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Write Better, Author Smarter with Autumn Bardot

Write Better, Author Smarter with Autumn Bardot

By Autumn Bardot
Discover tips and inspiration to write more, author smarter, and tell your story better. Learn how to amplify character, conflict, and emotion. Get no nonsense advice about the business of writing and authoring.

Welcome beautiful writers, I'm Autumn Bardot, a traditionally and indie published author with 11 books. I've taught writing and literary analysis for almost 20 years so my approach to writing comes from both an academic and real-life perspective.

Show notes are at autumnbardot.com and Club Autumn on FB.
All the links: linktr.ee/autumnbardot
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Should Authors Leave Bad Reviews? | Revenge Reviews
Writers and authors need to decide whether leaving a bad book review is the best course of action. There are lots of really great valid reasons why authors feel  they ought to leave a negative review--and I discuss that-- but  an author with a public platform is different than just any reader.    I share some personal reasons why you may want to reconsider leaving a bad review on another author's book.   COMING SUMMER 2022  The Power of Archetype & Writing a More Masterful Sentence   FIND IT AT The Historical Fiction Company https://www.thehistoricalfictioncompany.com/  FIND ALL MY BOOKS AND SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS AT https://linktr.ee/autumnbardot #authortips #writingtips #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
14:27
May 11, 2022
Evil Character Traits | Fictional Villain | Writing Tips | CharacterizationTips
There are many traits that make a character evil, so make sure to include the evil traits that will help foreshadow and emphasize the villain in your story.  Everyone loves a villain--the badder the better--and readers love to hate them, but writing them can be tricky, especially if they're not obvious villains.  There are plenty of clues to sprinkle about and chances to give both your readers and characters an inkling into their true evil nature.   For how to vanquish the vague villain watch   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XsF0vMMudQ  FOR ALL MY LINKS & BOOKS GO TO: https://inktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writingpodcast #authorpodcast #writingtips #beginnerwriter #autumnbardot
12:44
May 04, 2022
Write a Tudor Novel | Historical Fiction Tips | Historical Fiction Author | Tudor Era
Do you want to write a novel in the Tudor era and need some great advice and tips?  Tudor author, Janet Wertman, discusses all things Tudor historical fiction and also shares some funny historical snafus and conundrums.   FIND JANET WERTMAN'S BOOKS & SOCIAL MEDIA AT   https://janetwertman.com/ J JANET'S TUDOR BLOG  https://janetwertman.com/blog/  FIND AUTUMN'S BOOKS & SOCIAL MEDIA AT  https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writingtips #beginnerwriter #writingpodcast #authorpodcast #Tudorhistoricalfiction 
43:05
April 27, 2022
How to Start Writing A Novel
Want to write novel? Don't know how to get started? Have you always wanted to write a novel? Many people do.  The trick is starting it. Not thinking about it. Not putting it off until 'some day.' You may be surprised how easy it can be to start writing a novel!    This episode shares all the different ways you can start your novel. Try one or try them all. The best way to start a novel is the method that works best for YOU!   I also share how I started my novels. You may be surprised!   Look for the Novel Writing Process playlist. Lots of tips and tricks from the first draft to the last!   ❤️ Live your best writing life! ❤️   Find all my books and social media at: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writingpodcast #authorpodcast #writingyoutube #beginnerwriter #startanovel
21:31
April 20, 2022
Write What You Know | What Does That Really Mean? | Writing Advice
Write what you know. That's the advice of many authors. Is it good writing advice? Does it limit what writers can write about? It sure sounds like it!   A story has conflict, characters, a character arc, and emotions all mixed into a great plot. Do we know anything about  those things?   This episode breaks down the advice 'write what you know' and how to make it work for you.   A few of the genres I don't write because they are waaaay out of my wheelhouse: crime novels, police procedurals, thrillers involving tech/science,  legal thrillers, and action/adventure.     GET THE CONFLICT CHART at Club Autumn:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/618642738598179 Answer both security questions so I know you're a real person.   VIDEOS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Conflict is King:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkPr2HHUs0Y&t=3s  Importance of Connections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru3csFdNpDE&t=3s  FIND MY BOOKS & SOCIAL MEDIA AT: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
18:07
April 13, 2022
Chat With A Developmental Editor | First Novel Tips | Writing Strategies
#developmentaleditor #writingstrategies  Are you a new or beginner writer? Is this your first novel? Then one of the best things you can do is to hire the services of a developmental editor. They are instrumental in helping, guiding, and offering suggestions for improving your manuscript. A developmental edit looks at what you do right and what can be improved so that your novel is all it can be, all you want it to be, and all you intended it to be.     A  publishing professional with over 30 years of experience, Pam Sheppard also has more than 20 years of editing experience. In this episode she discusses the developmental process,  the benefits of a developmental edit, and some common new writer struggles.   FIND PAM SHEPPARD AT https://www.shepedits.com/  VIDEOS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE  💙 Manuscript Feedback|  Beta Readers vs Developmental Editors  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYKTM9QIZkI&t=116s  💙Story and Character Arc  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkEMNZYoXwQ&t=1s  💙Character growth: Why a Novel Needs it  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVS9pzDMcAU&t=3s  💙 Character Arcs | You Need Them  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3sCE3a--E&t=1s  💙 Conflict is King | Bring  It  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkPr2HHUs0Y&t=3s FIND ALL MY BOOKS AND SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS AT https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 💙 Conflict is King | Bring  It  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkPr2HHUs0Y&t=3s FIND ALL MY BOOKS AND SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS AT https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardotw
47:33
April 06, 2022
Why to Update Your Book Cover | Book Cover Problems | Genre Book Covers
How do you know when it's time to update your book covers?  Maybe the book is newly published. Or from your backlist. Designing book covers takes time and money, but authors need to ask themselves the hard questions.  Does the book cover reflect or align with the current book covers for that specific genre?    In this video, I share advice, thoughts, and experiences about updating and refreshing book covers to reflect current genre trends.  Find all my books and social media at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #bookcovers #genrecovers #backlistcovers #writerspodcast #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
21:06
March 30, 2022
Manuscript Feedback | Beta readers | Developmental Edits | Advice for New Writers
Why is it so hard for  new writers to get feedback on their manuscripts?  Manuscript feedback. It's a new writer problem. You really want some feedback but many author and writer friends hesitate to give it. It's not you. It's what a new writer is unwittingly asking of them.   This video is about -the reasons why it can be a challenge for a new writer to get feedback on their novel -how to get the feedback you want  In the future and when time allows, I hope to offer manuscript feedback. In the meantime, this channel has lots of information about writing and authoring. I'm also working on a masters class for a fiction company.    Find all  my books and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writingpostcast #authorpodcast
20:27
March 23, 2022
Author Imposter Syndrome | How to Overcome It | Benefits of Imposter Syndrome
Do you have imposter syndrome? It's a big issue on social media. Feeling you're not good enough or that you're not expert enough affects many writers and authors. Imposter syndrome holds writers back and keeps them from pursing their dreams, writing a new genre, or taking chances.   This episode takes a look at the five different kinds of imposters, ways to tell if you're feeling like an imposter, and tips to reduce it. But more importantly, I share six reasons why having imposter syndrome can be a good thing! Don't let imposter syndrome thwart your writing dreams and aspirations.    Do you feel like an imposter? What kind of imposter are you? Leave a comment and let me know.   Find all my social media and books at: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  Episodes mentioned in the video   Your Inner Critic : What They're Really All About https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm2OPsaw8KM  Author Fails https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrDXNdSQTW8&t=17s  Amy Cuddy TED Talk https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_may_shape_who_you_are?language=en #impostersyndrome #authorpodcast #writingpodcast #writerpodcast
25:01
March 16, 2022
3 First Draft Tips | Create Convincing Characters | Writer's Log in Real Time
Writing while holding a full-time job. Writing while taking care of household tasks. Writing while mom-ing. There isn't much time left over to write, which, let's face it, makes it difficult to maintain any kind of writing momentum.  But it can be done!   Lots of writers do it. In fact, there are plenty of best-selling, traditionally published authors who still hold down a day job.  Is it difficult?  Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely!  In writer's log 4, I share some first draft issues, struggles to prevent future plot problems, and writing tips.   Find all my books and social media at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
17:51
March 09, 2022
Are Your FaceBook Posts Too Long | Author Platform Building | Author Best Practices | AuthorPage
Authors and writers need to be on FaceBook. It's a fact. And everything we post is part of our brand and platform. Everything. Which means authors and writers need to learn marketing skills and make strategic, or at least, mindful decisions about what they post and marketing best practices.    How long is too long for a Facebook post? What's the best or optimal number of characters for better engagement? You may be surprised.  I was!  I did some digging in this episode and share my research about the best number of characters for FaceBook posts.   Find all my social media links and books at https://linktr.ee/Autumnbardot #BuildYouAuthorBrand #facebookauthorpage #writingpocast #authorpodcast
10:39
March 02, 2022
First Draft Process | Find Writing Time | Writing Log 3
Make the most out of writing time. Have a full-time job? Writing while working full-time is challenging. Sometimes it feels impossible. There just doesn't seem to be enough free time to write. And that job can be anything that takes up the bulk of your day like  moms who write and caretakers.  There is often almost no time to write. But  it can be done! ( I'm on my 12th book.)     In this episode of Writers Log #3, I share how I wring every bit of writing time from my lunch 'hour,' which is really about 30 minutes, and how to make sure that Writing Time is used for actual writing and not staring into the creative abyss to figure out what to write. I call it Writing Go Time.  Hi, I'm Autumn Bardot, a traditional  and indie published author, mom, grand-mom, and full-time teacher who has A LOT to do after work. Between household tasks, walking the dog, and mom things ( like talking to my grown children when they call) my creative energy is zapped by evening.   Of course, everyone's creative time and Writing Go Time is different, but maybe some of these writing tricks and tips will you get the very most of your writing time.   I also share a tip ( maybe you already know it) for writing about setting.  Do you have a tip to get more out of your tiny bit of writing time? Let me know and leave a comment.   Find all my book links and social media at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writewhileworkingfulltime #writeanovel #writingpodcast #writerspodcast #authorpodcast #writeabook
18:33
February 23, 2022
Your Inner Critic | Writing Problems
 Hello writers! Do you have an inner writing critic? Do you listen to that inner critic? How much should we listen to our inner voice?   Well, that depends on what kind of inner critic you have.  Some have  a soul-crushing ogre that makes you wonder if you should keep writing.  Some have a Pollyanna, who believes that everything you write is amazing and perfect.   The problem with listening to those inner critics is that they keep you from growing as a writer and improving your novel.   The trick is to find the Just Right inner critic. They're the best kind.     This episode looks at 3 basic inner critics and whether or not they can be helpful or harmful to your writing life. #keepwriting #writeanovel  #authorpodcasr #writingpodcast
13:24
February 16, 2022
Writing Step by Step | Writing Process | Start Writing a Novel | Writers Log #2
I just started writing my 13th book. This time I'm sharing all my writing struggles and problems. Why? To help new writers, beginner writers, and novice writers see the writing process in real life.   I've been writing for ten years, and am a full-time literature and writing teacher. I also have a big family. Which means I have to fit in my passion for writing into an already very busy day.   Writing is my Zen, my happy place, so I am constantly striving to find ways to find writing time.  Join me on my writing journey. As with every book,  the story begins with an idea for plots and characters. I'm a plotter who also pants.  The plot emerges as I write the story. Will it be different this time? Who knows?   Find all my books, social media posts, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writeabook #writingtips #writingpodcast #authorpodcast #writerpodcast
