Posts Tagged ‘first drafts’

119T – Knowing Your WHY Will Change Your Writing

Episode 119T Knowing Your Why Will Change Your Writing

Today’s episode is taken from a live writing workshop I taught at my church in Malmö, Sweden, in November 2018. In this first portion of the talk, I discuss the “why” of your writing and how that “why” will help you choose topics and stories that will impact your audience to a greater degree. (See…

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104I – Romantic Suspense From Around the World: An Interview with Lisa Harris

Episode 104I Romantic Suspense From Around the World

The lovely Lisa Harris talks to us today about building a romantic suspense novel from the ground up. She explains how she organizes her information (she loves Scrivener and Excel!), what she needs to know before she begins, and how she starts writing. She also talks about setting a word-count goal that works for you,…

099I – The Novelization of a Movie: An Interview with Jennifer Dornbush

Episode 099I Novelization of a Movie

Jennifer Dornbush is a screenwriter, author, speaker, and forensic specialist. Today we talk about her new movie, God Bless the Broken Road, and the novelization she wrote by the same title. Jennifer says both the making of the movie and the release of the novel had aspects of a “broken road” as both had obstacles…

074I – Add a Little Murder: An Interview with Patricia Bradley

Episode 074I Add a Little Murder: An Interview with Patricia Bradley

Interviewing the lovely Patricia Bradley was an exercise in paradoxes. Hearing this sweet Christian woman pronounce in her soft, Southern drawl, “Oh, I love to talk about murder. It’s just fun” was just the beginning of my mind bending to look at things differently. 😀 But I should have expected nothing less after I read the…

067T – Using Laura Drake’s Checklist for Openings

Episode 067T Using Laura Drake's Checklist for Openings

Last Thursday, author Laura Drake spoke to us about how to improve the first five pages of your novel to grab an editor’s or reader’s attention. She very kindly offered listeners a copy of her Checklist for Openings, a document she created to remind herself how to make her book and chapter beginnings the best…

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