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TAP028, 5 Tips for Structuring a Story with the Hero’s Journey (Part 4 of 4)

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The first season of The Authorpreneur Podcast™️ has twenty-five episodes and focuses on plot and story structure.

 

TAP026, How to Structure a Story Using the Hero’s Journey (Part 2 of 4)

TAP026, How to Structure a Story Using the Hero’s Journey (Part 2 of 4)

So, you’ve started to plot out ideas for your story using the Hero’s Journey, and you’ve reached the end of the first act. But now you’re wondering how to transition from the first act to the second, and take your character through to the last leg of the journey. In this episode, I will share with you the five stages of the Hero’s Journey that occur in the second act. And, I will also unpack the second act of the Fellowship of the Ring so you can see the Hero’s Journey in action.

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TAP024, How to Write the Denouement Scenes for Your Novel

TAP024, How to Write the Denouement Scenes for Your Novel

So, you’ve reached the end of the climactic sequence of your novel, and you’re wondering how to give your story a satisfying conclusion. Or, you’re currently outlining your novel, and you’re stuck and not sure how to plan the denouement scenes for your story in a way that will satisfy your future readers. In this episode, I’m going to explain what are the denouement scenes, share three tips on how to write and structure these scenes, and breakdown three examples from literature.

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TAP023: How to Write the Hero at the Mercy of the Villain Scene in a Novel

TAP023: How to Write the Hero at the Mercy of the Villain Scene in a Novel

So, you’ve reached the climactic sequence, and you’re wondering how to make these final scenes the most dramatic part of your novel; the answer is simple, by including a hero at the mercy of the villain scene. At this point, you’ve probably got a few questions floating around your mind. What is the hero at the mercy of the villain scene? Where does this scene sit within the climactic sequence? And, is this scene appropriate for my story?

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TAP022: How to Write The Climactic Sequence of a Novel

TAP022: How to Write The Climactic Sequence of a Novel

So, you’ve reached the third act of your novel, and you’re wondering how to write an unforgettable climactic moment. The real secret is in the building up to this climactic moment in the third act. I remember that feeling I got when I reached the start of the third act for the first thriller that I wrote; I was so excited. This probably sounds a little dramatic, but I could almost hear the hallelujah chorus. As I’ve recently discovered reaching the end of the story, is where the real work starts, no matter how great you are at outlining. But, you’re not here for revision tips, you want to know how to write the climactic sequence of a novel. 

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TAP021, How to Choose the Right Ending for Your Story

TAP021, How to Choose the Right Ending for Your Story

As I was writing the script for the episode on the climactic sequence, I realised that I need to talk about how to choose the right ending for your story before discussing the topic. I had planned on discussing story endings in season two but, in the final hour, I decided to bring this subject forward. So, how do you chose the right ending for your story?

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TAP020, How to Write the Dark Night of the Soul Scene of a Novel

TAP020, How to Write the Dark Night of the Soul Scene of a Novel

So, you’ve reached the start of the third act of your outline or in your first draft, and you’re not sure how to propel your protagonist from the second act to the third act. There is a scene in story structure that creates a doorway or a transition between the final two acts. It’s generally referred to as the second turning point, second plot point, or the Dark Night of the Soul. If this is coming you’re struggling with as you’re writing your first draft or brainstorming your story outline, then this episode is for you. In this episode, I will discuss, the essential elements, and provide five tips on how to write a compelling Dark Night of the Soul scene.

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TAP019, How to Write the Second Half of the Second Act of a Novel

TAP019, How to Write the Second Half of the Second Act of a Novel

Are you struggling to write the second half of the second act of your story? You already know there’s a Midpoint and the Dark Night of the Soul or the Second Plot Point, but you’re left wondering what to write between these two scenes. If this is a situation that’s all too familiar to you, then this episode is for you. In this episode, I will discuss the most important scenes within the second half of the second act so that you can write a stronger and more compelling story.

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TAP018, How to Write the Midpoint of a Novel

TAP018, How to Write the Midpoint of a Novel

Is the middle of your story dragging? Are you halfway through writing your manuscript and not sure where to go from there? In this episode, I will share the necessary ingredients for a great midpoint as well as five tips on how to write the midpoint of a novel.

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TAP017, How to Write the Rising Action Scenes in a Novel

TAP017, How to Write the Rising Action Scenes in a Novel

Are you struggling to figure out how to write the rising action scenes in your novel? The scenes in the first half of the second act are referred to as the rising action or try/fail cycles. In this episode of the Indie Authorpreneur Podcast, I will discuss what needs to happen, the key scenes, and what not to do in the first half of the second act. And, I will share seven tips on how to write the rising action scenes.

