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The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers.
Rank #1: ISBW #409.
I am currently struggling with the structure of the book, so I talk about that, plus A Song of Ice and Fire spoilers (the book series specifically, not the latest TV season). And I'm not sponsored by Scrivener. Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com
Rank #2: ISBW #382: Back to basics.
WHY should you follow all those writing rules? These are the "story structure" and "no adverbs" and "Give your characters something to do" rules. Can't we all just break the rules and run amok? It's the digital age, we can do what we want!
Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love. (Music intro by Kevin MacLeod.)
Rank #1: The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 12: Your Questions Answered.
I asked those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter for story-structure questions you'd like me to address before I wrap up the series.
Rank #2: Start Your Outline With These 4 Questions (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 2).
Where do you start your outline? Right here! Use these these four questions to discover the big-picture skeleton of your story.
Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing, Creative Entrepreneurship
Rank #1: Stop Worrying, Start Writing. How to Overcome Fear and Self-Doubt with Sarah Painter.
Self-doubt and fear of failure are a normal part of the creative process, but that doesn't make them any easier to deal with. In today's show, Sarah Painter talks about how to write during the inevitable ups and downs. In the introduction, I talk about lessons all authors can learn from Dean Wesley Smith's article […]
Rank #2: How To Write Fast, Publish Slowly And Focus On Your Author Marketing With Rachel Aaron.
We all have limited time, and part of being a successful author is knowing what to focus on. In today's show, I talk to Rachel Aaron about how to write more words faster, edit and publish carefully, and how to decide which marketing strategies will work for your books. In the intro, I reflect on […]
A podcast for all writers (aspiring to professional) looking to find a healthy work/life/writing balance. Get the encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration you need to pursue your passion and write every day. Recurring themes include books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all of your other favorite things.
Rank #1: The Power of a Writers' Group - WN 035.
One thing I always want to stress in the Write Now podcast is the fact that you are not alone. Despite what you might feel, despite what you might what (or think you want), you're not alone. This is important. And it's the focus of Episode 035 of the Write Now podcast. Before we begin, a quick note that I've made it easier than ever before to support the work I do with the Write Now podcast with my new Tip Jar! :D OK. Enough of that. Let's begin...Starting a great writers' group -- or making your current writers' group even better.Podcast listener Laura emailed me with some questions about best practices for writers' groups:I wondered if you would consider doing a podcast on good practices for a writing group? Do you have any suggestions based on your experience? Exercises and activities? Resources? Pitfalls to avoid?Great questions, Laura. And YES! I have experience with both successful and failed writing groups, and I'm excited to share what I've learned with you.Different types of writing groups.Writer-Specific GroupsWhat type of writers' group do you want to have? Writing groups that focus on a specific type of writer can include groups for mystery writers, women, veterans suffering from PTSD, sci-fi writers, poets, dissertation students, adolescents, and tons more. You could also simply just have an umbrella group for people who love to write, regardless of what they're writing.The Spectrum of Groups: From Encouraging to CritiquingWhat do you want your writers' group to do for the folks who join (including yourself)? I've been part of writers' groups that are 75% critique and 25% encouragement, and groups that are 90% encouragement and 10% critique (if that). Each offers different benefits. Critique-heavy writers' groups will help you develop your skills as a writer, and improve your manuscript (or whatever you happen to be working on) as well as your editing and critiquing skills. They are also great if you want to get better at reading your work in front of others. Encouraging writers' groups can tend to be a bit more laid-back -- they are places of social inspiration and discussion, and can equip you with the energy and encouragement you need to go home and write up a storm. Both will give you community and fellowship with like-minded writers, and can help you make both friends and the important connections you need to be successful.Group Size, Dynamic, & MoreYou'll want a group that's neither too large nor too small. I recommend the sweet spot of 4-8 regular participants. There's also the dynamic to consider. I've been in writers' groups where one person is just a really bad fit (perhaps better described as a toxic personality), and we've had to find a way to ask them to leave. It's unpleasant, to say the least. If you're beginning your own group, consider carefully whom you'll be inviting. I'm not advising you to act under an exclusive mindset, but rather to carefully consider the cocktail of personalities you're mixing together. You're creating a writers' group, a community, a haven for creatives, a circle of trust. So be intentional about whom you invite.Beware Entrepreneur's DepressionBestselling author and blogger Jeff Goins coined this phrase, and I love it: entrepreneur's depression. Essentially, if you're thinking about starting a writers' group, you're going to have a vision for it. And a vision can be exciting and awesome and amazing. But sometimes, it can also set you up with some unrealistic expectations. Your vision may be (like mine was) incredibly optimistic. I imagined 20, 30, 40 people attending my writers' group in downtown Chicago. I imagined a line out the door of the coffee shop where it was held. But instead, I got one or two people. And often none at all. It was discouraging.
