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August 1, 2020
In this episode, we are talking about total publishing costs Things to consider: Beta readers Writing Editing Proofreading and copy editing Formatting Book covers Marketing Shipping if physical You can contact me at massiel@blackheartedstudios.com
July 30, 2020
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July 24, 2020
Writing Cosmic Horror   ====================================================================   In today's episode, we're talking about cosmic horror.    What is it?    It is a sub genre of horror fiction that really emphasizes the unknown or the unknowable.   It's the cosmic horror of elements outside of us, outside of our humanity.   It makes us question our humanity, existential dread the fragility of our own humanity.    It's essentially like we're facing a monster. That's pretty much incomprehensible.   Cosmic horror is also known as Lovecraftian horror. So if you're familiar with HP Lovecraft, his type of writing is the cosmic horror type of writing.  Can I write good cosmic horror?    Remember that it doesn't have to be, quote/unquote good.    It has to be entertaining.    Don't pressure yourself with a thought of it needing to be good.   It's taking a step back and trying to describe something that's not describable.    So keep that in mind. Recently we had “Bird Box” with Sandra Bullock. That was a really good example of cosmic horror. And why is that? Because we never actually see what this thing is. 4 Tips for Writing Cosmic Horror   Not to describe the entity   Have it in your mind, it could totally be like really fleshed out in your head, but try not to actually go into the depths of writing , Like the detailed limbs hair, et cetera. It's totally cool if you have that picture, but for your reader, keep it a mystery and describe them in a way that's challenging so that you're leaving them hanging. Tangible Monster This is a real thing. It might be abstract but there is something that the main character is facing.  The bigger question is something outside of humanity, but meanwhile, there is a very real monster for your protag to face.   Use the senses   Write out that first draft of what you think it looks like, but then start taking out the actual details and use your senses instead. So rely on what the thing smells like, what it sounds like, what it feels like if a character actually gets a chance to feel the thing, maybe it's sleeping or something.So use your senses instead of painting pictures. That is going to really heighten the sense for the reader. And that's really important .Remember that when we paint the picture, we can't really relate to it. So keep that in mind.   Consider the main character wisely   So we have a great advantage as authors to choose what point of view you're going to have and who is going to be our protagonist. You can have multiple points of view. You can have switching points of view. Totally cool!. But when you're getting into the scary, the nitty gritty, like vital points of story, conflict or information, use your characters as tools because it can look different. So when you actually dive into your work and after you write your first draft or during your first draft, if you feel like, this is going to be really terrifying from this specific person's point of view, then use it.   So I hope that helps . Remember that some of these tips also can work in other genres.So you all keep that in mind and we are so excited for your writing!   Another thing that I found out recently is that you can enter small writing contests in the reedsy.com website ( https://reedsy.com/ ). I'm not affiliated with them in any way but I came across the resource and if you guys want some more motivation, this can work great. I guess they hold sporadic writing contests. So if you want to check that out, I’d tell you  it's a pretty cool resource for you guys.    I'm looking forward to hearing what you write. Remember that your work, and even if it's scary or it's romantic, it's still your work and it deserves to be out in the world. Book your one hour writing breakthrough today! Your book deserves to be told! https://calendly.com/howtowriteabookpodcast/coach
July 21, 2020
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July 17, 2020
Today we cover the top tools I use for writing! https://calendly.com/howtowriteabookpodcast/coach
July 8, 2020
In this topic, we talk about how to restart writing your book in 2020. It's not over yet!
June 29, 2020
In this episode, we cover 7 RESEARCHING TIPS FOR WRITERS.  
June 23, 2020
In this episode, we tackle how to write about yourself as an author. When do we need to write about ourselves and how to get over the terror that builds inside us. Buy me a Beer! If you like the show, leave a review or cheers with me! Buy me a Beer :) Cheers!
