Short stories, poetry, novels and more…
More than 100,000 words of free help for YOUR fiction.
And the occasional curmudgeonly rant.
And much, much more.
Whether you’re a writer just getting started, or writing your fiftieth short story or novel, or even if you’re a reader who is curious about the real story behind how fiction gets made, come hang out with us.
I’m Holly Lisle, and I’ve been writing and publishing both professionally and independently since 1991. Meanwhile, my daughter Rebecca Galardo, is a long-time fiction writer but a new novelist. Together, we discuss our own adventures (and misadventures), answer listeners’ questions, and explore the weird job of writing fiction for a living.
And the show title? That’s not a strange joke. That’s just the job description.
Problem: Not Enough Noro means I have to use a fill-in yarn SOLVED: On November 3rd, I finished my Stained Glass Sweater, a project I’d been working on in small pieces since August 18th. Problem: About two weeks ago (late in the actual season), I discovered that the Diablo 3 season had something I wanted. A Disembodied Hand pet. SOLVED: Sunday night,I got my Disembodied … Continue reading →
This is the first revision I’ve ever done that didn’t even require the fixing of a typo on the first twenty-four pages, and had only the addition of a hyphen on page twenty-five. This is the lightest revision of a first draft I have ever done. And it’s making me a little crazy that I don’t know why. I love … Continue reading →
So. Just now the first draft of The Owners Tale, the LAST episode in Tales from the Longview. Wrote the final thousand-ish words this morning and part of this afternoon, and for now, at least, I like the ending. I’ve printed off the manuscript (in 12 point Courier, double-spaced and with large margins, of course) where it will sit on … Continue reading →
I loved Apple computers for a long time. Frankly, I still love the two I have: A late 2013 iMac, and an even older MacBook Pro. But Apple has definitely been embracing the Dark Side since Steve Jobs died, and its walled garden, along with its pressure to push users into the Apple store and to make getting software from … Continue reading →
This has to be quick, because I still have to do my OWN worksheets before the show so I can discuss how I got the idea I got. Since I don’t yet HAVE the idea… you see the problem. Download your worksheets here: https://www.alonewithinvisiblepeople.com/downloads/#youtube1 The workshop is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etaIXTw7BbM Starts at 1:00 PM, I may open a couple minutes early to test … Continue reading →
I have launch going on. Not going to talk about it, because that’s not why you’re here. BUT we had an interesting (in the “may you live in interesting times” curse sense of the word) bug that popped up this morning when so many folks hit the page that they broke a part of the software. This bug affected everyone who bought with … Continue reading →
A LOT of folks bought in the first hour. Far more than I expected. Stripe (our credit card processor) held up under the strain. PayPal single payment processing held up under the strain. Our PayPal subscriptions option, which got hit the heaviest, broke. Payments went through, but so many sub setups were hitting at the same time that that the … Continue reading →
So I’m plugging along trying to get everything set up before the How to Write a Novel Super Early Bird class launch goes live, and Matt comes in. “Make sure you let them know that folks who already have novels written do not have to wait to finish their class projectto have me edit for them. If they’d like to have me do … Continue reading →
At 1:30 PM ET, Thursday. September 6th, I’m going to be taking questions on my upcoming How to Write a Novel class. If you’d like to download the lesson list and descriptions (35 lessons at the moment), you can do that from https://HowToWriteANovelClass.com If you want to show up tomorrow to hang out, ask questions, and chat, join me here: … Continue reading →
I’m going to do a live YouTube chat on Thursday, September 6 at 1:30 PM ET, and will be sending out a reminder email for folks who want to come. I’ll be answering questions about the upcoming class during the chat, and making sure I’ve covered everything folks need to know. So you’ll know what I’m planning on covering, you … Continue reading →