Episode 143 – “Shoot Your Novel!”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Susan Lakin


C. S. Lakin is novelist and writing coach who spends her time divided between developing new book ideas and helping writers polish theirs. She is the author of fourteen novels – six contemporary novels, seven in the fantasy/sci-fi genre, and one in historical Western romance. Whether she is exploring the depths of the human psyche and pushing her characters to the edge of desperation, or embellishing an imaginary world replete with talking pigs and ancient magical curses, she is doing what she loves best – using her creativity and skills to inspire and affect her readers.

In all her books she seeks to journey to the heart of human motivation, to uncover unmet needs, and show the path to healing and grace.


Colorado Hope coming this fall! Book two in The Front Range Series, historical Western romance


Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Technique to Supercharge Your Story also releasing this fall! Another writing craft book in The Writer’s Toolbox series

Writing the Heart of Your Story, available in print and ebook format

Say What? The Fiction Writer’s Handy Guide to Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage, available in print and ebook format

highly recommend beginning novelists have a full manuscript critique before considering any editing. Don’t waste years and gobs of money trying to sell and promote a book that really isn’t ready for publication. And how can you be sure it is ready? By having a professional critique done either before you go from outline to first draft, or after that draft (or tenth rewrite) is done. The earlier in the writing stage you can get a critique, the better. And if you are not sure if you are even close to a professional, well-structured novel, have the first few (critical) chapters critiqued, and once you get back the comments, you’ll have a clearer picture of where you are on the learning curve. Most authors will tell you a critique has been the most invaluable feedback they’ve ever received and perhaps the best money spent in their writing journey.

I’ve also written fourteen novels in some different genres, most traditionally published and a few that are only in ebook format. I was told to stick to one genre by many agents and publishers, but I just don’t listen, and so write what I love to write, which suits my eclectic tastes. You can actually buy them and read them too!


So much history is left to the rich to tell. What kind of everyday artifact succeeds in telling yours or your culture’s story? If someone dug this up, what would assume about the users and the families?


Word of the week

From Arlene Miller – our guest in March 2014

And author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever

This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/

izzard – noun – Archaic name for the letter Z.

Quote of the week:

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.” — Oscar Wilde

Tortured Sentences:

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