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How do I write a book? How do I create compelling characters that readers will love? How do I build a believable world for my story? What does it even mean to write a story that works? Do you have any writing tips? These are just some of the big questions that developmental editor and book coach, Savannah Gilbo, digs into on the Fiction Writing Made Easy Podcast. Each week, Savannah shares actionable tools, tips, and strategies that will help you write, edit, and publish your book. So, whether you're brand new to writing, or a seasoned author looking to improve your craft, this podcast is for you!

Fiction Writing Made Easy Savannah Gilbo

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How do I write a book? How do I create compelling characters that readers will love? How do I build a believable world for my story? What does it even mean to write a story that works? Do you have any writing tips? These are just some of the big questions that developmental editor and book coach, Savannah Gilbo, digs into on the Fiction Writing Made Easy Podcast. Each week, Savannah shares actionable tools, tips, and strategies that will help you write, edit, and publish your book. So, whether you're brand new to writing, or a seasoned author looking to improve your craft, this podcast is for you!

    First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone with Abigail Perry

    First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone with Abigail Perry

    In this episode, we're taking a deep dive into the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Join me and fellow developmental editor, Abigail Perry, as we nerd out about the first book in the Harry Potter series:

    [04:30] A very quick summary of the first chapter
    [07:00] A macro analysis of the first chapter using 7 key questions from Paula Munier's book The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings
    [38:00] A micro analysis of the two scenes within the chapter using the "5 Commandments of Storytelling" from The Story Grid
    [60:00] Final thoughts and episode recap

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    Links mentioned in this episode:
    Click here to check out the LitMatch Podcast with Abigail Perry! You can also get in touch with Abigail through her website (www.abigailkperry.com) or you can find her on Instagram @abigailkperry.Ep. 40 - How to Write a Well-Structured SceneWorkshop: How to Hook Readers in Your First 5 PagesClick here to register for the free masterclass > The 5 Little-Known Mistakes Most Fiction Writers Make (+ What to Do Instead). In this masterclass, we’re going to talk about the most common mistakes I see writers make so that you can avoid them and write your draft in the most efficient way possible.

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    10 Querying Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

    10 Querying Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

    In this episode, I'm sharing the 10 most common querying mistakes I see writers make and how to avoid them. Here's a preview of what you'll hear in the episode:

    [02:45] Mistake #1: Your story isn't 100% ready to send out just yet.
    [04:25] Mistake #2: Sending your query to the wrong person.
    [06:15] Mistake #3: Not following the submission guidelines.
    [08:45] Mistake #4: You forgot to include your metadata.
    [09:50] Mistake #5: Your word count is too high or too low.
    [11:10] Mistake #6: The genre of your story isn't clear.
    [12:30] Mistake #7: The comp titles listed don't make sense.
    [14:25] Mistake #8: Your story summary is too vague.
    [16:35] Mistake #9: You've tried to fit too much stuff in your query.
    [18:55] Mistake #10: Your query letter is unprofessional or weird.
    [21:00] Final thoughts and episode recap

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    If you're already a follower, and if you enjoy the show, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. These reviews help other writers find my podcast and they’re also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the show is. Thanks in advance!

    Links mentioned in this episode:
    Workshop: How to Hook Readers in Your First 5 PagesEp. 2 - How to Choose the Best Genre for Your StoryClick here to register for the free masterclass > The 5 Little-Known Mistakes Most Fiction Writers Make (+ What to Do Instead). In this masterclass, we’re going to talk about the most common mistakes I see writers make so that you can avoid them and write your draft in the most efficient way possible.

    • 26 min
    Bonus: Be A Bestseller 3.0 Summit Interview with Emma Dhesi

    Bonus: Be A Bestseller 3.0 Summit Interview with Emma Dhesi

    In today’s extra special bonus episode, I'm sharing an interview I did earlier this year with Emma Dhesi for her Be A Bestseller Summit.

    We talked about genre and how your story’s genre can help you write a story that works. And specifically, we dove into the thriller genre and talked about how the key scenes and conventions of the thriller genre show up in The Silence of the Lambs.

    This was such a fun event to be a part of because it’s always fun to talk about writing, but also there were 25-30 other speakers who all shared their insights, tips, and strategies on the writing, editing, and publishing process., too.

    The event is officially over, but you want to watch a replay of all the interviews, you can click here to purchase an All-Access Pass. Enjoy!
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    Links Mentioned in this Episode:
    Click here to access the interviews from the Be a Bestseller 3.0 Summit hosted by Emma Dhesi. Note: There is a fee for the All-Access Pass.
    P.S. Did you know that I have a Facebook group just for fiction writers? In this private group, we talk about all things writing, editing, and publishing fiction. It's free to join and you can request access here. Hope to see you there!
    Click here to register for the free masterclass > The 5 Little-Known Mistakes Most Fiction Writers Make (+ What to Do Instead). In this masterclass, we’re going to talk about the most common mistakes I see writers make so that you can avoid them and write your draft in the most efficient way possible.

