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Write Better, Author Smarter with Autumn Bardot

Write Better, Author Smarter with Autumn Bardot

By Autumn Bardot Author
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.

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Writers, Do you need a VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?
There are 2 big questions to ask yourself before deciding if you need one. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
11:16
May 6, 2021
The 7 STORY ARCHETYPES
Which of the 7 story archetypes do YOU most write about? For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to my  YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads Show notes are available at CLUB AUTUMN. Join the discussion at WRITE BETTER, AUTHOR SMARTER on Facebook.
18:07
April 29, 2021
Interview on THE WITTY WRITERS SHOW - part 2
Books, novels, book covers, writing advice, author advice, research, historical fiction, indie vs traditional publishing, and mistakes writers all make. I chat with Beth Worsdell, host of The Witty Writers Show about these topics and a few more! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads Listen to THE WITTY WRITERS SHOW  Follow our Facebook page WRITE BETTER, AUTHOR SMARTER  where Beth and I dish about all things writing and authoring. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
37:25
April 22, 2021
Interview on The Witty Writers Show - part 1
Books, novels, book covers, writing advice, author advice, research, historical fiction, indie vs traditional publishing, and mistakes writers all make. I chat with Beth Worsdell, host of The Witty Writers Show about these topics and a few more! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads Listen to THE WITTY WRITERS SHOW  Follow our Facebook page WRITE BETTER, AUTHOR SMARTER  where Beth and I dish about all things writing and authoring
27:50
April 22, 2021
4 Authors Chat About RESEARCHING HISTORICAL NOVELS - Lots of TIPS
Can you believe a date that's carved in stone? Find out! Join 4 authors and me, Autumn Bardot, as we discuss the fun, foibles, and facts of researching a historical story. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads FEATURED AUTHORS Janet Wertman Glen Craney Martin Turnbull Anne Louise Bannon
47:17
April 21, 2021
Why CHARACTER GROWTH Is Essential for Writers & Readers
A 2-pronged look at why character growth is so critical. For writers, character growth helps craft a better story. For readers, it satisfies our need for meaning and purpose.  Find show notes of this episode at CLUB AUTUMN on FB. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
09:06
April 21, 2021
11 Ways You Are Accidentally ANNOYING YOUR READERS
11 ways authors accidentally annoy their readers.  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
09:53
April 21, 2021
How to IMPROVE Your AUTHOR PROMOS
Do you make the best use of Facebook posts and comments when promoting your books? Writers aren't marketers, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. 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
12:36
April 21, 2021
10 NEW WRITER DO'S
10 things for new writer to make authoring a little bit easier.  For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
09:19
April 21, 2021
10 NEW WRITER DON'TS
I wish someone had told me these things while I was writing my first book! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
12:22
April 21, 2021
4 Authors Chat about FOOD in HISTORICAL FICTION novels
Authors from the southern California chapter of the Historical Novel Society dish about food in literature and novels.  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! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads FEATURED AUTHORS Zenobia Neil Janet Wertman Anne Louise Bannon
45:42
April 21, 2021
3 REASONS Why You CAN'T GET AN AGENT
There are 3 main reasons why you can't get an agent or a publishing deal. Fear not. There are things you can do to change that. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
10:52
April 21, 2021
20 TIPS For Writing a TAGLINE
Taglines are like bait. They try to hook the reader.  Show notes are available at Club Autumn, my FaceBook group. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
08:04
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
Character charts are more than just physical characteristics and personality. Get the most out of them so you can nail that ever essential character arc. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
13:32
April 21, 2021
4 Authors Chat About HISTORICAL ROMANCE & Romance in Historical Novels
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/22365... For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads ALL THE AUTHORS ON THE PANEL Xina Marie Uhl Linda McLaughlin Zenobia Neil Historical Fiction Reviewer
35:45
April 21, 2021
BIO WRITING TIPS For the New Writer
It's a challenge to write a bio when you're a new writer. Here are a few tips! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
10:14
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
18 gift ideas for writers. From FREE to the dream worthy. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
07:28
April 21, 2021
Are You Using All These SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS for Writers & Authors?
