WM31 Don’t Wait for Inspiration, Bad Habits and Dialogue

    Pilar updates listeners on her writing retreat and how it's difficult to explain to people who don't write that writing is not driven by inspiration. She shares her struggle with technique and the bad writing habits she's discovered. This episode's wisdom is on using dialogue as exposition, borrowed from Into the Woods by…

WM30 Working through Feedback

I've finally received some feedback from my writing coach, at a micro and macro level, and I talk about it in this episode. Lots to think about regarding character, supporting characters and the level of trauma the character is carrying with her at the beginning of the story, and what's triggered by the inciting incident.…

WM27 Editing for point of view

Pilar has started working with a coach, and so now the hard work begins!She talks about how she's made some changes after considering the character's point of view. Recommended book: On Editing. How to edit your novel the professional way by Helen Corner-Bryant and Kathryn Price (again!) For more book recommendations, check out https://trello.com/b/3LUWiqsc/pilars-board-on-writing-for-word-maze-podcast And…

WM24 How do you like to write?

In this episode, Pilar reflects on something she read in Becoming a Writer about paying attention to the kind of style you like writing in. She comes back to the lack of need of describing a character's physical appearance, after listening to episode 154 of the Bestselling Experiment podcast, with guest Mark Billingham. Finally, she…

WM21 My character was too passive and why do we need to create art?

When writer's block comes from not wanting to dive into the emotional world I'm trying to create... There is of course the voice that whispers, will they believe the superhero story you're trying to create? Actually, it doesn't matter that much, as I've seen watching Contact, a French TV series. I've changed the plot because…

WM20 I Wish My Characters Would Drive me Mad

Well, I really wish my characters had a life of their own and were destroying my plot, but, it's not really happening - though, as I was recording for this episode, I realised that yes, one of them has thrown in something unexpected. Today's quoted books: Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction by Patricia Highsmith Fiction…

WM18 Why I’m abandoning NaNoWriMo but not my story

I've decided to abandon NaNoWriMo and I briefly explain why. However, I'm not abandoning my story, or this podcast, as it's all great fun. I also explain why. If you want to have a look at what I'm learning, check out my Trello board https://trello.com/b/3LUWiqsc/pilars-nanowrimo2018-learning-and-podcasting-board In this episode I refer to Lisa Jewell's The House…