21:23
February 09, 2022
Writer Fails | Author Failures | Write Despite Failure
#writeabook #writerproblems #authorproblems Writers fail. A lot! There is so much to get wrong, especially as a new writer. In this episode I share all my failures as writer and, more importantly, why I kept and continue to keep writing.     Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://lintr.ee/AutumnBardot #writeabook #writerproblems # #authorproblems
12:38
February 03, 2022
Writer's Log | Inside the Writer's Mind | Personal Step-By-Step Writing Process in Real Time
There are lots of wonderful blogs, books,  and videos that provide a step by step process to write a novel.  This isn't one of them.  Instead, this is my personal writing log. In real time.    My method works for me ( so far ) and I'm systematic and organized: however,  the method, the process, can get messy and frustrating. I never know what snafus-- plot or real life--the day will throw at me.  I work a full-time job and don't have the luxury of writing all day long. Writing while working--it's a challenge that many of us face.  I've written 11 books, 10 of them fiction, which means my writing process  evolved over time and is now pretty consistent.  I know what to do at each step, but there's SO MUCH MORE that goes into each part of the writing process.   Join me as I chronicle writing my next book.  I'll keep it real, honest, and personal.   Find all my books, social media links, and get new episodes sent to you inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writingprocess #howtowriteanovel #writersmind #authorpodcast #writerspodcast #writingpodcast
10:11
January 26, 2022
Why Writers Fail
Why do writers fail? Why do they give up writing their novel, story, screenplay, or book?  It comes down to not having any or not having enough motivation and perseverance. Lacking motivation and perseverance  makes writing a book or writing the next book a huge challenge.  Writers may have lots of inspiration, but without motivation and perseverance, a great story or novel idea is going nowhere fast.   Take a deep look into the 3 elements of motivation--autonomy, mastery, and purpose--and how they pertain to writing a book. Which are you missing and why?   What is perseverance? What 3 writing and authoring obstacles must a writer overcome? How are difficulties, failure, and opposition preventing from persevering?    I also share the one thing I believe is critical to overcoming obstacles and persevering through all the struggles that writers face.  Find all my books, social media, and subscribe to my newsletter to get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writingmotivation # #writerproblems  #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
16:35
January 19, 2022
Writing Changed Me
Writing changed me and changed my life. Writing and authoring can’t help but change someone for good and for the not so good. Embracing your creative side and imagination helps you be fully you. In this personal video, I share how writing changed me in many profound ways. Find all my books, social media, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writingcommunity #writingcharacteristics #writingchallenges #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
16:35
January 12, 2022
Inspiration | Why You Don't Need It
Writing inspiration. How important is it? Where does a writer get it?  Do you need to be inspired to write?  Are you making excuses why you can't finish your manuscript?  Are you waiting for inspiration? Are you writing a book or a novel?    This episode discusses why you don't need inspiration to write. And why it's not a good idea to depend on it. 🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://lnktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writinginspiration #writingmotivation #writerproblems #writingyoutube
08:33
January 06, 2022
2021 Resolutions: Fail or Success
#writingresolutions #writingtips #writinggoals Intentions, resolutions...whatever you call them, they keep us accountable and focused.  At least that's the plan. In this episode, I review my 2021 writing intentions ( or resolutions)  to see how successful--or not--I was. I also discuss my 2022 writing goals.  What are your writing goals? Let me know! I love when you comment!!  I n this episode I mention my 2 FaceBook groups.  Write Better, Author Smarter: www.facebook.com/groups/477604469945758/   Historical Fiction Fans Book Club: www.facebook.com/groups/833932474131458/   Find all my social media and book links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
16:32
December 29, 2021
Why to DITCH THE DESCRIPTIONS
Love writing descriptions? Me too. But be careful!  In this writing episode I discuss  5 reasons NOT to include descriptions and  6 ways to integrate them.  What descriptions did you struggle to delete? Let me know. I love your comments.   Videos Mentioned in This Episode  9 Tips to Put More Lift into Your Rising Action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zc-w...  10 Things to Include in a Character Chart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-92yA...  Types of Conflict: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkPr2...  All the social media and book links: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
07:48
December 22, 2021
Vague Adjectives: Revision Tips #2
#writingtips #writingadvice #revisions One of the most frequent new writer problems is writers using vague adjectives instead of specific, sensory, or emotion-packed words.  How big is big?  What makes something amazing?   Does your story have a case of The Vague Adjective? Vague words are okay for first drafts, but revisions require helping the reader see, feel, touch, hear, taste, and experience your world. It's also a way to increase characterization, emotion, and conflict.   In this episode, we look at why you need to ditch vague adjectives and how to fix them.   Find all my links at: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
06:58
December 15, 2021
10 Swoon Worthy Gifts & 5 Free Ones
Writing is a solitary, in-your-head activity. But creativity is often boosted when we have the write creative tools or surroundings.   This episode is about swoon worthy gifts for writers and authors. Whether they're affordable or not,  we have to admit that some things seem to to help us creative and write, if not better, than with a free heart and mind.  The best writing gifts, however,  are totally free.   I love when you leave comments! Let me know what gift you're swooning over this year.   All my links can be found at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
04:60
December 08, 2021
STOP Writing Sentences That Drag Down Your Story
#writingtips #writingadvice  The revision process is a challenge. One  new writer problem: Writing a whole lot words that go no where and serve no purpose. Each sentence, each paragraph, and each scene should show and amplify your plot, characterization, conflict, and characters' emotions.    In this episode we identify pointless sentences and easy ways to revise them for more impact and purpose.   Show notes are at Club Autumn on FB or get my weekly videos and show notes delivered to your inbox box. Sign up at: autumnbardot/newsletter.    Find all the buy links and social media at https://linktr.ee/autumnbardot
05:24
December 01, 2021
21 Things This Writer is Thankful For
#writerslife #writinginspiration  Writers have a lot to be thankful for. Sure, we like to complain about the writing process, the publishing world, and author tasks but we really are very lucky to be able to write, create, and publish our works. This episode lists all the things writers and authors have to be thankful for. And in truth, it was a reminder to me to have a grateful writing heart.   What are you thankful for? Please share and comment.   Find all my books and social media links at https://www/linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
05:44
November 24, 2021
Stop Stressing About Social Media
#authortips #writertips  Juggling social media, writing, and life ( and a full-time job) is hard work. I stressed about it all the time!  All the marketing advice says a writer Must Work The Social Media to be and stay relevant. To get noticed. To find new readers. To build connections.  That's a lot social media stress for one writer. Then I had a few realizations. I figured out ways to dump the stress of posting to all those platforms. That way I can stress about other things---like writing my next book! lol   All  my book and social media links can be found at: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
16:02
November 18, 2021
Why Are You Avoiding Social Media?
#socialmediaforwriters #writingtips #authormarketing    Are you a new writer or a long-time author who avoids social media? Maybe you just have one? All the marketing experts say social media is necessary to find readers, sell books, stay relevant, and make connections. They're right. Yes, it's true, each social media platforms takes a bit of time to learn, but they often come with their own audience. Which means different people see you and your books. Do you have to use all the social media platforms to be successful and sell books?   In this episode, I look at the positives and negatives of each platform and share what works best for me.    Other episodes mentioned in video.  Why Writers Need Connections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru3cs...  How to Write a Bio When You're a New Writer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diZO2...  Find all my book and social media links at. https://linktr.ee/autumnbardot Have new videos and show notes delivered to your inbox.  Sign up at: https://autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
13:45
November 11, 2021
SYMBOLS: Is it in Your Writing Tool Box
#writingtips #writeanovel #symbolicwriting  Symbols. Do you have high school language arts flashbacks of your teacher saying 'this means that.' Symbolism is everywhere! It's nuanced. It has many shades and levels. 'This' doesn't necessarily mean 'that.' Symbols are  much more complex, which means it's a versatile and nuanced  literary device that can add depth and complexity to your story.   Symbols and their layered meanings act as a diving board into a deep pool of emotional, psychological, spiritual, cultural, and intellectual dynamics that you decide how to mold and manipulate. It’s just one more tool for your writing toolbox.   Find show notes  autumnbardot.com/newsletter/  and Club Autumn on FB.   Find all my social media and book links at: https://linktr.ee/autumnbardot
06:25
November 04, 2021
Things to Consider with Mythical & Supernatural Characters
#fantasy #authortips #urbanfantasy  Urban fantasy,  myths, magical,  supernatural, paranormal, fantasy, gothic-- there are many genres that include mythical beings. Readers and writers have loved mythical creatures and beings since the beginning of time. Our fascination with the magical, supernatural, and fantastical beings has never waned. What is it about these types of characters that draws us in? That makes us want to believe?    In this episode I explore: why we have such a love for myths and magic, as well as  12 things to consider when writing about mythical beings. lol.  I also totally mispronounce a latin phrase.   All my social media and book links can be found at: https://linktr.ee/autumnbardot  Episode notes can be found at Club Autumn on FB.  Get new episodes and show notes delivered to your inbox at autumnbardot.com/newletter/
05:26
October 28, 2021
Bring ALL the CONFLICT
#writingadvice #literaryconflict Great plots need lots of conflict. Are you bringing all the different kinds? Because there are A LOT! Conflict improves your story's themes, rising action,  and characterization. The more your characters struggle the better. So BRING ON THE CONFLICT!   For the conflict list go to AutumnBardot.com   Find all my links at: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
06:51
October 21, 2021
Does Your Story Suck
#writingtips #writerfears  The fear is real! One of the main reasons new writers don't let anyone read their manuscript, query, or get author feedback is fear. Fear that your story is horrible, that someone will criticize it, or that you will be told it's less than perfect and needs revisions. Truth bomb. It probably does need revisions. That's totally normal!  Don't let your fear hold you back from the writing process, learning and growing as a writer, and taking your story to the next level, whether that's querying or self-publishing. In this no nonsense episode, I have 20 questions to ask yourself about your story and why not to be afraid of the wonderful-horrible thing called the writing process .  Below are the links to the helpful videos discussed.  Aligning Story & Character Arc  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkEMN...  Why Character Growth is Important https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVS9p...  9 Tips to Put More Lift into Rising Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zc-w...  17 Revision Tips to Write Like a Pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE6ml...  Get show notes on Facebook at Club Autumn. Get notifications and show notes for weekly episodes at: autumnbardot.com/newsletter/    Find all the links for my books and social media at: https://amazon.com/author/autumnbardot
06:17
October 14, 2021
Story Arc & Character Arcs | Why They Need Each Other
Character growth. Character arcs. Plot. And story arc. They all work together to create a great story.  A great story depends on great characters with needs, weaknesses, strength, and desires.    In this episode, I share a character arc and story arc  hack that helps me write faster, create nuanced characters, and work characters' strengths and needs for all their worth.     Episodes mentioned in this episode:  ✅ Character Arcs: Why You Need Them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3sCE3a--E&t=1s   ✅ Why Character Growth Important https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVS9pzDMcAU&t=15s   🌻 Find show notes on FaceBook at Club Autumn. Get weekly episodes and show notes delivered to your email: http://www.autumnbardot.com/newletter   🌻 Find all my social media and book links at: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #charactergrowth #characterarc #writegreatcharacters  #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
08:20
October 07, 2021
Do You Know This Emoji Trick?
