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25 of The Best Podcast Episodes for J. Thorn. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about J. Thorn, often where they are interviewed.

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25 of The Best Podcast Episodes for J. Thorn. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about J. Thorn, often where they are interviewed.

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Ep 66: So Long For Now... Plus Q&A with Daryl Banner and J. Thorn

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The guys open the show with the announcement that this podcast is going on an extended hiatus. The episode continues with question and answer sessions featuring authors Daryl Banner and J. Thorn.

Complete shownotes for episode 66 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.

Sep 30 2020 · 28mins
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Storytelling & Podcasting – everything you need to know, and more – with J. Thorn

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Don’t be afraid to be different. Add your voice to the conversation. Do things differently and boldly. It’s a risk, but it might be well worth taking.   How to have a podcast based on storytelling principles, grow podcast listeners and how to know if its worthwhile doing one, how to choose a format, and much more in this episode.  

Find J. Thorn at https://thecareerauthor.com

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🎁 [FREE BOOK] My guide to content creation - Storyteller's Blueprint - is FREE on my website. Download it here: https://storyartist.me

Sep 30 2020 · 36mins

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J. Thorn -- Don't Take My Advice

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After 25 years of teaching, J. Thorn wanted more -- he wanted more challenge and more money. So he did what he warns people exactly not to do: quit his job with only a month’s salary to survive. 

At first, he thought he’d devote himself full-time to writing. But he found he couldn’t spend all day doing the same thing. So he channeled his expertise and energy into a different kind of teaching—through podcasts and other venues to help writers. 

He’s co-authored two series of science fiction books, Dustfall and Final Awaking as well as several books on writing, including The Three-Story Method and 9 Things Career Authors Don’t Do. I actually met J through a Story Grid seminar a couple of years ago and I really like how he approaches writing.

In this episode, J shares his struggle with wanting to act quickly on his ideas before testing them out, and how getting feedback from new followers helps him to determine how to build his next new service. He’s found teaching has also been an invaluable way to connect with and grow his audience. He also stresses how important diversification is not only for his own work but also for his bank account. He also shares his key to productivity -- something he calls time-blocking. 

Now let’s get better together

Actions to Try or Advice to Take

  • Try time blocking. Instead of making to-do lists, Thorn blocks out sections of his days and weeks to work on various projects. Then, there’s no excuse for not getting it done. This is especially important for doing creative or “deep” work that requires focus for an extended period of time. 
  • Focus on providing value, and you’ll get more comfortable asking for a sale. 
  • Asking for a sale is all about mindset. Expose yourself to teachers and writers who teach how to sell what you have to offer so the idea is continually reinforced. 

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Sep 02 2020 · 48mins
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Episode 4 - J. Thorn

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Jeff and J discuss a chapter J is working in. They talk about creating unique voices and making sure those voices match the character's educational and socioeconomic level, developing an emotional flow for a character in a scene, and why dialogue is important to your book. 

Recorded in April of 2020, this was Jeff's first-ever dialogue Doctor conversation.  Find the video version at DialogueDoctor.com.

Aug 24 2020 · 49mins

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Ep 55: Scene Analysis with J. Thorn

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Author and podcaster J. Thorn talks with Jeff about the recent Supercharge Your Scene Challenge, where J. laid out his approach to scenes. J. walks through the worksheet and scene that Jeff submitted for the challenge, which provides valuable insight into scene structure. Jeff and J. also discuss J's podcasts, the events he puts on and what got him into working with authors on craft.

Programming note: We're taking next week off. We'll be back with a new episode on August 15.

Complete shownotes for episode 55 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.

Aug 01 2020 · 55mins
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SSP118 The Guys Discuss: Collaboration with J. Thorn

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In today’s episode, Dave reveals his plans for any physical fights he may or may not have in the future and how he will make sure that whoever he battles is not just wounded enough to get up and come after him or his loved ones again, but will definitely be down for good. And the guys talk with J. Thorn about collaboration, their own with each other as well as J. Thorn’s collaborations with numerous authors.

J. Thorn has been up to a lot since the last time he was on a podcast with the guys. He now does multiple podcasts including The Career Author podcast, the Writer’s Well with Rachael Herron who was a guest on the podcast last week, and Writer’s Inc with J.D. Barker.

 A few of the points they touched on is how to find collaborators, red flags to look for early on to make sure you are on the same page with your collaborators, and how to find the commonalities and touchstones that make collaborations really work well.

Listen in to hear the rest.

Join J. Thorn’s challenge right here at superchargeyourscene.com.


