SWRT 067 | Character Descriptions

This week, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert answer a listener’s question about how to get good descriptions of your characters on the page. It’s not as simple as writing there stood Joe. He was 6′ tall with brown hair. In fact, please don’t write...

SWRT 066 | Theme

How do you define a stories theme? And should you start with a theme or let it develop naturally? We talk about how you can use the theme as a revelation, as well as how it connects readers to authors. Use theme as a layer of your story, balanced with the rest of your elements. And finally, Alida challenges us to write a story to a theme!

SWRT 065 | Writing Groups

This week’s show is pulled from the archives. Previously released as video-only episode 2. Alida, Kathryn, and Matt discuss writing groups. What to look for, how you might benefit, when to join and when to run! VIDEO AUDIO SHOW NOTES   What we talked about: The...

SWRT 064 | Story Collections, Novel-in-Stories, Serialization

How do you approach a short story collection? And when do you know you are writing one? What is the difference between a collection of short stories and a novel-in-stories? And what are the challenges of writing a short story collection? Why do some genre’s seem to lend themselves to serialization? And what is the difference between a serialized work, and a collection of short stories?

SWRT 063 | Short Stories: How they differ from novels

We all know short stories are short, but how does that change the way you write them? What is it with short stories and the ambiguous ending? And how can you tell if you are writing a short story, a lead magnet, or just a scene? Short stories are a great tool to use to better your writing craft so go out and write some, read some more, and enjoy yourself!

SWRT 062 | Energizing Dialogue

What should you do with dialogue heavy passages? How can you break it up? Should you worry about it in the first draft? What are revision techniques to catch your dialogue heavy sections? How can you approach teaching your character? What are some techniques to layer in information? And how do you use them correctly? The most important thing is to focus on what you want to achieve, and figure out how best to communicate that with your reader.

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