On Writing and the 7 Stages – Audio Interview

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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


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.

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/.

New Year’s for Writers

Donna Renzulli, author of the children’s book “Dangerous Reading,” posted an interview with me on her blog “A Writing Primate” as an inspiration for New Year’s resolutions for writers. http://awritingprimate.com/2011/12/30/nancy-ellen-dodd-author-of-the-writers-compass/.

Below are the questions she asked:

  1. Tell us what you mean by developing a “mind-set” for writing, and how important is it to the creative process?
  2. You equate story-telling with building a house: foundation, adding structure of walls and roof, the flooring, painting and adding designer touches. Elaborate for us the use of the 7 stage process described in your book which maps out the writing of a story with beginning, middle and end.
  3. What recommendations can you give to a writer who is blocked about writing a certain idea, but can’t seem to get a handle on it?
  4. What if you already have a rough draft or even a completed manuscript, how can your book, The Writer’s Compass help the writer?
  5. Building tension is important to any story line. What tools/ideas would you recommend on how to do this naturally in developing this sense of urgency?
  6. Tell us a little about what you are currently working on?
  7. Please give us an eight-word description of your life.

For the answers, check out her website at http://awritingprimate.com/2011/12/30/nancy-ellen-dodd-author-of-the-writers-compass//.

Two Interviews: Characters and Writing

Mike Angley, award-winning author of the Child Finder Trilogy interviewed me for his blog. Much of the conversation had to do with developing strong characters, as well as some other thoughts I hope you will find interesting. Check out the interview and more about Mike and his trilogy at http://childfinder.us/?p=3822.

Also, if you missed it, be sure to check out Sylvia L. Ramsey’s “Thoughtful Reflections” blog with our interview at http://wwwthouhtfulreflections.blogspot.com/search?q=dodd. Sylvia has some interesting questions about writing and writing habits.

Writer’s Digest Interview

Writer's Digest

You can read the complete Writer’s Digest interview of me at: http://writersdigest.com/article/writers-compass-interview/

Writer's Digest Interview

Writer's Digest Interview

The Writer’s Compass Author Interviewed

The Writer's Compass

The Writer's Compass

I am excited to share with you a link to an interview on WomensRadio.com, “Your Book is Your Hook” show. Jennifer Wilcov interviewed me on the differences between books and screenplays and on The Writer’s Compass, how it was developed and what it can teach writers. Click here to listen to the interview. If listening to the interview raises any questions for you, or you would like more information, be sure to come back to this page and ask them.

Jennifer will also be posting an article I wrote on the differences between books and screenwriting and on graduate programs for writing. I’ll update the blog with that link as soon as I get it.

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