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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      TSS152: Dealing with a Likable Antagonist


      In this week’s episode, Steve expresses a concern that the antagonist in his book is not bad enough and asks Taylor’s advice for handling the situation.  We also discuss Taylor’s upcoming trips to Thrillerfest (New York) and Bouchercon (Tampa). Thanks so much for joining us again this week! If you have questions or suggestions for […]


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      TSS151: Shifting Narrative Distance in a Story


      In this episode, Taylor responds to a listener question on narrative distance.  The author wants to shift from wide to narrow and back again throughout a story and wants Taylor’s thoughts on how best to accomplish the changes. Thanks so much for joining us again this week! If you have questions or suggestions for future […]


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      TSS150: Should the Growth in Audiobook Sales Change Your Publishing Plans?


      In this episode, Taylor and Steve consider a listener question about releasing an “audio only” version of a book, then get into the growth of audiobooks, the changing nature of books, and Steve’s new podcast, Earcrush. Thanks so much for joining us again this week! If you have questions or suggestions for future shows, we’d […]


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      TSS149: Research, Character Movement, and Dog Crap


      In this week’s episode, Taylor shares a problem she had last week while writing a chapter of her new book and the quick online research she did that allowed her to finish the scene.  Because of the way Taylor provides readers with description through character movement, she needed more current detail than what her memory […]


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      TSS148: Taylor Responds to Listener Questions


      In this week’s episode, Taylor replies to listener questions, the first of which was a request for advice on pumping up a weak character that neither the author nor early readers liked. The second question addresses the issue of dialogue as the opening sentence in a novel. Thanks so much for joining us again this week! If you […]


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       2018-06-12  28m
       
       

      TSS147: When Fear Goes Beyond Fear


      Today’s show comes as a result of a listener question to Taylor about the fear of letting others read your work. But the question goes well beyond fear, as does Taylor’s response.  She discusses the way a fear can become a phobia and how she’s dealt her own phobia level fear. Thanks so much for […]


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       2018-06-05  28m
       
       

      TSS146: Line Editing for Texture and Characterization


      This tutorial is part 5 of a 5 part series in which, at the author’s request, we go through the process of converting a first-person present tense piece to third person past tense and then move on to line editing. In part 4 (TSS Episode 145) We began the line editing process but due to […]


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       2018-05-29  19m
       
       

      TSS145: Line Editing for Texture and Characterization


      This is part 4 of a 5 part series in which, at the author’s request, we go through the process of converting a first-person present tense piece to third person past tense.  In this episode, Taylor begins the line edits. In this tutorial we begin the line editing process where we learn:   How to […]


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       2018-05-22  28m
       
       

      TSS144: Steps for Converting from First Person to Third Person


      Taylor walks us through the step by step process she used to convert today’s material, including search arguments, replacements and the issues she came across in trying to automate the process.  We also discuss pronouns how the overuse of them can steal the life, immediacy and characterization from your writing. This show is also available in […]


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       2018-05-15  36m
       
       

      TSS143: Changing Point of View from First Person to Third Person


      Show Notes In this week’s episode, Taylor walks us through the various changes necessary to change the point of view of your story from first person to third person. We first use the opening paragraph some listener submitted material to provide a visual representation of first person, present tense first person, past tense third person, […]


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       2018-05-08  21m