Authors and writers need to be marketers too.  It's the reality.  Are you doing all these things to boost your social media game? For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
12:16
April 21, 2021
Tips to LOOK BETTER for an AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Yay! You got that interview! Make sure to put your best author face forward!  Tips to improve your Facebook live and Zoom game. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
11:23
April 21, 2021
9 TIPS To Put More Lift into Your RISING ACTION
Don't let the middle of the story lag!  It's one of the biggest struggles for new writers. The beginning is great. The ending too.  But that middle? Ugh!  I have 9 tips to fix that slow middle. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
09:24
April 21, 2021
12 Tips That Help Me Write While WORKING FULL-TIME
It's not about finding time! It's about stealing every moment you can. 8 tips that  helped me write nine novels. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
20:42
April 21, 2021
2021 WRITING INTENTIONS - not resolutions!
2020 was a challenge. Here are my intentions, which sounds a whole lot less stressful than resolutions. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
08:44
April 21, 2021
CHARACTER ARCHETYPES: How to Use Them
The 3rd in the series about archetypes. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
28:00
April 21, 2021
MALE ARCHETYPES: How to Use Them
2nd of the  3-PART ARCHETYPE SERIES  Understanding archetypes helps: imagine your characters' strengths and weaknesses create a character arc the reader learn from your character For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
17:44
April 21, 2021
FEMALE HERO ARCHETYPES - How To Use Them
1st of the  3-PART ARCHETYPE SERIES  Understanding archetypes helps:   imagine your characters' strengths and weaknesses create a character arc the reader learn from your character For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
18:27
April 21, 2021
17 REVISIONS TIPS To Write Like A Pro
Every author knows revision is key! And there's all different kinds of revisions. This video explains exactly  how to tighten every sentence, common issues, and how to make your writing prose perfect. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
19:22
April 21, 2021
The TOP 13 THINGS I LEARNED While Writing My First Novel
There was huge learning curve when I wrote my first novel. These are the top 13 things.  For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
10:58
April 21, 2021
How to SUMMON THE MUSE
Sometimes writers need to call on the muses! Well, don’t get them confused. There’s nine of them. Make sure to summon the right one for the job! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
10:28
April 21, 2021
23 Fixes for WRITER'S BLOCK
Writer’s block! Ack! It's a condition that strikes angst and fear into the hearts of writers. Don't succumb! There are ways to move past it! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
10:18
April 21, 2021
How to Answer the Dreaded 'How's your novel?' Question
On rare occasions, writers leave their creative cave to go to parties. Are you ready with your answers to the most often asked questions? Here's how I learned to answer them. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
08:40
April 21, 2021
7 Tips For Writing a SEXY SCENE
A steamy story. A classic bodice ripper. A risqué passage. There are a few things to consider before writing that sexy scene. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
11:30
April 21, 2021
Enrich Your Writing with EYE SYMBOLISM
There's more to eye symbolism than meets the eye! A look at ancient eye symbolism, eye colors, and eye emotions. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
08:19
April 20, 2021
16 Fast FIRST DRAFT TIPS
First drafts might just be the toughest draft of all for writers. You go from an idea to words on a paper! That's an amazing creative step! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
11:18
April 20, 2021
10 RESEARCH TIPS
Writers research. It's what we do. And sometimes it can be overwhelming. Make it easy and save yourself headaches during subsequent drafts with these 10 research tips. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
15:15
April 20, 2021
14 WRITING NEUROSES - How Many Do You Have?
Writing is fraught with angst and panic, euphoria and creative outbursts, and emotional meltdowns. So just for fun, I came up with 14 writing neuroses. Which do you have?  Do you have other kinds? Let me know. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
10:38
April 20, 2021
7 DA VINCIAN PRINCIPLES For Writing Better
Writing inspiration from a genius. Discover how these 7 principles will help you be a better writer. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
13:45
April 20, 2021
Enrich Your Writing With FIRE & WATER SYMBOLISM
Fire and water are two huge symbolic heavy hitters that represent power, destruction, ambiguity, duality, and divinity. Discover the many ways to use them to amplify character, emotion, conflict, and theme. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com To watch this episode, go to YouTube Follow & friend me on Goodreads
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
Enrich Your Writing With SYMBOLIC HOUSEWARES - part 2
Your home is your castle. It's also full of symbolic stuff! Part 2 of symbolic housewares. Eight more symbolic heavyweights that can amplify character, conflict, emotion, and themes. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
13:45
April 20, 2021
Enrich Your Writing with SYMBOLIC HOUSEWARES - part 1
Our home is our castle. It's also full of stuff! Symbolic stuff! This is the first of the 2-part series about symbolic housewares. ( You'll never look at Home Goods the same way again. ) For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
09:48
April 20, 2021
7 Deadly SINS of WRITING
Nothing takes you to writing hell faster! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
09:03
April 20, 2021
21 RULES For Writers
Which ones are you breaking?  For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
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: What They Are & Why You Need Them
A great story is all about what the character needs and how they are thwarted from getting it! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
07:35
April 20, 2021
Enrich Your Writing with COLOR Symbolism
Color imagery can evoke emotion, mood, tone, convey character, foreshadow, or be ironic. Use is wisely! For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
11:39
April 20, 2021
Are you OVERWRITING? Why you need to stop!
