SWRT 053 | What Writers Really Do part 2

This week, Alida and Robert continue their conversation about the writing process, creativity, first drafts, where ideas come from, and how revision really works. The inspiration for our conversation is George Saunders’ essay “What Writers Really Do When...

SWRT 051 | What Writers Really Do…

This week, Alida and Robert discuss a craft essay by George Saunders, titled “What Writers Really Do When They Write.” It’s all about the writing process, and we get a lot of value out of this essay. We highly recommend it to anyone writing a story....

SWRT 051 | Reality-Based Fiction

How do you balance real people, events, and places within your fictional narrative? Should you use major historical figures as protagonists? Or should they just pass by as setting or scenery? Have you asked yourself what you are aiming for in terms of your historical fiction? And why do you want to use a real figure or real event instead of complete fiction? And how important is that authors note?

SWRT 050 | Openings

Want to know what it takes to write a good opening? How do you hook your reader and get them invested in your story? How do you create character empathy and what are the action steps that you need to take in order to write a great opening?

SWRT 049 | Balancing Action & Non-action

What can cause problems in your action balance? How do you identify these problems? And how can you work to solve them? What counts as an action beat versus a quiet moment? And what should your characters be doing in those moments?

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