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2:76 / Gifts for Writers / Fall Writing Challenge

2:76 / Gifts for Writers / Fall Writing Challenge

December 1, 2021

Welcome to the Gifts for Writers episode of The Write Focus.

What are the best gifts for writers? Mont Blanc pens? No, too personal. Bookcases? No, impossible to wrap. Cute and quaint desk supplies? No, too practical. An inspirational plaque? No, too consumerism. Maybe a pedometer to make them health-conscious? No, stop nagging.

The Focus offers the three best categories of gifts for writers; it’s up to you the gift-giver to determine the specific gift.

These may be impossible to wrap and shove under the Christmas tree, but the writer will thank you for months on end.

  • 01:18 = We start with the November Novel Writing Challenge check-in.
  • 05:12 = Gratitude Giveaway
  • 06:05 = Picking Gifts for Writers
  • 08:35 = A Gift that Touches the Heart
  • 10:11 = A Gift that Inspires the Soul
  • 11:00 = A Gift that Motivates the Brain
  • 12:43 = Next Week & Inspiration

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2:75 /5 Writing Crimes to Avoid / November Writing Challenge

2:75 /5 Writing Crimes to Avoid / November Writing Challenge

November 24, 2021

Welcome to The Write Focus, a weekly podcast for writers, whether newbies, veterans, or 'tweenies.

Wrapping up our Miscellany for the November Writing Challenge, our focus this week is 5 Writing Crimes to Avoid.

1st, we check in on the November Writing Challenge.

2nd, we celebrate our 75th episode for 2021. That 75 episodes by the last of November comes from our weekly podcast as well as the daily April Podcast Challenge. Look for another podcast challenge in 2022, maybe in April or maybe the Dog Days of August Podcast Challenge.

3rd, we have a Gratitude Giveaway. Listen to the podcast for the rules and guidelines.

5 Writing Crimes to Avoid

  • Signaling :: 4:54
  • Window Dressing :: 6:39
  • Boring Details :: 8:40
  • Lack of Continuity :: 10:21
  • Head-Hopping :: 12:03

Next Week & Inspiration :: 15:43

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus.

Our focus is productivity, process, craft, and tools. October is Preptober for November’s National Novel Writing Month, known commonly as NaNoWriMo. December will focus on Gifts for Writers.

Launching into 2022, we'll briefly talk about planning then focus on the steps needed to turn November’s rough draft into a publishable work.

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2:74 / November Writing Challenge part 3 /3 Films Every Writer Should Study

2:74 / November Writing Challenge part 3 /3 Films Every Writer Should Study

November 17, 2021

What's a quick way for writers to study the elements of story? No, it's not reading and discussing novels. It's studying film! Yes, movies!

First in this episode, we check-in with the November Writing Challenge.

Topics in this episode include A] why do we study through films, B] what are the elements of story to study, and C] how do we know which films to study.

Films to choose ~ any that are popular, either in book or film for, but hopefully in both forms ~

* We recommend Jane Austen's Persuasion, with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds, better at presenting interior character stresses and desires.

  • The dance
  • characters we love to hate
  • the motif of travel

*Our second recommendation is Last of the Mohicans, with Daniel Day Lewis.

  • conflict with Magua, with his goals, motivations, and desires revealed scene by scene
  • the foil to Nathaniel
  • Redemption of a character

*Our third recommendation is 13th Warrior, a flawed film that still manages to teach lessons for writers.

  • the importance of a logical progression of events
  • the story arc of Stranger in a Strange Land
  • mentors
  • theme of Deception

Finally, we give the nuts and bolts of how to study films.

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Thanks for listening to The Write Focus.

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2:73 / November Writing Challenge pt 2 / 3 Essential Tools for Writers

2:73 / November Writing Challenge pt 2 / 3 Essential Tools for Writers

November 10, 2021

What are the 3 essential tools for writers? No, it's not sticky notes ~ although I couldn't live without them. It's not writing software ~ although many people swear by their favorite software and hardware. The 3 Essential Tools are not the usual suspects. They are, however, like Mighty Mouse because they come to "save the day" and our writing business.

This week's episode begins with a check-in for November's writing challenge. Then it's on to our essential tools.

The 1st is boring and requires you make a new habit as well as no longer consider IT geeks as gods. The key is to remember that our writing projects are Intellectual Property.

The 2nd tool requires Promethean thinking one day of every week ... and sticking to it. We work SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.

3rd focuses our whole writing business and keeps it front and center. Multi-taskers find this tool essential to keep everything moving toward success ... and to help us pick up the pieces when our writing walls come crashing down.

As always, thanks for listening to The Write Focus.

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2:72 / November Writing Challenge, part 1 / 4 Recommended Books for Writers

2:72 / November Writing Challenge, part 1 / 4 Recommended Books for Writers

November 3, 2021

In this episode: we check in with the November Writing Challenge.

2nd, our main focus: 4 Books Recommended for Every Writer's Reference Shelf

We present the book's purpose and the reasons we recommend it, and how it will change your writing life.

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus.

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2:71 / PrepToBer part 3 / The Write Focus

2:71 / PrepToBer part 3 / The Write Focus

October 27, 2021

It’s the final week for PrepToBer, prepwork and motivation for the National Novel Writing Month, November. Our fall writing challenge.

Prepwork includes Secondary and Tertiary Characters.

Secondaries: The link takes you to the July 28 episode of our summer series on writing craft. https://eden5695.podbean.com/e/258-envisioning-d-discovering-your-novel/?token=380864294b09b5a7ec1144e0b3763e77

For the third-level characters, use this link for August 4: https://eden5695.podbean.com/e/259-envisioning-e-discovering-your-novel/?token=703cd03aab5ae3941a6ae9ed8b906d15

Motivation from M.A. Lee is the final part (2) of “13 Steps for Dancing to be a Writer.”