#writingtips #firstdraft #writefaster  The first draft is always the the toughest for me. For many different reasons. I want to get the story OUT without getting bogged down by all the details, showing, and things I tackle during the revision process. One of those things that slow me down is finding ways to show characters' emotions.   In this episode, I share a writing hack that helps me write faster without forgetting what emotion the scene or character needed.   Get each new episode and episodes delivered to your inbox by going to: http://www.autumnbardot.com/newlsetter/  Find all my books and social media  links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
06:52
September 30, 2021
Is Your Book Too Expensive?
#bookmarketing #bookprices #authorlife   "You book is too expensive!" Have you heard that before? Many authors have. Well, maybe your book IS too expensive and maybe it's not, or maybe you have no control over the pricing. Whatever the reason, in this episode, I have no nonsense advice for ways to respond to the expensive book claim... while still being polite and professional!   Show notes are available on FaceBook at Club Autumn.   Get new episodes delivered to your inbox by going to: http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/  Find all my books and social media links at: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
08:05
September 23, 2021
10 HARD TRUTHS Every New Writer Needs to Know
#writeabook #writingtips Writing is your passion! Mine too. But there are a lot of hard truths about the writing process, selling and marketing books, and the business of writing. Once you understand and accept these hard truths you're on your way to real author growth.   In this episode, I discuss things I learned about writing the hard way.    Episodes mentioned in video:  17 Reasons Why Authors Need Connections https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru3cs...  Common Book Cover Problems https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APIjT...  Find show notes on FaceBook at Club Autumn.  Get episodes delivered to your inbox each week at http;//newsletter/autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
11:06
September 16, 2021
Why You Need to Know Your Author End Game
#authorgoals #newwritertips #writeabook  New writers think about one thing: finishing their novel. But once that's done, it's time to think about your author goals and your author end game. What are your short term and long term goals beyond just writing more books? When you have goals--even if you change them-- it's a lot easier to make plans and strategize.   In this episode I discuss possible author end games and 5 reasons why knowing yours will help you make better decisions.    Great FB groups for those interested in earning a living as a writer.  20booksto50K  ide for the Win   Find all my book and social media links at: https://linktre.ee/AutumnnBardot Get new episodes delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
10:29
September 09, 2021
Why Friends & Family Won't Buy Your Book
#newwriter #authorlife #writertruths   You write a book and your are certain that all your friends and family will buy it! Think again. Most writers will tell you that only 'real' friends bought their books and left reviews. And family? Well, most of my family members did not. Why didn't they buy my  books? Even the traditionally published ones?   This episode offers 10 reasons why you can't count on your friends, family, and coworkers to buy your books. You may be surprised by the reasons.   Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  Get new episodes delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
08:33
September 02, 2021
Tips To SHOW EMOTION
#writingtips #showemotion #characterization Every editor wants a writer to show--not tell-- the emotion of the characters. It's easy to fall into the trap of using hackneyed expressions. It's much more challenging to find ways to show character emotions in an authentic and unique way.   This episode is all about easy ways to show that ever essential emotion in your characters.    Body language books that I use:  The Dictionary Body Language: A Field Guide to Human Behavior by Joe Navarro  The Power of Body Language by Tonya Reiman  The Yes Factor by Tonya Reiman   Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot Get show notes and new videos delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
09:37
August 26, 2021
AUTHOR BURNOUT
#writinglife #writingblocks #authorproblems #writerovewhelm  Burnout. Overwhelm. Exhaustion. It happens to the best of us.  The To Do list becomes overwhelming and there just isn't enough time and energy. It  brings all our plans to a screeching stop. Sometimes the body--not the mind-- say, 'No. You need a break.'   This episode is a truly personal look at what happens when I pushed myself too far and too long, and my  body decided to take control of my To Do LIST.   Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot Get new episodes delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot/newsletter/
11:15
August 19, 2021
ON WRITING | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
#writingtruthbomb #authoradvice #writeanovel #writerreality   Writers love to write. Except when we don't. Or when we have to manage all that writing and authoring stuff!  The act and art of writing includes  experiences that run the gamut from the fabulous to the ugly.    In this episode, I keep it 100% real about the good and bad reality of writing. Once we know and understand the good, bad, and ugly aspects or writing and authoring, we can face our fears...and you know the rest of that phrase...the writing truth will set us free.   Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  Get new episodes delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newletter/
15:59
August 12, 2021
Common BOOK COVER PROBLEMS
#indieauthor #indiepublishing #authoryoutuber #writingyoutuber #authorpodcast #writingpodcast  If you're an indie author your book cover needs to look just as good as the  big publishers' covers. That's the truth. Don't skimp on cover art and/or graphic design. Book covers matter. I see way too many indie covers that look indie. That's not good.  Readers DO judge a book by its cover. So you may have the most beautiful prose or the best story, but if your book cover isn't on point in regards to genre, then readers will swipe past it. If it looks amateur, readers will assume your writing is amateur.    In this episode you'll find no nonsense author advice, tips, and questions to ask yourself before you decide to slap on a less than amazing cover.  Find show notes at Club Autumn on FaceBook.  Get show notes and new episodes delivered to your inbox at autumnbardot.com/newletter/
11:26
July 29, 2021
FIRST NOVEL FEAR
#authorpodcast #writingpodcast #newwriter  Do you have a manuscript sitting on your laptop? Are your too afraid to take the next step? Don't be!  I hear it all the time. I'm too afraid to show my manuscript to anyone.  Someone will criticize it. Someone will suggest a revision or tell me it's not perfect!   In this episode, we look at all the new writer excuses for not taking the next step and why you simply must overcome those fears  to be the best writer you can and fulfill your writing goals.   Fear is fine! It's totally normal. But don't let it stop you from achieving your writing dreams.   Oh, and Mrs. Potato Head?  I use her to explain why your fears are not a great as you think they are and why those fears will help you become a better writer.  By the way, your manuscript is NOT your book baby!  There's a better name for it!   Oops! The poem is actually called, "I Give You Back."  Here's a link: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/eng190/files/2012/11/Joy-Harjo.fearpoem.pdf  Find all my book and social media links at: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  Get show notes and new videos delivered to your inbox at autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
11:01
July 22, 2021
Novel Revisions: The 3rd DRAFT & BEYOND
#writingtips #authorpodcast #writingpodcast #revisionprocess  Revisions! It's a fact of writing life. How many times do you need to revise your manuscript?  It's not a one size fits all answer.  Every writer discovers through trail and error what works best for them.    In this episode, I share my tips, tricks, writing intentions, and what I look for while revising the third draft ( and beyond).   Will these revision tips work for you?    🌻  SHOW NOTES  are at Club Autumn on Facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/618642738598179/  VIDEOS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE   🌻 Check the NOVEL WRITING PROCESS Playlist   🌻 Dialog Do's & Don'ts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWXho9aUDBA&t=14s  🌻 How to Revise Like a Pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE6ml4u7AWo&t=2s  🌻 FIND ALL MY BOOK & SOCIAL MEDIA  LINKS  AT https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  🌻 Get show notes and new videos delivered to your inbox at autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
16:04
July 15, 2021
QUERY Do's & Don'ts
#querynovel #authorshelpingwriters #authorpodcast #writingpodcast  You finished the novel. You revised it a thousand times. Now it's time to send the dreaded query letter to literary gents.  If this is your first query, you know it's a confusing and frustrating process. Yet it may be the only reason that a literary agent decides to ask for a full or partial.  A query has to be more than perfect. It has to bait the agent and entice them enough to ask for more.   From your query alone, the literary agent can tell if you have excellent writing and author skills. No wonder writing a query is nerve-racking.   This episode shares the Do's and don'ts of the query letter. The more you know and understand what literary agents are looking for the better!   🌻 For more info check out: The Real 3 Reasons You Can't Get An Agent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JalnzaTH38Q&t=11s  🌻 Get show notes at Club Autumn on Facebook.  🌻 Get new episodes delivered to your in box at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/  🌻 Find all my book and social media links at: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
15:45
July 02, 2021
14 Things to do AFTER a WRITERS CONFERENCE
#authorpodcast #writingpodcast #authorshelpingauthors  I love writers' conferences. They're a great chance to meet and connect with new writers, authors, and learn a lot of new information. The down side? There's so much to do after attending a writers conference. My head explodes with book and marketing ideas. If you're like me you type lots of notes and download lots of info. Now comes the hard part. Organizing all that information so you can find it and access it later.   In this episode, I share 14 things I do after attending a writer's conference. Get all that info under control!   🌻 Show notes are found at Club Autumn:  www.facebook.com/groups/618642738598179/  🌻 Get new episodes and show notes  delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/  🌻 Find all my book and social media links at: https://linktr.ww/AutumnBardot
10:10
June 28, 2021
10 Types of WRITER CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
#authorshelpingwriters #authorpodcast #writingpodcast #authorhumor  This is Part 3 of my Writers Conference series. I love writing conferences, and after years of  attending them,  I realized that there were 10 types of writer conference attendees.   Which writing conference attendee are you?  I try to be a befriender but usually end up a weary wanderer.   🌻 Get new episodes delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/  🌻 Find all my social media and book links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot What kind of writers conference attendee are you?  For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
08:34
June 27, 2021
WRITING CONFERENCE HORROR Stories
#authorshelpingwriters #authorpodcast #writingpodcast  Writers conferences are wonderful.  I always return with a million new ideas and meet lots of writers and authors. But while attending all those writers conferences, I learned that there are some  definite Do's & Don'ts for conference attendees.    In this part of my writers conference series,  I share some writing conference horror stories.  Can you relate to any? Leave a comment and let me know!   🌻 Get new episodes delivered to you inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newletter/ 🌻 bJoin Club Autumn on FaceBook  🌻 Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
16:19
June 25, 2021
15 WORKSHOPS I Wish They Had at WRITERS CONFERENCES
#authorhumor #authorshelpingwriters #writingpodcast #authorpodcast  Writers conferences! They have the most wonderful session. I've been a presenter as well! But sometimes I wish they had some  funny comedy sessions. Writers need to laugh about the writing and author life, after all. Author humor helps us not take everything so dang seriously!    This episode is a tongue-in-cheek conference workshop wishlist.  Did I leave any out? Which made you laugh the most?  Which would YOU attend?  Please comment with your conference session wishlist!    🌻 Get new episodes delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter   🌻 Find all my book and social media links at: https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot.com
09:44
June 22, 2021
14 SECOND DRAFT TIPS
#authorhelpingwriters  #writeanovel #writingpodcast   Do you want to write a novel fast? Or write it faster than the first novel you wrote? This episode is part of how to write  novel step by step. It's the method  I use to help write a novel quickly and effectively.  The method also helps me cover the key points to write a novel.    Of course, everyone has their own unique novel writing method. New and beginner writers have to figure out what works best for them.  In this episode, I discuss the all-important second draft. It's where I pack on all the good stuff.  🌻 Other episodes mentioned in this novel writing method are:  🌻🌻Character Arcs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3sCE3a--E  🌻🌻Character Charts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-92yA5hEdsQ&t=1s  🌻🌻 Rough Drafts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilLzF6iWkIc&t=496s  🌻 Find show notes at Club Autumn on FaceBook  🌻 Get new episodes delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
18:37
June 10, 2021
Do You NEED an OUTLINE?
