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On the Writership Podcast, professional book editors Leslie Watts critiques five pages of fiction from writers who are, or soon hope to be, traditionally or independently published. The submissions come from actual authors who understand they may need help seeing the flaws in their stories and are brave enough to share this experience so that you might improve your writing too.

The Writership Podcast Editing Tips For Fiction Authors Leslie Watts, Story Grid Certified fiction editor

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On the Writership Podcast, professional book editors Leslie Watts critiques five pages of fiction from writers who are, or soon hope to be, traditionally or independently published. The submissions come from actual authors who understand they may need help seeing the flaws in their stories and are brave enough to share this experience so that you might improve your writing too.

    Ep. 138 World Building

    Ep. 138 World Building

    In this episode, Story Grid certified editor Leslie Watts takes a small detour from the usual format to discuss World Building, the way you craft the domain your characters inhabit. She offers several exercises to help improve your story by strengthening your world.

    • 26 min
    Ep. 137 Strengthen Your Setting

    Ep. 137 Strengthen Your Setting

    In this episode, Story Grid certified editor Leslie Watts takes a small detour from the usual format to discuss story settings, the place and time where your character gets into and hopefully out of trouble. She offered three exercises to help strengthen your setting and story.

    • 22 min
    Ep. 136 Resolutions

    Ep. 136 Resolutions

    We all have some idea of what a resolution is, but what are these scene- and story-enders meant to do? In this episode, Story Grid certified editor Leslie Watts explores scene and story resolutions in the context of C. Gabriel Wright’s LBGTQ love story, “Someone.” The editorial mission encourages you to collect resolutions by reading and watching stories—and from your own life.

    • 49 min
    Ep. 135 Scene and Story Climaxes

    Ep. 135 Scene and Story Climaxes

    What are story and scene climaxes? Why do you need them? In this episode, Story Grid certified editor Leslie Watts discusses the decisions your characters make, as well as the actions they take, when faced with a dilemma. You’ll hear Matt Bizzel’s horror story, A Window Out: Or, the Accidental Death of Frank Ortiz and Leslie’s analysis of the scene. The editorial mission encourages you to collect examples of these critical decisions and actions by reading and watching stories—and from your own life.

    • 47 min
    Ep. 134 Crisis Questions for Your Scenes

    Ep. 134 Crisis Questions for Your Scenes

    What are crisis questions? Why do our stories and scenes need them? In this episode, Story Grid certified editor Leslie Watts discusses the dilemmas your characters face on the way to scene and story resolutions in the context of the opening of Jerry Dawson’s science fiction story, Meteor. The editorial mission encourages you to collect crisis questions by reading and watching stories—and from your own life.

    • 46 min
    Ep. 133 Progressive Complications for Your Scenes

    Ep. 133 Progressive Complications for Your Scenes

    What are progressive complications? Why do our stories and scenes need them? This week, Story Grid Certified editor Leslie Watts discusses the people, places, things, and events that stand between your characters and their goals within the context of the opening of Anna Ferguson’s YA science fiction novel, The Empire of Saffron.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

CaroB21204 ,

Great editing tips

I've been listening to this podcast for a long time. I like their format and their editing tips. They read a few pages that have been submitted to them and give their feedback. It helped me recognize similar errors in my writing. Worth a listen if you write fiction!

kenneth_ward ,

Fantastic Podcast - Truly Helpful!

I love this podcast, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration and hoping to master the nuts and bolts of story creation and writing great prose. Alyssa and Leslie critiqued my story "The Clone Rules" last summer and apart from the thrill of having two consummate pros go through my work, I found their methods of critique to be thorough and yet also accessible and readily applicable. All of the episodes of this podcast have been a tremendous help to my craft - it will do the same for you. This is one of the best podcasts for authors in the podcasting universe - you can't go wrong with this one! :)

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