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Welcome to the first ever bonus episode of the podcast. As you can probably guess by the title, this is my first ever episode on Ask Me Anything on writing and story structure. In this episode, I will answer the top questions asked by my Blog Readers, Youtube Subscribers, Podcast Listeners, and through my Ask A Question form on my website.
Now, that I’m well into revising the first draft of Missing, I’ve decided to share with you the top 5 first draft mistakes I made as I wrote my first three thriller novels, Missing, Silence, and Immunity. Because apparently, I love to embarrass myself in front of an audience and openly point out my flaws. But, I’m not going to stop there. In the second part of this Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary episode, I will share with you five tips highlighting how to avoid making these mistakes in your own writing.
At the start of January, I shared with you my revision plan for my thriller novella, Missing. It’s been almost a month since that show. So, I’ve decided to share with you a short revision update where I will share a break down of what I achieved in terms of revising a novella. And, I will also share four lessons I’ve learned over the first three weeks of revising Missing, so you don’t have to make the same mistakes.
I’m going to share with you my writing goals or intentions for 2019 now, in January; and a mid-year update around June or July. There will be a final review at the beginning of 2020 where I will look back at 2019 and hopefully have good news to share with you. In the tradition of the Podcast Diary episodes, I will give you regular updates; however, these updates won’t be as formal as the planned update episodes.
As you can probably tell by the super spoiler title of this show, I will be revising my thriller novella, Missing over a thirty-one-day period. And, in this episode, I’m going to break down my plans to revise in a month, and the exact steps I plan to take during this revision period.
So, I’m back after another podcasting hiatus, yay! And, I have an update on writing and podcasting related news that I can’t wait to share with you. I also want to discuss a few changes to the podcast and how I plan on structuring the episodes. Going forward, I aim to be more transparent about changes to the podcast and any reasons for long sabbaticals. Without, further adieu, let’s get started.
This episode of my behind the scenes podcast diary is going to be a casual writing update because it’s been a while since the last episode. The break was due to my recent trip to Australia as well as travel-related tiredness. When I got back, I found my backlog of work hard to manage. As a result, I realised that I couldn’t do it all.
I’m super excited to announce that I’ve finally stopped procrastinating and overcome my writing slump. Yay! Before I share seven tips on how to stop procrastinating and get out of that writing slump, I want to share with you a recent experience I had while writing the first draft of my crime thriller novella, Missing.
In this week’s episode of the Behind the Scene’s Podcast Diary, I discuss writing fiction and non-fiction and dabbling with voice diction. I also get honest about mindset and my struggles with the midpoint slump.
I was recently listening to an episode of a podcast that was discussing how to build a platform as an unpublished author. And coincidentally I didn’t agree with all the tips they shared. There was one tip I disagreed with that these guys shared with certainty. While writing your novel is the most important thing you can do as an unpublished author you need to build your author platform before you hit publish. And, I’m sorry, but a one-page stagnant website will not achieve this. You need to get eyeballs on that website.
At the beginning of January, I shared my business and writing goals for the year, just like every other entrepreneur, writer, and blogger. While this is a great practice, it hasn’t been as motivating as I had intended. As I look back over 2017 and consider what has worked and what has not, I’ve realised there was one thing that did work.
In this week’s episode of the Behind the Scene’s Podcast Diary, I discuss struggling with productivity, revision, and fear as a writer. And, how you can reframe your mindset for success.