#authorhelpingwriters #authorpodcast #writingpost #noveloutline   Do you write outlines for your novels?  Writing a novel is a step by step process,  one the beginner and new writer learns as they go.  I'm a big fan of novel outlines. It helps me write the first draft fast and acts as a GPS for my plot. Outlines can help you avoid writer's block and so much more!   In this episode, I discuss why outlining works and how it helps with the whole novel writing process.   Other episodes mentions in this video:   ✅ The episodes on archetypes  ✅ Why Character Growth is Important https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVS9pzDMcAU&t=4s  ✅ 10 Thing You Need in a Character Chart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-92yA5hEdsQ   🌻 Find show notes at Club Autumn on FaceBook  🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
12:40
June 03, 2021
Rough Drafts | 3 Things You Need & 4 Things You Don't
#authorhelpingwriters #writingprocess #writingpodcast   Writing a novel is a step by step process. New and beginner writers often get bogged down with the first draft. That can cause a lot of frustration!  The first draft is the skeleton of your story.  It doesn't need to be perfect or even grammatically correct. After you get the first draft of your novel written,  move on to the next step of the novel process. Because it's impossible to revise what isn't written.   In this episode I discuss what works for me,  the 3 things in my first draft and the 4 things I don't worry about.    Write Better, Author Smarter is also available on your favorite podcast platforms.   Video mentioned in this episode:  ✅ 7 Story Archetypes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1z0F6YsU1E&t=3s  🌻 Get show notes at Club Autumn on FaceBook  🌻 Get episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/   🌻 Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
10:50
May 27, 2021
17 Reasons Why Authors Need to Network
#authorpodcast #authorhelpingwriters #writersnetwork    Networking, making connections, and growing your writing community with other authors and writers is more important than you may realize...or want to believe. Truth: writing a book is a solitary task, but writing friends can offer advice and support on the vast and confusing world of writing and publishing.  Their experience can especially guide a beginner writer through the precess of rewrites, editing, querying,  publishing, and platform building.    Author collectives, writing network,  writing communities, Zoom groups, and review groups offer invaluable support and provide opportunities for so many different aspects of the writing and manuscript to book process. Social media is one great way to make, form, and cultivate author, reader, and reviewer connections.   T his episode discusses 17 reasons why writers , especially beginner writers, need to make time to engage, network with authors and writers, and build their writing community.    🌻 Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  🌻 Get episodes delivered to your inbox at https://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
10:46
May 20, 2021
Should You Give Up Writing?
#authorhelpingwriters #indieauthor #writingmotivation #writingpodcast #authorpodcast   Frustrated with writing? Aggravated with publishing? Disappointed by agents? Confused by book marketing? Bewildered by the whole book writing process?  There is so much that is frustrating, aggravating, disappointing, bewildering, and confusing when it comes to writing a book and getting it published. Some writers and authors feel like they want to give up writing. Just quit and walk away from the whole indie author business.  How do you know when it's time to give up writing?   This episode keeps it real as I share some common writer complaints.  I also discuss  why you may not be asking yourself the right writing and author questions.   🌻 Find all my book and social media links at  https://linktr.ee/ 🌻 AutumnBardot Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.//autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
10:28
May 13, 2021
Writers, Do you need a VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?
#virtualassistant #authorpodcast #authorhelpingwriters #writingpodcast You wrote the book. Maybe a few. Maybe a lot. You market your books, you're active on social media,  you write...and it's exhausting! Or maybe you have full-time job, children, and/or provide in-home care for a loved one.  Your writing time is precious. But doing all that author stuff takes up  too much of your writing time.  Is it time for a virtual assistant?   This episode is about figuring out if you need a virtual assistant and the benefits of having a virtual assistant to give you more time to write.   FYI: I employ a virtual assistant on occasion for certain author-related tasks.   🌻Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  🌻Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
11:16
May 06, 2021
The 7 Story Archetypes
#literaryarchetypes #storyarchetypes #authoryoutube #writingyoutube #plotyourstory   The 7 basic story  archetypes. Do you know them? I bet you do. But are you using the story archetype to help you write a better novel or story?  To plot faster? The benefits of knowing and using a story arc are many. Writing a great story and creating great character arcs are just two of them.   In this episode, we look at the 7 story archetypes, and why and how they can help you write  a better story with better characters.   Episodes mentioned in this video:  ✅ Why Character Growth is Important https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVS9pzDMcAU&t=4s  ✅ 10 Things You Need in a Character Chart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-92yA5hEdsQ  🌻 Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
18:07
April 29, 2021
Writing Chat #2
A 2-part author chat about the writing process, novel writing, writing advice, novel research, historical fiction, indie publishing vs traditional publishing, and common author and writing mistakes. In this episode, Beth Worsdell, host of The Witty Writers Show, and I talk, laugh, discuss, and share our personal stories and experiences about  what it means to be an author and a writer. So if you want to listen to 2 friends talk writing, grab your beverage of choice, as we talk about our favorite subject-- being an author. And all the challenges and fun that comes along with it. For all my books and social media links go to https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot Get new episodes sent to your inbox at  https://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ #authorchat #authordiscussion #authorhelpingwriters #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
37:25
April 22, 2021
Writing Chat #1
A 2-part author chat about the writing process, novel writing, writing advice, novel research, historical fiction, indie publishing vs traditional publishing, and common author and writing mistakes.   In this episode, Beth Worsdell, host of The Witty Writers Show, and I talk, laugh, discuss, and share our personal stories and experiences about  what it means to be an author and a writer. So if you want to listen to 2 friends talk writing, grab your beverage of choice, as we talk about our favorite subject-- being an author. And all the challenges and fun that comes along with it. For all my books and social media links go to https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot Get new episodes sent to your inbox at  https://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ #authorchat #authordiscussion #authorhelpingwriters #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
27:50
April 22, 2021
Researching Historical Fiction | 5 Authors Keep it Real
#historicalfictionauthors #historicalfictiondiscussion #historicalfictionresearch #authortalk #historicalfictionpodcast #writingpodcast   Five historical fiction authors talk about research for their novels.  How long does it take to research a historical fiction? What are the problems with historical fiction research? What are the unique and interesting  ways they have discovered facts, historical gossip, and information.   Can you believe a date that's carved in stone? Maybe not!    Join me, Autumn Bardot, and four historical fiction authors as we take an honest look the fun, foibles, and facts of researching a historical story.   🌻 Get my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
47:17
April 21, 2021
Character Growth | Why a Novel Needs It
#charactergrowth #characterarc #writeabook #authorpodcast #writingpodcast  Character growth? Does your story have it? It's a common problem with beginner writers. Does your character need character growth? Yes! Especially the main character. A character will help  plot your story.   This episode offers a twofold look at why character growth is so critical for both writers and readers.  Write a better story. Satisfy a reader's need for meaning and purpose.    🌻 Find show notes at  CLUB AUTUMN on FB. https://www.facebook.com/groups/618642738598179/ 🌻 Find all by book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
09:06
April 21, 2021
Reader Problems | Are You Ruining the Story?
