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First Draft Friday: Conversations about author craft

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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/.
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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!Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes?Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/
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, categorized them, and put them in a sequence. That became the Hero’s Journey. But since the Hero’s Journey is an outline of dramatic devices, it doesn’t show what a story really is, neither does it reveal story dynamics.If we want to write true-to-life stories, we need to take a wide step back, analyze the dynamics of real-life adventures, and emulate that.This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers.  Listen in! Then get your FREE handout here>https://authors.ai/first-draft-fridays/Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes?Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/
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.This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers.  Listen in!Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes?Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/
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.This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers.  Listen in!Or read about it here > https://authors.ai/writing-believable-scenes-in-your-novel/Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes?Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/
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.This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers.  Listen in!Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes?Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/
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!Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes?Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/
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! This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers.  Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes?Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/
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.Listen in!Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes?Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/
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. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes? Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/ 
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 attention, and how they can improve your story.Side characters can be instrumental in giving your book depth, opening up your fictional world, and can be a great place for additional plotlines and main character development to occur.You'll listen as she answers audience questions, and get actionable tips on how to make the best use of these characters. Learn more about us and get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
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 masterpiece.Editor Marion Archer discusses what you need to know about building in the right beta readers and developmental eyes, when to bring them on, and the importance of a well-rounded editing team. You'll listen as she answers audience questions, and get actionable tips on how to have a stronger editing team and process. Learn more about us and get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
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 explore how tone and language can make or break an authentic teen voice, and we learn what makes a book be classified as YA in the first place. Get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
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.Get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
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.Get your handout for Achieving Flow State: To write all the words Get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
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.Get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
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.Get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
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.
Learning how to improve your manuscript is an important skill for any author to have. On this First Draft Friday, USA Today bestselling romance author Penny Reid and Authors A.I. CEO Alessandra Torre discuss self-editing. Penny will share the steps she takes in her own self-edit process.Get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
In a special Halloween episode of First Draft Friday, we are joined by cozy mystery authors Sara Rosett and Tonya Kappes.These bestselling mystery authors will have an open discussion about writing in the mystery genre. They’ll share tips for appealing to mystery readers, what those readers expect in a novel, and what to avoid when you’re penning a mystery novel. Don’t miss out! It’ll be an informative and fun chat – a spooky good time!Get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
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 Wakes the World as the foundation for this conversation. (Marlowe is the Authors A.I. self-editing tool) Get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
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