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Best Kristen Kieffer podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best Kristen Kieffer podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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The opening chapters of your story are doubtless some of the most important you will write. That's why I'm taking time today to share three lessons I learned from receiving a critique of my novel's first three chapters! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/firstthreechapters Isobelle Lans: www.inspiredlinesediting.com/my-services Well-Sto ...…
 
From first kisses to sensual love scenes, crafting physical intimacy between your characters that doesn't feel cheesy or cringe-worthy can be tough. Today's episode breaks down my top tips for crafting an intimate scene that readers will love using techniques gleaned from Diana Gabaldon's "I Give You My Body (How I Write Sex Scenes)". Article + ...…
 
Preparing to work with a freelance editor for the first time? In today's episode, I'll share what you can expect from the experience, the ways in which editors' processes frequently differ, and the key tips you can apply to ensure you have a fantastic collaboration with your editor of choice! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/freelance ...…
 
What does it mean to be a "real" writer? If you're waiting on publishing or commercial success to validate your skills and stories, you'll never find the creative confidence you crave. In today's episode, I explain why and break down the key to finding true joy, confidence, and fulfillment in your writing life. Article + Transcript: www.well-st ...…
 
The "Show, Don't Tell" technique is often used to craft immersive sensory descriptions. But what if it could also be used to solve some of the most common storytelling issues? Say goodbye to lengthy info-dumps, on-the-nose writing, and heavy-handed themes. In today's episode, I'm breaking down how you can use "Show, Don't Tell" to resolve commo ...…
 
Despite the saying, readers do indeed judge books by their covers. That's why I'm sharing everything you need to know about commissioning a great cover design in today's episode, including why a cover can make or break your book marketing, how much covers typically cost to commission, and what the process of working with a book cover designer l ...…
 
There's something magical about romance, with its unique tension and allure and its will-they-or-won’t-they mystery that leads to such great page-turning material. But that material can’t exist without strong romantic chemistry between the characters in question (as evidenced by many a lackluster rom-com, right?). And unfortunately, chemistry i ...…
 
Finding your personal writing process is essential to building a writing life you love. And this includes the method that helps you craft your best first drafts. Traditionally, writers outline their stories, then use that outline to guide them as they draft their idea in full. But what if this method doesn’t work well for you? Good news! Today, ...…
 
Writing challenges can present great opportunities to improve your writing skills and commitment to the craft. But writing challenges have a dark side that isn’t often discussed. The drive to produce a specific creative output, especially within a limited time, can introduce an unhealthy pressure to succeed. This pressure can then lead to creat ...…
 
Fight scenes are notoriously tricky to write — or at least, most writers find them so. Why? Because everything within a fight scene is heightened. The stakes are sky high, emotions and adrenaline are raging, and the action plays out in rapid-fire sequences not found anywhere else in literature. Translating all of this onto the page while balanc ...…
 
Don’t underestimate the power of a quality interior book design. If you're interested in self-publishing your work, it's important that you consider every element of your book's production, including how you'll format your book for easy reading. In today's episode, I'm sharing five common book formatting options to help you discover which is ri ...…
 
Sitting down to write isn’t always easy. When creative work proves difficult, many writers turn to goal-setting to motivate themselves to action, only to experience shame and frustration as they fail to fulfill their goals. Sound familiar? You aren’t alone. Goal-setting often proves an ineffective productivity hack for one simple reason: a goal ...…
 
From the copy on your author website to the emails you send your readership and the marketing ads and campaigns you create — to thrive in your writing career, you must present your work to the world with professionalism. One of my favorite tools for achieving professionalism is Grammarly. After crafting and revising content, Grammarly reveals k ...…
 
Why is it so hard to put pen to paper when you desperately long to write? The answer to this question is deceptively simple: because writing isn’t easy — and neither is drumming up the motivation to complete difficult creative work. But with a well-established writing practice, there’s no need to chase the muse or strive to drum up a measure of ...…
 
A little beta reader feedback can go a long way toward improving the quality of your work. In last week’s episode, I answered six common questions about working with beta readers, including what beta readers are, why their feedback is invaluable, and how you can find the beta readers who will provide the most constructive feedback on your work. ...…
 
