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The Creative Writer Podcast

The Creative Writer Podcast

By Senja Laakso
Bite-sized lessons for busy writers and authors.

How do I create realistic characters? Where can I find beta readers? Does my book's plot work? My book is ready to be published, now what? How do I tell people about my book? If you've had questions like these, you've come to the right place. The Creative Writer Podcast is a resource for fiction writers and authors. The episode topics come from Senja Laakso's experience as a self-published fantasy author as well as her BBA degree in marketing and her current BA studies in literature.

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53 When To Trust Yourself Over Feedback
There are times when the feedback is right and when it isn't. It's not always easy to know when to toss the feedback aside. Usually, I would trust the feedback. But you, as the original writer of the text, have a better understanding of your text's goals and its audience. That's why you have to learn when to trust yourself. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://senjalaakso.com/books.html LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: www.senjalaakso.com Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
10:31
June 14, 2022
52 Writers, Read More Genres
Don't stick to your own genre as a reader... as a writer. Especially not your sub-genre. There's a lot you can learn as a writer by reading more genres. Perhaps try out classics, contemporary romance, thrillers... There are so many genres. Maybe you'll find a new favourite read on the way too. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://senjalaakso.com/books.html LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: www.senjalaakso.com Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
07:15
June 07, 2022
51 Developmental Editing Plan
Do you need a better process for developmental edits? I did and this is what I do now. Perhaps this way you can improve your process too. At least it's worth a try. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://senjalaakso.com/books.html LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: www.senjalaakso.com Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
06:07
May 31, 2022
50 International Book Distribution
Indie authors, meaning self-published authors, this one is for you. Don't lose international readers for poor choices. In this episode, I tell you how to make your book available to more people internationally. Including me! Yes, I and many others want to read your books. But we can't if you don't use global distribution for your book. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://senjalaakso.com/books.html LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: www.senjalaakso.com Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
10:06
May 24, 2022
49 How To Use Tropes In Your Books
Just use it? Well, yes and no. It's not that simple... but it is simple. Book tropes are great for marketing, and most books use tropes one way or another. That's the point. How do you use them? How should you use them? That's what this episode is all about. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://senjalaakso.com/books.html LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: www.senjalaakso.com Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
06:34
May 17, 2022
48 Good People Can Write About Horrible People
This episode was inspired by conversations I've seen online, for example on social media. Art usually represents a person's values, but that doesn't mean every piece of it does. A character is like a puzzle piece. You need that piece to build the puzzle but the finished puzzle looks nothing like that one puzzle piece. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://senjalaakso.com/books.html LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
10:23
May 10, 2022
47 Books For Writers
BOOKS FOR WRITERS Here is a list of books I've loved as a writer and as an author. Some of them are for finding your own voice and others will help you edit your book. If you want to hear more about any of these books or you'd like more similar book recommendations, feel free to request that by emailing me or DM me on Instagram. BOOKS & PODCASTS MENTIONED Save The Cat! Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody The Anatomy Of Prose by Sacha Black The Rebel Author Podcast Next Level Authors Podcast The Big-Picture Revision Checklist by Alex Kourvo Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve by Ben Blatt The Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://senjalaakso.com/books.html LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
07:40
February 01, 2022
46 Learn To Talk About Your Book + Announcement!
LEARN TO TALK ABOUT YOUR BOOK Has someone ever asked you what you are writing about? What is the story about? Have you shut down or started rambling? After this episode, you'll know what to answer when someone asks about your book. Explaining a novel in two sentences is hard, and you'll need some practice. But I know you can do it! THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://senjalaakso.com/books.html LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
