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TAP036, From Idea to Outline: How to Outline a Novel (Part 3 of 3)

by Amelia D. Hay | The Authorpreneur Podcast - Writing and Self Publishing Advice

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Welcome to The Authorpreneur Podcast™️

 

The Authorpreneur Podcast™️ is hosted by Indie Author, Amelia D. Hay. The show acts as a virtual writing and business coach for fiction writers. Every Thursday, Amelia will teach you how to develop a story idea, create compelling characters and outline your novel. In each season of the podcast, you will learn how to write your first draft, revise your story, self-publish, establish your author platform, and reach readers. Season one of the podcast is on Plot and Story Structure, season two documents my writing adventure during 2020, and season three is about how to outline and the pre-writing phase.

 

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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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TAP004, How to Get Motivated to Write a Novel

TAP004, How to Get Motivated to Write a Novel

So, you know you should be writing, and you intend on writing, but you can’t seem to get your butt in the chair and actually write. If you can identify with that statement, then this blog post is for you. Thanks to the rise of modern technology and we’re living in an instant gratification world. This instant gratification encourages us to allow this habit to flow into other areas of our lives. As writers, this leads us to fall into the trap of writing when you feel inspired and to put it off until next time in those times when you don’t feel like it. So, how do you get motivated to write a novel or continue writing a novel? In this video, I’m going to share with you one quick strategy on how to get motived to write a novel. But, why one strategy? The key to starting and continuing on that trajectory is to start SMALL and build up as you become consistent.

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TAP003, How to Choose The Right Book Idea

TAP003, How to Choose The Right Book Idea

Do you have million different story ideas and are struggling to choose the right book idea? Or, Do you have a pile of manuscripts that you can’t seem to finish? This indecisiveness is the writer equivalent of shiny object syndrome, where you jump from idea to idea, and you can’t seem to choose the right one. You’re essentially stuck in the wonderful land of indecision. I understand how this feels. As a writer, I too have suffered from shiny object syndrome, especially when choosing a story idea or abandoning a writing project to start a new one. Over the course of my writing journey, I’ve gone from shiny object syndrome to reaching a place where I’ve finished two manuscripts that I’m excited to publish in a genre, that I adore. In this blog post and video, I’m doing to share with you, my number one tip on how to choose the right book idea.

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TAP002, How to Come Up With Great Story Ideas

TAP002, How to Come Up With Great Story Ideas

Do you dream of writing a novel but don’t know where to start because you believe that you don’t have any great story ideas? If so, then this video is for you. First of all, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Often when you first start out in your writing career you can fall prey to comparison syndrome, where you start comparing yourself to other writers and authors. It’s natural to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others but what you’re doing is comparing your behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. What you’re not seeing are those days your favourite author struggles to come up with an idea for their next book. Everyone struggles with this. So, how do you come up with great story ideas?

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TAP001, Defining Success: The First Step to Writing A Novel

TAP001, Defining Success: The First Step to Writing A Novel

Congratulations, you’ve decided you want to become an author and publish your first book. Before you start writing your first book or next book, you need to consider what you desire. There’s nothing worse to waking up one morning and realising what you’ve created isn’t what you wanted, it’s the opposite, your worst nightmare. To avoid this not so pleasant event, you need, to begin with, the end in mind. But first, it’s important you define what success or failure means to you. What is your definition of success?

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I’m Amelia. I’m the author of Missing 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 van Gogh is Missing and A Body is on the Lawn

 

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 killer is on the loose, Excalibur is missing, and his career is on the line…

 

James, the chief editor of a small newspaper, returns home to discover that his girlfriend, Valentine has unexpectedly left. Later that morning, he fails to reallocate her story. To avoid blank space in the paper, James 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 his girlfriend has been kidnapped.

 

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What I’m Writing Now!