Nothing improves the quality of your writing like a little objective feedback. A few well-honed self-editing skills can go a long way, but at the end of the day, you’re simply too close to your work to truly revise and refine it to be the best that it can be. This is where beta readers come in handy. In this new two-part blog & podcast series, ...…
 
Getting published isn't just for the lucky. In June, I had the honor of receiving an advanced reader copy of Landing Your First Publication by Mandy Wallace, a short story writing prompt + publication strategy guide that is truly the only resource you need if you want to stop wishing and starting making your publication dreams come true. In tod ...…
 
Part of crafting characters involves exploring their history. Just as your lived experiences have shaped the person you are today, a character’s backstory has the power to provide depth and understanding to their characterization. But crafting a rich and compelling character backstory is far from simple. What elements should you consider when w ...…
 
Flashbacks are some of the most difficult scenes to write. When effective, flashback scenes relay vital backstory that cuts straight to the emotional core of a narrative. But like the infamous prologue, flashback scenes are all too easy to get wrong. An ineffective flashback will jar readers out of a story as quickly as a successful one will gr ...…
 
Eager to improve the quality of your writing? Don't underestimate the power of tightening your prose. In today's episode, I'm sharing the eight items you should cut or reconsider when editing fiction, helping you transform weak and clumsy writing into irresistible read. // Episode Links // Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/reconsider O ...…
 
Feel like your writing skills aren't doing your stories justice? I hear you, writer. I love crafting characters, plots, settings, and story worlds, but I lack a natural knack for prose. Unsatisfied with my writing, I've spent the past several years working day in and day out to level up my writing game, and though I'll always be improving, I'm ...…
 
“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” — Stephen King Earlier this year, I mentioned in a newsletter that I had set out to read 100 books in 2019. Five months and 35 books later, I've decided to call this challenge quits. Why? Well, the answer's a bit complex, as is the reason I decided to take on ...…
 
Every phenomenal story unfolds in a series of scenes. And if each scene in a book is a link in a chain, one weak link can threaten the overall power of a story. How, then, do we craft well-structured and compelling scenes for our stories? In today's episode, we break down what exactly defines a scene (hint: it's not just a fun, frightening, or ...…
 
I've long wondered if I'm falling behind in my writing life. I blog about writing (and talk about it here on the podcast), but I haven't yet published my fiction. And as I toil away on my manuscript, it seems like every other writer I see is passing me by, hot on the trail of their writing dreams. Am I falling behind? Am I working hard enough? ...…
 
Motifs are one of those literary devices that are often ignored because of the belief that they only have a place in academic circles. But in truth, motifs serve two key purposes that can be just as powerful in genre fiction as in literary novels. In today's episode, I’m breaking down exactly what a motif is, the purposes it can serve, and how ...…
 
It's one of the questions I'm most frequently asked as someone who blogs about writing: Can I really make a living with my writing? But what if I told you this is the wrong question to ask? If you're interested in building a writing career, the better question to ask is: Is building this career the right choice for me? In today's episode, I’m b ...…
 
Have you ever worked hard to achieve an important writing milestone, only to downplay your accomplishment? Have you ever sat frozen in fear while staring down a new project, terrified that others will think your work just isn’t up to scratch? Have you ever wondered if you “have what it takes” to be a writer, unsure if you can even claim the tit ...…
 
Whether you’re preparing to write your first novel or short story, screenplay or video game script, or something else entirely, working in a new creative medium can prove an intimidating process. To better prepare, here are eight lessons I learned from diving into my first non-fiction book on writing! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/ ...…
 
We've talked about positive and negative character arcs, but what if your character doesn't change over time? You, my friend, have a static character arc on your hands. Let's break down how you can bring it to life! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/static On Positive Arcs (Ep. #6): www.well-storied.com/characterarc K.M. Weiland's Work ...…
 
Will your character's tragic flaw or limiting belief ultimately prove their emotional downfall? In today's episode, we're talking all about how to craft epic negative arcs for your story, writer! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/negative Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/co ...…
 
Interested in writing a book series? Not all series are created equal. In fact, there are three distinct ways you can structure a book series, and understanding which structure is right for your stories and career goals is key to setting yourself up for series success. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/series Support the Podcast: www.p ...…
 