12:58
January 25, 2022
45 Fiction Isn't Real BUT...
FICTION ISN'T REAL BUT... I mean, it's not, but we pull our ideas for fiction from the reality. We as in writers, of course. Even readers read books from the perspective of someone who lives in this world. In the real world. That's why we often assume intelligent creatures in fantasy or science fiction are so human-like unless otherwise stated. But this isn't just about that. It's also about staying on track with your story idea. Knowing what you want to message your readers is important, and it's about that, too. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
10:02
January 18, 2022
44 Developmental Editing Exercise
DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING EXERCISE This episode won't cover all of developmental editing. If you want an episode about that, request it and I'll try my best to make that happen! However, this episode will help you with the broader picture when you're going through the developmental editing. This is especially useful for those of you who write novels. But even short stories need developmental editing. Happy writing! THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
08:35
January 11, 2022
43 Break Rules & Surprise Your Readers
BREAK RULES AND SURPRISE YOUR READERS This episode is made to inspire you. To raise thoughts and questions and especially ideas. You don't have to do any of the things I talk about, but I hope this episode still manages to inspire you. Maybe it'll even help you find new story ideas. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
11:30
January 04, 2022
42 Do Authors Or Writers Need A University Degree
REVENGE UNDONE IS ON SALE NOW! https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone DO WRITERS NEED A UNIVERSITY DEGREE My short opinion is no, but it's not always that simple. Degrees can be great, and there are situations where you will need to have a degree. But to write a book, no, you don't need a university degree. So when should you consider going to university? THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
12:48
December 14, 2021
41 Description Through The 5 Senses
DESCRIPTION THROUGH THE FIVE SENSES Us writers often forget to use all the five senses. We rely heavily on sight, and sometimes that can turn out to be a huge mistake. All the senses are important, and we use all of them daily. So should your characters. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://www.bookdepository.com/Revenge-Undone-SENJA-LAAKSO/9789526980911?ref=grid-view&qid=1633971192621&sr=1-1 https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/revenge-undone-9789526980911 LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
12:19
December 07, 2021
40 Intentional Discovery Writing for Pantsers and Plantsers
Intentional Discovery Writing for Pantsers and Plantsers Discovery writers, a.k.a. pantsers, are people who come up with the story as they write. Plantsers may have a rough outline, but they mostly come up with the story as they write it. So what is intentional discovery writing? Listen and find out. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://www.bookdepository.com/Revenge-Undone-SENJA-LAAKSO/9789526980911?ref=grid-view&qid=1633971192621&sr=1-1 https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/revenge-undone-9789526980911 LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
09:24
November 30, 2021
39 Nail Your Characters On The First Try
NAIL YOUR CHARACTERS ON THE FIRST TRY You don't want to write one extra draft only because you got your characters wrong on the first time. Especially for pantsers, but also for other writers, figuring out your characters prior to writing might just save you one draft worth of revising. Writing a book isn't easy, and writing layered and realistic characters certainly isn't. But hopefully with this episode of The Creative Writer Podcast you'll be able to figure out your characters and write a great story. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://www.bookdepository.com/Revenge-Undone-SENJA-LAAKSO/9789526980911?ref=grid-view&qid=1633971192621&sr=1-1 https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/revenge-undone-9789526980911 LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
09:53
November 23, 2021
38 Two Ingredients for a Great Story
TWO INGREDIENTS FOR A GREAT STORY These two ingredients are by no means all that you need. A story needs more than that, such as great dialogue and so on. But these TWO INGREDIENTS are what you'll find in most great and successful stories that people tend to fall in love with. Thinking about the two essential ingredients during the first draft will help you with developmental editing, but it's crucial for you to keep these in mind when you're doing developmental edits. I hope this episode will help you craft beautiful stories as well as inspire you to write more. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://www.bookdepository.com/Revenge-Undone-SENJA-LAAKSO/9789526980911?ref=grid-view&qid=1633971192621&sr=1-1 https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/revenge-undone-9789526980911 LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
07:08
November 16, 2021
37 Line Editing Tips for Authors and Writers
Line Editing Tips Whether or not you're hiring an editor or sending your manuscript to a publisher, you need line editing. It's a line and sentence level edit that you will do after all the developmental edits. Sometimes editors will also combine line and copy editing as they are so close to one another. In this episode we go through line editing, and I try to help you figure it out. If you're querying, a lighter line edit might be enough. But if you're self-publishing, you need to get your lines and sentences as close to perfection as possible. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://www.bookdepository.com/Revenge-Undone-SENJA-LAAKSO/9789526980911?ref=grid-view&qid=1633971192621&sr=1-1 https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/revenge-undone-9789526980911 LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
07:10
November 09, 2021
36 Self-Publishing Is Publishing