#authorhelpingwriters #readerproblems #bookproblems  #authorpodcast #writingpodcast Are your accidentally annoying your readers?  Ruining the story? It's a sure way to lose readers. You don't want that! If you're a new and beginner writer you do not want to ruin the story for a new reader.  Readers are gold. Treat them well. Don't worry. You can fix all these things!   This episode is all about the  11 ways that you may frustrate, aggravate, and annoy a reader.    🌻 Get show notes at Club Autumn on FaceBook  Videos mentioned in this episode:  ✅ Revise Like a Pro: https://youtu.be/gE6ml4u7AWo ✅ Banish the Slow Middle: https://youtu.be/2Zc-wloaHSw ✅ Character Arcs: What They Are & Why You Need Them https://youtu.be/lw3sCE3a--E  🌻 Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/
09:53
April 21, 2021
How to IMPROVE Your AUTHOR PROMOS
Authors need to build their platform. Promoting your books and yourself  is not all about the buy my book  or look at me post. Those get old and turn off readers and writers alike.  Writers aren't marketers or promotion experts but they can learn a few  stealth marketing and promoting skills that help keep them relevant and active on social media. Without being annoying.   Do you make the best use of Facebook posts and comments when promoting or mentioning your books, and blogs.   Video mentioned in this episode:  ✅ 20 Tips for Tag Lines https://youtu.be/IUG1wpWzOMg  🌻 Find show notes at Club Autumn on FaceBook.  🌻 Find all my books and social media at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 🌻 Get new episodes sent to  your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ #authormarketing #promoteyourbook #authorplatform #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
12:36
April 21, 2021
10 Beginner Writer Must Do's
I learned how to write a book the hard way. I was a beginner writer. A newbie writer! A brand new writer with a dream! I didn't have a writing mentor and didn't know of any writing groups when I wrote my first book.  There were very few author youtubes and writing podcasts didn't exist yet. I didn't know many writers or authors either.   There were so many things I didn't know about writing and publishing a book. It would have saved a lot of heartache and aggravation if I had known these things.   In this episode, I share the 10 things I wish someone had told me before writing and publishing my first book.      🌻 Get show notes at Club Autumn on FaceBook.   🌻 Find all my books and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ #writingtips #writeabook #authorypodcast #writingpodcast
09:19
April 21, 2021
10 Beginner Writer Don'ts
You wrote a book! Yay! That is wonderful and quite an achievement. I made many mistakes when I first began writing.  There is so much a writer can get wrong. So many mistakes that are easy to make. Some were silly writing mistakes. Others more serious and time consuming to fix.   In this episode, I share the 10 things you don't want to do as a beginner writer and/or new author.    🌻 Find show  notes at Club Autumn on Facebook.   🌻 Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newlsetter/ #authoryoutube #writeabook #writingtips #beginnerwritingmistakes
12:22
April 21, 2021
Historical Fiction and Food
 Four historical fiction authors talk food and how they integrate into their historical fiction. What did they eat in ancient times? Or medieval? Or even 5O years ago? You might be surprised.  Is there a literary purpose for including food description in a novel? How do you research food eaten in  your novel's time period, culture, and place?   In this episode,  four authors from the southern California chapter of the Historical Novel Society dish about food and food in historical fiction. Yummy!   HISTORY TALKS is a group of historical fiction authors in southern California who love all things history and writing! Join us once a month for a range of topics!  Find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2236588849751675or our website: https://historicalspeakers.wordpress.com AUTHOR LINKS   🌻 Autumn Bardot Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr/ee/AutumnBardotGet new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ FEATURED AUTHORS Zenobia Neil Janet Wertman Anne Louise Bannon #historicalfictionchat #historicalfictiondiscussion #historicalfictionresearch #historicalfictionpodcast #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
45:42
April 21, 2021
3 Reasons Why You Can't Get a Literary Agent
You wrote a book. The best book. Now it's time to look for an agent. Getting an agent is a challenge. Some writers get an agent right away. Some never do.  Some authors go through several agents. And maybe not for the reasons you think.   In this author chat, I discuss the 3 main reasons why you can't get an agent and/or a publishing deal.  ( Because they are different things.)  Don't worry!  There are things you can do to change that.   🌻 Mentioned in the Video Historical  Novel Society conference: https://hns-conference.com/   🌻 Writing Craft Videos  ✅ Character Arcs. What they are and why you need them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3sCE3a--E   ✅ Scene checklist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cws37vbTXI&t=1s   ✅ Revise Like a Pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE6ml4u7AWo    🌻 Find all my book and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at  http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ #getanagent #querying #authorpodcast #literary agent #authortips #writingpodcast
10:52
April 21, 2021
20 TIPS For Writing a TAGLINE
Taglines are like bait. They try to hook the reader.  An author needs to spend time crafting a great tagline and book hook to get  potential readers interested enough to read the back of book blurb.  A catchy phrase entices and summarizes what your book is all about. The best book hooks do it in a few words.  Taglines and book hooks are needed for book promos, marketing, and capturing the main premise of your book.    Many new writers struggle with writing a n enticing catchy phrase for their books  because we think like authors not marketers.  In this episode, I share 20 tips for writing a tagline and book hook.    🌻 Show notes are available at Club Autumn on FaceBook.   🌻 For book and social media links go  to  https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 🌻 Get new episodes  delivered to your inbox at http://www.AutumnBardot.com/newsletter/ #booktaglines #bookhook #bookmarketingidea #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
08:04
April 21, 2021
Do's & Don'ts for DIALOGUE TAGS
Dialogue tags should be like Ninja. Readers don't even know they are there! Here are tips and tricks for when and when NOT to use "he said, she said."  My Facebook group,  CLUB AUTUMN has a DOWNLOADABLE  FILE of the information in this episode.  For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
08:16
April 21, 2021
10 Things You MUST HAVE in a CHARACTER CHART
Do you want to write great characters?  Unforgettable characters in novels don't happen by chance.  The author crafted each character to be larger than life and yet believable.    Many authors use character charts to help organize their characters' basic traits. But character charts can be  much more than just physical characteristics and personality.   Get the most out of your character chart, so that you can create unforgettable and great  characters AND  have that ever essential character arc and growth. Write a better novel.   OTHER EPISODES MENTIONED   ✅ Middle of the Story Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zc-wloaHSw  ✅ Character Arcs. What They are and Why You Need Them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3sCE3a--E&t=4s   ✅ How to Improve Characterization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svtENaQp6N8&t=16s  ✅ How & Why Character Names are Important https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILG4AS2KTjc&t=4s   ✅ Female Hero Archetypes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bhRSUWjimg&t=1s   ✅ Male Her Archetypes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcePlHXeqIw   ✅ All The Other Archetypes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmbq5nV3CxI   🌻 Find all my book and social media at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ #writingpodcast #writegreatcharacters  #characterarc #charactergrowth
13:32
April 21, 2021
4 Authors Chat About HISTORICAL ROMANCE & Romance in Historical Novels
 Four authors chat about historical romance and romance in historical fiction. From the extra spicy to the sweet, members of the southern California Historical Novel Society share what they love about romance.   Who is our favorite romance heart throb? How do we handle sexy scenes? And what diverse characters? What was the first historical romance we read?  And more!   HISTORY TALKS is a group of historical fiction authors in southern California who love all things history and writing! Join us once a month for a range of topics!  Find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2236588849751675  ❤️ Find all Autumn Bardot's books and social media at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardotGet new episodes sent to you inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ AUTHOR LINKS  ❤️ Xina Marie Uhl https://www.amazon.com/Xina-Marie-Uhl/e/B00E7AKNR4 http://www.xuwriter.com, https://www.facebook.com/XinaMarieUhl/ https://twitter.com/xuwriter  ❤️ Linda McLaughlin Website: https://lindalyndi.comAmazon page: http://www.amazon.com/author/lindamclaughlinBookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/linda-mclaughlin  ❤️ Zenobia Neil Amazon:  https://amzn.to/3e9sFhTWebsite: www.Zenobianeil.com Instagram: Zenobia.neil FB: https://www.facebook.com/zenobianeilauthor https://twitter.com/ZenobiaNeil  ❤️ HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEWER  http://historicalfictionreader.blogspot.comInstagram: historicalfictionreader Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historicalfictionreader #historicalromance #historicalfiction #authorchat #historicalfictionauthors #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
35:45
April 21, 2021
BIO WRITING TIPS For the New Writer
#writingtips #newwriter #writerbio #authorhelpingwriters  Writing a bio for all those social media platforms can be a challenge when you're a new and beginner writer.  But writing a good bio is important. A good bio can help grow your writer network and make more writing connections. Don't just dash one off. Bios matter.  But beware, they reveal more than you may think--good and bad.  How do you write a bio when don't have a book, cred, and accolades? I struggled with this when I was writing my first book.   In this episode I share tips to write a bio when you are new writer.    🌻 Find all my book and social media links at http://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 🌻 Get new episodes delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ I
10:14
April 21, 2021
CHARTS & LISTS Writers Need to Stay ORGANIZED
Stay organized. Find all your author info fast. Here are some of the charts and lists I find helpful. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
10:12
April 21, 2021
18 VALENTINE GIFT IDEAS for Writers
Writers need more than just a computer and their imagination. They need writing gifts that help them write better and faster. Gifts that inspire and motivate. This Valentine's Day,  get your writing Valentine a gift that says   'I love that you write.'  Or be your own Valentine and treat yourself. You're a writer. You deserve it!   In this episode, I share 18 gift ideas for writers, from free to dream worthy.   ❤️ Find show note at  Club Autumn on FaceBook.  ❤️ Find all my books and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot ❤️ Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.auutmnbardot.com/newsletter/ Goddess Inc contest closed. #writinggifts #authorgifts #authorpodcast #writingpodcast 
07:28
April 21, 2021
Social Media Tips for Writers & Authors
Writers need social media. Beginner and novice writers need social media. Experienced writers need social media. Bestselling authors need social media.  Social media helps writers get discovered, grow their platform, and share their knowledge.   In this episode, I share 10 social media tips to level up your social media game. Don't avoid social media, writers. Build your writer network, author community, and readership.   🌻 Find all my books and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ #authorfacebooktips #authorsocialmediatips #authorpodcast
12:16
April 21, 2021
FaceBook and Zoom Interview Tips
 Yay! You got that interview! Now is a great time to market yourself, promote your books and novels, grow your readership, and gain more exposure.   Make the most of that Zoom, Youtube, and FaceBook interview.  Bad lighting, unflattering angles, and awkward backgrounds will distract the viewer from your message. Put your best author face forward!    In this episode, I share  tips to improve your social media face time!   🌻 Get show notes at Club Autumn on FaceBook.  🌻 Find all my books and social media at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  🌻 Get new episodes delivered to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newletter/ #zoomtips  #authormarketingtips #authorinterview #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
11:23
April 21, 2021
9 TIPS To Put More Lift into Your Rising Action
You wrote a novel! The beginning of the story is great! The ending is amazing. But the middle lags. What do you do?  This is a common beginner writer problem. The slow middle. The lagging plot.  How do you write a better story? Write a page-turning story? Keep the middle of the story riveting? My answer: Put more story in your story. It's easy!  In this episode, I share 9 tips to put more lift into your rising action.    Videos mentioned in this episode  ✅bCharacter Arcs. What they are and why you need them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3sCE3a--E  ✅ Scene checklist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cws37vbTXI&t=1s  🌻 Find all my books and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 🌻 Get show notes and new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ #risingaction #plotbetter #plotconflict #writingpodcast #authoryoutube
09:24
April 21, 2021
Tips That Help Me Write While Working Full-time
Writing  a novel is a challenge. Especially if you work full-time. And that includes staying home to take care of children and loved ones.  I love to write, but there is simply not enough time in the day to write as much as I want because....life!   How do I find time to write, work a full-time job, and be a mom and wife?  Find time to write! It's not about finding time to write. It's about stealing every moment you can.  In this episode, I share 8 tips that  helped me write nine novels ( now 11 since this video aired) and still have a life.    🌻 Find all my books and social media at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot 🌻 Get new episodes sent to your inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ #writertimemanagement #writeanovel #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
