New York Times and internationally bestselling author Amie Kaufman answers one question each week about writing craft. Full of practical tips and an exercise each week, this is a show for writers, for readers who want a backstage look at how their favourite authors craft their stories, or for creative writing classrooms.
Being Your Own Editor with Abby Ranger
Abby Ranger is a brilliant editor. Over the years, she's worked with several big publishers with a who's who of authors. In fact, she was my editor on my first book, These Broken Stars. She's smart, insightful, and she doesn't just make your current book better - she teaches you to make all of your future books better too. In this episode, she's going to share tips for setting yourself up for success in editing your novel.
Sticking the Landing with Jay Kristoff
When I asked you all who you’d like a guest episode from in our break between seasons, today’s guest was a very popular answer. I think Jay’s sense of storytelling is incredible, and when I saw today’s question in the mailbag about what makes for a satisfying ending, I knew I wanted you to hear from him.
Writing Unreliable Narrators
Why do we write unreliable narrators? Loads of reasons: to create fantastic and unexpected twists when the truth is actually revealed, to keep the reader intrigued, to amp up the tension as the reader starts to question everything they read, and everything they thought they knew. That said, there’s a risk in writing an unreliable narrator—if you don’t do it well, the reader can end up completely disconnecting from them. Here are some tips to help you get it right.
How To Get That Draft Finished
It’s work to finish a book, no matter how many times you do it. But that said, the good news is that over time you do develop a toolbox you can turn to when the going gets tough. And I’m going to let you in on a secret: If you do finish your story, it will be better than 95% of stories ever written, because it will actually have an ending. So let’s talk about how to do it.
Falling Out of Love With Your Story
It happens to everyone. And if you’re like the rest of us, pretty soon you’ve lost perspective and you’re wondering if you should scrap the whole thing, or wander off to that other idea that seems perfect, all shiny and full of potential. Most of the time, this urge to elope with a different story idea is a perfectly normal part of the process. Here are four quick tips for falling back in love with your story.
Four Tips on Backstory Without Info Dumps
We don’t want the reader to have to wade through information about our characters or world and get bored—but we also know that backstory is one of the reasons the reader will care about our characters. It helps them understand the characters’ motivations, care about what’s at stake, and gasp at the significance of all the twists and turns and reveals. So, how do we share backstory without devolving into one giant info-dump? Here are four tips for doing just that.
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Love this podcast!
This is a great podcast that hands you the most valuable bits of writing advice and storytelling tips in such a soothing voice :D
Super helpful & bite-sized info
This podcast has really helped shed light on the writing process for me. I regularly go back to episodes for advice on how to handle things like pacing, constructing villains, and getting things finished. Amie Kauffman is a gift.