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Write Great Fiction | How to Write a Book, Character Development, Beat Writer’s Block, Creative Writing, World Building

Author DK Drake | Fantasy Author, Christian Author, Writing Coach, League of Adventurous Authors Leader

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Hey, Christian Author! Wanna write great fiction? BUT you… - Doubt your writing ability - Have no idea how to write the kind of captivating stories you love to read - Wonder if human writing is pointless now that AI is taking over the world. Then welcome to The Author D.K. Drake Show, the podcast with short and entertaining episodes for Christian authors in high school, college, and beyond. Through these episodes, you will… - Gain confidence in your author identity - Master the process and s ...
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Do you have a story inside you that you want to share with the world? Do you dream seeing your name on a bestseller cover? Do you have a special message to tell? If yes, then what are you waiting for? If the reason you have not written a book yet is that you have doubts or you simply don't know where to start, then this podcast is for you. Write 2B Read podcast is created to encourage and inspire writers to become authors. It will have very short episodes with tips, reflections and encourage ...
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Today I wanted to share a fun little story that will inspire you to write stories that are met with the silence of awe. I love that phrase: the silence of awe. I wish I had thought of it. But I have to give credit where credit is due…which would be to AI. Actually, the story I’m sharing today was written by AI. I could have made it much better by a…
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Today I am excited to share a poem with you that I wrote…the prompt for. That’s right. I asked AI to write a poem for the Christian author who wants to write a book but is scared to start. Starting something new can be scary, especially when it’s a big of a dream as a book. But we’ve got God. He’s with us and gives us the ability to craft amazing s…
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2024 has gotten off to a weird start for me, probably because of the way 2023 ended. But it’s a good weird. Listen in for details. Your friend, DK Next Steps: Register for your FREE ticket to the Thriving Scribes Summit here. HURRY! The Summit runs from January 22-24. You’ll be able to soak up innovative publishing models, writing methods, & strate…
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It’s the final Fantasy Fiction Friday of 2023. I’ve got chapter 40 of the Dragon Collector cued up for you today. In this chapter, Javan finally comes face to face with his greatest foe, King Omri. Throw in a few evil dragons, one of whom is about to eat his mother, and he finds himself in a world of trouble. How is he going to handle these challen…
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Merry Christmas! Today I'm sharing the short program I wrote and performed in with the kids at my church entitled Receive. Enjoy! Your friend, D.K. Next Steps: Connect: The best way to get in touch with me is to shoot an email to dk@authordkdrake.com. APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE LEAGUE OF ADVENTUROUS AUTHORS: I have opened up the League of Adventur…
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It’s Fantasy Fiction Friday featuring chapter 39 of The Dragon Collector. This chapter sets up the big showdown between Javan and the evil King Omri. Listen in to find out how to use the art of suspense to make your fiction great...and to enjoy the story. And because I don’t want to leave you in suspense any longer, let’s go to Zandador! Your frien…
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In today’s episode, you’ll hear me share my ideas for a Christmas play I am writing for my children’s church kids to perform on December 10. Normally, I don’t like like to share my ideas with others until I’ve organized my thoughts and have a clear direction for my story. The League of Adventurous Authors has changed that. In addition to weekly che…
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It's Fantasy Fiction Friday! I’ve got chapter 38 of the Dragon Collector coming your way today. In this chapter, you get to meet two new dragons, Dahlia and Eli. Dahlia is the evil king’s Dawn Stalker, and Eli is his Dusk Stalker. You’ll find Dahlia is a bit of a snob, and Eli…well, writing about Eli’s appearance in this scene broke my heart. Liste…
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As of today, November 2, 2023, you have two months left in the year. 8.5 weeks. 60 days. That means you have time before the end of the year to start a new writing project or make progress on or even finish a project you are already working on. So what do you want to achieve? How will you finish 2023 strong? Listen in for three tangible tips to fin…
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If you’re not sure how to end — or start — your story, this episode is for you. I’ll share a tip I thought was ridiculous when I first heard of it: bookending. Then I started seeing this technique being used in almost every story I read and movie I watched. Listen in to find out what bookending is, why it's popular, and how to use it like a pro. Yo…