Self-Publishing Is Publishing Self-publishing can be just as professional as traditional publishing. Self-publishing isn't a shortcut, it's not cheating. It's a lot of real work. Even more work for the author than traditional publishing requires. It's not an easy way to get your book out there. In fact, it's likely even harder than traditional publishing. What is something you'd like to hear more about when it comes to self-publishing? As a self-published author, I'd like to go into more detail if you're interested. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://www.bookdepository.com/Revenge-Undone-SENJA-LAAKSO/9789526980911?ref=grid-view&qid=1633971192621&sr=1-1 https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/revenge-undone-9789526980911 LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
10:52
November 02, 2021
35 Let's Talk About NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month is a popular writing month for both writers and authors. In October (aka Preptober) planners and outliners plan their stories while pantsers and discovery writers try to get vibes for their story with Pinterest and WIP playlists. In this episode, I talk about my experience from last year. It was my first NaNoWriMo. I also try to give you tips. But if you have any questions, DM me on Instagram or email them to me. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE Now available for pre-order, and the official release day is the 28th of October, 2021. If you read dark fantasy, check it out. https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://www.bookdepository.com/Revenge-Undone-SENJA-LAAKSO/9789526980911?ref=grid-view&qid=1633971192621&sr=1-1  https://www.target.com/p/revenge-undone-by-senja-laakso-hardcover/-/A-84757434 https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/revenge-undone-9789526980911 LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
16:29
October 19, 2021
34 Book Formatting for Indie Authors
BOOK FORMATTING Book formatting is the publisher's job. Are you self-published? Then that's you. One way to do it is hire someone to do it for you. But there are also other ways if you're on a budget or if you have the skills and time. In this episode, we'll talk about those. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE Now available for pre-order, and the official release day is the 28th of October, 2021. If you read dark fantasy, check it out. https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone https://www.bookdepository.com/Revenge-Undone-SENJA-LAAKSO/9789526980911?ref=grid-view&qid=1633971192621&sr=1-1 https://www.target.com/p/revenge-undone-by-senja-laakso-hardcover/-/A-84757434 https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/revenge-undone-9789526980911 LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
12:50
October 12, 2021
33 Learn From Feedback as a Creative Writer
LEARN FROM FEEDBACK We, meaning us creative writers, have so many chances to get feedback. If you look for them, you'll find them. But you also need to use them. Use the feedback. Use the chances you get. Spend time with any constructive feedback you get. Haters can hate but constructive criticism is always welcome. In fact, it helps us writers grow and improve. In this episode I talk about when you should be learning from feedback or the chances to improve as a writer you may get. THE CREATIVE WRITER PODCAST The Creative Writer Podcast is a podcast for writers and authors. Especially those of you who write fiction but non-fiction authors are also more than welcome here. On this podcast, I talk about topics you've requested or lessons I've learned on my writing journey. I like to keep the episodes somewhat short, so all you busy writers and authors have the time to listen or watch the episodes. After all, you need all the possible time to get your writing done! JOIN MY MAILING LIST Get your free gifts when you join: 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone, and TBR list templates JOIN HERE: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso REVENGE UNDONE Now available for pre-order, and the official release day is the 28th of October, 2021. If you read dark fantasy, check it out. https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone LET'S CONNECT! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
14:53
October 05, 2021
32 My Editor Experience and Editing Process: Revenge Undone
Let's talk about working with an editor and what you should expect from a professional editor. If you want a more in-depth video about working with an editor in general, just ask me to do so and I will. In this episode, however, I talk more about what went through with my editing process and what it was like working with an editor from my perspective. ALSO, I HAVE MORE NEWS! Revenge Undone is now available for preorder, and the official release day is the 28th of October, 2021. If you read dark fantasy, check it out. https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
11:53
September 28, 2021
31 Write For Yourself, Edit For Your Readers
NEWS! I have a Facebook group for my listeners now. In the group, you can discuss anything about writing. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/484952602865224 In this episode of The Creative Writer Podcast, I talk about writing without worrying and editing with your target audience in mind. Mostly I focus on writing long-term without stressing yourself. Happy writing, creatives! ALSO, I HAVE MORE NEWS! Revenge Undone is now available for preorder, and the official release day is the 28th of October, 2021. If you read dark fantasy, check it out. Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions, chapters from Revenge Undone and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram (writing coach): https://www.instagram.com/stoorily/ ( @stoorily ) Instagram (author): https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/SenjaLaakso For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
05:50
September 21, 2021
30 About ISBNs
Let's talk about ISBNs. This episode is especially for those of you self-publishing. But traditional authors (or those aspiring to be one) it doesn't hurt to know more about ISBNs. Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! ALSO, I HAVE NEWS! My book Revenge Undone is now available for preorder, and the official release day is the 28th of October, 2021. If you read dark fantasy, check it out. Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
10:42
September 14, 2021
BOOK NEWS: Revenge Undone
Do you want a free first chapter of Revenge Undone? Subscribe to my mailing list. Link here: https://senjalaakso.com/ Also, here is the blurb and the trigger warnings: https://books2read.com/RevengeUndone I hope you enjoy this dark, romantic fantasy book filled with action and magic!
