A Writer's Life

A Writer's Life

By Dana Wayne
The challenges and successes of one woman's journey from writer wanna-be to award-winning romance author.
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10 Tips for New Writers
This episode features 10 tips for new writers and a story of growing up in rural East Texas. 
16:53
February 2, 2020
Lets Talk Characterization
What is characterization? How do you build believable and memorable characters? If you don't love the loveable ones and hate the despicable ones, your reader won't either.
10:35
January 29, 2020
The Value of A Critique
In this episode, we'll explore some of the benefits of a good critique, things to look for or focus on when critiquing and end with a short story entitled The Queen's Rules. 
18:44
January 20, 2020
Critique vs Criticism
This episode explores the difference between critique and criticism and why we (writers) need a critique. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I thought that meant putting words on paper in story format and that’s what I did with the first draft of Secrets of The Heart. Unfortunately, I had no idea what info dump was or show-don’t-tell. And my all-time favorite writing faux pas, passive voice. Critiques helped me understand those issues and how to avoid and/or correct them.  It also includes a short excerpt from Chapter Three of Secrets of The Heart. 
20:09
January 13, 2020
Writing Process, excerpt and spiders
A short piece on my writing process, a snippet from Chapter 4 of Chasing Hope and then a tell-on-myself story about me and spiders. 
16:15
January 4, 2020
Which comes first - idea or characters? Doyle's BB Gun
This episode answers the question I am frequently asked relating to how I get my story ideas. It ends with a cute story about my brother Doyle and the year he got a BB gun for Christmas. 
14:00
December 27, 2019
Why A Pen Name, an excerpt and worm calling
This episode details why I use a pen name and also includes Chapter One of Whispers On The Wind, my romantic suspense and ends with a tale about worm calling. 
21:38
December 22, 2019
Living My Dream
I have always wanted to be a writer. This short trailer tells how that dream began and ends with a cute Mama-story.
07:42
December 15, 2019