New writers tend to overwrite. Remember, it's about the story, not the scholarly vocabulary and overly wordy, elaborate sentences. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
09:48
April 20, 2021
How to Create a COMPLEX VILLAIN
Villains need depth and complexity to be believable and not stereotypical. Here's a few ways to do it. For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
09:53
April 20, 2021
10 TRAITS Every Writer Needs
Writing and authoring is hard work! These 10 traits will help you on your path to success!  Which ones do you need to work on? For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
15:27
April 20, 2021
SCENE CHECKLIST: Because Every Scene Has A Purpose
For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
17:32
April 20, 2021
24 Things WRITERS WHINE ABOUT
Writers have A LOT to whine about!  What's your favorite writing whine? For all my social media links and books go to AutumnBardot.com YouTube Goodreads
18:44
April 20, 2021
Enrich Your Writing with MEALTIME Symbolism
Oh, the drama of the family meal! It's full of delicious yumminess and tasty with character, conflict, and emotion.  All my books can be found at: AutumnBardot.com Subscribe to my channel. YouTube Friend/follow me on  Goodreads
16:45
April 20, 2021
The 9 Circles of WRITING HELL
Like Dante's Inferno, new writers go through a lot before publishing their first story. Each circle comes with its own hellish emotions. AutumnBardot.com YouTube Autumn Bardot’s Amazon Author Page LZ Marie’s Amazon Author Page Goodreads
18:26
April 20, 2021
Enrich Your Writing with Symbolic BODY PARTS
The body is a temple. It's also full of symbolic meaning. Discover how to amplify character, emotion, theme, and more! AutumnBardot.com YouTube Autumn Bardot’s Amazon Author Page LZ Marie’s Amazon Author Page Goodreads
21:18
April 20, 2021
Do I Read REVIEWS of My Books? Well...
Do I read all my book reviews? After seven years this is what works best for me. AutumnBardot.com YouTube Autumn Bardot’s Amazon Author Page LZ Marie’s Amazon Author Page Goodreads
10:26
April 19, 2021
The Power of BLOOD Symbolism
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
Why CHARACTER NAMES Are Important
They're your characters! Have you considered being more purposeful when naming them?  There are so many ways character names can add depth, complexity, irony, and characterization to your novel Find out how! PLUS, my go-to site for names. AutumnBardot.com YouTube Amazon Author Page GoodReads
09:55
April 19, 2021
How to Write a SEXY SCENE ~ long version
 Do's & Don'ts and Tips & Tricks for writing scorcher level sexy scenes. Included is my Sexy Scene recipe. AutumnBardot.com YouTube Amazon Author Page GoodReads
43:50
April 19, 2021
Why "Check It Out" Doesn't Work For Promos
Check out my new book! Check out my new blog! Check out my new video! Um....why?   Writing teaser and/or promotional lines ( or copy, as they call it) is difficult. It's a marketing skill. And we're authors not marketers or advertisers. But we should learn to be! Or at least learn how to improve our book teasers that we post on social media.  The phrase "check it out" is not all that intriguing of a teaser. Here are my  3 pet Check It Out peeves and 3 easy ways to improve  your book promo game. Tips for new authors! AuthorBardot.com Amazon Author Page Instagram GoodReads
05:58
April 19, 2021
Yes! VIOLENCE Can Be Symbolic!
A look at the different types of violence, what they can mean, and things to consider before writing that violent scene.  AutumnBardot.com Amazon Author Page Instagram GoodReads
09:57
April 19, 2021
5 Ways to Improve CHARACTERIZATION
Many new writers struggle with how to improve characterization. It's not a secret, and once you know how, it will be easy to give your characters depth and personality.  AutumnBardot.com Amazon Author Page Instagram GoodReads
10:02
April 19, 2021
Enrich Your Writing with Symbolic TOPOGRAPHY
Discover how to amplify characterization, emotions, conflict, plot, foreshadowing, and themes with symbolic topography. Because a tree isn't always just a tree. AutumnBardot.com Amazon Author Page Instagram GoodReads
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 for new writers. A good critique can take your novel or book to the next level. I've had many critiques and even give critiques. Here are 9 tips for dealing with the critique process. AutumnBardot.com Amazon Instagram Goodreads
11:15
April 19, 2021
Enrich Your Writing with Symbolic ARCHITECTURE
Learn how to amplify themes, foreshadowing, plot, description, conflict, and characterization beyond the superficial.  Words are 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. Autumn Bardot.com YouTube Amazon GoodReads
01:06:09
April 19, 2021
My WRITING PROCESS with author Autumn Bardot~ and I don't hold back!!
Every writer's process is unique to them. Hearing about the novel-writing process of other authors can help you improve and perfect your own.   Here's Autumn Bardot's novel process and I don't hold back! http://www.autumnbardot.com Amazon Instagram GoodReads
23:56
April 19, 2021