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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.
I’m doing a third edition of Character Clinic — the second one had a bunch of dead links, I never did get a print version put together for it, my class website has changed domains, and a few other things. So today I did bug-hunting, put together a new cover, (one that matches my better covers on my site), and … Continue reading →
I got my words today — 1112 of them, which was more than the 1075 I had to get. And they absolutely flew. And mostly I loved what I got, and the part that I hated still was necessary and important to the story. It was good storytelling — and good storytelling beats being nice to your characters one hundred … Continue reading →
This is the expanded non-binding vote for rewards you would like to receive for funding me on Ko-Fi. Please vote. Add any comments below. Download as PDFPrint Page … Continue reading →
I made the mistake of having multiple ways that folks could suggest great rewards for my Ko-Fi fiction-writing fund. Listing sponsor in the ACKS is automatic — to the point that if you don’t WANT to be in the Acknowledgements, you’ll need to let me know. But everything else I CAN do is under consideration, and among the many things I … Continue reading →
Started rough, ended well. That’s been a theme lately. I love the words I got, but just getting started getting them was an uphill run blindfolded. Once my guys started Shooting To Thrill, and came Back in Black, though, my fingers got moving and did not stop. And at that point, I had the story twist on me in a couple … Continue reading →
Sometimes sweet acoustic won’t do the trick. Sometimes silence won’t do the trick. And sometimes weirdly, not even Disturbed can shake the words loose. So this morning its me and AC/DC, and Back in Black. Sometimes you just gotta go Old School. Sometimes the words need Hell’s Bells, and Shoot to Thrill, and You Shook Me All Night Long. And on that intro scream … Continue reading →
Herog decided to be difficult this morning. I had what he was going to do all nicely planned out, and then it didn’t go the way I’d planned at all. Cady is now in a bad situation that’s about to get worse, Herog is in a dreadful situation that he might not be able to handle, the first part of … Continue reading →
I’m over on Ko-Fi now (instead of Patreon), and I’m trying to figure out what would be cool to offer my supporters. I’m shooting for “best rewards imaginable — that I can do within the limited time I have to create them.” So I’m asking for you to vote on what’s already come in, and SUGGEST other ideas. POLL HAS … Continue reading →
Today was fun. I got 2024 words, two complete scenes, and am now rolling out the end game for the part of the story that I haven’t been hiding. I’ve hinted a couple times at the part I have been hiding — it’s cheating if you don’t. But by the end of this week, I should have the obvious story … Continue reading →
Had a hard time getting going today, but something Becky mentioned in one of our recent podcasts (with derision and loathing) turned out to be a step that helped… Her comment? A reminder that at one time I’d written to an eternally looped version of Classical Gas played by Mason Williams. That was back in the days when I was … Continue reading →