Editor Roundtable: Bite Size Edition: Thawing the Fiction Freeze

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Welcome to the new Bite Size Edition of the Editor Roundtable Podcast. Here on the Roundtable we’re dedicated to helping you become a better writer, following the Story Grid method developed by Shawn Coyne.

In these episodes we’ll be bringing you some shorter solo articles and interviews on topics that interest us as writers.

It’s 20 minutes of help for frozen writers this time as Anne brings you a bite-size edition about the path that leads from story structure directly to the selection of details, for a story that will engage, entice and enchant your readers.

Hi. This is Anne Hawley, and today I’m bringing you Thawing the Fiction Freeze, an article I wrote for nonfiction writers and filmmakers coming new to novel writing and wondering where to find the words a novel requires.

So join me for a quick bite of writing insight, starting right now.

For the full text of this episode, see Thawing the Fiction Freeze on the Fundamental Fridays blog.

Be sure to read Rachelle Ramirez’s excellent Fundamental Fridays posts, Secrets of the Society Genre and Secrets of the Status Genre.

The complete text of A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is freely available on Project Gutenberg in various ebook formats.

Thanks to Rachelle Ramirez for significant editorial improvement to this article, and to Leslie Watts, as always, for long and deep discussions about what’s important.

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About Anne Hawley

Anne Hawley is a developmental editor specializing in literary historical fiction and stories set in fantasy and science fiction worlds. When she's not editing, she's creating courses for writers at Pages & Platforms, a women-owned business aimed at helping diverse writers tell the best story they can—and then market it to its intended audience. Anne is the author of Restraint, a queer love story set in 19th Century London, and the forthcoming The Footman, set in the same universe. She lives and rides a bike around Portland, Oregon.
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