TSS042: Will Your Next Idea Meet Reader Expectations for your Genre?

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In this episode, we discuss ideas for choosing projects that will achieve your goals as an author and help you meet reader expectations for your chosen genre. Whether your idea is a small cozy mystery, or a big, globetrotting thriller, it’s important to understand your genre. Then we answer a reader question on how to avoid adding fluff to hit genre based word count targets. Taylor suggests adding “heft” to your story by adding multiple layers of conflict and shares some details from a recent project of hers.

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TSS041: Which Idea Should I Develop for my Next Book?

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How do we decide what to write next? It’s a large question and one that we’ll spend the next three episodes discussing. In part one we discuss several factors you might consider when deciding on your next writing project. At the top of that list of considerations are your goals as a writer. Are you writing for fun, writing to indie publish, or are you writing to sell a project to a publisher? Do you have an established fan base? If so, is your next project big enough to meet their expectations? Taylor shares her thoughts on the subject and delivers specific examples from her current project list.

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TSS040: Character Arcs and Names and Numbers

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This episode is all about characters. Everything from character arcs for supporting characters to the number of point of view characters we should have in our stories.  Then we get into character names, the value of common names for characters and we discuss the value of limiting the number of named characters in our work.

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

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TSS039: Inspiration or Desperation: Getting the Writing Done

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What best supports your writing, inspiration or desperation? In this episode, we discuss the way each can be used to keep the writing engine moving forward. Everything from using music to jump start creativity to the desperation of deadlines. We consider a variety of activities that can trigger creative progress. Of course, Taylor also advises that there’s nothing quite like the inspiration of just sitting down and getting to work.

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Taylor’s Hack the Craft website www.hackthecraft.com

 

TSS038: Tips and Tricks for Improving the Dialogue in Your Writing

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In this episode, we respond to a listener question by discussing different ways of improving the dialogue in your writing. Taylor shares several tips and some specific advice on what to do and what to avoid when writing dialogue. Among the specifics we discuss are dealing with accents and foreign languages, how to avoid info dumping with your dialogue, and why reading our own dialogue aloud isn’t as valuable as having someone else read it to us.

If you have questions you’d like us to discuss on a future show please email them to contact at taylorstevensbooks dot com and include as much detail as possible.

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

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TSS037: Controlling the Chaos – The Importance of Time Management

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In this episode, Taylor shares her tips for controlling the chaos that can infringe on our writing time. We discuss the significance of knowing what matters most to you when setting your priorities, the value of saying no (even when it’s uncomfortable to do so), and the importance of protecting your mental energy.

Taylor also shares a book recommendation on the topic, 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, by Hyrum W. Smith.

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

Taylor’s Hack the Craft website www.hackthecraft.com

 

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