Start in the Middle

episode #659 –  November 25, 2021

GUEST: Tina Bakehouse

Ask yourself, what does your audience want?  

the episode

Many “would be writers” think they should start with a title and let the story unfold.  Our guest, Tina Bakehouse suggests starting in the middle.  Begin by fleshing out the content in the middle.  Once you are clear on the body of what you’re writing it will inspire the title and the flow from beginning to end.

While a good title will grab the reader’s attention, the best part of any story is the conflict or twist in the middle portion, which carries the reader along on the ride with with the storyteller.


our guest tina bakehouse

Tina has started her own company, Tina B LLC, to provide public speaking coaching and communication consulting to help individuals and organizations communicate more effectively. With 16 years of teaching communication and theatre (10 years at Creighton University), a TEDx speaker and coach, Tina is passionate about educating others to become more self-aware and enhance their speaker style.  After earning two BAs from the University of Northern Iowa, one in communication studies and psychology, and the second in theatre and English teaching, she completed a master’s degree in communication studies through the University of Nebraska-Omaha and completed certificates in Advanced Professional Writing, Keirsey’s temperament theory and two levels of improvisation training.

Her past positions have included Malvern Bank’s Chief Creative Officer, assisting with community development and coordinating financial literacy and educational opportunities for Mills County and Golden Hills RC & D as Outreach & Communication Coordinator, promoting the arts and local foods in southwest Iowa.

Tina has performed and coordinated multiple storytelling shows in southwest Iowa, including two teen shows.  She continues to use her creativity, leadership, and passion for the arts to help people communicate effectively and solve problems. Tina lives at Maple Edge Farm, a 150-year old family farm in southwest Iowa, with her husband Jon and son Anderson.

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