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Happy Friday! I’m reading chapter 37 of The Dragon Collector for you today. This chapter starts the setup of the events leading to the end of Act II and the final turning point that launches the story into Act III. In this chapter, Javan finds himself in the middle of a massive slow-moving crowd. Usually when I’m in a crowd, it’s because I’m on my …
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In today’s episode, I share one of the biggest mistakes I made as an author that cost me countless hours of wasted time, disorganized chaos, and confusion. I have a hunch you might be making the same mistake. If so, no worries. I have two solutions for you that will help you save time, bring order to the chaos, and gain clarity for your writing pro…
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It’s Fantasy Fiction Friday! Today I’m reading chapter 36 of The Dragon Collector for you. I did not like writing this chapter. An innocent kid got hurt, and I couldn’t let my hero help him. As I wrote the middle part of this chapter, I imagined it from three points of view: my main guy Javan, the kid who got hurt, and the villain Micah who hurt th…
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The idea of being a #1 NY Times bestselling author is not something I’m striving for. I’ve tried to make myself want to achieve that goal because I thought it was what I was supposed to want when I decided to be an author. I even did some research to figure out how one goes about reaching such a goal. The research didn’t change my mind. As a matter…
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Farewell, Published Before College. Hello, The Author DK Drake Show! Listen in to find out why the name of the show is changing and how this fresh direction will help you reach your writing goals faster. Your friend, DK Next Steps: Sign up for the FREE Revolutionize Your Writing Masterclass. The FREE Virtual On-Demand Virtual Experience launches Oc…
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Today’s Fantasy fiction Friday episode is coming to you on storytelling Saturday just to shake things up a bit. In this chapter of The Dragon Collector, we see the first hint of romance for Javan, some backstory on the romance of his grandparents, and some foreshadowing about what’s to come in books two, three, and four. Here’s a storytelling tip f…
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Ever heard the terms "WPH" or "Words Per Hour" but had no clue what they meant? Then today's episode is for you. In it, you'll learn what this key writing metric is, six reasons why it's important, and how to calculate it. Listen in! Your friend, DK Next Steps: Sign up for the FREE Revolutionize Your Writing Masterclass. The On-Demand Virtual Exper…
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Happy Friday! I’ve got chapter 34 of The Dragon Collector ready for you today. It’s not an action-packed chapter, but not every chapter in your book should be filled with non-stop action. Your characters need downtime to recover, and so do your readers. That’s why pacing in a book is so important. Go too fast and pack too much in and you exhaust yo…
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If you’re worried that you won’t have a clue how to market your book once it’s finished and published, this episode is for you. I’m interviewing Lynda Sunshine West, and she shares three effective ways to market your book that don’t cost any money. Not only has she written and published her own #1 internationally bestselling books, she has also lau…
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Ever wonder how AI works and if you should use it to help with your writing? Then listen in to today's episode. In it, you'll hear a snipped of last week's live writing workshop where the League of Adventurous Authors combined ideas to feed chatGPT. The results of the experiment shocked us all. Enjoy! Your friend, D.K. Want to join the League of Ad…
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Feeling isolated as a teen author? Wondering if you’re the only one who thinks the way you do? Who dreams the way you do? Who understands this crazy desire you have to make up people and worlds and stories? I get it. I felt isolated for years. Decades, really. Which was unnecessary. I didn’t have to feel alone. And neither do you. Today I’m sharing…
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It's Fantasy Fiction Friday! Today's episode features chapter 33 of The Dragon Collector. Tune in to find out why I wrote the chapter in this specific way, and how it kept me from being bored with my own story. Your friend, DK Next Steps: Sign up for the Writing Workshop on August 23! During this workshop, you will learn the basic principles of the…
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Sometimes your imagination needs a jumpstart. So I’m going to share — with the assistance of AI — 5 creative writing prompts you can use to start your next story. Let’s dive in! Your friend, DK Next Steps: Sign up for the Writing Workshop on August 23! During this workshop, you will learn the basic principles of the three-act story structure. This …