Rank #2: Coffee Break 001: Barbara Kyle.
A truly delightful conversation with the author of the Thornleigh Saga about crafting a real page-turner. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/sarahrheawerner
Click here to Subscribe in iTunes.Helping you become a better writer.Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.More at www.StoryGrid.com.
Rank #1: How to Write a Great Villain.
What is the nature of evil and how do you make that into an unforgettable villain in your stories? Shawn and Tim dive into this topic.
Rank #2: The 5 Commandments of Storytelling (Revisited).
There are 5 Commandments for Storytelling that must apply to every part of your story. Shawn and Tim dive back into these fundamental ideas.
Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.
Rank #1: New to Writing in the New Year? Start Here!.
The guys discuss starting as a writer, how to approach the decision of outlining or discovery writing, where to find readers and form a newsletter, how to take criticism, and more. For the book of the week, check out DEATH MARKED, free with an Audible Trial. DEATH MARKED: He wanted to bring his fiancée back from the dead. If he's not careful, he'll join her. Evans's world was turned upside down when he lost his fiancée Senna in a tragic accident. He misses her so desperately that he's resorted to the dark arts to bring her back. Frank Altemus is a doctor with strange connections to the occult who promises to revive Senna from the afterlife in exchange for Rohan's help on a "special" expedition. To Russia. To rob an ancient temple with a dangerous secret. Rohan had no idea what he was truly signing up for. But if he wants Senna back, he'll have to make a deadly sacrifice. Death Marked is the first book in the urban fantasy Modern Necromancy series. It's a fast-paced chase around the world that will keep you on the edge of your seat and fear the dead. -- ALSO: Justin will be at the SDSU Writers Conference this weekend, talking self publishing and the multi-media writer. See you there!
Rank #2: Writing Fiction, Hacking the System, and Forming a Writing Posse with Michael Anderle.
You may know Michael Anderle from his amazing 20Booksto50k group, as well as his books that have done AMAZINGLY well on Amazon. He is a KU fan, meaning you can get all of his books #Free if you're a KU subscriber. Tune in to hear how Michael hacks the system with his crew of mentees / students, and how he uses his business background to ensure his publishing success. Visit Michael's Amazon page. Michael's bio: Michael Anderle (1967-Hopefully a long time from NOW) was born in Houston, Tx. A very curious child, he got into trouble - a lot. What to do with an inquisitive mind when he was grounded? Read! That hasn't changed since he was in elementary school. The Kindle was developed with him in mind. In the first 20 years, he mostly read Science Fiction and Fantasy. In the last 10 years he has enjoyed Urban Fantasy and Military Fiction. Using these influences, he has developed The Kurtherian Gambit. A series dedicated to watching how one genetically modified person with an incredible team behind her might be able to change the future, if she can survive along the way. @MichaelAnderle His books: http://kurtherianbooks.com
Kelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity. Tune in each week to learn how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid block. Explore our archives at writerfiles.fm to find interviews with notable guests that include bestselling authors John Scalzi (Old Mans War), Greg Iles (Natchez Burning), Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City), Kevin Kelly (founder of WIRED magazine), Emma Donoghue (Oscar Nominee for Room), Maria Konnikova (The Confidence Game), Andy Weir (The Martian), Dan Buettner (The Blue Zones), Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist), Daniel Pink (When), and serial guest hosts: neuroscientist Michael Grybko, journalist Adam Skolnick, and short story writer Robert Bruce.
Rank #1: 21 Productivity Hacks from 21 Prolific Writers: Part One.
