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Authors A.I. presents First Draft Friday! A regular open house for the author community where we talk about the craft of novel writing and storytelling with fellow authors, editors or entrepreneurs. Learn tips and trade secrets from the best names in fiction writing. Have a topic you’d like us to tackle? Know an author who would make a good guest? Let us know at team@authors.ai And get more author resources, including our manuscript analysis tool, at authors.ai
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Our guest is instant #1 New York Times bestselling author Lucy Score who discusses how she adds humor to her work – and shares tips on how you can do the same. Find out about our next First Draft Friday chats, and our manuscript analysis too, at https://authors.ai/ This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know …
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In this episode of First Draft Friday, our guest is bestselling thriller author Melissa F. Miller. Melissa discusses writing in multiple third-person POV thrillers. Melissa says “I love writing big, juicy multiple POV thrillers. Every once in a while, I’ll do dual narrators (like my Shenandoah Shadows romantic suspense books and The Anniversary Par…
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Catch up as our guest, bestselling romantic fantasy author Scarlett St. Clair discusses her work with Alessandra Torre, and explains how she creates dark anti-heroes who readers fall in love with. More about our manuscript analysis tool and author resources at authors.ai This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you…
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Bestselling contemporary romance author Xio Axelrod and Alessandra Torre discuss themes related to writing romance, and Xio’s journey from indie to published author. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes? Get your book analyzed here > https://…
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Variety is the spice of life – but is it also the secret to a long and prosperous author career? Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler knows his stuff, and with a recent pivot into writing thrillers, he’s the perfect author to have this discussion with. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you kno…
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Variety is the spice of life – but is it also the secret to a long and prosperous author career? Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler knows his stuff, and with a recent pivot into writing thrillers, he’s the perfect author to have this discussion with. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you kno…
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Authors Alessandra Torre and Lynne Golodner discuss the similarities & differences between creative nonfiction & fiction. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes? Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/…
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Authors Alessandra Torre and Debbie Weiss discuss stepping through self-imposed boundaries of fear and anxiety to pen your first book. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes? Get your book analyzed here > https://authors.ai/…
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Authors Alessandra Torre and Mary Carroll Moore discuss how writers can incorporate themselves into their characters. Mary Carroll shares how she incorporated some of her own life experiences into her latest book, A Woman’s Guide to Search and Rescue. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an…
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April White sits down with Alessandra Torre to talk about the real history and actual mysteries she researches for her books, and how to write responsibly in an age when representation and diversity is so important in our stories. Hear about how the truth can be a powerful tool for plotting stories and creating realistic settings. This is an unedit…
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Authors Alessandra Torre and Kim Catanzarite discuss the many phases of the editorial process—from the first draft to the proofreading pool and everything in between. Hear about what it really means to produce a finished manuscript, and how the editorial process can help get you there. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Lis…
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Authors Lael Raphael and Alessandra Torre discuss how to use the Theory of the Outstanding Question to set up a plot which will engage and entertain readers. Listen here to discover what is an Outstanding Question? Two great examples of an Outstanding Question from movies and TV are: “Who is Kaiser Soze?” and “Who is Jon Snow’s mother?” This is an …
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Authors Alessandra Torre and Kathleen Fine discuss steps, advice, and tips on how first-time novel writers can get their book published. In this episode, she shares the inside scoop of what worked for her (and what didn’t) to ignite you into authorhood! This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get …
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Alessandra Torre and Jane L. Rosen discuss how Jane went from Screenwriter To Published Author and how she takes her real-life experiences & turns them into novels. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes? Get your book analyzed here > https://a…
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Alessandra Torre and Jessica Flory discuss how to choose a relatable theme that will resonate with readers, how to use character arcs to bring out theme, and how to deliver a powerful message without sounding preachy or overbearing. Tune in to learn about crafting themes to inspire! This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen…
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Alessandra Torre and Ines Johnson discuss how to write more bingeworthy books using pacing techniques from episodic television structure. Novelists, are you ready to learn the pacing techniques employed by episodic television writers that keep millions in their seats through commercial breaks and coming back for more each week, each season, and eve…
