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Sallyann Sheridan
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The Joy of Writing Show

Join Sallyann Sheridan and Carrie Triffet for a weekly half hour all about the Joy of Writing!

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The Latest Joy of Writing Show

Show 17

An unexpected guest brings an unplanned and interesting twist to this show.  Shirley Ford, an inspirational author shares her story of coming to writing later in life - when she was about to retire! - and her joy at now being the proud author of three contemporary novels, with more in the pipeline.  She shares what she has learned along the way including promotional tips and possible pitfalls.  Proof indeed that it's never too late for anyone to pursue their writing dream!

 Success 

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Previous Joy of Writing Shows

 

Welcome to the
Joy of Writing!
Inspirational author Sallyann Sheridan is taken by surprise when interviewed by fellow author Carrie Triffet. Here Sallyann outlines how she went from being an aspiring writer to become a well respected author of fiction and non-fiction. Her life, work, and training has taken her to Canada, Europe, America, and India, and her workshops and mentoring continue to help people achieve their life's dream.

Part I - About Sallyann

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Welcome to the
Joy of Writing!
Sallyann turns the tables on award winning author Carrie Triffet with this surprise interview! Carrie explains how an experience in 2005 caused her to embark on what has since become a successful book writing career in a niche genre. Carrie now speaks internationally, and has set up a small publishing imprint that affords her personal control over the publication of her own books and those of a few select authors.

Part II - About Carrie

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Show 2 Discover how to hook your reader, with examples from bestselling authors. Sallyann Sheridan is interviewed by Carrie Triffet who also reads the opening of Sallyann's acclaimed novel If Wishes Were Horses.

Openings

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Show 3 What comes first – character or plot? Examples of writing 50 word fiction by Don Jones, and The Cliche Club, one of his short stories.

Characterisation

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Show 4

What are your choices when it comes to viewpoints? What are the benefits and limitations of each, and the importance of getting this right.

Points of View

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Show 5

How to make your story come alive with the settings you choose. Use settings to create atmosphere, build tension and reveal character. Carrie Triffet reads an example from her award winning book, Long Time No See.

Settings

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Show 6

What is your story about? What are the rules, if any, and when should you break them? What makes a scene; what makes a chapter, and what length should they be? How should flashbacks be used, if ever? Carrie Triffet reads Sallyann Sheridan's The Ultimatum, an example of Twist in the Tale fiction. And there is good advice from Aristotle.

Plotting

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Show 7

A fiction editor reveals the five S's of short fiction. Readers tell us what they want from a novel? Discover the four stages of learning and how it can apply to writing. And the question writers need to ask when writing or revising fiction.

More on plotting

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Show 8

Why are love scenes some of the worst written in published and unpublished work? Writing love scenes (as opposed to sex scenes), with examples. What you need to consider when writing scenes of young love, and amongst the middle-aged and more mature age groups. There are also tips on creating tension and how to keep readers hooked.

Love Scenes

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Show 9

Failure to do this is one of the chief reasons writing is rejected by publishers and agents alike. Discover how you can use this to make an immediate improvement in your work, with examples, and increase your chances of publication.

Show not tell

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Show 10

What can well-written dialogue do? What are the pitfalls writers need to avoid? What length should dialogue be and how should a writer lay it out on the page? When should realistic dialogue be used, if ever?

Dialogue

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Show 11

Sallyann answers listeners' questions on Show not Tell; Writing for Children, and Using the Senses. Plus she listens to and comments on a listener's story whilst reminding us that in creative writing the only rule is -There are No Rules!

Listeners' Mailbox

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Show 12

Carrie reads R K Narayan's short story, An Astrologers Day. How does writing a short story vary from writing a full length novel, and what length constitutes a short story? Sallyann answers these and many other questions posed by writers of short fiction who'd like to see their stories published.

Writing Short Fiction

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Show 13

Once your work is finished, the editing process starts. But what do you need to check - and how? Does your story have a compelling opening, does it reach a satisfying conclusion, and have you made every word count? Discover the answers to these and the many other do's and dont's of editing and revising.

Editing and Revising Fiction

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Show 14

Creative writing blocks are often a valuable part of the writing process and can be used to boost creativity. Here Sallyann looks at some of the numerous ways you can boost creativity, tests one such idea on Carrie, and reveals some of the things that make her and others want to write.

Creative Writing Blocks

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Show 15

Research is necessary even for fiction writers, so where do you look for the information you need? Here Sallyann shares her thoughts and shows how research can even help drive plots forward. She shows the importance of getting your facts right and how vital it is to avoid information dumps.

Research

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Show 16

Meeting with like minded people can be a great experience, and here are tips on finding a writers' group with similar objectives to you. Or if there isn't one near you - there are ideas on how to start your own! There can be pros and cons however to any group, and Sallyann reveals what they might be.

Writing Groups

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