The Indie Authorpreneur Podcast

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IAP013, Plot and Story Structure: The Hook

by Amelia Hay Levillain | The Indie Authorpreneur Podcast - Self Publishing Advice for Writers

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On this podcast, I will bring you writing, business marketing, and self-publishing advice every Saturday, so that you can, self-publish your books, create your dream author business, build your platform, and be creatively independent. My aim is to provide you with a tonne of value in under 15 minutes. Yes, in less than 15 minutes.


Plot and Story Structure: The Story Hook

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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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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Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary: Revision is My New Reality

I’m going to keep this behind the scenes podcast diary short and sweet and just stick to all things writing, revision, and book related. So, this week, revision became my new reality. I stuck to my goals to revise Immunity and overcame a revision obstacle. Do you struggle with revision? Do you sometimes face a revision obstacle that seems difficult to overcome? If so, then this podcast diary is for you.

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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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Behind the Scenes Diary: Writing Goals for October 2017

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in my productivity as a writer since I returned from my wedding in Australia. I’m becoming less and less productive. The reason for the decline in my productivity is simple. I’ve dropped a few great habits that served me well in the first half of the year.For the sake of productivity and developing great habits, today I’m going to share with you my writing goals for October.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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