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Literary strategist, book coach and 23-time published author Dr. Rhonda M. Lawson joins us with actionable tips on building compelling plotlines through planning, foreshadowing and character development. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes? …
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Alessandra Torre and Rebecca Zanetti discuss how to write across several genres and stay true to your brand. Discover tips for writing fiction in different genres. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes? Get your book analyzed here > https://au…
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Dylan Thomas Pratt, son of the late international best-selling author Scott Pratt, whose work has sold more than six million copies, discusses the evolution of his role in the further development of his father’s work. His father, Scott Pratt, was known for both his Joe Dillard series and his Darren Street series. Now Dylan is continuing a legacy. L…
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Pamela Fagan Hutchins, USA Today bestselling and Silver Falchion Best Mystery winning author of 24 mystery/suspense/thriller novels (Patrick Flint & What Doesn’t Kill You) discusses tips for writing a compulsively readable crime fiction series. In this unedited chat, she answers questions and give actionable tips. Listen in! This is an unedited cha…
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James Rosone discusses how to craft a series that draws readers into books seven, eight, and beyond. In this unedited chat, he answers questions and give actionable tips. Listen in! This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes? Get your book analyzed…
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Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author of several mysteries and thrillers, including the Jack Noble and Rachel Hatch series, LT Ryan, discusses crafting compelling characters in order to create the best character-driven stories. In this unedited chat, he answers questions and give actionable tips. Listen in! This is an unedit…
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NYT bestselling author A.L. Jackson shares insight on how to develop unforgettable characters that will live in our readers’ hearts forever. In this unedited chat, she answers questions and give actionable tips. Listen in! This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your nove…
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Author Timothy Byron discusses how an author’s subconscious biases, and life experiences may determine the traits and personality types of their characters. In this unedited chat, he answers questions and give actionable tips. Listen in! This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analys…
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With never-ending, relentless day-to-day obligations and options pulling us in different directions, writing (and completing) projects can at times seem a tough, borderline impossible task. Bestselling author of the David Wolf and Ali Falco Series Jeff Carson shares some of what helps him stay on track and mostly sane as he juggles life and creatin…
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Science fiction author Scott Bartlett shares his simple method for structuring stories. Knowing where you’re going in a story will help you define goals for each scene, keeping the words flowing! In this unedited chat, he answers questions and give actionable tips. Listen in! This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Di…
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I., Robin James, bestselling author of over 16 small-town crime thrillers (Cass Leary & Mara Brent series) will discuss tips for how to build fictional towns that can become like characters unto themselves. Join us as we discuss how to create authentic settings that readers love returning to book…
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I., Douglas E. Richards, New York Times bestselling author of numerous near-future science-fiction thrillers, discusses research, how to use factual information to enhance thrillers, and how to invoke a sense of wonder in readers. Join us as we discuss Enhancing fiction using facts! This is an un…
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I. our guest, Daniel Paisner is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre. New York Times best-selling collaborator Daniel Paisner shares what it’s like to help some of our most celebrated personalities write their autobiographies and memoirs, and how the lived experiences of his famous clients have …
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I. our guest, Michele Scoott is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre. NYT and USA Today bestselling author Michele Scott discusses the journey from bestselling book series to film and how to create worldwide hype around your books. Join us as Michele discusses, The journey from book to film. Thi…
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I. our guest, Amy L. Bernstein is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about the critical do’s and don’ts of dialogue in fiction. Writing convincing dialogue is not easy! Characters tell us who they are by what they say, what they withhold, and what they think to themselves. Which techniques wor…
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I. our guest, Gordon Byron is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about the role writers play in character development. Writers are actors who must play all roles and get inside every characters’ head to make stories interesting and characters real, multi-layered and memorable. Join us as Gordo…
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I. our guest, Becca Puglisi is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about conflict’s role in plot and character arc. Becca’s excited to discuss the pivotal role conflict plays in storytelling. It shapes plot, influences character development, and generates tension and emotion for readers—all vit…
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I. our guest, best-selling author Danielle Girard is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about the long road to publication. Join us as she discusses facing rejection—how to stay motivated, how to get over the disappointments, and ways to keep the job fun while waiting for news. This is an uned…