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On today's Fantasy Friday episode featuring chapter 32 of The Dragon Collector, Javan encounters a BIG problem. Tune in to find out how he responds. Your friend, DK Next Steps: Sign up here for the Writing Workshop on August 23! Connect: dk@authordkdrake.com Snag your freebie: Super Simple Overview of the Publishing Process for Self-Published Autho…
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Hello, hello! As a Christian author, it’s important to know how to write well. It’s far more important, however, to have a strong faith foundation. The more you know about God, the more you learn about you. And people. Such knowledge allows you to write rich characters that connect with readers. The foundation of our faith is the Word of God. So we…
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Welcome to the fourth episode in the Why Believe the Bible series taught by my awesome dad Harry Schaefer. The underlying premise of the series is that we can verify the truth of the Bible by looking to outside sources such as the historical record to see if what’s in the historical record aligns with scripture. And we find that it does. In episode…
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Hey, Christian Author! Get ready to enjoy the third episode of the three-day, five-episode Why Believe the Bible event hosted by my dad, Harry Schaefer. In episode 66, we learned that one way to confirm the truth of any book, including the Bible, is to compare it to outside sources. We take what’s written, compare it to known facts, and see if it m…
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As a Christian author, have you ever wondered why you should believe the Bible? Or how you can know the Bible is true because you have proof as opposed to blind faith? Welcome to the second episode of the three-day, five-episode Why Believe the Bible event hosted by my dad, Harry Schaefer. In episode 66, we learned that one way to confirm the truth…
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As Christian authors, you and I have the awesome privilege of writing fantastic stories told from a godly perspective. And what’s the basis of that perspective? The Bible. The Bible should establish the foundation and framework for our lives and our stories. The Bible should be our ultimate source for absolute truth in the midst of a world that doe…
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It's Fantasy Fiction Friday! Today I'll be reading chapter 31 of The Dragon Collector. Enjoy your trip to the Land of Zandador. Your friend, DK Next Steps: Snag your freebies: D.K. Drake Starter Library Super Simple Overview of the Publishing Process for Self-Published Authors Buy the Books Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love DK and Pu…
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You've done the hard work. You've gotten your novella's foundation written, and now it's time to write that first draft. If you want to write that draft fast and get it done in six weeks or less, listen in to learn three things you should do and four things you shouldn't do. Signature Links Your friend, DK Connect: dk@authordkdrake.com Next Steps: …
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It's Fantasy Fiction Friday! Today I'll be reading chapter 30 of The Dragon Collector. Enjoy your trip to the Land of Zandador. Your friend, DK Next Steps: Snag your freebies: D.K. Drake Starter Library Super Simple Overview of the Publishing Process for Self-Published Authors Buy the Books Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love DK and Pu…
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Have you ever been slapped by a tree? I have. But it’s usually because someone in front of me on a hike in the woods moved a branch out of the way only to have it snap back and slap me. So annoying when that happens. That was the start of the inspiration for the action that happens in the chapter from The Dragon Collector that I’ll read for you tod…
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When I decided I wanted to be a writer, I realized I needed some training. Since I learn best by reading, I did what made sense and what was within my budget to get that training. I bought a book. But it wasn’t a book about novel writing. Frankly, I didn’t think I had the patience to write a novel. I wanted to be able to write a manuscript fast tha…
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It’s Fantasy Fiction Friday! After about a four month pause, it’s time to resume the reading of The Dragon Collector. Today I’ll be sharing chapter 28, Mertzer. In this chapter, you’ll get to witness a Dragon Stalker at work hunting his prey. You’ll also be introduced to new animals like raxens and gorzelles. I totally made these creatures up, and …
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Today we’re continuing the Write a Novella in 18 Weeks series. Here in week 5, the challenge is to write a full outline in 15 steps. In the past, I would write this step outline by jotting down the action steps in scene one, then the action steps in scene two, then the action steps in scene three. I thus ended up with a lot of steps after this outl…
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The summer writing season is officially upon us! If your writing plans include busting out a novella this summer, then this episode is for you. I’m picking up where we left on in the write a novella series, and we are on week four. If you missed the action steps for weeks 1-3, check out episodes 43, 45 and 47. Those episodes focused on getting the …