Jun 17 2020 · 55mins
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J. Thorn on Experimentation and Creativity – The Writing Coach 106

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In episode #106 of The Writing Coach podcast, host Kevin T. Johns speaks with author and writing coach J. Thorn.
Jun 08 2020 · 38mins
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Episode 021 - Building Communities in Podcasts and In Person with J. Thorn

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Author and podcaster J. Thorn shares some great advice for anyone thinking of starting a podcast, great recommendations for writers looking for a podcast to listen to, and valuable insights into building relationships with others in the writing and publishing worlds by approaching them with an offer rather than an ask.

Apr 07 2020 · 29mins
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J. Thorn on Creative Income Diversification, Podcasting, and Co-writing

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Episode 010 / Sci-fi author, podcaster, teacher, and event organizer J. Thorn joins Jami and Sara this week to discuss creative ways to diversity your author income, podcasting, and what he wishes he’d known about co-writing. 

How things have changed in the space of one week! In the intro Jami and Sara talk about the changes social distancing has brought in their lives and how they’re coping with the stress and anxiety of these trying times. They hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

You can find show notes and links at https://www.wishidknownforwriters.com.

In this podcast episode, you’ll discover:

  • How J. came to creative writing after teaching
  • J.’s transition to full-time writing
  • What he wishes he’d known about creative writing
  • The difference between developmental editing and proofreading
  • J.’s dislike of running paid ads and how he runs his business so that he doesn't have to use them
  • Why podcasting is better for lead-generation than revenue generation
  • Why it’s not too late to get into podcasting
  • The downside of completely original ideas
  • How being a musician influences J.’s co-writing projects
  • J.’s long-running collaboration with Zach Bohannon and what J. wishes he’d known about co-writing
  •  How J., a self-identifying introvert, runs writing events 
  • The most difficult aspects of planning author events
  • J.’s mistake of quitting his full time job without a financial safety net, and how that turned out to be a good thing 
  • Changes J. has seen and how he’s adapted to them
  • Thinking outside the box to create multiple streams of income 

Genres discussed include science fiction, horror, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic.



On Writing by Stephen King

Mar 24 2020 · 51mins
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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 123 - Three Story Method with J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon

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Storytelling doesn't have to be complicated. In this episode, Mark chats with J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon about their new book THREE STORY METHOD which proves that storytelling can be straightforward.

Bohannon and Thorn are successful co-authors, are the minds behind the Authors on a Train, Vampires of New Orleans, Sci-Fi Seattle, Night of the Writing Dead and Cleveland Rock Apocalypse writing retreats. They also launched their Career Author podcast in January 2018, the same week that the Stark Reflections Podcast was launched.

Prior to the interview, Mark waxes poetic about the previous times J. and Zach were on the podcast, including episode 74, where Mark had shared details about how he had proposed to his girlfriend Liz on the 50th birthday during an Alicia Witt concert, with a song Alicia wrote for him to use for the occasion. He also shares a short clip from the chorus of the song.

Mark then talks about working on getting a representative from Google Play Books to come on in a future episode, and reminds writers that it's easier than ever to create a direct Google Play account for publishing:

  • New publishers can visit g.co/play/publish and create an account in just a few easy steps
  • There’s no longer an invite code or waiting period when setting up a new publisher account

Mark also shares a word from this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices...

You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway.

In their conversation, Mark, J., and Zach talk about:

  • The origin of Three Story Method and how the process for it was developed over the course of publishing a dozen books together
  • The importance of a having a process that can be used in a similar way for multiple different projects
  • How the book is meant for getting from an idea to a first draft of a manuscript and should be all that a writer needs. There's no up-selling or courses associated with it
  • The accompanying workbook that can either be downloaded for free or purchased for the lowest price they could set on Amazon for it
  • Ongoing dedication to learning, and re-learning, and continuing to refine the craft of writing
  • The importance of starting off with a good book before you even begin or consider heavy marketing
  • The value of the community that comes from running a weekly podcast
  • Why they value tight-knit, intimate groups when it comes to hosting author gatherings
  • The experience of brainstorming a universe for an anthology in a room full of engaged authors
  • J.'s ways and Zach's hacks (a bit they do on their own podcast)
  • ....and more....

After the interview, Mark reflects on the importance of life-long learning of both the business and the craft of writing.

He then shares how listeners have until the end of day March 31, 2020 to leave a comment on the show notes for Episode 123 at www.starkreflections.ca for a chance to win a free copy of Three Story Method and the accompanying workshop, courtesy of J. and Zach.

Mark asks that commenters leave either a "Way" or a "Hack" that they've found useful for either the business or the craft of writing (in honour of the J.'s Ways and Zach's Hacks bit that the two regularly do on their own podcast.

Mark also mentions that Patrons who support this podcast over at www.patreon.com/starkreflections are all automatically entered into a drawn to win the same prize. $1 / month patrons will be entered in for one chance. $3 /month patrons will be entered in twice. $5 / month patrons will be entered in 3 times.

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The music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Mar 13 2020 · 41mins