsay and I discussed: * The signs that pointed to being a writer * What it's like to be married to a Hemingway * On moral ambiguity, famous last words, and enduring antiheroes * The return of 'Dexter' to the small screen * A memorable dinner with Armistead Maupin * And more! Show Notes: * Jeff Lindsay * Fool Me Twice by Jeff Lindsay [Amazon] * Showtime’s plans for bringing back Dexter for a limited series * Jeff Lindsay on FaceBook * Jeff Lindsay on Twitter * Kelton Reid on Twitter
26 min
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