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Every writing journey has its bumps in the road. Sometimes those setbacks are of our own making, while other times they aren't our fault in the slightest. Either way, there’s no doubt that setbacks can drain your mental and emotional energy. Thankfully, there are steps that every writer can take to not only minimize the number of setbacks they expe…
 
As helpful as external feedback can be, there’s no doubt that allowing others to read and critique our work can be a terrifying process. Even with a positive attitude in place, criticism can sting. But receiving feedback can also be an empowering and uplifting experience. How can we ensure that our own encounters with solicited criticism are as pos…
 
To succeed in the business of writing and selling books, you’ll need an online headquarters — a place that readers can visit to learn everything they need to know about who you are, what you write, and where they can purchase your books. In other words, you’ll need an author website. What information should an author website include? How does one g…
 
Creative comparison often gets a bad rap. Like self-doubt, comparison can be a lens through which writers can identify the strengths and weaknesses in their work, ultimately helping them improve the quality of their skills and stories with intention. But without the right attitude in place, ego and insecurity can blind writers to the insights that …
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/platform To find commercial success, every author needs a platform -- the ability to sell books because of who they are or who they can reach. But how do you build a platform that helps you reach the right readers and sell more books? In today's episode, Kristen breaks down the four foundational elements of …
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/death Death can serve as a powerful storytelling tool in many ways, but with great power comes great responsibility. What's the secret sauce to killing off characters in a way that readers can respect? In today's episode, Kristen breaks down the five key reasons that good storytellers choose to kill their ch…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/three Many writers dream of becoming full-time authors. But how exactly do successful self-published authors earn their livings? In today's episode, Kristen breaks down the three P's of successful self-publishing: production, presentation, and promotion! 👉 Enjoy the show? Leave a rating & review! Both go a l…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/decision Both the traditional and independent publishing industries offer writers the fantastic opportunity to share their work with the world. But which path to publication is right for you? In today's episode, Kristen breaks down an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of both publication paths, as…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/emotions Writers are commonly advised to craft complex characters. But what exactly makes a character complex? In today's episode, Kristen explains why characters are often defined by the archetypes they embody and how developing characters who experience a wealth of emotions beyond their defining archetypic…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/trust Have you tried and failed to build a lasting writing habit time and time again? Taking a break from writing when life gets tough is one thing. But when the slightest hint of upheaval repeatedly sends your creative practice into a tailspin, you know you have a bigger issue on your hands — and that is is…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/tracking Want to create a better, stronger writing habit? One of the easiest ways to double down on your commitment to the craft is by habit tracking. In today's episode, Kristen breaks down what habit tracking is, what writers should log when tracking, and how habit tracking can serve as a source of motivat…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/beats Every story features at least one arc of events. This arc can be broken down into acts, which are comprised of chapters that contain scenes. Inside every scene should live the most atomic aspect of storytelling's composition: the beat. What is a beat exactly? Why is it an essential element in any story…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/efficiency Wish you could crank out your stories more quickly? You aren’t alone. In today's episode, Kristen breaks down why more isn't always better and shares the seven key aspects writers should cultivate if they want to build a strong foundation for better, faster writing. Enjoy the show? Leave a rating …
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/subplots Subplots are more than just a secondary plotline in a story; They're secondary conflicts that arise from characters’ actions & reactions as they engage with the story’s central conflict. What types of subplots exist, how can these secondary plotlines lend depth to your story, and most importantly, h…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/potential Shiny new story ideas are doubtless tempting to pursue. The only issue? Some story ideas simply aren’t worth developing. In today's episode, Kristen explores two easy activities that can help you determine whether your new story idea has powerful narrative potential. Enjoy the show? Leave a rating …
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/storygoals The surest way to drive your plot forward is to arm your characters with goals they’re motivated to achieve. Pit your characters’ goals against one another (or against their internal needs), and you’ll create deliciously engaging conflict that keeps readers turning pages. But how does one develop …
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/perfect As writers, holding our work to high standards can help us craft sensational stories. But when those high standards aren’t accompanied by a healthy creative mindset, the seeds of perfectionism can take root. Why is this so dangerous? In today's episode, Kristen breaks down how perfectionism can wreak…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/themes Themes are an integral part of any good story. Yet many genre fiction writers fail to consider their story’s themes, believing they have no place beyond literary novels — or worse yet, that authors who actively explore themes in their stories do so to preach to readers. These harmful misconceptions hi…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/strongercharacters If you want readers to invest in your characters and their journeys, then you must craft characters that readers can believe in—characters so well-developed and realistic that they seem to spring to life on the page. But crafting a cast that moves beyond caricatures and cardboard cutouts c…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/motivations Your characters’ motivations hold the power to make or break readers’ interest in your story. Why? Because conflict means little without context. But when you allow readers to understand and sympathize with your characters’ actions, you encourage the reader-character connection that keeps readers…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/personalities To fill our stories with characters who feel as real as the people around us, we must delve deeper than classic archetypes and easy characterizations. This work begins with developing richly complex personalities for our characters that lend to their most vibrant portrayals. Discover my favorit…
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/lie Emotional struggles are human struggles. To create conflict readers find compelling, it's worth considering the internal obstacles that directly impact your characters' ability to achieve a goal, experience personal growth, and/or realize a happier future. This is where the "lie" your characters believe …
 
Episode Transcript: www.well-storied.com/social My Social Media Announcement: www.well-storied.com/socialmedia Do you need to maintain an active social media presence to be successful in your writing career? I explore this question in today's episode, breaking down how writers use social media to their advantage and whether engaging online is truly…
 
A character arc is a sequence of events that details a character’s internal struggle. In today's episode, Kristen Kieffer breaks down how to craft powerful positive change arcs that will see your characters overcome a core fear, flaw, or false belief to transform for the better. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/positive Crafting Incredibl…
 
To write inclusively is to take an active role in improving how marginalized communities are represented in literature by including a diverse cast of characters in your stories. Why is this such an important endeavor? And how can you ensure you represent characters accurately and well? Let's break this topic down in today's episode, writer! (Note: …
 
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