 

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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 mid to late 2021. 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 late 2021 or early 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 late 2021 or early 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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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.
In light of that, in this bonus episode, I chat with Michaelbrent Collings on how he writes his fiction novels. 
Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-032 or click the link in my bio.
Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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. In light of that, in this bonus episode, I chat with Michaelbrent Collings on how he writes his fiction novels. Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-032 or click the link in my bio. Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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Welcome to the final instalment of this two-part mini-series on how to write a novel with genre expectations in mind. There's nothing worse than reaching the halfway mark as you write your first draft or even as you're starting the revision stage to realise that you're not sure if there's a market for your book. If this is where you are, then don't panic; it's pretty normal not to know what genre you're writing in as you write or finish your first book. But there's something you can do about it. In this episode, I will share with you five steps to revising your story with genre expectations in mind.
So stay tuned for all of this and much more.
Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-031 or click the link in my bio.
Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
Welcome to the final instalment of this two-part mini-series on how to write a novel with genre expectations in mind. There's nothing worse than reaching the halfway mark as you write your first draft or even as you're starting the revision stage to realise that you're not sure if there's a market for your book. If this is where you are, then don't panic; it's pretty normal not to know what genre you're writing in as you write or finish your first book. But there's something you can do about it. In this episode, I will share with you five steps to revising your story with genre expectations in mind. So stay tuned for all of this and much more. Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-031 or click the link in my bio. Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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In the next episode of the Authorpreneur Podcast, I will discuss writing in first and third-person POV. If you have questions that you'd like for me to answer in the episode, ask them below. 👇🏻
In the next episode of the Authorpreneur Podcast, I will discuss writing in first and third-person POV. If you have questions that you'd like for me to answer in the episode, ask them below. 👇🏻
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I spotted Pusheen in the background while recording the Authorpreneur Podcast last week, and now she’s in the thumbnail for the YouTube video. 🐈🎙🤦‍♀️
I spotted Pusheen in the background while recording the Authorpreneur Podcast last week, and now she’s in the thumbnail for the YouTube video. 🐈🎙🤦‍♀️
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Revision is like pulling teeth. Well, that's how it feels to me, at the moment. I'm so over revising this story. But at the same time, I feel so insecure about this novella. Long gone is that innocent, naive Amelia, who was excited to publish her first piece of fiction. Perhaps, I know better now. Or, more realistically, I'm more cynical. I know what awaits me if I screw up and publish a book with plot holes, however minor. 
In this behind the scenes author diary episode, I discuss the highs and lows of my revision process, what prompted me to move into the professional editing phase and my struggles with writer's insecurity. Yes, spoiler alert, I'm riddled with it. And, I share an exciting milestone with Le Villain Book Covers.
So stay tuned for all of this and much more.
Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/BTS044 or click the link in my bio.
Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
Revision is like pulling teeth. Well, that's how it feels to me, at the moment. I'm so over revising this story. But at the same time, I feel so insecure about this novella. Long gone is that innocent, naive Amelia, who was excited to publish her first piece of fiction. Perhaps, I know better now. Or, more realistically, I'm more cynical. I know what awaits me if I screw up and publish a book with plot holes, however minor. In this behind the scenes author diary episode, I discuss the highs and lows of my revision process, what prompted me to move into the professional editing phase and my struggles with writer's insecurity. Yes, spoiler alert, I'm riddled with it. And, I share an exciting milestone with Le Villain Book Covers. So stay tuned for all of this and much more. Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/BTS044 or click the link in my bio. Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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Writing to market or writing with genre expectations in mind is often seen as a dirty word. And, I think there are a few misconceptions, largely to do with confusing the strategy with writing-to-trend which is very different. For the sake of clarity, writing-to-trend is all about writing what's popular. An example of that strategy is writing a paranormal romance feature vampires because they're hot right now; that's writing to trend. By the way, I have no idea whether that's a hot trend, so don't take that as gospel because it's just an example I plucked from my mind, a few seconds ago. However, writing with genre expectations in mind is all about writing for your audience. I know you want to write what you love, but just hear me out. As a writer, I get it, you need to love what you write, but you also need to write something that others will enjoy and want to stick around for long-term. 
