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Let’s Write Your Novel! is a place where writers with a story on their hearts will find the clarity they need to finally write their novels. If you want to write a novel, or you’ve started writing and gotten stuck, let this podcast serve as your toolbox for crafting a solid story that will connect with readers. Each short episode will give you one skill or strategy to apply to planning, drafting and/or revising your novel. We’ll also take time to explore the other equally important things that come with this process, such as accountability, mindset, and time management. Your story matters. You deserve to write it and you have a reader out there who needs it. Stephanie Dethlefs is a writer, certified book coach, teacher, and lifelong avid reader. She is the author of the middle grade novel Unspoken and numerous published essays and articles. She lives in Pacific NW Washington with her family, two cats and a spunky pup.

Let's Write Your Novel‪!‬ Stephanie Dethlefs

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Let’s Write Your Novel! is a place where writers with a story on their hearts will find the clarity they need to finally write their novels. If you want to write a novel, or you’ve started writing and gotten stuck, let this podcast serve as your toolbox for crafting a solid story that will connect with readers. Each short episode will give you one skill or strategy to apply to planning, drafting and/or revising your novel. We’ll also take time to explore the other equally important things that come with this process, such as accountability, mindset, and time management. Your story matters. You deserve to write it and you have a reader out there who needs it. Stephanie Dethlefs is a writer, certified book coach, teacher, and lifelong avid reader. She is the author of the middle grade novel Unspoken and numerous published essays and articles. She lives in Pacific NW Washington with her family, two cats and a spunky pup.

    What's Important About Small Goals

    What's Important About Small Goals

    When we set out to write a novel, we have one goal, which is to write a novel. But we also know that having the goal of writing a novel is not unlike standing at the foot of a mountain with the plan to climb it. We know it’s going to be amazing at the top but, man, that’s a long, hard path to climb. 
    So today we’re going to talk about setting small goals along the way. Writing a novel is hard, and fear is part of the journey FOR EVERYONE. The way to accomplish it is to not focus only on the finish line, but on landmarks that are as close together as you need them to be. 
    Links:
    Take the quick quiz and find out your best next step toward writing your novel: https://hellowriters.net/quiz
    Book your free discovery call! https://hellowriters.net/freecall


    About:
    Stephanie Dethlefs is a writer, certified book coach, teacher, and lifelong avid reader. She is the author of the middle grade novel Unspoken and numerous published essays and articles. She lives in Pacific NW Washington with her family, two cats and a spunky pup. Learn more at https://hellowriters.net

    • 10 min
    What Pixar Can Teach Us About Plot

    What Pixar Can Teach Us About Plot

    There is no one “right” way to write a novel. But there are basic types of plot points which every story, no matter how simple or complex, needs to include. Using a strategy like this Pixar storytelling model is one way to make sure you’ve got them covered.


    Links:
    Take the quick quiz and find out your best next step toward writing your novel: https://hellowriters.net/quiz
    Book your free discovery call! https://hellowriters.net/freecall
    Ep 67: How to Play With Your Plot
    Ep. 47: Tie Your Scenes Together
    Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

    About:
    Stephanie Dethlefs is a writer, certified book coach, teacher, and lifelong avid reader. She is the author of the middle grade novel Unspoken and numerous published essays and articles. She lives in Pacific NW Washington with her family, two cats and a spunky pup. Learn more at https://hellowriters.net/. 

    • 9 min
    How to Play With the Plot

    How to Play With the Plot

    Having vague or fuzzy ideas can lead to self-doubt and discouragement, but self-doubt does not need to keep you from writing your book. In this episode, we’re playing with plot ideas by asking the question “what if?” and watching as a story begins to take shape. 
    Links:
    Book your free discovery call! https://hellowriters.net/freecall
    Take the quick quiz and find out your best next step toward writing your novel: https://hellowriters.net/quiz
    Story Genius, by Lisa Cron


    About:
    Stephanie Dethlefs is a writer, certified book coach, teacher, and lifelong avid reader. She is the author of the middle grade novel Unspoken and numerous published essays and articles. She lives in Pacific NW Washington with her family, two cats and a spunky pup.

    • 9 min
    Meet Your Readers

    Meet Your Readers

    You can increase the chances that a reader will connect with your story, and understanding your ideal reader is one way to do just that. If you want the point of your story to come across loud and clear, you need to understand what your ideal reader is bringing to the table.
    Links:
    Take the quick quiz and find out your best next step toward writing your novel: https://hellowriters.net/quiz
    Book your free discovery call! https://hellowriters.net/freecall


    About:
    Stephanie Dethlefs is a writer, certified book coach, teacher, and lifelong avid reader. She is the author of the middle grade novel Unspoken and numerous published essays and articles. She lives in Pacific NW Washington with her family, two cats and a spunky pup.

    • 9 min
    Why Self-Doubt Is Okay

    Why Self-Doubt Is Okay

    Self-doubt (a.k.a. imposter syndrome, writers’ block and the inner critic) is an experience that all writers have. The question is not how to get rid of it, but how to understand it and work with it. 
    Links:
    Take the quick quiz and find out your best next step toward writing your novel: https://hellowriters.net/quiz
    Book your free discovery call! https://hellowriters.net/freecall
    About:
    Stephanie Dethlefs is a writer, certified book coach, teacher, and lifelong avid reader. She is the author of the middle grade novel Unspoken and numerous published essays and articles. She lives in Pacific NW Washington with her family, two cats and a spunky pup.

    Follow Stephanie on Instagram for more writing-related (and, sometimes dog-related) stories! https://instagram.com/hellowriters

    • 6 min
    What a Book Coach Can Add

    What a Book Coach Can Add

    Working with a book coach is a lot like working with a personal trainer for exercise. Can you do it without one? Sure! But are there benefits to working with someone who deeply understands the skills and strategies and will support you as you reach for the big goals? Absolutely. 
    Links:
    Book a free, no-commitment call to talk through your story: https://hellowriters.net/freecall

    Want to write a novel but not sure where to start?
    Started a novel but gotten stuck?
    Take the quick quiz and find out your best next step toward writing your novel: https://hellowriters.net/quiz
    About:
    Stephanie Dethlefs is a writer, certified book coach, teacher, and lifelong avid reader. She is the author of the middle grade novel Unspoken and numerous published essays and articles. She lives in Pacific NW Washington with her family, two cats and a spunky pup.

    Follow Stephanie on Instagram for more writing-related (and, sometimes dog-related) stories! https://instagram.com/hellowriters

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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Helpful & inspiring

Stephanie breaks down important elements of writing by giving great examples & exercises

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Wisdom in 10-minute nuggets

Stephanie shares great writing advice in short, focused episodes so you don’t get overwhelmed by too much information at once.

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LOVE this podcast!

I absolutely love the Hello, Writers podcast! It has all the strategies, tips, and tools writers need to restart or continue a fulfilling writing practice. Plus, you will find an abundance of insight and inspiration to help you stay true to your writing dreams.

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