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 commercially 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.
Oh. My. God. Today was the day you want to be a novelist for. Yesterday, I’d set Cady up with a banquet on an activity card, and a crazy thirty-plus hour schedule she was going to have to get through in which she would not have a single minute to herself, and in which she had to have at least … Continue reading →
This was a good writing day, in spite of the fact that I slept in, AND in spite of the fact that I had a hard time getting started this morning. Pushups and coffee only go so far. Problem was, I woke up at around four AM, and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I went out to hang out … Continue reading →
This morning was an awesome experience. First, I got 2117 words on The Wishbone Conspiracy. Fun words. I woke up a little late, got started a little later, but nevertheless popped open my Scrivener document, headed into the last words I’d written, scanned my plan for the chapter, and jumped in. The words started slowly— they usually do. But Cady … Continue reading →
This was a tough decision to make. I’ve pulled both Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood and Warpaint from circulation. They will be back… But not until I know I’m going to put them in front of the readers who will love them. I’m going to have to get (or make) new covers for both books, completely redo keywords and blurbs, change … Continue reading →
Biopunk. Biopunk? BIOPUNK! Real genre, I write it, I have been writing it since the late nineties… <le sigh> So how exactly did I miss this? How did I not realize this was a thing that those of us who love science and genetics and SF and fantasy were writing? That would be the Epic Fail. Thanks, guys. You are … Continue reading →
So because last Tuesday was TAX DAY, in which I had to finish up everything to get to my accountant, today is my first ever Marketing Tuesday. In which I am building a chart to help me understand who my readers are, what they’re looking for from me, what other work they like and what they like about it. Reader … Continue reading →
Got my words on Dead Man’s Party — that was the fun, interesting, easy part. We did a site update over at HollysWritingClasses.com that was overall just buttery smooth. But I did not have “Test Downloads” in my list of post-update checking, and downloads were not, therefore, tested. And guess what was broken? Dan fixed them quickly and beautifully, but in … Continue reading →
Survey is now closed. This is going to sound pretty strange, but I have recently discovered that I have no clue what it is about my fiction that readers like… And I’m a lot less certain I understand what kind of fiction I write than I was up until yesterday. Here’s where I discovered how little I actually know about … Continue reading →
Was not the smoothest start I ever had, considering I was at the desk and writing at 8:45 AM, and it’s now 11:30 and I just finished my words. I got a little distracted listening to Disturb’s latest album, Evolution, which has some damn compelling lyrics. It’s utterly loopable — I can just put the whole thing on replay and let it … Continue reading →
Today went well. Seriously, and it was a nice change. Becky and I ran to a ten-minute timer, and in about two hours I got 2016 words — and I like them. And I thought it would be fun to capture this morning’s starting words and ending words as screen shots, and let you see what was on them if … Continue reading →