Before we get into the tips, this episode is the first in a two-part series focused on writing with genre expectations in mind. In this first part, I want to focus on writing with genre expectations in mind for writers who haven't written their first draft and merely have a story idea in mind. This episode will be great for you if you have a story idea or outline, and want to write for an existing audience. Part two, which will be in two weeks, will be great for those of you who, have written the first draft or are revising and are concerned there's no market for your book. Don't worry, the episode has already been recorded and edited, and is scheduled on my podcast hosting provider's website.
So stay tuned for all of this and much more.
Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-030 or click the link in my bio.
Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
Writing to market or writing with genre expectations in mind is often seen as a dirty word. And, I think there are a few misconceptions, largely to do with confusing the strategy with writing-to-trend which is very different. For the sake of clarity, writing-to-trend is all about writing what's popular. An example of that strategy is writing a paranormal romance feature vampires because they're hot right now; that's writing to trend. By the way, I have no idea whether that's a hot trend, so don't take that as gospel because it's just an example I plucked from my mind, a few seconds ago. However, writing with genre expectations in mind is all about writing for your audience. I know you want to write what you love, but just hear me out. As a writer, I get it, you need to love what you write, but you also need to write something that others will enjoy and want to stick around for long-term. Before we get into the tips, this episode is the first in a two-part series focused on writing with genre expectations in mind. In this first part, I want to focus on writing with genre expectations in mind for writers who haven't written their first draft and merely have a story idea in mind. This episode will be great for you if you have a story idea or outline, and want to write for an existing audience. Part two, which will be in two weeks, will be great for those of you who, have written the first draft or are revising and are concerned there's no market for your book. Don't worry, the episode has already been recorded and edited, and is scheduled on my podcast hosting provider's website. So stay tuned for all of this and much more. Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-030 or click the link in my bio. Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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At the start of season two, I started off with the best of intentions. Just like this episode, I set the expectations for the season. And, that's when everything went pear-shaped. In fact, things aren't back to normal for me either. I don't need to remind you because technically we're still at this place. Now that I’ve said this, I’m going to immediately follow through with this and devote this short episode to what you can expect from season three. And, I'll share a few changes to the podcast that you can expect from season three.
In this episode, I will discuss:
• What you can expect from season three
• The start date of the new season.
• Changes to the podcast in season three onwards.
• My podcasting plans until the end of the year.
As always, I have an important question to ask. Are you writing a novel, short story, or novella? And if so, is there a topic you want me to cover in the upcoming season of The Authorpreneur Podcast. Let me know by sharing your thoughts in the comments section. 👇🏻
Thank you for listening, and I’ll see you in the next episode of The Authorpreneur Podcast.
At the start of season two, I started off with the best of intentions. Just like this episode, I set the expectations for the season. And, that's when everything went pear-shaped. In fact, things aren't back to normal for me either. I don't need to remind you because technically we're still at this place. Now that I’ve said this, I’m going to immediately follow through with this and devote this short episode to what you can expect from season three. And, I'll share a few changes to the podcast that you can expect from season three. In this episode, I will discuss: • What you can expect from season three • The start date of the new season. • Changes to the podcast in season three onwards. • My podcasting plans until the end of the year. As always, I have an important question to ask. Are you writing a novel, short story, or novella? And if so, is there a topic you want me to cover in the upcoming season of The Authorpreneur Podcast. Let me know by sharing your thoughts in the comments section. 👇🏻 Thank you for listening, and I’ll see you in the next episode of The Authorpreneur Podcast.
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In the last two weeks in August, I started revising a murder mystery novella. Also, during this period, I created a book marketing plan for the Candidate. As I was revising my murder mystery novella, I began to feel scared to self publish. To be honest, I've been feeling this way for a while. This month, I purchased a few courses, and I share what prompted me to make these purchases.
So stay tuned for all of this and much more.
Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/BTS043 or click the link in my bio.
Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
In the last two weeks in August, I started revising a murder mystery novella. Also, during this period, I created a book marketing plan for the Candidate. As I was revising my murder mystery novella, I began to feel scared to self publish. To be honest, I've been feeling this way for a while. This month, I purchased a few courses, and I share what prompted me to make these purchases. So stay tuned for all of this and much more. Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/BTS043 or click the link in my bio. Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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