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Dana Wayne - A Writers Life

Dana Wayne - A Writers Life

By Dana Wayne
Join award-winning romance author Dana Wayne as she shares the challenges and successes of one woman's journey from writer wanna-be to award-winning author. She shares tips and inspiration, snippets of her writing, and the occasional short story.
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Writing a Synopsis
A review of what a synopsis is, along with tips on how to write an effective one. 
January 03, 2022
Five Steps to Creating Memorable Characters, Chapter One The Detail
Five steps to help you flesh out and create memorable main and secondary characters. Includes Chapter One of The Detail, my new romantic suspense that will release in November 2021.
October 27, 2021
Chatting with Dana Wayne
The author talks about herself, her life, her work. Includes a short excerpt from Whispers On The Wind. 
August 26, 2021
Where's The Spark? Excerpt from Unveiling Beulah
A discussion about adding 'the spark' between your characters and a short excerpt from Dana Wayne's latest release, Unveiling Beulah.
July 29, 2021
Realistic Secondary Characters and excerpt from The Detail`
Discussion about secondary characters, who they are, why do you need them and how do you develop them. What are secondary characters? Why do you need them. Includes an excerpt from The Detail, current work in progress.
May 14, 2021
Taglines vs Loglines - What are they and do you need them?
A brief discussion on what is a tagline and what is a logline and why you need them. Also includes Chapter One of a new release, Unveiling Beulah. 
March 05, 2021
Interview with Author Michael Scott Clifton
Interview with award-winning fantasy author, Micheal Scott Clifton "Journey into the realms of magic and mystery."
January 31, 2021
How Much is Too Much? Adding Heat to Your Story And back cover blurb for Unveiling Beulah
A short piece on things to think about when you want to add heat/steam to your story. Includes common heat levels and tips for going forward. Closes with back cover blub for a new release coming out in late February. 
January 26, 2021
Marketing Goals for 2021 and Excerpt from Unveiling Beulah
A short piece on what I have chosen as my marketing goals/marketing resolutions for 2021 and a short excerpt from my upcoming release, Unveiling Beulah. 
December 29, 2020
Conversation with Author Maida Malby
Lively conversation with Texas Author Maida Mably. Listen as she talks about how she began her career, how her heritage connects with her books and why she became a romance author. 
October 08, 2020
Marketing Tips & Making Book Trailers
A few marketing tips you can put into place now and a high-level overview on how to make book trailers. 
August 22, 2020
Birth of A Story - Excerpt from Texas Winds
Short piece about how ideas come about, and what I do with them. Includes first chapter of my latest story idea. 
July 27, 2020
Setting The Hook - Grabbing Your Reader in the FIrst pages
Thoughts on how to use the first few lines to grab the readers attention, along with samples from various books.  Closes with a short snippet from Mail Order Groom. 
June 28, 2020
Balancing Dialog and Narrative
Some tips and examples on how to balance dialog and narrative in your story using excerpts from Whispers On The Wind and Secrets of The Heart.
June 05, 2020
Writing Male POV and Love Scenes Yes or No
This episode contains tips on writing male POV as well as tips on how to decide whether or not to include love scenes in your story. 
April 20, 2020
My Book Is Done - Now What? and Being Positive in a Negative world
Short piece on the pros and cons of traditional vs self publishing and an uplifting message on being positive in a negative world. 
March 31, 2020
Character Development and Why I Wrote Mail Order Groom
A discussion on ways to enhance character development by using character interviews and how I came up with the idea for Mail Order Groom. How to use what-if and why questions to develop your story. 
March 17, 2020
Writers Block - The Struggle is Real
This episode talks about how I deal with writers block and includes an excerpt from my second book, Mail Order Groom. 
March 13, 2020
Long Live Romance
A discussion of what I write, some generalities about the romance novel,  and the difference between a romance and a love story.
February 19, 2020
10 Tips for New Writers
This episode features 10 tips for new writers and a story of growing up in rural East Texas. 
February 02, 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.
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. 
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. 
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. 
January 04, 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. 
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. 
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.
December 15, 2019