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. October is Preptober for November’s National Novel Writing Month, known commonly as NaNoWriMo. December will include the steps needed to turn November’s rough draft into a publishable work.

That’s our focus here: inspirations to keep you writing and knowledge to solve your writing issues along with guidance through the publishing process. We’re for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years ago.

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  . 

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps.)

 

2:70 / PrepToBer part 2 / 13 Steps for Dancing, part 1

2:70 / PrepToBer part 2 / 13 Steps for Dancing, part 1

October 20, 2021

This week’s episode continues PrepToBer, the prep work for the National Novel Writing Month in November for the greatest worldwide writing challenge, 50,000 words in 30 days.

October contains the intense prep work because November is writing only.

We have the prep for this week with links to the appropriate episodes from our summer series on the writing craft.

Envisioning B https://eden5695.podbean.com/e/256-envisioning-b-discovering-your-novel/?token=232cf6da3539468700b1568a76bc3602

Envisioning C https://eden5695.podbean.com/e/257-envisioning-c-discovering-your-novel/?token=3cc70d54b1165afed6c89220c8190144

Writing Motivation, to keep you plugging through this month of hard creativity, is part 1 of M.A. Lee’s “13 Steps for Dancing to be a Writer".

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus.

Welcome to the Fall Writing Challenge from The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. October is Preptober for November’s National Novel Writing Month, known commonly as NaNoWriMo. December will include the steps needed to turn November’s rough draft into a publishable work.

That’s our focus here: inspirations to keep you writing and knowledge to solve your writing issues along with guidance through the publishing process. We’re for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years ago.

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  . 

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps.)

 

2:69 / PrepToBer I / Fall Writing Challenge

2:69 / PrepToBer I / Fall Writing Challenge

October 13, 2021

It’s PrepToBer, preparation throughout October for the National Novel Writing Month in November, the biggest writing challenge in the world.

Don’t be left out when all your writing friends are sprinting and tracking words.

October handles all the PrepWork because November is writing only, 1667 words per day to reach the goal of 50,000 drafted words.

What do we do in this week as preparation?

  • We need to develop our situation, our primary characters and their conflicts.
  • We also need to set the guiding theme that will become our teaser.
  • Finally, we need to develop the 7 Major Scenes that every novel needs.

Our work this week will alter a bit—and sometimes greatly as we actually draft the novel. Reference the links below to previous TWF episodes that delve more deeply into this work. The episodes are part of our summer series on craft, Discovering Your Novel.

The majority of this episode offers writing inspiration from Remi Black, entitled “Into the Labyrinth”. It plays with the metaphor of a string unrolled by Theseus when he confronted the minotaur. We writers, of course, are Theseus, the minotaur is our writing projects to conquer, and the strings are our methods to tackle our project.

Welcome to the Fall Writing Challenge from The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. October is Preptober for November’s National Novel Writing Month, known commonly as NaNoWriMo. December will include the steps needed to turn November’s rough draft into a publishable work.

That’s our focus here: inspirations to keep you writing and knowledge to solve your writing issues along with guidance through the publishing process. We’re for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years ago.

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus!

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  . 

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps.)

2:68 / Challenges / Fall Writing Challenge

2:68 / Challenges / Fall Writing Challenge

October 6, 2021

Accept Challenges, and one of the best-known and widely-utilized writing challenge is November’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.

The goal of any challenge is to stretch yourself beyond where you currently are.

Here at The Write Focus, we’ve created our own writing challenges. Back in April of this year, we had a daily podcast challenge, presenting information that formed part of our daily writing challenge in April of 2019 (before the plague!).

Also last year, we started this podcast. Gearing up for the podcast and discovering how to do it had challenges that match to those that writers also confront. Here’s a break-down of the main areas for this week’s episode:

  • The constant supply of content ~ the writer’s bane of steady working
  • Knowing your market ~ know the genre and the audience
  • Know the parts of the challenge ~ For the podcast, each episode has five separate segments. Each segment matches to a type of writing we have to do when we rough out a manuscript, draft it, then present it for consumption by an audience.
  • Find the distribution system that works for your brain and your aesthetic and your marketing plan.
  • Knowing the right equipment and tools makes the job simpler.

Accept your own challenges. Overcome your fears. Prep for NaNoWriMo, and go into that challenge with all your passion.

Welcome to the Fall Writing Challenge from The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. October is Preptober for November’s National Novel Writing Month, known commonly as NaNoWriMo. December will include the steps needed to turn November’s rough draft into a publishable work.

That’s our focus here: inspirations to keep you writing and knowledge to solve your writing issues along with guidance through the publishing process. We’re for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years ago.

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus!

Show notes and resources may be found at thewritefocus.blogspot.com. Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps.)

2:67 /Publish-Plus / Discovering Your Novel

2:67 /Publish-Plus / Discovering Your Novel

September 29, 2021

We've reached the summer series' concluding episode with Publish-Plus. It's the four disparate jobs that take our finished novel into the marketplace: Presence, Promotions, Publish, and Party!

And celebrations are always important!

Next week, we have new content about challenges and what we've learned after a year of Podcasting.

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus.

Resources and links associated with the summer series of Discovering Your Novel as well as the previous series: Write a Book in a Month and Think like a Pro (Writer) can be located at thewritefocus.blogspot.com.

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com for speculations, questions, and comments.

If you find worth in this podcast, please share with writing friends or write a review. We don't have the ad budgets of the big peeps; we're only small beans here.

As always, write on.

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