“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” — Stephen King. How can reading with a critical eye help us improve our writing skills? Let's break down everything you need to know today on the podcast! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/reading Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/well ...…
 
Writing doubts get the best of all of us, but we don't have to stay stagnant for days, weeks, months, or even years on end. So what's the key to working through and moving forward? Let's talk about cultivating an attitude of bravery, writer! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/doubts Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Our n ...…
 
Defining your personal writing style and voice can help you gain confidence in your creative work, but how exactly do you go about building that sense of assurance? Grab a cuppa and settle in, writer. It's time we had a chat! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/style Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Our new free email cou ...…
 
Has your passion for writing dwindled? Do you find yourself stuck in a rut, no matter how much you want to write? It’s time we had a chat about creative passion, writer — and more importantly, how to rediscover it for yourself. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/love Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communit ...…
 
Why does it often prove so difficult to get our butts in our chairs and our fingers on the keys? Today, let’s talk about the phenomenon of resistance and how we can overcome it to build life-long, creatively fulfilling writing habits! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/accountable Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-St ...…
 
At the heart of every good story lies an arc, a series of related events that compels readers to engage with the narrative. As writers, why is it important to understand which arcs drive our stories? Let’s examine the difference between plot-driven and character-driven narratives today! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/drive Support t ...…
 
Struggling to juggle your work on multiple manuscripts? It's time to find some balance, writer. Let's talk about implementing a drafting cycle in today's episode! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/cycle Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community All Episodes: www.well-stori ...…
 
Frustrated with your productivity as a writer? Whether you’re struggling to find the time to write or failing to utilize the time you already have, let's talk about some tips to level up the hours you spend creating. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/time Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.we ...…
 
Easily distracted by new story ideas? Can't seem to finish a full draft? Writers, let's break this vicious cycle by learning how to overcome shiny new idea syndrome and find writing focus — all in today's episode! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/syndrome Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.w ...…
 
Building a consistent creative practice is key to achieving our writing goals, but with all the chaos of life, establishing a writing routine is often far from easy. How can we conquer creative blues and find a routine that leaves us feeling free? Let's discuss, writers! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/routine Support the Podcast: ww ...…
 
Scene cards are one of the most versatile tools in a writer's arsenal. Just how can they come in handy? I'm sharing how I've made use in today's episode, writers! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/scenecards Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community All Episodes: www.well- ...…
 
“Show, Don’t Tell” is far and away one of the most common pieces of writing advice. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most misunderstood. What does this adage really mean, and how can you balance it in your work? Let's discuss today, writers! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/showandtell Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstori ...…
 
Like any industry or creative hobby, the writing world comes with its fair share of lingo. Ready to be in the know? Today's episode is for you, writer! * Apologies for the occasional static in today's episode. My microphone has been giving me a bit of technical trouble lately. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/lingo Support the Podcast ...…
 
Every story is a carefully woven tapestry of tensions. But how can you weave each thread with care? Let's discuss my top tension-building tips in today's episode, writers. * I mislabeled this episode as #89 in the intro. It's #90, baby! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/tension Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried // NEW AT ...…
 
Every story is a carefully woven tapestry of tensions. But how can you weave each thread with care? Let's discuss my top tension-building tips in today's episode, writers. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/twostep Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried // NEW AT WELL-STORIED // Scrivener Tutorial Course: www.storytellingwiths ...…
 
Ah, the Great Prologue Debate. Should you or should you not include a prologue in your story? And if you're going to write a prologue, how can you do so well? Let's discuss in today's episode, writers! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/prologue Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried // NEW AT WELL-STORIED // Scrivener Tutoria ...…
 
If you've been around the online writing community long, you've probably heard of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. But what exactly is this event? And why would you want to take part? Let's discuss in today's episode, writers. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/participate Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Scri ...…
 
If you've long grown frustrated with the limited capabilities of traditional word processors, I would love to introduce you to the epic writing app that has revolutionized my writing process in today's episode: Scrivener. Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/tenreasons Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communit ...…
 
Should you work with a critique partner to better your writing? And if so, how can you build an ideal critique partner relationship? Let's discuss everything you need in today's episode! Article + Transcript: www.well-storied.com/critique Support the Podcast: www.patreon.com/wellstoried Well-Storied Communities: www.well-storied.com/community A ...…
 
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