20:42
April 21, 2021
2021 WRITING INTENTIONS - not resolutions!
 2020 was a challenge in many different ways. I taught class remotely, which required  restructuring all my lesson plans. It was disheartening, aggravating, and technological nightmare. What a great time to start a YouTube channel. Well...yes and no.  In this video, I share my intentions--not resolutions--for the year 2021.  Because intentions seems a whole lot stressful than resolutions.  Find my books and social media links at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot Get new episodes delivered to your inbox at http://ww.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ #newyearsresolutions #authorgoals #writingoals #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
08:44
April 21, 2021
Character Archetypes | Make the Most of Them
There are 12 common archetypes in literature. In short, an archetype is a classic example or model of something. Archetypes have specific traits that make them instantly  identifiable and understandable.  Are you using archetypes for maximum plot and story potential?   This episode is the 3rd in the archetype series and focuses on the main archetypes in literature. Understanding archetypes helps:  --imagine your characters' strengths and weaknesses --create a character arc -- the reader learn from your character   Videos mentioned in this episode  ✅ Character Arc  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3sCE3a--E ✅ Female Archetypes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bhRSUWjimg ✅ Male Archetypes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcePlHXeqIw ✅ Scene Checklist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cws37vbTXI&t=1s ✅bHow to Create a Complex Villain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XsF0vMMudQ Find my books, social media links, and sign up to get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #characterarchetypes #literaryarchetypes #writebettercharacters #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
28:00
April 21, 2021
Male Hero Archetypes
I need a hero....Every novel needs a hero. Not all heroes are the same. There are lots of different kinds of male heroes. Is your hero the classic male alpha hero, warrior hero,  beta hero,  bad boy,  good ruler, or professor hero?   This is the 2nd in my archetype series and looks at all the different kinds of male heroes and their archetypical traits. What's your favorite male hero?    Videos mentioned in this episode  ✅ Character Arc Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3sCE3a--E  ✅ Female Archetypes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bhRSUWjimg  ✅ Scene Checklist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cws37vbTXI&t=1s  Find all my social media links, books, and get new episodes delivered to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #heroarchetypes #literaryarchetypes #writebettercharacters    #writingyoutube #authoryoutube
17:44
April 21, 2021
Female Hero Archetypes
The female is hero is here! And she's here to stay! I love strong female characters. I love them so much they are in all of my books. Woman power! Yes! There are many different kinds of female heroes. The crusader, librarian, boss, survivor, spunky gal, free spirit, and more!   This is the first in my 3 part archetype series where I discuss female hero archetypal traits. By understanding your female hero archetype, the faster and easier it is to write a great, nuanced character.  Who is your favorite female hero archetype?    Videos mentioned in this episode  ✅ Character Arc Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3sCE3a--E  ✅ Scene Checklist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cws37vbTXI&t=1s   🌻 Find all my social media links, books, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #femalehero #femaleheroarchetype #writebettercharacters  #strongfemalecharacters #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
18:27
April 21, 2021
Revise Like a Pro
Every author knows revision is the key to a great novel. Revisions are a challenge, especially if you're a beginner writer.  What does it mean to revise? What are you supposed to revise...exactly?   Revising is about saying more with less words, using the best words, and writing purposefully. The reality is that no matter how great your story, amateur and beginner writing brings it down.   This episode discusses common writing problems, beginner writer issues, how to tighten a sentence, and how to make your writing sound more pro. Because yes, amateur writing is evident in the first paragraph.   🌻 Find all my book, social media links, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #bookrevision #sentencerevision #writeabetternovel #indeauthor  #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
19:22
April 21, 2021
13 Beginner Writer Tips | Writing Your First Novel
Ah, that first novel. All that stuff I didn't know. I didn't even know how much I didn't know about the writing and publishing process.  However,  writing a novel was a dream that I made a reality. I learned so many things while writing my first novel!    In this episode, I share the top 13 things I learned as a new beginner writer. Had I known these things earlier, the writing process may not have been so frustrating or taken me so long.  Write better. Write faster.  Learn the craft of writing and the business of being a writer.    🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and get new episodes delivered to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #firstnovel #beginnerwriter #authorhelpingwriters #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
10:58
April 21, 2021
Summon the Muse for Writing Inspiration
 Is your writing uninspired? Need Inspiration? Or motivation?  Call on a Muse! There are nine muses. One is sure to help with writing.  But don’t get them confused. Summon the right muse  for your writing problem.    In this episode, I share 9 ways to summon the muse. Warning: Muse summoning results may vary. LOL   The muses are:  1. Clio  2. Euterpe  3. Thalia  4. Melpomene  5. Terpsichore  6. Erato  7. Polymnia  8. Ourania/Urania  9. Calliope   By the way,  all nine muses are characters in my glam, chiclit, feel-good, urban fantasy novel, Goddesses Inc.    🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes sent to you inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #Writinginspiration #writefaster #writingproblems #writerhumor #authorpodcast #writerspodcast #writingpodcast
10:28
April 21, 2021
Overcome Writer's Block
Writer’s block. A terrible condition that strikes angst and fear into the hearts and souls of writers the world over. Don't succumb! There are lots of different reasons why writers and authors come down with a case of writer's block.  Don't worry, there are ways to move past writer's block.   In this episode, I share 23 way to overcome, recover, and fight off writer's block so you can can get back to doing what you love, writing a book! Viva creativity!   Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardotWriter’s block!  #writersblock  #writinginspiration #writingproblems #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
10:18
April 21, 2021
6 Party Talk Questions & How Writers Can Answer
On rare occasions, writers leave their creative cave to attend parties. There, all your friends and acquaintances will ask the dreaded questions: How is your book coming along? Can I be in your novel? Where do you get your inspiration? And more!    Be ready  with your answers to the most often asked questions. In this episode, and after attending many parties, I share all my honest, tongue-in-cheek answers to the most common writer questions. And still get invited back!   The common questions people ask writers:  1. How's your novel coming along?  2. What's your book about?  3. Where do you get your ideas?  4. I'm thinking of writing a novel. Do you have any advice?  5. Can I be in your next novel? 6. Why don't you turn your book into a movie?   🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes delivered to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writeabook #writerintroverts  #writinglife #writingyoutube #authoryoutube
08:40
April 21, 2021
7 Tips For Writing a SEXY SCENE
 A steamy story. A classic bodice ripper. A risqué passage. A sweet romance. A naughty erotica. We love reading them. Writing a sexy scene for a novel can go from the mild to XXX erotica!  The best sexy scenes are yummy! The poorly written sex scenes are cringe-worthy. Make sure to get more sizzle and purpose from each scene.    Whether you're writing a novel with a little or a lot of sexual content, this episode is about the why and how of a great sex scene.  And the things to consider before writing that sexy scene.   ❤️ Want more about writing great sex scenes? Find a lengthier, 40-minute discussion about writing sexy scenes at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feTbVqnV4Mc&t=1s  ❤️ Get new episodes sent to our inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ ❤️ Find all my books links ( from mild to XXX spicy ) and social media at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #romancewriting #writingyoutube #sexscenewriting #writingerotica #authoryoutube #writingyoutbe
11:30
April 21, 2021
Enrich Your Writing with EYE SYMBOLISM
Eyes are powerful symbols. The mere glance glimmer gawk gaze ogle glare bore focus beam sparkle peek peer look goggle gape leer (did I miss any?) reveals a character’s emotions. No wonder the eyes are the windows of the soul. But there’s more to eyes than…well, meets the eye.   Symbolism is never ‘this means that.’  Symbols and their layered meanings act as a diving board into a deep pool of emotional, psychological, spiritual, cultural, and intellectual dynamics that YOU decide how to mold and manipulate. It’s just one more tool for your writing toolbox.    This episode looks at ancient eye symbolism, symbolic eye colors, and the emotion in someone's eyes. Look at your characters with new eyes!   🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #eyesymbolism #writeabetternovel #symbolisminbooks #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
08:19
April 20, 2021
16 Fast FIRST DRAFT TIPS
First drafts might just be the toughest draft for writers.  It can seem overwhelming. Many beginner writers end up frustrated because they focus on too many things. The result? A very slow first draft. Write faster. Get that first draft written. Revise  later.  Stop reading and rewriting your first few chapters!   In this episode, I share my fast first draft tips.    🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  #firstdrafttips #writefaster #beginnerwriter  #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
11:18
April 20, 2021
10 Research Tips
 Writers research. It's what we do. Sometimes it's overwhelming. Make it easy and save yourself headaches during the revision process with these 10 research tips. Save all your research in a logical and easy -to-access way.   I realized that using the same research methods I teach my students for writing term papers, and essays, works perfectly for writing a novel    In this episode, I share the research tips. Write faster. Write smarter. Don't lose you research.   #researchnovels #researchtips #authorshelpingwriter #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
15:15
April 20, 2021
14 Writing Challenges | Author Humor
Writing a book comes with problems. Author struggles. Beginner writing issues. Writing frustrations. Writers feel  angst,  panic, euphoria,  creative outbursts, and self-doubt. No wonder writers have emotional meltdowns. 😜   Wouldn't it be great if there was a special therapist just for writers?  So just for fun and to make you smile, I came up with 14 writing diseases. Because sometimes a bit of writing humor is all we need. 🙃   Do you have any? Or  do you have another  kinds? Let me know! Drop a comment.   🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writinginspiration #writingprobems #beginnerwriter #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
10:38
April 20, 2021
7 DA VINCIAN PRINCIPLES to Write Better
Writing inspiration from a genius. Discover how these 7 principles  from Leonardo da Vinci will help you be a better writer.   Improve your writing. Think better. Think smarter. Use your experiences to write a story.  Write better. Write faster. Write a great novel. ( Forgive my Italian pronunciation.)   THE 7 PRINCIPLES  1. Curiosita  2. Dimonstrazione  3. Senzazione  4. Sfumato  5. Arte/Scienza  6. Corporalita  7. Connessione   🌻 Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writeabook #writingadvice #writinginspiration #authorpodcast #writingpodcast 
13:45
April 20, 2021