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I’m Amelia. I’m the author of Suspicion, the first book in the James Lalonde Mystery Series, the host of The Authorpreneur Podcast™️ and the The Book Nerd Podcast. I help aspiring authors just like you to write and market their books so that they can, create their dream business, build their author platform, and be creatively independent. Right now, I’m editing book two in the James Lalonde Mystery series.

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When Will Thatcher, doesn’t show up for work, James Lalonde is forced to attend an afternoon tea with Alistair Carmichael in his place. The lovely autumn afternoon tea comes to an abrupt end when a body turns up on the lawn of the Carmichael Estate with strange markings on his neck.

 

But, something is missing, a priceless painting is off the wall. However, it’s no ordinary painting, it’s a Van Gogh purchased in an auction a few months ago. After discovering fresh tracks, most likely left by the murderer James realises the murder is still in the estate.

 

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Rookie reporter James Lalonde is bored. And, he isn’t a journalist. He’s an all-round dogs-body, to editor-in-chief, Rhys Kelly. But, his luck has finally changed. After eavesdropping in on the morning editorial meeting, James learns he has his first-ever story. There’s one catch. If the story gets too complicated, it will be taken away from him and given to another journalist with more experience. Sure it’s a boring interview with the soon to be sworn-in magistrate, Albert Harrington, but it finally gets him out of his six-month slump as an editorial research assistant.

The following day, James turns up to his interview with Albert to discover a trail of blood smeared through Albert’s house, an empty safe, the murder weapon on the floor, but no body. Detective Anwar Khan turns up to the crime scene, puts two and two together, and believes James murdered the controversial magistrate. Can James clear his name and write his first-ever story before his editor takes it away from him?

 

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Right now, I’m preparing Book Two in the James Lalonde series, for a final round of revisions. The next step is to send the story off to my editor. I aim to have this eBook published on all major ebook retailers by the end of September 2022. And, I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

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I’ve decided to add an extra book between the second book and the start of the byline series, where James arrives in New York. Book Three will be set in a 24 hour period in London. This novel will be available in ebook on all major ebook retailers by the end of mid 2022. And, the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

 

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Book Four the James Lalonde series needs one final round of revisions before I can hand it off to my editor. This longer novel will be published on all major ebook retailers in early 2023. And, the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

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In this episode, I will discuss how I go from a story idea to a fleshed-out outline. I know this is obvious, but this is my process instead of 'the way to outline a novel.' This process has evolved since my very first novel. As I progressed to writing the next story, more steps were added to my intricate outlining process. After publishing my first novella, in 2020, I added another step to my outlining process, but I will share this in a separate episode because it's a huge step and needs a detailed explanation.
Coming soon to the Authorpreneur Podcast on July 21st, I discuss point-of-view in fiction and things you need to consider when choosing the right perspective for your novel. On top of all of this, I discuss the most common point-of-view mistakes.
Before I dive into discussing how to outline a novel or the planning phase of writing, I thought it would be best to ask an obvious but nonetheless important question. Is outlining a good idea? Depending upon who you listen to, you will hear conflicting advice. Some authors will say in order to write quicker, you need to ditch the outlining phase. While others abide by the age-old saying, "fail to plan, plan to fail."
Throughout the preorder and launch period of the release of The Candidate, I experienced a series of frustrating issues with Apple Books. While struggling with Apple Books, I decided to redesign the ebook's cover, and then I went on to design the paperback based on this new theme. And, this new design had surprising results with the ARC giveaway for The Candidate. Also, I started paying attention to the results of using BookSirens and BookSprout. This led me to decide whether I recommend you use these Advanced Reader Services.
As November flips open on my calendar, so does the launch date for my novella. In amongst the busyness of preparing for my book release, I ran into an alarming issue with Etsy that led me to question whether I will continue recommending them to creative businesses.
The writing has come to an end. And, the line editing and proofreading phases are underway. In the final hours of editing, I made a story decision that I suspected would cost me more money. While I waited for the next phase of the editing process to begin, I dived into the process of preparing to self-publish my novella. This led me to finally make a decision about preorders after months of changing my mind.
Coming soon to the Authorpreneur Podcast on July 7th, I chat with Dave Chesson about his new all-in-one writing software, Atticus.
Up until now, I've wanted the seasons of this podcast to be evergreen and act as a resource on how to write a particular element of a story. My desire to create short evergreen episodes focused on a single topic is the reason this podcast tends to be free of interviews. However, throughout season three, I will share short interviews with other writers discussing how they write stories, and in particular, I will try to interview as many writers who "pants" novels. But these interview episodes will be treated as bonus episodes and will not be the focus of the podcast season.

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