MNINS: Season 2, Episode 3 – Your Muse Can’t Be Lazy

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MNINS-SmallWelcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of My Name Is Not Steve – The Podcast by Storytellers about Storytelling with People Not Named Steve. This time we talk about how to answer the call of your muse… and, hint, it takes a crap tone of hard work.

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In this episode:

  • Following Your Muse
  • Take Pride in All that You Do
  • Air Awakens by Elise Kova
  • Learning the Craft
  • Finding Mentors (Virtual & Real)
  • Knowing the Rule Before Breaking Them
  • Finding Opinions You Trust


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5 Comments on “MNINS: Season 2, Episode 3 – Your Muse Can’t Be Lazy

  • Paul Bauer says:

    How do you go about knowing the rules and what rules are you breaking and how are you breaking them?

    • Paul Bauer says:

      How did you go about…

  • Sonlight Press says:

    I listened to a crap ton of podcasts, everyday, on the drive to and from work, while walking everyday, at lunch, etc. At one point I was listening to 8-10 podcasts a week. I also got great advice from authors I’ve known prior to taking it on. Dorothea, of course, was instrumental. And then, there was honest feedback that said “readers of this genre like this.” Even some apps helped smooth out the grammar.

    It was all a long, painful learning curve, but, repeatable, for those who care to dive into it.

    Fortunately, I had a long history of writing stories (screenplays), so I knew how to do it, I just had to learn about this format of novels. Having to learn about the 3 or 5 act structure, dialogue, tension, etc., would have made it far more daunting.

    And, of course, writing a bunch of crap that stunk and being willing to toss it and start again. Just like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get. You just have to let yourself get there and be patient (which I suck at BTW).

    • Paul Bauer says:

      I guess that is how you learned the rules. Have you figured out which rules you can break and how to break them?

  • Sonlight Press says:

    One of the rules of YA is for the story to be told in first person, through their eyes. That was too limiting to me, so I chose to do third person limited.

    Plus, mixing some off language, violence and devout faith into one YA novel is a bit of a rule breaker right now. Or, it makes me a trendsetter :). Only time will tell.

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