    • 40 min
    Action Genre Conventions

    Action Genre Conventions

    In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through the conventions of the action genre. I'm also going to show you how these conventions show up in the movie The Hunger Games. Here's a preview of what's included:

    [01:25] Action stories are about life and death, and good versus evil. They’re about a character who has to rise up, overcome great obstacles, defeat forces of evil, and maybe even save the world. But that being said, these stories aren’t always about superheroes.
    [02:35] Readers choose action stories to experience the excitement of the life and death stakes and situations that the protagonist is presented with. But it’s not just about that—we choose these stories because they inspire us to become the best versions of ourselves, too.
    [03:35] Genre conventions are the character roles, settings, and micro-events that are specific to a genre. They’re what help us writers write a story that works AND evoke emotional reactions in our readers.
    [04:50] #1 - The protagonist has a special talent or gift and the potential for heroism.
    [06:55] #2 - The protagonist’s goal is to stop the antagonist and save victims.
    [08:10] #3 - There are multiple lives at stake (including the protagonist’s).
    [09:10] #4 - The antagonist is stronger and/or more powerful than the protagonist.
    [10:25] #5 - The protagonist has a moral compass that the antagonist does not.
    [11:50] #6 - There’s a speech in praise of the antagonist.
    [13:00] #7 - There’s a MacGuffin (or a very specific thing the antagonist wants).
    [13:50] #8 - There are sidekicks who help the protagonist save the victim/s.
    [14:45] #9 - There’s at least one mentor figure who gives the protagonist guidance.
    [15:25] #10 - There’s a ticking clock that puts pressure on the protagonist.
    [17:05] Key points and episode recap.

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    If you're already a follower, and if you enjoy the show, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. Those reviews help other writers find my podcast and they’re also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the show is. Thanks in advance!

    Links mentioned in this episode:
    Episode Freebie: Action Genre Conventions PDF Cheat SheetAction Conventions: The 10 Things Every Action Story Needs (article)Action Obligatory Scenes: The 6 Scenes Every Action Story Needs (article)Conventions vs. tropes: What's the difference? (podcast and article)
    P.S. Did you know that I have a Facebook group just for fiction writers? In t
    Click here to register for the free masterclass > The 5 Little-Known Mistakes Most Fiction Writers Make (+ What to Do Instead). In this masterclass, we’re going to talk about the most common mistakes I see writers make so that you can avoid them and write your draft in the most efficient way possible.

    • 20 min
    5 Reasons Why Readers Stop Reading

    5 Reasons Why Readers Stop Reading

    In this episode, I'm exploring 5 reasons why readers might stop reading a novel. Here's a preview of what you'll hear in the episode:

    [01:50] Reason #1: Nothing meaningful happens in the opening pages.
    [04:15] Reason #2: It’s hard to connect with the point of view characters.
    [06:30] Reason #3: Readers don’t know what kind of story they’re reading.
    [09:40] Reason #4: Readers have seen the same thing before.
    [12:30] Reason #5: Readers don't care what happens next.
    [15:45] Final thoughts and episode recap

    Follow & Review in Apple Podcasts
    Are you following my podcast? If not, I want to encourage you to do that today so that you don't miss an episode! Especially because I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not following the show, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. So, click here to follow this show in Apple Podcasts!
    If you're already a follower, and if you enjoy the show, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. These reviews help other writers find my podcast and they’re also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the show is. Thanks in advance!

    Links mentioned in this episode:
    Workshop: How to Hook Readers in Your First 5 PagesEp. 7 - 5 Questions to Help You Craft Compelling CharactersEp. 2 - How to Choose the Best Genre for Your StoryEp. 16 - Genre Conventions vs. Tropes: What's the Difference?Click here to register for the free masterclass > The 5 Little-Known Mistakes Most Fiction Writers Make (+ What to Do Instead). In this masterclass, we’re going to talk about the most common mistakes I see writers make so that you can avoid them and write your draft in the most efficient way possible.

    • 19 min
    3 Tips for Writing a First Draft in 90 Days

    3 Tips for Writing a First Draft in 90 Days

    In this episode, I'm sharing three tips for writing a first draft in 90 days. Here's a preview of what you'll hear in the episode:

    [01:35] How one of my Notes to Novel students, Jennifer, wrote a draft in 90 days (after creating a flexible, yet very fleshed out scene-by-scene outline)
    [04:35] Tip #1: Block out the time and space on your calendar so that you'll actually have the time and space to write a first draft in 90 days.
    [05:25] Tip #2: Accept that your first draft will be messy, but don't let that stop you from making forward progress. Use things like "details TK" to keep moving forward.
    [07:00] Tip #3: Create a scene-by-scene outline for your story so that you have a roadmap to follow each time you sit down to write.
    [09:25] Final thoughts and episode recap

    Follow & Review in Apple Podcasts
    Are you following my podcast? If not, I want to encourage you to do that today so that you don't miss an episode! Especially because I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not following the show, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. So, click here to follow this show in Apple Podcasts!
    If you're already a follower, and if you enjoy the show, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. These reviews help other writers find my podcast and they’re also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the show is. Thanks in advance!

    Links mentioned in this episode:
    Ep. 34 - How to Plan Your Writing Projects for the New YearFREE Masterclass: 5 Little-Known Mistakes Most Fiction Writers Make (+ What To Do Instead). Click here to save your seat!Click here to register for the free masterclass > The 5 Little-Known Mistakes Most Fiction Writers Make (+ What to Do Instead). In this masterclass, we’re going to talk about the most common mistakes I see writers make so that you can avoid them and write your draft in the most efficient way possible.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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71 Ratings

DufresneMel ,

Awesome content!

I stumbled upon this podcast by accident and it is chockfull of good advice and info.

Nic_DSR ,

Simple and actionable advice

Savannah’s podcast is amazing. She offers straightforward writing advice with plenty of helpful examples. She generously shares worksheets and other references in the show notes and has become that friendly voice in my ear guiding me through the novel writing process. Tuning in to the latest episode feels like catching up with an old friend. When I’m ready for the next step in my writing process, I hope that Savanna will have room in her schedule to take me on as a client!

The Real Julianna ,

SO helpful!

Have a great idea? Wondering where to start? Well this is the podcast for you. As her show title states, this gal really does make it easy to turn that concept into a novel. I especially appreciate that she keeps the episodes tight, not fall prey to that tendency that so many podcasters do - namely falling in love with their own voice(s). She shares only the important stuff which makes it even more valuable. I also love her summaries and show notes.

Thanks Savannah!

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