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

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Season One Episodes

 

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

 

TAP016, How to Write the First Plot Point Scene

TAP016, How to Write the First Plot Point Scene

So you’ve brainstormed ideas for the three plot points in the first act of your story, and you’re now wondering how to transition between act one and act two. How do you take your character into the core conflict of the story? The easiest way to do this is to set up a point of no return scene in your story. In this episode, I’ll discuss the point of no return scene and its position in the story. I’ll also share two important tips you need to consider as you write point of no return scene.

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TAP015, How to Write the Inciting Incident

TAP015, How to Write the Inciting Incident

So, you’ve created a great narrative hook and an ordinary world scene for your story and you’re thinking ‘what next?’ In this episode, I will share will you the important elements of the next plot point in the first act of your story. The next plot point in the first act is the inciting incident.

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TAP014, How to Write a Great Ordinary World Scene

TAP014, How to Write a Great Ordinary World Scene

Are you struggling to figure out how to start your novel? Quite often we place much emphasis on the first sentence or paragraph and not to the large scene. In three-act structure, this scene is referred to as the ordinary world. In this episode, we are going to discuss why this scene is so important and I’ll share seven tips to help you write a great ordinary world scene.

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TAP013: How to Write a Great Story Hook for a Novel

TAP013: How to Write a Great Story Hook for a Novel

So, how do you start a story? How do you hook the reader from the very first page? In the literary world, there is a lot of talk about how to write an inciting first line or paragraph. There’s a step you need to take before you put pen to paper. This step is outlining your story and structuring it in such a way that hooks the reader. And, how do you achieve this? By creating an irresistible story hook.

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TAP012, What is Three Act Structure?

TAP012, What is Three Act Structure?

So, you’ve got a story idea that you can’t wait to write and you’re wondering; how do you write a good story? Is there a structure you should follow as you write a novel? There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to writing a novel. If you’re just starting out, then I recommend using Three Act Structure. This type of story structure is a writing tool used by screenwriters. It was studying the craft of writing for screen, which I was introduced to the concept of structuring a story.

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TAP011, Plotting vs Pantsing: How to Decide Whether to Plot or Pants Your Novel

TAP011, Plotting vs Pantsing: How to Decide Whether to Plot or Pants Your Novel

Are you struggling to decide whether you should plot or pants your novel? If you’ve been a writer for longer than a quick minute, then you already know the debate between plotting vs pantsing is fierce. Before you decide whether to plot or pants your novel, you need to consider how you learn. It’s important to understand why these options for work for some writers and not others. If you’ve ever wondered, how to decide whether to plot or pants your novel, then this is for you.

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TAP009, The 5 Types of Story Conflict

TAP009, The 5 Types of Story Conflict

You’ve fleshed out your story idea and you’ve suddenly realised that your story is lacking conflict. Don’t worry this is normal. Right now, you’re probably asking yourself two questions. What are the 5 types of story conflict? And, how do you add more conflict in a story?

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TAP008, How to Flesh Out a Story Idea into a Synopsis (Part Two)

TAP008, How to Flesh Out a Story Idea into a Synopsis (Part Two)

So, you’ve created an idea for your story that you can’t wait to write. But, you’re feeling stuck and don’t know how to flesh out a story idea. It’s at this point that you start to realise that writing a novel is a much harder task then you first imagined. This realisation is perfectly normal. It’s the result of focusing on a grand goal instead of the next step along the path. And, this is exactly what you need to do when you flesh out a story idea. You need to focus on the next step, not writing the first chapter of your book or even creating an outline for your novel. Before you start planning or writing by the seat of your pants, you need to flesh out your story idea into a synopsis.

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TAP007, How to Flesh Out a Story Idea (Part One)

TAP007, How to Flesh Out a Story Idea (Part One)

So, you’ve created an idea or one-liner pitch for your story and, you’re feeling stuck and don’t know what to do next. And, your wondering, how to flesh out a story idea into a synopsis. When you first come up with an idea for a novel the process of developing a story idea can seem like an endless daunting journey. This feeling is perfectly normal. It’s the result of focusing on a grand goal instead of the next step along the path. And, this is exactly what you need to do when you flesh out a story idea into a synopsis.

