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Two chatty authors connecting writers together one question at a time by asking all the ”write” questions.

The Merry Writer Podcast Ari & Rachel

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Two chatty authors connecting writers together one question at a time by asking all the ”write” questions.

    What Should You Consider When Being A Beta Reader? | Ep. 217 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    What Should You Consider When Being A Beta Reader? | Ep. 217 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    EPISODE SHOW NOTES
    This week we are all about beta reading! Are you considering being a beta? Want to make the experience good for you and the author? Then check out this episode!
    In this episode, we cover:

    Questions to ask before agreeing


    Be aware of timeframe


    Formats


    What the Author may want

    As always, thanks for listening to The Merry Writer Podcast, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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    Our guest slots for 2024 are FILLED. Our Google Form is closed for the time being. Thank you all for your interest!
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    CREDITS
    Hosts
    Ari Meghlen & Rachel Poli
    Music
    Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of http://www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
    Special Thanks
    Our current patron, Kristen Poli

    • 22 min
    What Should You Include In Character Profiles? | Ep. 216 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    What Should You Include In Character Profiles? | Ep. 216 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    EPISODE SHOW NOTES
    Regardless of whether you're a planner or pantser, do you keep track of your characters? Do you create character profiles? They're fun to make, but time consuming and it can be difficult to decide what info to include in them. This week, we discuss what to add to character profiles for you (and your readers) to know.
    In this episode, we cover:
    Which characters may or may not need a profiles
    Benefits of creating character profiles
    Features of a profile (basics, personality, history/background, hobbies, etc.)
    A reminder about including genre-specific info
    As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts on this topic in the comments below.
    Related Episode: Should Religion Be Included In Your Character Profiles?
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    Our guest slots for 2024 are FILLED. Our Google Form is closed for the time being. Thank you all for your interest!
    SUPPORT THE PODCAST
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    If you want to support our show and show our little podcast extra love, you can do so by becoming a patron. Consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snapping up some goodies for just $2 a month!
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    If you enjoy the show, don’t forget to share our episodes on social media, follow the podcast, and engage in the comments.
    CREDITS
    Hosts
    Ari Meghlen & Rachel Poli
    Music
    Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of http://www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
    Special Thanks
    Our patron, Kristen Poli

    • 19 min
    Should You Write Short Form Stories? | Ep. 215 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    Should You Write Short Form Stories? | Ep. 215 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    EPISODE SHOW NOTES
    Have you ever written short-form stories? If you haven't then this episode might just be for you!
    As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts on this topic in the comments below.
     
    WANT TO BE A GUEST ON THE SHOW?
    Want to be a guest on The Merry Writer Podcast? If you would like to be considered, please take the time to read our FAQs Page. Once you've read everything, please fill in the Google Form linked on that page if you feel you could be a good fit.
    At the top of the FAQs Page will be the status regarding whether the applications are currently open.
     
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    CREDITS
    Hosts
    Ari Meghlen & Rachel Poli
    Music
    Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of http://www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
    Special Thanks
    Our patron, Kristen Poli

    • 14 min
    How Can You Write Middle Grade Characters Well? | Ep. 214 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    How Can You Write Middle Grade Characters Well? | Ep. 214 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    EPISODE SHOW NOTES
    Have you tried your hand at writing middle grade but struggled making the characters come to life? Don't worry; Serena Labrecque joins us this week to discuss writing middle grade characters well.
    In this episode, we cover:
    The popularity of middle grade
    Structuring a middle grade novel
    Researching for a younger audience
    Representation in characters
    As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts on this topic in the comments below.
    ABOUT SERENA LABRECQUE
    Serena Labrecque is a fantasy author and geologist. She published her first two stories in high school with her cousin Shawn’s help. She then received her Bachelors of Science in Geology from the University of Rochester and her Masters from the University at Buffalo. After college, she returned to her dream of becoming an author.
    Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
    WANT TO BE A GUEST ON THE SHOW?
    If you would like to be considered, please take the time to read our FAQs Page. If you still feel like you’re a good fit for the show after reading the FAQs, please fill in the Google Form linked on that page.
    Our guest slots for 2024 are FILLED. Our Google Form is closed for the time being. Thank you all for your interest!
    SUPPORT THE PODCAST
    Patreon
    If you want to support our show and show our little podcast extra love, you can do so by becoming a patron. Consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snapping up some goodies for just $2 a month!
    Share
    If you enjoy the show, don’t forget to share our episodes on social media, follow the podcast, and engage in the comments.
    CREDITS
    Hosts
    Ari Meghlen & Rachel Poli
    Music
    Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of http://www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
    Special Thanks
    Our patrons, Kristen Poli & Plottr

    • 38 min
    How Long Does It Take To Write A Book? | Ep. 213 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    How Long Does It Take To Write A Book? | Ep. 213 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    EPISODE SHOW NOTES
    So, just how long does it take to write a book? You know the answer, we know the answer - but give this episode a listen anyway, to find out why we picked it. :)
    As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts on this topic in the comments below.
     
    WANT TO BE A GUEST ON THE SHOW?
    If you would like to be considered, please take the time to read our FAQs Page. If you still feel like you’re a good fit for the show after reading the FAQs, please fill in the Google Form linked on that page.
    EDIT: At the time of this episode, we are not currently accepting any more guests right now. Check back regularly to the FAQ page where we will update the status.
     
    SUPPORT THE PODCAST
    Patreon
    If you want to support our show and show our little podcast extra love, you can do so by becoming a patron. Consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snapping up some goodies for just $2 a month!
    Share
    If you enjoy the show, don’t forget to share our episodes on social media, follow the podcast, and engage in the comments.
     
    CREDITS
    Hosts
    Ari Meghlen & Rachel Poli
    Music
    Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of incompetech – Music and also Graph Paper | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
    Special Thanks
    Our patron, Kristen Poli

    • 17 min
    How Can You Lower Your Word Count? | Ep. 212 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    How Can You Lower Your Word Count? | Ep. 212 | The Merry Writer Podcast

    EPISODE SHOW NOTES
    Last week, we talked about stretching your word count, but what if you go over your word count? It’s not always easy to cut words and certain scenes. This week, we discuss various ways you can make your manuscript shorter.
    In this episode, we cover:

    Knowing what readers need to know


    Avoiding repetition


    Using stronger vocabulary


    Watching for filler words

    As always, thanks for listening to The Merry Writer Podcast, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
    WANT TO BE A GUEST ON THE SHOW?
    If you would like to be considered, please take the time to read our FAQs Page. If you still feel like you’re a good fit for the show after reading the FAQs, please fill in the Google Form linked on that page.
    Our guest slots for 2024 are FILLED. Our Google Form is closed for the time being. Thank you all for your interest!
    SUPPORT THE PODCAST
    Patreon
    If you want to support our show and show our little podcast extra love, you can do so by becoming a patron. Consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snapping up some goodies for just $2 a month!
    Share
    If you enjoy the show, don’t forget to share our episodes on social media, follow the podcast, and engage in the comments.
    CREDITS
    Hosts
    Ari Meghlen & Rachel Poli
    Music
    Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of http://www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
    Special Thanks
    Our patrons, Kristen Poli & Plottr

    • 16 min

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