On Writing and the 7 Stages – Audio Interview

Wise Bear Media

Audio Interview

Quinn Barrett, author of Invisible Snow, interviews me on writing and the 7 Stages for an audio podcast which can be found at:



http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wisebearbooks/2012/01/26/meet-nancy-ellen-dodd-author-of-the-writers-compass January 26, 2012


The Different Forms of Dialogue

A play is focussed on dialogue. A screenplay is focussed on imagery with interesting dialogue to accompany it. A novel is focussed on thoughts and feelings and description of events with dialogue rounding out the interaction between people and in relationships.

Upcoming Speaking Event

I’ll be speaking at the Writers of Kern meeting at The Clarion Hotel in Bakersfield on Saturday morning. The meeting starts at 10:00 and my presentation will be from 11:15 to noon.


UPDATE: The meeting went really well!  What an energized group of writers. And I’ve been invited back to teach a session for their morning workshop series on March 17. Lookiong forward to it!

A New Interview, A Guest Blog on Critiquing, IWOSC Hosts My Upcoming Seminar

31 Kris Wampler, author of Love Train, interviewed me on his indie writer’s blog on January 12 covering a variety of topics indie writers may be interested in reading. In the interview we discuss: the 3 most common mistakes writers make, the 3 things a writer should do first, what are the signs of a well-written article or story, getting criticism, and marketing techniques,

2 On January 12, 2012, Morgen Bailey posted my guest blog on “How Do You Handle the Big “C”? (Or What Do You Do With Criticism).”

3 IWOSC (Independent Writer’s of Southern California) is hosting my teaching a 4-class seminar on Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23, March 1, from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Fees have been set by IWOSC and space is limited and must be reserved in advance through IWOSC. Contact me for further details or check the IWOSC website at http://www.iwosc.org.


Guidelines for Getting & Giving Feedback


Guidelines for Getting & Giving Feedback


Updated February 2012, Guidelines for Getting & Giving Feedback offers information on The Big C – Criticism. This ebook includes 10 Guidelines for Giving Feedback, 10 Guidelines for Getting Feedback, and 10 Tips for Moderating Critique Groups. Sample Writers’ Group Agreement and Writer’s Critique forms are also included.

Finding the Muse

10 Creative Writing Exercises

$2.49 Click here to purchase

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To purchase this ebook, click here to link to The Writer’s Compass website, scroll down the page to “Finding the Muse” and add to the shopping cart.

These are original, unique, and thought-provoking exercises written to both stimulate new ideas for your stories and to enrich the direction of your creativity. They are designed to build your ideas from inception and expand them into a scene. The exercises also work well in a group setting as a warm-up writing exercise or as a group writing exercise.

The Hero

In the heat of the Vietnam War, two American soldiers, morally polar opposites, find themselves struggling to get back to the landing zone. One injured during battle, the other determined to be the hero his father wanted him to be, fights against time to carry the wounded man out. Both learn what it means to be “the hero.” This short story is 4200 words.

VIDEO: VIEW FOR FREE 37-minute film set in Afghanistan. Produced by Kevin Sizemore; stars Kevin Sizemore, Anthony Griffith, Roy Cummins; directed by Shawn Fornari; written by Nancy Ellen Dodd. at http://www.spike.com/video-clips/j9hp28/the-hero.

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My Father’s Footsteps

My Father’s Footsteps

4-Minute VideoVIEW FOR FREE

Starring Cliff Shiepe, Sophia Cash
Written by Nancy Ellen Dodd
Cinematography by Steven Fraasa


Photo by: Hannah Gunnell

Do It For Me

An inspirational poem especially for writers


After a particularly difficult rejection, this inspirational poem came to me while walking on the beach


Pepperdine Payson Library

September 15, 2011

45-minute presentation on story mapping and the 7 stages

Bringing Your Inner Writer to Life

January 6, 2012, Edie Crabtree wrote a review of The Writer’s Compass in the Newport Beach Independent, highlighting the book as an amazing tool for aspiring writers.

“A very well mapped out book, ‘Compass’ covers every topic necessary to see a writing project through to completion, including simply setting time aside to write, and not letting the distractions of everyday life keep us from fulfilling our goals,” Crabtree says.

The review and additional insights into the book can be read at http://www.newportbeachindy.com/2012/01/06/bringing-writer-life/.