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I. our guest, best-selling author Sierra Simone is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre. Sierra discuses how to infuse a story with feeling and depth to make your book an unforgettable experience for your readers. Join us to learn more about creating characters capable of complex feeling and the…
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I. our guest, best-selling author James Rosone is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre. He will discuss how to use your Marlowe report to engineer a bestseller and develop effective audience targeting for your marketing campaign. James used Marlowe to craft two incredible series in Thrillers and…
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In this episode of First Draft Friday from Authors A.I., our guest, USA Today best-selling author Tiffany Reisz is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre. Setting in a novel isn’t simply the background to your story…it’s another character. The right setting can make or break your novel. Join us as she discusses the importance of your novels setting.…
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Author and editor for award-winning and best-selling books, Stephenie Magister helps us take a deeper look at what experience the reader is REALLY having in the genre you thought you were writing in (comedy, horror, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, literature, memoir, creative nonfiction vs personal essay). Join us as she discusses understanding your gen…
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Our guest, writing coach, ghostwriter, and author Jeff Deck is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about conquering the writer’s block myth. Jeff shares his STICK framework for overcoming self-doubt and self-sabotage to finally finish your novel. Join us as he discusses, Conquering the Writer’s Block Myth. This is an unedited chat loaded with que…
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Guest author Ryan Schow is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about transitioning between genres. Should you step outside your genre? USA Today Bestselling author Ryan Schow talks about making the transition from a highly successful career in post-apocalyptic fiction to dipping his toes in the thriller market as an independent author. Join us as…
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Guest author Robert Dugoni is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about writing plots to keep readers turning the pages. New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite and Charles Jenkins series, Robert Dugoni, discusses the keys to grabbing a reader’s attention and keeping it through to the last page. Join us as we discuss how to writ…
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Guest author Greta Boris is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about how to create character sheets with Enneagram. Does it sometimes feel your characters are more like video game avatars than actual people? Or have you fallen in love with a character only to find they absolutely won’t do what you want them to in Act 3? Learn how to use the 9 En…
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Guest author Tamie Dearen is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about writing characters your readers will love and sympathize with, even when your plot forces them to do unlikable things. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just minutes? Get your boo…
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Guest author C. R. Rowenson is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about what it takes to make your magic system unique. Learn what to expect from the first draft of your magic system, key areas you can change, and how to know when your system is different enough. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know…
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Guest author Jeff Wheeler is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about his secrets of writing in different voices. Bestselling author Jeff Wheeler has an uncanny ability to make believable characters that are unique and believable—especially his female characters. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know…
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Guest author, and writing coach, Joan Dempsey is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about writing a gripping first page. Ready to captivate readers from the opening page of your novel? Discover the keys to a great first page, including the power of a terrific opening sentence as well as which elements to include and what’s best to avoid. Join us…
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Guest author Jack Pierce is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about writing horror stories that hit the mark. Jack will communicate how to write horror effectively and why horror is the most timeless genre of them all. This is an unedited chat loaded with questions and answers. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your nove…
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Guest author Stefan Emunds discusses the origins of story outline. A story is a dramatized virtual adventure. Likely, in the earliest days of storytelling, people took real-life adventures, like raiding a village, surviving a storm, escaping a death trap, or abducting a woman of another clan, gilded those with dramatic devices, and told the tale at…
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Guest author Fiona Quinn along with author Alessandra Torre discuss strategies for writing believable fiction. Writing your scene with confidence comes from having a good intellectual and sensory understanding of what your protagonist is attempting. Join us for strategies to get the information you need under your belt so your writing is seamless a…
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Guest author Michael Hurd along with author Alessandra Torre will discuss strategies and tips for transitioning from objective writing to subjective writing. Each form has its own rules, style, and yes, habits. Switching isn’t always easy. Your pre-read (beta) team could be one of your best allies to help you overcome, and unlearn those habits. Thi…
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