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These two things I’m about to share with you don’t cost a dime but have the power to change the way you feel and how fast you write. Ready for today’s fun episode to learn two weird things you can do to speed up your writing success? Let’s get to it! Your friend, DK Next Steps: Snag your freebie: Super Simple Overview of the Publication Process Rat…
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I've got a super short episode today to highlight the super simple overview of the publishing process. If you've ever wondered what it takes to get your book published, you can secure your super simple overview of the publishing process here. Connect with me: dk@authordkdrake.com.על ידי Author DK Drake | Fantasy Author, Christian Writing Coach, Mentor of Bold & Adventurous Authors
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To succeed as an author, you do need to build the character muscles of diligence and discipline so that you sit and write at specific, consistent times each week. How do you do that? What do you work on during these weekly writing practices? Who will keep you accountable? You start by following a five step process that we’ll explore in today’s epis…
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From one author to another, I have a theory. That theory is this: setting aside 30 minutes on Monday to debrief the week before and dream about the week ahead will help us reach our writing goals faster. But what do we review during the debrief? How do we set achievable targets with actionable tasks for the week ahead? How do we make sure what we w…
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Today I have three quick tips to help you write stellar stories. I didn’t learn these tips from a book or a course or a podcast or some random social media post. I learned them while backpacking in South America. What does backpacking have to do with writing? Tune in to find out! Join the League of Adventurous Authors email list here!…
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Today I am bringing you some entertainment in the form of an interview. This is the third and final piece of the chat between me and my friend Becky on night seven of our eight day hike. We interviewed each other about the trek while in our tent on that cold night, and now I’m sharing it with you. You can also watch it here. Listen in to find out h…
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I’ve got another just for fun episode for you today. I’m sharing part 2 of the interview my friend Becky and I recorded while sitting in our tent in Torres del Paine in Chile. It was night seven of our eight day hike. We chat about food, friends and life lessons learned while on the trail. If you ever want to go on a backpacking adventure of your o…
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If you are an adventurous author who likes to hike, I've got a fun treat for you today. While on my own hiking adventure with my college buddy Becky, we interviewed each other about our trip. This is part one of the interview where we discuss tips, tricks and highlights that can help you on your own hiking trips. You can also watch the video here i…
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Today I don’t want to talk to you about writing or publishing. Don’t get me wrong. Those topics are still close to my heart and will continue to be core topics of the show. Just not today. Or next week. You see, while on my two-month sabbatical, a lot happened in this magnificent little life of mine. I went on an epic backpacking adventure, finishe…
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Why do I want to take a break from producing this podcast in March? Listen in to find out. I'll be back on April 5. Until then, keep writing! Connect: dk@authordkdrake.comעל ידי Author DK Drake | Fantasy Author, Christian Writing Coach, Mentor of Bold & Adventurous Authors
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We’re in week three of our write a novella in 18 weeks series. In week one and episode 43, we did some initial market research and sketched out our covers. In week two and episode 45, we came up with our plot premise and purpose premise. We also did some work on imagining our place or setting. This week, we’re going to start working on developing o…
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It’s Fantasy Fiction Friday! Today I’m bringing you chapter 27 of The Dragon Collector entitled The Zandadorian Portal. Do you ever wish you could transport yourself from one place to another with merely a thought? Think of the time you would save and the traffic you would avoid. Plus money would no longer be a barrier to travel, so you could exper…
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Here we are in week 2 of the novella writing process. If you are one of those people who would prefer to speed up write your entire novella in a week or a month instead of the four-ish months it’s going to take me, go for it. I applaud you. In other words, I’m not leading a fast and furious writing challenge. This is more of a slow-and-steady write…
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