02:17
September 08, 2021
29 The Limits Of Storytelling
Effective storytelling has limits. Even if you're writing a full-length novel, you can't have too many characters. (Well, you can, but you shouldn't.) You want your readers to be able to stay on track with your story and that's where the limits come in. The limits are all about making the story the best it can be FOR YOUR READERS. Everything you do for a work that's meant to be published should be for your readers (except maybe the first draft). Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! ALSO, I HAVE NEWS! My book Revenge Undone is now available for preorder, and the official release day is the 28th of October, 2021. If you read dark fantasy, check it out. Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
05:26
September 07, 2021
BONUS: Proofreading Tip
Here is a bonus episode about proofreading for both traditionally published and self-published (not to forget aspiring) authors. Hope it helps you. Happy writing! senjalaakso.com
05:41
August 31, 2021
28 Break The Rules And Become A Better Writer
Note: This used to be the 50th episode, but the episodes before the rebranding have been deleted and therefore this no longer is the 50th. The 50th episode of The Creative Writer Podcast is all about breaking the rules. Except grammar rules... Don't break those. But wait... This podcast has taught you something about writing rules. I know, and not everything I've taught will have worked for all of you. This episode is about learning to write your own way. And to do that, you have to break the rules. Find your voice, find what works for you and become a better writer. And a better author. Are you in? Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
30:53
July 27, 2021
27 Know Your Why As A Storyteller
Knowing your why will help you validate your story for yourself, and that will help even with marketing your book. So no matter whether you're traditionally or self-published, this episode will help you find your why. It doesn't even have to be anything life-changing. Just find out what is your reason to write that specific story. Why should you be the one to tell it? Because you have something to say to the world? That's good enough for me. Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
09:17
July 20, 2021
26 Writing Different Types Of Side Characters
Side characters can be good or evil. Or even a little bit of both. You need them to support your story and your main character. But they should have another reason to be there, too. They should be as realistic as your main character is with their own goals and motivations. Yet they can't steal the spotlight from your main character. So with writing side characters, it's all about finding that balance. With the help of this episode, you should be able to find it. Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
11:07
July 13, 2021
25 Create Complex Main Characters
Your main character is your number one character. Never forget that. Your readers need to vote for your main character... But does your main character have to be the perfect, typical hero? Hmm... Let's talk about that! Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates.  Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
09:39
July 06, 2021
24 What Makes Your Book's Villain Evil
Every story has the bad guy. The villain. The antagonist. Someone who is on the opposite side of the story's hero. And sometimes we forget that the bad guys are real people, too. Real people who have motives, goals and dreams. Yes, perhaps evil ones. But the point is... Why are they evil? What made them evil? Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
06:10
June 29, 2021
23 Nail Your Book's Synopsis
I give you an easy way to figure out your book's synopsis, going through all the parts of it. You can either use the exact form I'm giving you, but I think you should alter it to fit with the mood and the theme of your book. Writing a synopsis for your book after listening to this episode will be way easier for you. And it doesn't matter if you're a self-publishing author or a traditionally publishing author. Either way, you can use this form, either on the back of your book or when you're querying. Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
10:49
June 22, 2021
22 Avoid Telling With Filter Words
Your readers are smart. Trust me, smarter than you think. And you're probably doubting your writing skills for nothing. So, trust your words and trust your readers will understand them. Or if you have doubts, ask someone to read your story and see what they think. Filter words distract your readers for no gain. There are situations where you need to tell, but even then don't overdo it with the filter words. And what are filter words? Listen and learn. Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
07:16
June 15, 2021
21 "Was" Is Dead
For more effective stories and more vivid description, you'll need to use stronger verbs. Was is often overused. Even experienced writers overuse that word. But sometimes it doesn't really bring any meaning to the sentence, and that's why, for the sake of your story, you need stronger verbs. And trust me, you'll find those when you're editing, if not before. Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
02:58
June 08, 2021
20 Description Mistakes To Avoid In Writing
You want to paint a visual picture in your reader's mind with your words. Don't confuse your reader if you want her or him to have a clear image in their mind. Here are some mistakes to avoid when you're describing what your characters are seeing or experiencing. By avoiding these you'll be much better off painting pictures with your writing. And trust me, as a writer, you'll want to do that. Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
04:20
June 01, 2021
19 Seven Steps To Enemies To Lovers Trope
One of the most popular tropes right now is enemies to lovers. I have looked into the trope and broken it down to seven steps, so you can write a satisfying enemies to lovers for your readers. The length of each step varies, and it will actually depend on your story, but with these steps you'll be able to write a great enemies to lovers story! It doesn't even have to be the main plot, the steps work for a subplot, too. So have fun with these steps while you write a slow burn enemies to lovers that will leave your readers wanting more. Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
07:11
May 25, 2021
18 Motivating And Inspiring Thoughts When Writing