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TAP006, How to Know If You’re a Writer

TAP006, How to Know If You’re a Writer

You’ve probably just read the title of this post, ‘how to know if you’re a writer’ and thought, ‘she’s reading my mind.’ I swear to you, I’m not a mind reader. This has got to be the most frequently asked question among aspiring authors and writers. Everyone at some point with this issue of self-doubt. We fear that there are a set of prerequisites and we’re going to fall short. So, how do you know if you’re a writer? If you’ve ever found yourself asking that question, then this blog post is for you.

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TAP005, How to Tell if Your Story Idea is Profitable

TAP005, How to Tell if Your Story Idea is Profitable

Are you stressing over whether your story idea is profitable? Are you worried that you’ll get to the launching stage of the publishing process and just hear crickets? It’s perfectly normal to have moments along your writing journey where you doubt whether people will read, like, or even buy your book. Nevertheless, there are two steps you can take to put your mind at ease no matter where you are at along the path to publication. As writer’s, we focus on either of these two paths when choosing a story idea: purely writing to market or following your passion. Choosing the latter option often leads you wondering how to tell if your story idea is profitable. Over the years, I’ve discovered the secret to choosing a profitable story idea lies somewhere in between. Choosing an idea that you’re passionate about that also has a demand by readers. So, what are these two steps to overcoming this classic writer’s insecurity? And, how put your mind at ease and tell if your story idea is profitable?

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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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A Body is on the Lawn, and a Killer is on the Loose

 

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.

 

Can James figure out who the thief and murderer are before he or Alistair is next?

 

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A Murdered Judge. A Dark Secret Silenced.

 

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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Excalibur is Missing. A Killer is on the Loose. One Reporter is Determined to Uncover the Truth.

 

James has a nose for trouble. But that’s nothing new. This time, things are different–his life is on the line. James is the chief editor of a small newspaper. It’s hardly captivating work. He’s bored. But all of that is about to change.

 

Late one evening, he returns home to discover his long-time girlfriend and journalist, Valentine, has left. Early the next morning, James fails to reallocate her assigned story. To avoid blank space in the culture section and losing his job, he decides to write the story on the local museum’s latest acquisition, Excalibur. But, there’s one thing he didn’t count on–Excalibur is missing, and a dead body is at the crime scene.

 

If you love gripping cloak and dagger mysteries with twists and turns, then you’ll love this first instalment in the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery series. Get it now.

 

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Yesterday, I sent Duplicity off for proofreading. Yay! And I’ve set up preorders for this novel on Kobo, B&N, and Google Play with a release date of the 24th of November 2022. And, I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

Publishing Updates

 

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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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Now that you've chosen the right Point-of-View for your story, you're finally ready to put pen to page and start writing or outlining your novel, right? No, there is a little more to Point-of-View than first, second or third person. And that's what we're going to discuss in this show.
Before you put pen to page, you need to decide which point-of-view is right for your story. In this show, I will discuss point-of-view in writing fiction and the things to consider when choosing the right point-of-view for your novel. But I will not discuss second-person because I don't understand its mechanics. And I will not be delving too deep into third-person omniscient point-of-view for similar reasons.
In previous podcast episodes, I've mentioned that I want this podcast to be free of interviews unless they are about how an author writes, outlines or writes without an outline. Today, I'm making an exception with this bonus interview because I believe the discussion will benefit you even if you're in the planning stages of writing your first novel.
So, you've created an outline for your novel. And, now, you're ready to start writing. Diving into writing the first draft seems like the first logical step. However, I recommend you slow down and edit the outline for your novel. I learned this lesson the hard way after publishing my first-in-series novella.
Welcome to the third instalment of my mini-series on how I outline a novel. For those of you who are unaware, in the first episode, I discuss how I go from fleshing out a story idea to a basic outline.
Welcome to the second instalment of my three-part mini-series on how I outline a novel. For those of you who are unaware, I discuss how I go from fleshing out a story idea to a basic outline in the first episode.
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.

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