The Taylor Stevens Show

Information and inspiration on writing, publishing, craft, mindset, productivity and making the most of your writing life with New York Times bestselling author Taylor Stevens and indie author Stephen Campbell. This podcast will help you kick writing in the butt one word at a time.

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      TSS124: The Importance of Keeping Your Characters in Motion


      This week’s episode is the third and final episode of a three-part series where Taylor takes a deep dive into how removing detail can help to better develop your character and improve your story.  This week we work through the document and see (and hear) Taylor’s revisions of the document, and she explains why she chose the changes she made.  Thanks to S.M. Fedor for providing the source material.

      We recorded this as one as video as well. If you want to watch as Tayl...


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      TSS123: Line Editing to Shape a Compelling Narrative (Part 2 of a 3 part series)


      This week’s episode is the second of a three-part series where Taylor takes a deep dive into how removing detail can help to better develop your character and improve your story.  This week we begin fresh with a second draft rewrite and begin the work of line editing to shape it into a compelling narrative.Thanks to S.M. Fedor for providing the source material.

      We recorded this as one as video as well. If you want to watch as Taylor works through the material, you’ll ...


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      TSS122: Cutting Back on the Description to Bring Your Story to Life


      This week’s episode is part one of a three-part series where Taylor takes a deep dive into how removing detail can help to better develop your character and improve your story.  Thanks to S.M. Fedor for providing the source material.

      In the pre-show chit chat, we debate which of the two of us prepares the better Thanksgiving meal.  (Spoiler alert – we called it a tie so, like five-year-old soccer players, we both claim victory.)

      We recorded this as one as...


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      TSS121: Developing the Mentality of Success


      What’s the best path to success as a writer?  Finding and having someone validate your perfect idea for a story OR writing, developing your voice and improving your craft.

      Taylor received a message from someone who found an article she posted on her website (see below) and uses that question to explore the idea of developing the mentality of success, not just for writing, but for life.

      Here’s the article that started that launched the topic for this ...


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       2017-11-14

      TSS120: Line Editing to Slow Down the Action – Part 2


      In this week’s episode, which builds on last week’s show, Taylor works through an excellent action scene from some epic fantasy material provided by a listener.  Her objective is to slow down the action and to focus the reader’s attention on a specific character trait of the lead character.

      We recorded this as one show for video purposes, but have split it into two podcast episodes to keep the time closer to our normal show length.  If you want to watch as Taylor works...


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      29m
       2017-11-07

      TSS119: Line Editing to Slow Down the Action (Part 1 of 2)


      In this week’s episode, Taylor works through an excellent action scene from some epic fantasy material provided by a listener.  Her objective is to slow down the action and to focus the reader’s attention on a specific character trait of the lead character.

      We recorded this as one show for video purposes, but have split it into two podcast episodes to keep the time closer to our normal show length.  If you want to watch as Taylor works through the material, y...


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      38m
       2017-10-31

      TSS118: Taylor answers a subscriber question on when and how to find an editor


      In this week’s show Taylor answers a listener question on editing from a subscriber to her email newsletter:

      About my current non-fiction book project, please at what time should I consider the book fit enough to be sent to a professional editor to do his part of the job? My initial draft is completed, but I always see the reason to re-write every time I read it. I started to feel like I am going around the circle and wasting the time I could use for another project....


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      39m
       2017-10-24

      TSS117: How Effective Anchoring Can Help Your Dialogue to Shine


      Listener C.A. (Carol) Newsome is refreshing the first book in her Lia Anderson Dog Park Mystery Series, to try and bring the level of her craft up to that in the later books in the series.  Carol send the prologue and some of the first chapter to Taylor to get her input on a couple of issues she was dealing with.  THANK YOU, CAROL for sending in the material, which will be the source of our next two shows.

      In this episode, Taylor shares some thoughts on the importance of a...


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       2017-10-17

      TSS116: Bringing Your Characters to Life


      Listener C.A. (Carol) Newsome is refreshing the first book in her Lia Anderson Dog Park Mystery Series, to try and bring the level of her craft up to that in the later books in the series.  Carol send the prologue and some of the first chapter to Taylor to get her input on a couple of issues she was dealing with.  THANK YOU, CAROL for sending in the material, which will be the source of our next two shows.

      In this episode, Taylor shares some thoughts on adding depth to the ...


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      42m
       2017-10-10

      TSS115: The Importance of Doing the Hard Work when Writing


      In this week’s episode, we discuss the importance of doing the hard work that will make your writing standing out.  The show uses some real examples from Steve’s WIP and provides the opportunity for Taylor to discuss how to use the three Vs (vivid, vibrant, and vicarious) to strengthen your writing.

      Thanks so much for joining us again this week!

      If you have questions or suggestions for future shows, we’d love to hear from you. You can leave your su...


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      27m
       2017-10-03