Motivation and inspiration are key to writing. Without them, you're likely not going to write. Or at the very least you won't write as much. So to get your book finished and published, I have gathered some thoughts that you should be actively thinking about when you're writing. Don't just acknowledge these thoughts, actually think about them when you write. This way you'll alter your mindset and eventually you'll get your book out there. Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
04:32
May 18, 2021
17 Add Conflict To Your Story
To get readers invested in your story, there has to be conflict. Your main character (along with some of your side characters) has to struggle through obstacles on their way to the end. The goal. In this episode I talk about conflict and raising stakes in your book. Happy writing! Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
05:43
May 11, 2021
16 Plot Twists And Foreshadowing
Foreshadowing, when done well, will enhance the reader's experience. It will result in a more satisfying story which is usually followed by a more compelling story and better book reviews. Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get your free gifts! 90 Questions To Ask Your Characters, Writer's Guide To 16 Emotions and TBR list templates. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
05:12
May 04, 2021
15 Make Your Scenes Matter
Scenes make chapters, and chapters make books. So make those scenes matter... to make your book matter. This is a great way to hook your readers and have them finish your story. Follow for more bite-sized writing lessons! Sign up to my newsletter and get FREE GIFTS! Such as 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
02:48
April 27, 2021
14 Tropes To Avoid
When you're writing a novel, there are certain tropes you should avoid. For various reasons. Romanticizing toxicity is one of the reasons. Another good reason to avoid a trope is that it's been written so many times. So unless you give it a strong, unique twist, readers might not want to read it, because they feel like they've read the story already. So here are three tropes that I think you should avoid. Sign up to my newsletter and get a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
04:57
April 20, 2021
13 Five Types Of Writer's Block And Their Cures
Writer's block. Every writer's, and every author's, ultimate nightmare. A bit dramatic? Well, no one wants to get stuck writing their book. Not me, not you, not Stephen King. I have found five different types of writer's blocks, and I have a cure for each one. So no more writer's block. No more getting stuck with your writing. Sounds impossible? Sounds too good to be possible? Not after listening to this episode! From now on you can write your novels freely without worrying about writer's block. Sign up to my newsletter and get a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu For questions, requests and feedback, please, email me or DM me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
06:04
April 13, 2021
12 Solving Discovery Writer Problems
Are you a discovery writer or, in other words, pantser? If yes, this episode for you! But outliners and planners are welcome here, too. If this episode isn't for you, check out some of the other episodes. In this episode I solve discovery writer problems to help you write more, better and faster as a pantser. I hope these tips help you get past your writing problems. But if you have any other problems as a discovery writer that weren't mentioned here, feel free to let me know. Also, make sure you subscribe to my newsletter for more tips and news! Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
04:16
April 06, 2021
11 How To Write First Chapters And Opening Scenes
In this episode, you'll learn how to write first chapters and opening scenes. There's things you should definitely not do when writing your first chapter and especially not when writing your opening scene. With the tips in this episode, you should be able to write a killer first chapter with a killer opening scene. Good luck! Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
04:33
March 30, 2021
10 Quicker First Drafts
I've figured out a way for quicker first drafts. This method has enabled me to write first drafts of about 100k words in less than a month. If you want to try and see if it works for you, too, listen to this episode. Also, dear writers, I'd love to hear feedback from you. Especially feel free to tell me if this helps you write quicker first drafts, too. I hope it does! Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
03:43
March 23, 2021
9 Marketing Tip For Authors: Deleted Scenes
Most movies have deleted scenes. Why shouldn't your book? You don't have to add them onto your actual book, but there are other ways to share them with your audience. Listen to find out more, and share with your writer and author friends! Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
02:42
March 16, 2021
8 Write Realistic Characters That Your Readers Will Love
Characters, for me and many other readers, make or break the story. For some readers, the plot might be more important. But still, for many readers unrealistic characters can be enough for them to put the book down forever. That's why you need realistic characters. Your readers will love characters that feel real for them. In this episode, I talk about how to create those realistic characters that your readers will fall in love with. A character that feels real might even be enough to make your readers your fans. Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
04:42
March 09, 2021
7 Dialogue Tag Exercise
In modern writing where dialogue plays a bigger role, dialogue tags also have a bigger role. With this writing exercise you should be able to learn to use dialogue tags in a way that makes your dialogue interesting for the reader. I highly recommend trying this especially when you're editing your novel. It will help you figure out when and how to use dialogue tags. Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
01:46
March 02, 2021
6 Overuse of Dialogue Tags
Dialogue tags can make the reading experience more comfortable or they can completely ruin it. That's why dialogue tags are more important than most writers might realise. In a way, they can either make or break your story. Too many dialogue tags is distracting, and too few is confusing. You need to find the balance. But you need to also find the right words to use in your dialogue tags. As a writer with ten years of writing experience, "said" is not dead. Whoever says that hasn't been writing enough or writes too flowery prose (for my taste, that is). Hope you enjoy the episode. Thank you for listening, follow the podcast for more! Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