Literary Symbolism | Fire Symbolism and Water Symbolism
 Fire symbolism and water symbolism are two huge are  literary symbols. Their meanings stem from a myriad of religious beliefs, legends, and myths. Fire symbolism and water symbolism represent a universe of power, destruction, ambiguity, duality, and divinity.  Whether earthly or otherworldly, these forces of nature are feared and loved with equal fervor. No wonder authors love playing with their multiple meanings in poetry and literature.   There's so many ways to use them to amplify character, emotion, conflict, and theme.  Remember, symbolism is never ‘this means that.’  Symbols and their layered meanings act as a diving board into a deep pool of emotional, psychological, spiritual, cultural, and intellectual dynamics that YOU decide how to mold and manipulate. It’s just one more tool for your writing toolbox.   🌻 Find The Magic of Symbolism: Enrich Your Writing with Hidden Meaning at https://autumnbardot.com/my-books/  🌻 Find my books, social media, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #literarysymbolism #typesofsymbolism #firesymbolism #watersymbolism #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
11:20
April 20, 2021
12 WRITING TIPS From Confucius
Confucius is considered one of the most important and influential individuals in human history. His wisdom and teachings influence and resonate with people worldwide. Here's 12 sayings attributed to him that can definitely help you in your writing journey.  Which is your favorite?  For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
16:56
April 20, 2021
Literary Symbolism | Household Objects part 2
The magic of symbolism! Symbolism in novels matter.  They bring layered, nuanced ideas, emotions, characterization, and more to a story. Does your novel or story have symbolism? Does it need symbolism to add depth and complexity?     Even objects in your home are full of symbolism. Common objects and ordinary things like books and bowls.  Symbolism is never ‘this means that.’  Symbols and their layered meanings act as a diving board into a deep pool of emotional, psychological, spiritual, cultural, and intellectual dynamics that YOU decide how to mold and manipulate. It’s just one more tool for your writing toolbox.    WARNING! Including symbolic language in an effort to sound literary adds nothing to your story. But when the story warrants it, the writer can open up their symbolism toolbox to add depth, nuance, and context to enrich characters, scenes, foreshadowing, plot, and emotions.   This episode is the 2nd in the 2-part series about using symbolism in your story.    🌻 Thee Magic of Symbolism: Enhance Your Writing with Hidden Meaning can be found at:  https://autumnbardot.com/my-books/  🌻 Find my books social media links, and/or get new episodes delivered to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #literarysymbolism #commonsymbolsinliterature #typesofsymbolism  #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
13:45
April 20, 2021
Symbolic Objects in Literature
The magic of symbolism! Symbolism in novels matter.  They bring layered, nuanced ideas, emotions, characterization, and more to a story. Does your novel or story have symbolism? Does it need symbolism to add depth and complexity?     Even objects in your home are full of symbolism. Common objects and ordinary things like books and bowls.  Symbolism is never ‘this means that.’  Symbols and their layered meanings act as a diving board into a deep pool of emotional, psychological, spiritual, cultural, and intellectual dynamics that YOU decide how to mold and manipulate. It’s just one more tool for your writing toolbox.    WARNING! Including symbolic language in an effort to sound literary adds nothing to your story. But when the story warrants it, the writer can open up their symbolism toolbox to add depth, nuance, and context to enrich characters, scenes, foreshadowing, plot, and emotions.  This episode is the first in the 2-part series about using symbolism in your story.     8 symbolic common household symbolic objects  book symbolism  bowl symbolism  box symbolism   fan symbolism  broom symbolism  hearth symbolism  key symbolism  knife symbolism   🌻 Thee Magic of Symbolism: Enhance Your Writing with Hidden Meaning can be found at:  https://autumnbardot.com/my-books/  🌻 Find my books social media links, and/or get new episodes delivered to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #literarysymbolism #commonsymbolsinliterature #typesofsymbolism  #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
09:48
April 20, 2021
7 Deadly SINS of WRITING
Writing struggles. Writing problems. Bad writing habits. What are the 7 deadly sins of writing? You might be surprised. Don't get trapped in  writing hell.    In this episode, I look at the  deadly sins of writing -- 7 writing problems -- and how a writer can actually use them for good.  Write better. Author smarter. Write faster. Write a great novel.   Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writingproblems #beginnerwriter #writinginspiration #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
09:03
April 20, 2021
21 Rules For Writers
There are rules for writing and then there are rules for writers! Follow them and you will succeed as a writer and an author. Break these rules for writers at your own peril!  Which writer rules are you breaking?    This episode looks at how the Rules for Life also apply to writers and authors. Yes, there is some author humor and writing humor. There's also writing tips, author tricks, and writing inspiration.  Write better. Write faster. Author with integrity and a generous heart.    🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writerrules #authorhumor #writinginspiration #writebetter  
14:25
April 20, 2021
Enrich Your Writing with COLOR DESCRIPTORS
Blood red and cherry red convey much different feelings. So do color descriptors like ivory and white. Discover how to use color descriptors to enrich your writing. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
08:39
April 20, 2021
Character Arcs | Writing Tips
 A great story is all about character's strengths,  weaknesses, needs, desires, and how they are thwarted from getting it!  Want to write a  great novel? Write great characters.    This episode is all about character arcs and why you need them for a better plot, more conflict, and a great novel and story.    🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #characterarc #charactergrowth #writegreatcharacters 
07:35
April 20, 2021
Color Symbolism | Literary Symbolism
The magic of symbolism! I bet you can rattle off four different songs that have a color in the title.    That’s because color is attached to a spectrum of emotions. Savvy writers know color can symbolize, reveal, and add irony. Color symbolism is fraught with ambiguity and duality, making it a vibrant way to add complexity.   Symbolism in novels matter.  They bring layered, nuanced ideas, emotions, characterization, and more to a story. Does your novel or story have symbolism? Does it need symbolism to add depth and complexity?     Symbolism is never ‘this means that.’  Symbols and their layered meanings act as a diving board into a deep pool of emotional, psychological, spiritual, cultural, and intellectual dynamics that YOU decide how to mold and manipulate. It’s just one more tool for your writing toolbox.    WARNING! Including symbolic language in an effort to sound literary adds nothing to your story. But when the story warrants it, the writer can open up their symbolism toolbox to add depth, nuance, and context to enrich characters, scenes, foreshadowing, plot, and emotions.   🌻 Get my book The Magic of Symbolism: Enrich Your Novel with Hidden Meaning at https://www.autumnbardot.com/books/ 🌻 Get all my books, social media links, and/or new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #literarysymbolism #colorlsymbolism #symboliccolors #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
11:39
April 20, 2021
Are you OVERWRITING? Why you need to stop!
Beginner writers tend to overwrite.  Do you write  long sentences,? Do you use flowery words? Or do you like to show off your college level vocabulary?  Fancy, big words slow down a story and often comes off as elitist and pompous. It's also confusing and takes the reader out of the story.  Remember,  it's about the story, not the scholarly vocabulary.   In this episode, I share why you don't want to use big, confusing words and vocabulary. Write better. Write a great story.    🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot  ✅ GREAT READ “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell   #overwriting #beginnerwriter #writingproblems #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
09:48
April 20, 2021
Write a Great Villain
 How do you write a great villain? A memorable villain. A believable villain. Even a supervillain. What if your villain is the protagonist in the story? ( He is in one of mine.)    What character traits make a great villain? Can you make a villain lovable or likable?  Villain tropes are boring. You need to add nuance and layers to your villain, bad guy, or antagonist.  In this episode, I share 14 ways you can add, nuance, complexity, and depth to the villain in your novel and story.    ✅ My article on how I made, super villain Vlad Dracula a romantic lead in The Impaler's Wife can be found at: https://www.thefussylibrarian.com/newswire/2019/05/29/character-study-how-vlad-the-impaler-became-a-romantic-lead  🌻 Find all my books, social media, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writeagreatvillain #greatantagonist #villaincharacteristics #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
09:53
April 20, 2021
10 Traits Every Writer Needs
Writing and authoring is hard work! A writer needs more than just creativity, imagination, and an idea to write a novel or story.   These 10 traits will help you on your path to success!  Which do you have?  Do you have the traits and characteristics of a good writer? Which do you need to focus on or practice?   This episode shares the 10 traits writers need to help them do what they love most...write a story!  Write better. Author smarter. 🌻 Find all my books, social media posts, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot   #writelikeapro #writertraits #writebetter  #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
15:27
April 20, 2021
Scene Checklist
Every scene in a novel and story serves a purpose.  A scene in a novel needs to advance the plot, provide characterization, and a whole lot more. Are you making the most of each scene?   Many beginner writers write scenes that do nothing for a novel. Or the scene does too little.  Each scene should build upon the other.  Write better, write smarter. Write a great book!  This episode is about the elements you need to write a great scene. What's missing from your scenes? What are you doing right?  Let me know in the comments.   🌻 Find all my books, social media, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #scenechecklist #writegreatscene #whatscenesneed #writingpodcast #authorpodcast
17:32
April 20, 2021
Writer Complaints and Problems
Writers have a lot to complain about. Writing a novel comes with all kinds of problems. There's so much we have to deal with,  manage, learn, and figure out.  Many writing and publishing issues we have no control over.  Admit it, writers like to whine.  That's okay. Sometimes a bit of whining and commiserating is good for a writer's soul.    In this episode, I share some of  the common writing complaints.  What's your favorite? What do you never complain about? What do you never complain about. Let me know in the comments.  Also, I hope I made you laugh. Or at least smile a bit.    😜 oops!  Did you catch the editing error? Somehow when I added one of the titles to the video, I didn't delete ALL the letters from "title." Sheesh. LMAO.  I don't know how to change it without deleting the video so I guess I'll leave it up. Ah, the joys of editing.    🌻 Find all my books, social media, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writerproblems #writercomplaints #authorhumor #authoryoutube #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
18:44
April 20, 2021
Enrich Your Writing with MEALTIME Symbolism