May 26, 2020
Topic: Episode 31 - World-building Host and Presenter: Massiel Valenzuela
May 25, 2020
Topic: Episode 30 - Writing Well Host and Presenter: Massiel Valenzuela
May 24, 2020
In today's episode, we're talking about: Critical voice. What is critical voice and what does it to you? Ways to overcome critical voice and why you should not always listen to it. Tips and tricks to navigate around critical voice. What Dean Wesley Smith says about critical voice and how to use that for your writing.   Don't be like the 80% who want to but never write their book. Book a coaching session now. Go to www.themassiel.com    
May 19, 2020
In this episode, we talk about CHARACTERS: What is a Mary Sue character? Using your antagonist to make your protagonist? Standing without gender   www.themassiel.com
April 21, 2020
Get your free hour today! www.themassiel.com/freehour   Topics in this episode: Prompt: You go into the future 50 years and see something you thought impossible. Return in time to tell yourself all about it.   Motivation: Brought to you by my dear friend, Trish Blackwell. A leap of faith requires a gap. It wouldn't be faith if there wasn't a gap. 3 TIPS TO GET STARTED WRITING TODAY You must believe and visualize. Decide. Making the decision will open you to possibilities. Schedule it into your calendar. Use time blocks, not expectations. https://zapier.com/blog/daily-schedules-for-productivity/   I want you to have success! You need to write this book. You deserve to have your words out in the world and others deserve to hear it. Grab a free coaching session with me for a full hour to tackle your toughest problems and get you writing today! www.themassiel.com/freehour    
April 16, 2020
Upgrading my dictation Prompt for the week: You wake up in the middle of a dream. But, you can control every aspect of this dream and you start with a cup of wine in your hand. What happens next? Motivation: “Art is anything you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol I want to talk about tech startups when doing dictation. First you might start off with some free apps. This might include a Google Docs, voice apps on your phone, some transcription services that might be inexpensive. You might jump into what I did next. Which includes getting a recording device and headphones. And lastly, my latest improvement. This includes the microphone that I have on my desk, which is primarily used for podcasting but I have been training my Dragon on this for a while. This makes this the ideal microphone for dictation and I am also using Audacity My results I would say it’s probably about 97 to 98% correct now.   http://themassiel.com/workbook/  
April 8, 2020
Topics in this podcast: Importance of help to finding clarity and focus Use resources and find people you like Remember they should not shame or bring you down Books, library cards, podcasts, YouTube Getting advice from authors you admire Conferences like the Smarter Artist Summit and 20Booksto50K Accountability Get the UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY WORKBOOK http://themassiel.com/workbook/   GET A FREE 30 MIN BOOK CONSULTING FROM MASSIEL https://calendly.com/massiel-valenzuela/30min  
April 8, 2020
Topics covered in this episode:   Consider blogging as writing Start your site, free or not but you can use it as accountability Getting into the practice of writing Learning your voice Creating a routine Sharing your voice and getting comfortable with criticism DON'T CHANGE YOUR VOICE Learning how to publish and let go WORKBOOK (www.themassiel.com/workbook)   www.themassiel.com/workbook
March 29, 2020
Topics in this episode: The importance of finishing. Short stories build confidence. Setting benchmarks. Using "Parts" to finish your story. The Quarantine. @massielwrites massiel@blackheartedstudios.com
March 21, 2020
In this episode we talk about: COVID-19 Updates Writing is important Anne Frank's Diary Stay Positive, you will get through this
March 5, 2020
In this episode we talk about the latest updates to the How to Write a Book Podcast. Coming up is a new format including shorter but more frequent episodes. We are making updates to the website! We talk about the current story collection that I am working on! And we are now on Facebook! facebook.com/groups/howtowriteabookpodcast/
February 16, 2020
Topics in this episode:   Health for: -Spines -Eyes -The Mind _Hands
February 9, 2020
In this episode, we talk about: -Why we have a new outro -Tech issues when writing books -How to defeat the negativity of obstacles
February 9, 2020
In this episode, we talk about:   -Writing 20,000 + words in 2 days -2020 updates -Using habits to fight resistance in art
January 23, 2020
In today's podcast, we talk about: The January Blues -What are they -Are they normal? -Tips for defeating it -Resources for moving forward
January 23, 2020
In today's episode we cover: The Book Journal -How to do it -Why to do keep one -How this is different from a diary -What tips to use
January 10, 2020
In today's episode we talk about the four ways you can self edit. -reading aloud -time -different font -voice
December 24, 2019
Welcome to the How to Write a book podcast! Today we're talking about: GOALS!!! Motivation SMART goals My writing goals 2020 changes   -Write yo!
