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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      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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      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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      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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      TSS114: Using Empathy to Avoid Boring Dialogue in Your Fiction


      In this week’s episode, we discuss some of Taylor’s pet peeves with regard to dialogue. How to avoid unnecessary dialogue, conversations that are too formal, and questions that are too pointed.

      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 suggestions as comments or find our contact information, including our Hotline Number for listener question on the...


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      TSS113: Using Natural Disasters in Your Fiction – The Hurricane Edition


      In this week’s abbreviated episode, we discuss the use of Natural Disaster’s in fiction as a way to drive tension, Taylor offers up a juicy hurricane-related plot, and we discuss the synopsis she’s preparing for book two in her new series.

      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 suggestions as comments or find our contact information, i...


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      TSS112: Using Character Traits to Bond Readers to Characters


      In this episode, we talk transparency and then get into writing advice, discussing character traits or quirks and how they can bond readers to your characters.

      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 suggestions as comments or find our contact information, including our Hotline Number for listener question on the Connect page.

      Please consider suppo...


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      32m
       2017-09-12

      TSS111: Showing Character Traits to Your Readers


      In this week’s episode, Taylor walks us through several examples of how to quickly show readers the traits of some characters through movement, dialogue, self-talk, action and more.  Thanks to author C.A. Newsome for providing the idea for today’s shows.

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      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 suggestions as comments or find our c...


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      35m
       2017-09-05

      TSS110: How Can I Break My Ever Expanding Novel into a Series?


      This week we respond to this question, from author J.W. Benshoof, who wonders how to split a single novel that’s growing larger than anticipated, into a series that will still appeal to readers.  Taylor points out several things J.W. should consider, including giving the reader a sense of completion with each book, and the resolution of the primary story line for that particular book.

      If you have a question you’d like to hear answered on a future episode, ...


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      30m
       2017-08-29

      TSS109: Why Should a Reader Buy YOUR Book, Instead of Something Else?


      In this week’s show, Taylor and Steve discuss the fungibility of books, and what Taylor has done to try and make her books less fungible to those who enjoy her work.

      Wikipedia defines fungibility as follows:  

      In economics, fungibility is the property of a good or a commodity whose individual units are essentially interchangeable.

      One of the examples they use is an ounce of pure gold. Since one kilogram of pure gold is equivalent to any other kilogram ...


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      23m
       2017-08-22

      TSS108: A look behind the curtain at Taylor’s recent publishing decisions


      In this week’s episode, we take a look behind the curtain, at the decision-making process Taylor went through before deciding how to publisher her next book.  Things like writing style, speed, self-knowledge and the library market all played a part in the journey that’s just beginning with her new publisher.

      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 yo...


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      37m
       2017-08-15