04:58
February 23, 2021
5 Show. Don't tell.
So... Show, don't tell. If you're a writer, it's likely you've heard about this somewhere unless you're new to writing. And if that's the case, welcome to the writing community! In this episode, I'll explain how you should show what your character is feeling rather than just tell your reader what is happening. In most cases, "He was crying." just won't do. It won't be interesting for the reader. For some beginner writers (me too when I was a beginner), this topic might be tougher than they first realise. That's why you get 15 helpful emotion cards when you subscribe to my mailing list. Here's the link: https://mailchi.mp/72e7c29f6677/senja-laakso . Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
04:37
February 16, 2021
4 Writing Novels
Novel writing is hard work. You can't jump into novel writing, thinking you can write a great book just like that. Be realistic. It's likely your first novel isn't even going to be good enough for publishing. (Mine certainly wasn't.) But you will get better as you give it enough time and effort. I know it's a cliché thing to say, but... Trust the process. And I mean that. Novel writing is a skill like any other and it requires time. And other things... but more of that in the episode. Listen and get to writing with a different mindset! Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
05:31
February 09, 2021
3 What Are Book Bibles And Why Every Writer Should Use Them
Recently I discovered that book bibles aren't as well-known as I had thought. The same goes for series bibles, too. So, in this episode of The Creative Writer, I am going to tell you what a book bible is and why you should consider having one. I tell about my own experience using book bibles and series bibles. Writers and authors, I challenge you to at least try using a book bible. I've found it to be one of the best writing tools. If you have any questions after the episode, don't hesitate to contact me. Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
07:00
February 02, 2021
2 Outliners and Discovery Writers
Do you label yourself as an outliner or as a discovery writer? Or perhaps you prefer to be one of the three; planner, plantser or pantser? Do you know what these "labels" mean? In this episode, I talk about these terms and labels. With the episode I want to help you find the right way to write for you, because every writer is unique. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact me. I will also be continuing with this topic on my Instagram Stories for Writer Wednesday. Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
07:18
January 26, 2021
1 Introducing The Creative Writer by Senja Laakso
Hi there! Welcome to the first episode of the rebranded podcast! As you may or may not know, the former name was Miss Senu Podcast for creatives. The old episodes remain available for you to listen, but it's time for a little change. In The Creative Writer I, Senja Laakso, teach you to let your creativity go wild in your novels and stories. You can expect tips and advice on how to write your novel. There might also be marketing tips coming. So, put your headphones on and learn! Connect with me! :) Website: https://senjalaakso.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com More links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu When you sign up to my newsletter, there's a FREE GIFT for you! 15 Emotion Cards for showing, not telling.
02:52
January 24, 2021
The Creative Writer by Senja Laakso
In The Creative Writer I, Senja Laakso, teach you to let your creativity go wild in your novels and stories. You can expect tips and advice on how to write your novel. There might also be marketing tips coming. So, put your headphones on and learn! Connect: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senja.laakso/ ( @senja.laakso ) Pinterest: https://fi.pinterest.com/misssenu/ Email: senjalaaksoauthor@gmail.com Links and newsletter signup: https://linktr.ee/MissSenu
00:43
January 24, 2021