S16E5 – Make it Small

There are some things that can help any author simply write, no matter the genre. We’re sharing with you this month tricks of the writing trade. Especially during November, which is National Novel Writing Month, writers everywhere need all the help they can get to hit that 50,000 word count goal. That includes things like how to write right, filling the middle bits of a book, and making sure to also highlight supporting characters.

What really makes a story relatable? It’s not the battles on a grand scale. It’s not the politics of planets. It’s not the entire police agencies case load. A relatable story is small. It zooms in on a character – or sometimes a few characters – to tell the tale of their lives as they navigate the world’s troubles. Authors can sometimes struggle with this concept because they want to display the fantastic world they’ve created. But that’s not why readers get invested in a book. They get invested in the characters, then learn to love the world. Listen to this episode to explore ways to make a story small in order to make it big.

First aired November 16, 2020.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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