Episode #71: Byron Lane: Crafting Fiction from Your Life

The force was with Byron Lane, former personal assistant to Carrie Fisher, when he wrote and published his debut novel, A Star is Bored, about a personal assistant to an eccentric movie star. While he drew on personal experience, the novel is fully fictionalized and hilarious. Byron openly shares his struggles and wins as he traveled down the road to becoming a novelist.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • Why Byron chose to Write A Star is Bored as a novel rather than a memoir
  • What he’s done to learn to write fiction and novels
  • Working with freelance editors on early drafts to learn to tighten up the story and focus on what’s important
  • The plot structure Byron relies on to get going and out of “stuckness”
  • The importance of a characters internal journey for a successful story
  • How to get feedback from readers rather without reading reviews

Books we mentioned

Consider This & Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
On Writing, Stephen King
1000 Names for Joy, by Byron Katie
A Confederacy Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole

Meet Byron Lane

Byron Lane is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. His debut novel is called A STAR IS BORED, hailed by the New York Times as “wildly funny,” about an uptight celebrity assistant struggling to manage his eccentric movie star boss, inspired in part by Lane’s time as assistant to beloved actress Carrie Fisher. He is a two-time regional Emmy Award winner from his time as a television journalist. Lane also wrote the acclaimed play TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST, the award winning web series LAST WILL & TESTICLE, and the feature film HERPES BOY starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer.

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