Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Genre Expectations

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On this episode of the Writer Craft Podcast, Valerie and I talk about something every author should understand: genre expectations. Yeah, I know what they say about the secret of happiness being low expectations. Here is the pro-tip though: your readers have them. 

That means you need to know what they are. 

 

I’ll let you in on a little secret. When I started working on “The Strange Air” series of paranormal mysteries, I did not understand this concept. I definitely didn’t give enough consideration at all to genre expectations. 

Years later, if I could go back and talk to a younger me, I’d set him straight. Genre expectations aren’t something to ignore or defy. They’re a series of guideposts that, if you follow, can help lead you to author success. 

If you want to read more of my personal writing, check out Erick Mertz Author for stories galore. 

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In fact, I believe in that so much, I wrote a book about it.

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Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Maintaining Positivity

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Do you experience difficulty maintaining positivity? If you’re an author, working on a book day in and day out, keeping up your spirits can be really tough.

On this week’s episode of the “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I discuss how we fight the writer blues. We talk about writer self-care and mindset, among other things, hoping to give ways to take care of yourself. 

On a personal note, I discuss a new writing project. I needed an exercise to help develop a side character for my current novel, Chasing Shadows. I decided to write a few short stories from their point of view. It started out fun.

You want to talk about maintaining positivity — do the writing that feels fun.

Well, just like most writing roads, what started out as an exercise quickly became a project. I didn’t mean to, I promise. Now I have something fun.  

If you want to read more of my personal writing, check out Erick Mertz Author for stories galore. 

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Your Free “How To Hire A Ghostwriter” eBook

hiring a ghostwriter, erick mertz, hiring an editor

I believe that knowing how to conduct a proper ghostwriting interview is the bedrock of success for you and your project.

In fact, I believe in that so much, I wrote a book about it.

If you would like a complimentary copy of How To Hire A Ghostwriter: Your Guide To Finding The Best Pro For Your Project all you have to do is click and download.

If you have read this book, like it, and found it helpful, please share it with some of your fellow writers and take a moment to review it either on GoodReads or Amazon.

How Do I Contact You?

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Writing Dialogue

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On this week’s episode of the “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I discuss writing dialogue. If you’re wondering how to make the characters on the page sound like people in real life, check out this podcast.

In case you didn’t recognize that third person in the YouTube frame, it’s Jeff Elkins, aka… The Dialogue Doctor. If you’re interested in honing your dialogue writing skills with the best in the business, check out his website

I’ve been keeping up with Jeff and everything he does through his site. It’s pretty exciting stuff. I thought I had dialogue down. Jeff takes the craft to another level, one you’ll want to be a part of.

If you want to read more of my personal writing, check out Erick Mertz Author for stories galore. 

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Your Free “How To Hire A Ghostwriter” eBook

hiring a ghostwriter, erick mertz, hiring an editor

I believe that knowing how to conduct a proper ghostwriting interview is the bedrock of success for you and your project.

In fact, I believe in that so much, I wrote a book about it.

If you would like a complimentary copy of How To Hire A Ghostwriter: Your Guide To Finding The Best Pro For Your Project all you have to do is click and download.

If you have read this book, like it, and found it helpful, please share it with some of your fellow writers and take a moment to review it either on GoodReads or Amazon.

How Do I Contact You?

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Read Like A Writer

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On this week’s episode of the “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I discuss why as a writer, you need to read… and, why it’s so very important to read like a writer.

If you’re a new writer, you have probably been told you need to read in order to be successful. I can still remember my High School creative writing teacher, Mrs. Schubert, telling our class that.

But what does that mean? How does one read like a writer?

Valerie and I dive into the topic in this episode. We talk about why you should read (here’s a hint, reading is fun). We discuss strategies for deciding what to read, how to read it, and, finally, how to deal with expectations. 

For my weekly personal note, I’ve completed more work. On Thursday morning, I finished another short story, that makes two this year, and earlier this week, a feature length screenplay.

The beginning of 2022 has been fantastic and I’m looking forward to more of this!

If you want to read more of my personal writing, check out Erick Mertz Author for stories galore. 
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Your Free “How To Hire A Ghostwriter” eBook

hiring a ghostwriter, erick mertz, hiring an editor

I believe that knowing how to conduct a proper ghostwriting interview is the bedrock of success for you and your project.

In fact, I believe in that so much, I wrote a book about it.

If you would like a complimentary copy of How To Hire A Ghostwriter: Your Guide To Finding The Best Pro For Your Project all you have to do is click and download.

If you have read this book, like it, and found it helpful, please share it with some of your fellow writers and take a moment to review it either on GoodReads or Amazon.

How Do I Contact You?

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Protagonist’s Needs And Wants

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On this week’s episode of “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I discuss your Protagonist’s Needs And Wants.

How do you know even what those are? What do you do if your main character just isn’t working? If you’re hearing that your main character is flat, maybe it’s time to look at the protagonist’s needs and wants.

You’ve got problems writing your main character, Valerie and I have answers. 

On a personal note, I completed my first short story of 2022. I didn’t set writing a number of short stories as a goal for the year, but I’ve been looking at a stack of cool concepts. It feels good to finally get through some of them.

If you want to read more of my personal writing, check out Erick Mertz Author for stories galore. 
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Your Free “How To Hire A Ghostwriter” eBook

hiring a ghostwriter, erick mertz, hiring an editor

I believe that knowing how to conduct a proper ghostwriting interview is the bedrock of success for you and your project.

In fact, I believe in that so much, I wrote a book about it.

If you would like a complimentary copy of How To Hire A Ghostwriter: Your Guide To Finding The Best Pro For Your Project all you have to do is click and download.

If you have read this book, like it, and found it helpful, please share it with some of your fellow writers and take a moment to review it either on GoodReads or Amazon.

How Do I Contact You?

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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