Oh, the drama of the family meal! People eating and drinking together is tasty with yummy symbolism.  Why is that, you ask? In ancient times, sharing one’s meal symbolized hospitality and goodwill. Certain foods, drink, or days were associated with religious and social rituals.  If one was breaking bread with someone, it indicated friendship, truce, partnership, or an alliance.  The human race hasn’t changed all that much. We still enjoy eating with those we like and avoid eating with those we don’t.  Eating and/or fasting rituals are found in most religions. And I can’t think of a holiday that doesn’t center around food and eating. Or fasting and then eating.  Sharing food is an act of agreement, fellowship, and harmony.  Writing a meal or eating scene is challenging, but can reveal much about the plot, characters, relationships, family dynamics, setting, or culture.   ✅ Find my book The Magic of Symbolism: Enrich Your Writing With Hidden Meaning at https://www.autumnbardot.com/books/  🌻 Find all my books, social media links, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr/ee/AutumnBardot #literarysymbols #symboliceating #mealtimesymbolism  #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
16:45
April 20, 2021
Writer Problems | Dante Style
Writing a book is hard! Writing a great novel even harder. Sometimes the challenges are too great and we get caught in writing hell. You don't want this!  Like Dante's Inferno, new and beginner writers struggle with many writing problems before publishing their first story. Each circle comes with its own hellish emotions.  Which circle are you trapped in?   In this episode, I share the 10 circles or levels of writing issues...because writers need some author humor to put things in more positive, funnier  author perspective. Write Better. Write Smarter.    🌻 Find all my books, social media, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr'ee/AutumnBardot writercomplaints #writerproblems #authorhumor #authorfunny  #authorfunny #authorbodcast #writingpodcast
18:26
April 20, 2021
Symbolic Parts of the Body | Literary Symbolism
The body and all its body parts are full of symbolic meaning. Discover how to amplify character, emotion, and theme using body symbolism.   The body is a temple. We’ve heard the expression. And everybody knows a temple is a place of worship and a place to access the divine.   It should come as no surprise that our body parts hold ancient symbolic meanings. So before fixating on a character’s body part you might want to explore the symbolism associated with it.   This episode looks at how and why parts of the body can be symbolic.    ✅ Get The Magic of Symbolism: Enrich Your Novel with Hidden Meaning at http://www.autumnbardot.com/books/  🌻 Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #bodysymbolism #literarysymbolism #symbolicbodyparts #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
21:18
April 20, 2021
Book Reviews | Author Advice
Should you read reviews of your book?  Some authors do. Others refuse.  Some just take an occasional peek.  When I first started out I read every single book review.  Now there are only a few kinds of reviews that I read.  O f course, every writer and author feels differently about reading reviews of their novels. You have to find what works best for you. This episode is how I learned to handle reviews of my books.   🌻 Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at  https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #authorproblems #bookreviews #handlebookreviews  
10:26
April 19, 2021
Blood Symbolism | Literary Symbolism
Blood symbolism is vast and wide. Blood is a powerful and often confusing symbol. From the divine to the violent, our fascination with blood infuses our collective consciousness. An entire book could be devoted to the symbolism of blood. And perhaps already has.  The reason behind the power of blood is obvious. Blood is life and death, a physical indicator of our existence. And yet, behind this crimson liquid life force, man has imbued blood with great spiritual, divine, and emotional power.    This episode looks at the 21 ways blood can be used symbolically in a novel. Have you used blood symbolically in a novel? Let me know and drop a comment. I definitely used blood symbolism in my gothic, historical fiction The Impaler's Wife.   ✅ Get The Magic of Symbolism: Enrich Your Book with Hidden Meaning at http://www.autumnbardot.com/books/  🌻 Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #literarysymbolism #bloodsymbolism #bloodsymbolsinanovel Blood symbolism is vast and wide. Here are 21 ways blood can be used symbolically in a story. AutumnBardot.com YouTube Amazon Author Page GoodReads
10:26
April 19, 2021
Naming Your Characters
Can a character's name be symbolic? Yes!  They're your characters! You get to name them. Consider being more purposeful when naming your characters.    In many cultures today and in historical times, a name is important and decided on with much thought. A name meant something, foretold a personality trait, and/or promised a destiny.   Symbolic names in literature are used all the time!    In this episode, I discuss how symbolic or ironic character names can add depth, complexity, irony, and characterization to your novel! Write better, author smarter. Write a great novel.   ✅ My go-to site for names. http://www.20000-names.com  🌻 Find all my books, social media, and/or get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #characternames #symbolicnames #importanceofcharacternames #authorpodcast, #writingpodcast
09:55
April 19, 2021
How to Write a Sexy Scene ~ extended version
#romancewriting #writingpodcast #sexscenewriting    A steamy story. A classic bodice ripper. A risqué passage. A sweet romance. A naughty erotica. We love reading them.  Writing a sexy scene for a novel can go from the mild to XXX erotica!  The best sexy scenes are yummy! The poorly written sex scenes are cringe-worthy. Make sure to get more sizzle and purpose from each scene.    Whether you're writing a novel with a little or a lot of sexual content, this episode is about the why and how of a great sex scene.  And the things to consider before writing that sexy scene.   ❤️ Get new episodes sent to our inbox at http://www.autumnbardot.com/newsletter/ ❤️ Find all my books links ( from mild to XXX spicy ) and social media at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot
43:50
April 19, 2021
Author Book Marketing Tips | Think Click Bait
 Check out my new book! Check out my new blog!  Those kinds of posts on Instagram, Twitter, and FaceBook don't work! Why? Because they are boring and don't provide any hint about why someone needs to check out or click the link.    Writing a teaser and/or promo lines ( or copy ) is a challenge. It's a marketing skill. And we're authors, not marketers or advertisers. Authors need to learn some marketing skills and learn how to improve the book, blog, and promo teasers we post on social media. Think clickbait! The phrase "check it out" is not intriguing, interesting,  or attention-grabbing. In fact, it's kind of demanding. And yet I see it all the time. Every single day.    In this episode, I share my 3 book marketing peeves. I also share 3 easy ways to improve  your book promo game.   🌻 Find my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot AuthorBardot.com Amazon Author Page Instagram GoodReads #authormarketing #bookpromos #authorsocialmedia  #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
05:58
April 19, 2021
Violence in Novels | Literary Violence
Violence! We love it! In many genres, it’s 100% necessary. It can also be symbolic. Or not.   Violence may be:   thematic   biblical  Shakespearean  allegorical   transcendent   metaphoric   a plot device: ( Most action-adventure movies.)   symbolic   gratuitous   In this episode, I discuss violence in novels, how to use it, and the different kinds of literary violence. Because a punch in the nose may be just a punch in the nose...or a whole lot more.   ✅ Find The Magic of Symbolism: Enrich Your Story with Hidden Meaning at http://www.autumnbardot.com/books/  🌻 Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot AutumnBardot.com Amazon Author Page Instagram GoodReads #writeaviolentscene #symbolicviolence #violencinnovels 
09:57
April 19, 2021
Write Better Characters
Many beginner writers struggle with how to improve characterization. In fact, new writers often don't quite understand exactly what that means or how exactly to write great characters.  How does an author write great characters that come alive and feel real for readers?  A great character has weaknesses, strengths, and desires. But how do you show that in story?     In this video, I share 5 ways to write better characters and  improve your characterization.    🌻 Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot AutumnBardot.com Amazon Author Page Instagram GoodReads #writegreatcharacters #characterization #beginnerwriter
10:02
April 19, 2021
Mountains, Rivers, Deserts, & Cliffs | Literary Symbolism
Symbols matter. Topography can be more than just the physical setting or location of your novel. It can reveal theme, be a plot device, provide characterization, foreshadow,  create conflict, act as an antagonist, and more.   Settings may indicate or foreshadow a character’s:   moral growth or decay   emotion   problems or dilemmas   Geography and topography can also serve as moral, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual indicators.  Discover how to amplify characterization, emotions, conflict, plot, foreshadowing, and themes in your novel .   ✅ Find The Magic of Symbolism: Enrich Your Story with Hidden Meaning at http://www.autumnbardot.com/books/ 🌻 Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot AutumnBardot.com Amazon Author Page Instagram GoodReads #mountainsymbolism #physicalsettingsymbolism #symbolicsettings
22:12
April 19, 2021
9 Tips to Deal with a Novel Critique
 A  novel critique is scary! Really scary! But getting one is important, especially for beginner writers. A good critique can take your novel or book to the next level.  A good critique will explain what you need to improve to make your novel better.   There are all sorts of novel critique groups and  online critique services. Some writers find trusted,  critique partners they use for years.    Professional authors can offer valuable advice, tips, and tricks to make your book better.  However, some writing critiques will do you no good because the writer isn't knowledgable enough or  or have a lot of writing and publishing experience.    Writers can get 5 or 10 page critiques at  writing conferences by editors and agents. I highly recommend that. Too scary?  Don't be afraid of a novel critique.   In this episode I share why you don't need to be afraid of a novel or book critique and 9 tips for dealing with the critique process.    🌻 Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot AutumnBardot.com Amazon Instagram Goodreads #critiquegroup #writerfear #critiquemynovel  #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
11:15
April 19, 2021
Symbolic Architecture | Literary Symbolism
 Symbolism in architecture. The ancients understood its symbolic importance. Modern architects will agree.  The roof overhead, the window gazed through, the threshold walked across, all these structural features are designed to create an emotion and feeling. Which means architecture and all of its architectural elements can be used symbolically in novels and stories as well.   Architecture can amplify theme, foreshadow, plot, conflict, and characterization beyond the superficial.   Remember, symbolism is never ‘this means that.’  Symbols and their layered meanings act as a diving board into a deep pool of emotional, psychological, spiritual, cultural, and intellectual dynamics that YOU decide how to mold and manipulate. It’s just one more tool for your writing toolbox.  Words are magic .Powerful magic. They’re imbued with symbolic meaning, nuance, subtext, connotation, and feelings found deep within our collective consciousness.  Discover ways to wave YOUR writing wand.   ✅ Find The Magic of Symbolism: Enrich Your Story with Hidden Meaning at https://www.autumnbardot.com/books/   🌻 Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot Autumn Bardot.com YouTube Amazon GoodReads #symbolicarchitecture #architectureinliterature #writeagreatnovel #authorpodcast #writingpodcast
01:06:09
April 19, 2021
The Writing Process | Step by Step
Are you a beginner or new writer? The writing process can be a struggle.  Every writer's process is unique to them and often comes from experience learned after writing several books.    When I first started writing it helped me to learn what other authors' writing processes were. I always learned new tips and author tricks.  Discovering the  novel-writing process of other authors can help you improve and perfect  your own.     This episode is about my step by step novel writing process. And I don't hold back!   🌻 Find all my books, social media, and get new episodes sent to your inbox at https://linktr.ee/AutumnBardot #writeanovelstepbystep #writingprocess #howtowriteabook  #writingpdcast #authorpodcast
23:56
April 19, 2021