How Can You Get To Know Your Characters?

How Can You Get To Know Your Characters?

Episode #220

How Can You Get To Know Your Characters?

Character development isn’t always easy. That’s why we deep dive into various ways writers can get to know their characters on another level outside their novels.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Writing them outside their main story
  • Putting yourself in their shoes
  • Interviewing your characters
  • Writing their origin story

Related: Episode 216 – What Should You Include In Character Profiles?

As always, thanks for listening. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below, give the podcast a follow, and share our content!

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Rachel Poli is a multi-genre author with a soft spot for mystery.

She often experiments with short stories and flash fiction, however, she's currently working on the first book of her detective fiction series.

When she's not writing, she's usually cleaning, reading, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.

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What Are Different Ways You Can Use Writing?

What Are Different Ways You Can Use Writing?

Episode #219

What Are Different Ways You Can Use Writing?

There are many uses for writing, it doesn’t always have to be about writing novels. This week, we are joined by author Frances Altman who discusses some different ways you can use writing.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Writing as therapy
  • Writing as a hobby
  • Writing as a career

As always, thank you for listening to The Merry Writer Podcast!

About Frances Altman

About Frances Altman

Frances is an author and journalist, blending writing as a hobby and career tool from Chicago Sun Times to Marketing/PR for Allied Signal and Virginia Commonwealth University where she also taught communications.

Masters from Roosevelt University. Online International teaching North Central Arizona University and Strayer. She has earned awards from Nat’l Federation Press Women, Nat’l Pen Women, PRSA. Northern Ill. Library Assn. and YWCA Twin Leadership Award.

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Author

Rachel Poli is a multi-genre author with a soft spot for mystery.

She often experiments with short stories and flash fiction, however, she's currently working on the first book of her detective fiction series.

When she's not writing, she's usually cleaning, reading, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.

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What Are Some Self-Editing Tips?

What Are Some Self-Editing Tips?

Episode #218

What Are Some Self-Editing Tips?

The writing doesn’t end after the first draft! Before you send your manuscript to beta readers and editors, take some time to self-edit your work. This week, we discuss tips for self-editing to be productive and also make it fun.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Keeping a checklist and questions to answer
  • Reading through your manuscript out loud
  • Change the font style, size, or color
  • Recognize your “pain words”
  • and more!

As always, thank you for listening to The Merry Writer Podcast and for your continued support of the show.

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As a Merry Writer, you'll have access to support-only posts and plenty of goodies in our shop for free. (We also have plenty in our shop available to everyone for free, too!)

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Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli

Author

Rachel Poli is a multi-genre author with a soft spot for mystery.

She often experiments with short stories and flash fiction, however, she's currently working on the first book of her detective fiction series.

When she's not writing, she's usually cleaning, reading, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.

Website | Ko-fi

What Should You Consider When Being A Beta Reader?

What Should You Consider When Being A Beta Reader?

Episode #217

What Should You Consider When Being A Beta Reader?

This week we are all about beta reading! Are you considering being a beta? Want to make the experience good for you and the author? Then check out this episode!

In this episode, we cover:

  • Questions to ask before agreeing
  • Be aware of timeframe
  • Formats
  • What the Author may want

As always, thanks for listening to The Merry Writer Podcast and for your continued support of the show.

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Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli

Author

Rachel Poli is a multi-genre author with a soft spot for mystery.

She often experiments with short stories and flash fiction, however, she's currently working on the first book of her detective fiction series.

When she's not writing, she's usually cleaning, reading, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.

Website | Ko-fi

What Should You Include In Character Profiles?

What Should You Include In Character Profiles?

Episode #216

What Should You Include In Character Profiles?

Regardless of whether you’re a planner or pantser, do you keep track of your characters? Do you create character profiles? They’re fun to make, but time consuming and it can be difficult to decide what info to include in them. This week, we discuss what to add to character profiles for you (and your readers) to know.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Which characters may or may not need a profiles

  • Benefits of creating character profiles

  • Features of a profile (basics, personality, history/background, hobbies, etc.)

  • A reminder about including genre-specific info

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts on this topic in the comments below.

Related Episode: Should Religion Be Included In Your Character Profiles?

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On Ko-fi, you're able to give one-time tips or you can support us each month for just $2. All money earned through Ko-fi goes right back into the podcast.

As a Merry Writer, you'll have access to support-only posts and plenty of goodies in our shop for free. (We also have plenty in our shop available to everyone for free, too!)

Can't Spare $2? That's Okay!

We want you to take care of yourself first. That's why we have plenty of free content available to everyone on our Ko-fi page.

Other ways you can help:

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Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli

Author

Rachel Poli is a multi-genre author with a soft spot for mystery.

She often experiments with short stories and flash fiction, however, she's currently working on the first book of her detective fiction series.

When she's not writing, she's usually cleaning, reading, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.

Website | Ko-fi

Should You Write Short Form Stories?

Should You Write Short Form Stories?

Episode #215

Should You Write Short Form Stories?

Creative writing isn’t limited to novels. You can write short stories, novellas, flash fiction, and other lengths of creative work. This week, we discuss the benefits of writing short form content.

In this episode, we cover:

  • What short form is
  • Types of short form
  • Benefits of writing short form stories

As always, thanks for listening to The Merry Writer Podcast!

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Due to high interest, our guest slots for 2024 are FILLED. We have closed our application process until further notice. Please check back later, we appreciate your patience.

Are you enjoying the podcast?

Become a Merry Writer

Hosting a podcast is fun, but it takes a lot of time, effort, and money. Both hosts have other jobs and responsibilities on top of running the podcast. That's why we've joined Ko-fi.

With your support, we'll be able to buy better equipment, pay for hosting, and fund other ways to make the show better.

On Ko-fi, you're able to give one-time tips or you can support us each month for just $2. All money earned through Ko-fi goes right back into the podcast.

As a Merry Writer, you'll have access to support-only posts and plenty of goodies in our shop for free. (We also have plenty in our shop available to everyone for free, too!)

Can't Spare $2? That's Okay!

We want you to take care of yourself first. That's why we have plenty of free content available to everyone on our Ko-fi page.

Other ways you can help:

  • Follow our Ko-fi page (it's free and you'll be notified when we add new freebies to the public)
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Thanks so much for your support!

Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli

Author

Rachel Poli is a multi-genre author with a soft spot for mystery.

She often experiments with short stories and flash fiction, however, she's currently working on the first book of her detective fiction series.

When she's not writing, she's usually cleaning, reading, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.

Website | Ko-fi

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