TSS048: How and Why to Keep Your Butt in the Chair

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Our focus this week is on how writers can keep their butts in the chair and why it’s so important to do so. Of course, it’s not just the simple act of sitting down that we discuss, we also get into the motivation behind sitting down to write and the fears that can keep us from our writing chairs. We discuss ways to avoid kicking your own self in the butt and the value of holding yourself and your writer friends accountable.

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TSS047: How to Survive Your First Writers Conference

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It’s Q & A week where Taylor tackles listener questions. This week’s inquiries include: Has she considered using any of the great cast of secondary characters she’s developed in a future book? How has feedback from her agent, editor, publisher, and readers influenced the direction of her Munroe series? And, what do authors need to know (and bring) to survive their first writer’s conference?

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

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

 

TSS046: When is it Okay to Break the Rules of Writing?

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This week’s show focuses on “writing rules” and when authors should consider breaking them. Taylor explains how these rules have evolved to smooth out the reading process for those who consume our books. We discuss several examples of breaking those rules, both in her books and others.

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

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TSS045: Make the Most of Your Next Writer’s Conference

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Writers conferences are a little like shoes; there is no “one size fits all” strategy that works for everyone. In this episode, Taylor shares her thoughts on the biggest benefits of attending writers conferences and why her experience will likely be different from yours. Then she shares how her experience as an attendee of conferences has influenced how she now presents when attending events.

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

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

 

TSS044: Should I Write a Synopsis for my Novel?

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In this episode, we consider the synopsis. For some, it’s a form of outlining, while for others, it’s a step in the process of getting the next contracted book approved by their publisher. Taylor shares the process she uses when writing a synopsis, and describes the proposal package she puts together for her agent when it’s time to pitch her next book.

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

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

 

TSS043: Take Steps to Maximize the Value of Your Idea

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Regardless of what your next project is, the time you’re committing to the project is considerable. Before you invest that time, take a step back to be sure you’re doing what you can to maximize the value of your investment. In part 3 of our 3 part series on choosing which ideas to develop, we explore the importance giving 100% to your current project, discuss the importance of versatility in your protagonist and consider different ways of dealing with character development over the life of a series.

Taylor’s Website www.taylorstevensbooks.com

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

 

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