First Draft Fridays Archives - Authors A.I.
First Draft FridaysSeptember 18, 2021
FDF #29: Writing Horror Effectively

FDF #29: Writing Horror Effectively

Join us, Friday, September 24th at Noon Eastern Time. Our guest, bestselling author of Under a Mourning Star and Harvest The Children, Jack Pierce in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about writing horror effectively. This is a FREE live chat, so please bring your questions and opinions to the event! In this First Draft Friday live video chat, Jack will answer questions, and give you actionable tips! Sign up now!

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First Draft FridaysJuly 12, 2021
FDF #28: The Origins of Story Outline

FDF #28: The Origins of Story Outline

Join us, Friday, September 10th, with guest author Stefan Emunds in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about the origins of the story outline. This is a FREE live chat, so please bring your questions and opinions to the event! In this First Draft Friday live video chat, Stefan will answer questions, and give you actionable tips! You'll also receive a booklet which highlights the origins of story outline, the adversity cycle, and the story cycle from Stefan's book, The Eight Crafts of Writing.

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First Draft FridaysJune 25, 2021
FDF #27: Working with a writing coach

FDF #27: Working with a writing coach

At 5PM ET, Guest author Dave Reed discusses how to stop the never-ending cycle of years of NOT finishing a book—with a little help from his friends. Hiring a writing coach can feel daunting and expensive and fraught. Learn the seven secrets to getting more than your money’s worth from a professional writing coach. This will be a free live chat, so please bring your questions and opinions to the event! In this First Draft Friday live video chat, Dave will answer questions and give you tips.

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First Draft FridaysJune 17, 2021
FDF #26: Unlearning Habits

FDF #26: Unlearning Habits

At 12PM NOON ET, 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. Tune in and watch as Michael shares his personal journey from non-fiction to fiction writing. This will be a free live chat, so please bring your questions and opinions to the event! In this First Draft Friday live video chat, Michael will answer questions and give you tips.

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FDF #25: Believable Fiction

FDF #25: Believable Fiction

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 and authentic. This was a live chat. In this First Draft Friday live video chat, Fiona gives you actionable tips.

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FDF #24: The psychology of thrillers

FDF #24: The psychology of thrillers

At Noon ET, guest author Andy Maslen was back with Alessandra Torre to discuss more about unpredictable emotions, unstable characters, and undermining perceptions in psychological thrillers. In this First Draft Friday live video chat, Andy answers questions and gives you actionable tips.

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First Draft FridaysApril 27, 2021
FDF #23: The “unwritten law” of writing a Psychological Thriller

FDF #23: The “unwritten law” of writing a Psychological Thriller

At Noon ET, Guest author Andy Maslen outlines the genre conventions, challenges and rewards of writing psychological thrillers from sympathetic victims to ambiguous villains. This will be a live chat, so please bring your questions and opinions to the event! In this First Draft Friday live video chat, he’ll answer your questions and give you actionable tips.

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First Draft FridaysApril 15, 2021
FDF #22: Pantsing vs Plotting

FDF #22: Pantsing vs Plotting

At Noon ET, Author MJ Blehart will be comparing and contrasting the different approaches of writing styles between “pantsers” and “planners” and the pros and cons of both. This will be a live chat, so please bring your questions and opinions to the event! In this First Draft Friday live video chat, he’ll answer your questions and give you actionable tips.

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First Draft FridaysApril 1, 2021
FDF #21: How to Structure a Novel

FDF #21: How to Structure a Novel

At Noon ET, author Jim Woods will show you a fun, simple way to structure your book. Learn how to create a compelling story that draws in the reader and keeps them turning the page. In this live video chat, he’ll answer your questions and give you actionable tips.

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First Draft FridaysMarch 16, 2021
FDF #20: Creating side characters that shine

FDF #20: Creating side characters that shine

At 5pm ET, author Cindy Skaggs will discuss using into secondary (or side) characters in your novel. Side characters can be instrumental in giving your book depth, opening up your fictional world, and can be a great place for additional plotlines and main character development to occur. In this live video chat, she’ll answer your questions and give you actionable tips on how to make the best use of these characters.

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First Draft FridaysMarch 3, 2021
FDF #19: Building a stronger editing team

FDF #19: Building a stronger editing team

At 5pm ET, editor Marion Archer will discuss what you need to know about building in the right beta readers and developmental eyes, when to bring them on, and the importance of a well-rounded editing team. She’ll answer your questions and give you actionable tips on how to have a stronger editing team and process.

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First Draft FridaysFebruary 18, 2021
FDF #18: Writing in the Young Adult Voice

FDF #18: Writing in the Young Adult Voice

At 12pm ET, Author Morgan Baden will discuss how to nail the Young Adult voice in your writing. In this live video chat with Alessandra Torre, they will explore how tone and language can make or break an authentic teen voice, and learn what makes a book be classified as YA in the first place.

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