First Draft Friday: Conversations about author craft

First Draft Friday: Conversations about author craft

Authors A.I. presents First Draft Friday! A regular open house for the author community. Every other week we’ll talk about the craft of novel writing and storytelling with a fellow author, editor or entrepreneur. Learn tips and trade secrets from the best names in fiction writing. Have a topic you’d like us to tackle? Know an author who would make a good guest? Let us know at https://authors.ai/first-draft-fridays/.

Episodes

October 5, 2021 30 min

Guest author Jack Pierce is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about writing horror stories that hit the mark.

Jack will communicate how to write horror effectively and why horror is the most timeless genre of them all.

This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers.  Listen in!

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Guest author Stefan Emunds discusses the origins of story outline.

A story is a dramatized virtual adventure.
Likely, in the earliest days of storytelling, people took real-life adventures, like raiding a village, surviving a storm, escaping a death trap, or abducting a woman of another clan, gilded those with dramatic devices, and told the tale at the campfire.
Joseph Campbell analyzed those stories, extracted the dramatic devices, c...

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Guest author Fiona Quinn along with author Alessandra Torre discuss strategies for writing believable fiction. Writing your scene with confidence comes from having a good intellectual and sensory understanding of what your protagonist is attempting. Join us for strategies to get the information you need under your belt so your writing is seamless and authentic.

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Guest author Michael Hurd along with author Alessandra Torre will discuss strategies and tips for transitioning from objective writing to subjective writing. Each form has its own rules, style, and yes, habits. Switching isn’t always easy. Your pre-read (beta) team could be one of your best allies to help you overcome, and unlearn those habits.

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Guest author Dave Reed discusses how to stop the never-ending cycle of years of NOT finishing a book—with a little help from his friends. Hiring a writing coach can feel daunting and expensive and fraught. Learn the seven secrets to getting more than your money’s worth from a professional writing coach.

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Guest author Andy Maslen is back with Alessandra Torre to discuss more about unpredictable emotions, unstable characters, and undermining perceptions in psychological thrillers.

This is an unedited chat loaded with valuable and actionable advice.  Listen in!

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Episode notes: Bestselling author Andy Maslen outlines the genre conventions, challenges and rewards of writing psychological thrillers. He discusses sympathetic victims and ambiguous villains with Alessandra Torre - you won't want to miss this one!

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Author MJ Blehart will discuss comparing and contrasting the different approaches of writing styles between “pantsers” and “planners” and the pros and cons of both. In this unedited chat, he’ll answer questions and give actionable tips.

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Author Jim Woods will discuss with author and CEO of Authors AI a simple way to structure your book. Learn how to create a compelling story that draws in the reader and keeps them turning the page.  In this unedited chat, he’ll answer questions and give actionable tips.

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Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoy this First Draft Friday Episode(FDF 20) with best-selling author and CEO of Authors AI, Alessandra Torre in a discussion with author Cindy Skaggs.

Side characters are often written without development, created for a specific purpose, and then discarded without a second thought. On this most recent First Draft Friday, author Cindy Skaggs explored why side characters desire proper atte...

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Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoy this First Draft Friday Episode(FDF 19) with best-selling author and CEO of Authors AI, Alessandra Torre in a discussion with editor Marion Archer.

There comes a time in every novel’s life when it is time to leave the safe haven of the author’s computer and journey out into the world. Before it reaches retailer shelves, a variety of individuals should read and critique your masterpi...

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Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoy this First Draft Friday Episode(FDF 18) with best-selling author and CEO of Authors AI, Alessandra Torre in a discussion with best-selling YA author Morgan Baden. 

Young Adult stories are everywhere these days, but what makes YA…well, YA?

On this episode of First Draft Friday, author Morgan Baden discusses how to nail the Young Adult voice in your writing. In this uncut chat, we explo...

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Romance authors Bron Whitley and Alessandra Torre discuss heat levels in different romance subgenres. Learn tips on building chemistry among characters in sweet and steamy ways, along with some do’s and don’ts of writing romantic scenes.

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Bestselling author Chris Fox and Alessandra Torre discuss how to get the most out of your writing time by increasing your writing speed. Learn tips and effective habits to improve your daily word count.

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Editor and author Tex Thompson and Alessandra Torre discuss some common pitfalls of a novel’s first pages, and how to kick yours into proper place.


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First drafts are supposed to be ugly, but this chat with book editor Susan Barnes will reveal the most common missteps that authors make. These mistakes can cause poor reviews, lost sales, and the worst of them all… readers setting down your book for something else.

In this half-hour live event, Susan will teach how to avoid common pitfalls and what to watch our for when you’re writing and rewriting a draft.


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Location vs Characters. On this First Draft Friday, bestselling author Maria Luis will share how to use your location in the same way that you do your characters – to help bring your book to life! Maria Luis and Authors A.I. CEO Alessandra Torre discuss how to make readers fall in love with your world.

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Most writers are familiar with the concept of the three-act structure. But a deep dive into story composition shows that it is more accurate to look at most novels in terms of four acts. 

Lou Aronica, Publisher of The Story Plant and New York Times bestselling author, and John Adcox CEO of Gramarye Media and author of the just-released novel Raven Wakes the World will discuss four-act structure, using the Marlowe analysis of Raven W...

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Where do you start when creating characters for a new book or series that your readers will love? Veteran authors Judith Lucci and Fiona Quinn — who have more than 40 bestsellers between them — discuss a little-known technique they use to harness memory, sensory perception and logic to build engrossing characters and scenes. Hosted by romance author, Alessandre Torre.

BONUS!: A technique to create memorable characters

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Don’t have time (or the will) to create detailed book outlines in advance? Paranormal romance/urban fantasy author Steffanie Holmes will share her skeleton draft method. Steff writes a first draft for a book in a few days without any kind of plan or outline. Hosted by Romance author Lucy Score.

BONUS!: Creating skeleton drafts

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