November 30, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 29 ANNE FRANK AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WRITING PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 30, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 30 YOU WIN!   https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 28, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 28 THANKSGIVING PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 27, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 27 YOUR FORWARD PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 26, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 26 PUT IT ALL IN PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 25, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 25 WRITE YOUR LOVE OF THE STORY PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 24, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 24 7 DAYS LEFT PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 23, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 23 TAKE A BREAK PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 22, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 22 NATURE PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 21, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 21 HABIT FORMATION PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 20, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 20 GETTING TOWARDS THE FINISH *sorry for the different audio quality PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 19, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 19 GETTING INSPIRATION *sorry for the different audio quality PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 18, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 18 ASKING FOR HELP *sorry for the different audio quality PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 17, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 17 HOW TO MOVE FORWARD *sorry for the different audio quality PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 16, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 15 creativity vs perfection *sorry for the different audio quality PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 15, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 15 HALFWAY DONE *sorry for the different audio quality PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 14, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 14 TWO WEEKS IN! PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 13, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 13 TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 12, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 12 "NOT GOOD ENOUGH" PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com  
November 12, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 11 THIS IS NORMAL PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 10, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 10 BASKING IN THE GOOD PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 9, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 8 TIMING PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 9, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 9 THIS IS OUT OF ORDER! OMG! PROMPT MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 7, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 7 WRITING JOURNAL / DIARY PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 6, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 6 PLOTTING VERSUS PANTSING OUTLINE OR WRITING WITHOUT AN OUTLINE PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 5, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 5 "I'M TRYING" PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 4, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 4 "UH-OH LIFE" PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 3, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 3 I'M DOING IT PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 2, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 2 WOW THIS IS FUN PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com
November 1, 2019
NANOWRIMO DAY 1 EXCITEMENT PROMPT FOR TODAY MOTIVATION https://www.nanowrimo.org/ www.themassiel.com  
October 31, 2019
HAPPY HALLOWEEN WRITERS! It's that favorite time of year when the ghouls, ghosts, and gravely intimidating word counts creep up! But today, we prep and get all kinds of excited for NANOWRIMO that starts tomorrow.  So get ready, get spooky, and get writing!   www.themassiel.com
October 14, 2019
You're a writer, so you've probably heard of National Novel Writing Writing Month or NANOWRIMO? But is it for you? How do you even begin? In this episode, we talk all about NANOWRIMO, how to do it, and WHY you should do both as a beginner and as a pro already. Get ready for November!  Visit www.nanowrimo.org   For more: www.themassiel.com
October 3, 2019
Hey there! Are you experiencing podcast issues when listening to my show on iTunes / Apple Podcasts? We're working on it! :) So sorry for the inconvenience. Just giving you an update about where we are and that we hope to be back soon! Check us out on other platforms for the full ep!   www.themassiel.com
October 3, 2019
In today's episode we explore some crazy a$$ writing! Can you write a book in seven days? It's totally possible and it's an awesome confidence booster! You just need a plan of attack! Find out the schedule I used to write my post apocalyptic book in just one week!   www.themassiel.com
September 19, 2019
In today's episode, we hit the million dollar question - how do you write a good book? Is it the words? The cover? Find out why and how writing a good book is easier than you think!   www.themassiel.com
September 14, 2019
Did you listen to Part 1 where we talked about normal outlines, well, now we dive into creative and visual outlines! In today's episode we talk about 3 ways to create outlines with visual means.   Find out how to get that outline done! www.themassiel.com
September 5, 2019
What is a Beta reader? Find out how to find a beta reader and what questions to ask your book's beta readers. Why should you use them and when? In today's show we go over all the details on how to make your book better with a beta reader! For the show notes: Go to www.themassiel.com
August 22, 2019
In today's show learn one of two ways to write an outline. Writing an outline doesn't have to hard or difficult.  Take today's tips to write your outline today!
August 14, 2019
In today's episode, we talk about using preorders for deadlines! Do you have trouble finishing your book? Do you constantly miss your self-imposed deadlines?  Today, find out why you should be using preorders! How to use them and why they have helped me finish my own books!
August 14, 2019
In today's episode, I give you a dose of inspiration to move forward. Don't be that one driver on the road. Instead, push forward and write!
August 14, 2019
In today's episode, we talk about romance! Wow, it's a big topic with lots of different genres and tropes. But first, what is romance? How do you know what you're writing is truly a romance? Find out today and see what it takes to make a kissing book!
August 14, 2019
In today's episode, we talk about what you, the writer, are going to get from from this show. We talk about why you're a writer and why that non-fiction or fiction book is important to write and share into the world. Welcome to the How to Write a Book Podcast!
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