In this special edition of the show we traditionally call “writer porn” I’ve invited back award-winning international journalist, author, and serial pundit, Adam Skolnick, to discuss a piece I wrote for Copyblogger.com last year titled, “21 Productivity Hacks from 21 Prolific Writers.” Rainmaker.FM is Brought to You By Discover why more than 80,000 companies in 135 countries choose WP Engine for managed WordPress hosting. Start getting more from your site today! Over the last four years, I ve been given the fantastic opportunity to interview a wide range of more than 70 prolific, renowned, and bestselling authors for The Writer Files series. As you may know, each interview digs into the habits, habitats, and brains of these writers, and I ask them all roughly the same set of questions on how they get words consistently onto the page. So, I sifted through the extensive series archives (including the written interviews) and cherry-picked 21 highlights on productivity from these writers for you. You’ll definitely notice some themes from their advice on keeping the ink flowing and the cursor moving. You can go to 21 Productivity Hacks from 21 Prolific Writers to follow along. Audio snippets have been excerpted here from the available podcast episodes. Guest host Adam Skolnick’s narrative nonfiction book, One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits — based on his award-winning New York Times sports reporting — is now available in paperback. In addition to his recent journalism, Adam has visited 45 countries and contributed to over 30 Lonely Planet guidebooks. He has written for ESPN.com, Men s Health, Outside, BBC, Playboy Magazine, and The NY Times, and has appeared on NPR. If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In Part One of this file some highlights include: Seth Godin (bestselling author of 18 books) on the power of deadlines Elizabeth Gilbert (#1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love) on the inefficiency of perfectionism Joanna Penn (New York Times bestselling indie author and entrepreneur) on scheduling and writing every day Andy Weir (bestselling author of The Martian) on motivation And more great tips from Adam and I as we discuss all 21 productivity hacks Listen to The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience below ... Download MP3 Subscribe by RSS Subscribe in iTunes The Show Notes If you’re ready to see for yourself why more than 201,344 website owners trust StudioPress — the industry standard for premium WordPress themes and plugins — swing by StudioPress.com for all the details. [AUDIO] 21 Productivity Hacks from 21 Prolific Writers: Part Two 21 Productivity Hacks from 21 Prolific Writers – Kelton Reid for Copyblogger More Writer Files in the Archives at Copyblogger Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively – Derek Beres for Big Think When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – Daniel Pink
Rank #2: Busting the Myth of the Starving Artist with Jeff Goins: Part One.
The multiple bestselling author of five books, including his latest — Real Artists Don t Starve — Jeff Goins, returned for a special edition of the show to talk with me about “The New Renaissance,” his favorite books on creativity, and busting the commonly held beliefs of artists. Rainmaker.FM is Brought to You By Discover why more than 80,000 companies in 135 countries choose WP Engine for managed WordPress hosting. Start getting more from your site today! In addition to being an entrepreneur and speaker, Jeff is a writing and creativity consultant, and his popular blog, Goins, Writer, offers free tips about the writing life. His podcast, The Portfolio Life, delves into many of the same topics via interviews with entrepreneurs and writers aimed squarely at helping listeners pursue work that matters. On Jeff’s last visit to the show in 2015, we talked about his bestselling book, The Art of Work, and how to think like a professional writer. His latest, Real Artists Don’t Starve, “… dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success …,” and bestselling author Daniel Pink said of the book, “Every entrepreneur, writer, and artist should read this book and take notes.” Writers, I think you’re going to like this one. If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In Part One of this file Jeff Goins and I discuss: How the starving artist mindset is a choice not a condition Why now is the best time in history to do creative work How John Grisham overcame the odds and 40 rejections to become a bestselling author Why you don’t need to “go big or go home” The psychology of rule-breakers and creativity Listen to The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience below ... Download MP3 Subscribe by RSS Subscribe in iTunes The Show Notes If you’re ready to see for yourself why over 201,344 website owners trust StudioPress — the industry standard for premium WordPress themes and plugins — just go to StudioPress.com Jeff Goins author page on Amazon Find bonus material for Real Artists Don’t Starve here How Bestselling Author Jeff Goins Writes: Part One How Bestselling Author Daniel Pink Writes How Bestselling Author Austin Kleon Writes: Part One GoinsWriter.com The Portfolio Life Podcast with Jeff Goins Jeff Goins on Medium Jeff Goins on Twitter Kelton Reid on Twitter
All the Books! is a weekly show of recommendations and enthusiasm regarding the week's new book releases.
Rank #1: E232: New Releases and More for October 29, 2019.
This week, Liberty and Jenn discuss Nothing to See Here, The Cheffe, Sisters of the Vast Black, and more great books.This episode was sponsored Book Riot's Blind Date with a Book; Bombas; and Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz, now available from Algonquin Books.Pick up an All the Books! 200th episode commemorative item here.Subscribe to All the Books! using RSS, iTunes, or Spotify and never miss a beat book.Sign up for the weekly New Books! newsletter for even more new book news.Books discussed on the show:Nothing to See Here by Kevin WilsonThe Cheffe by Marie NdiayeSisters of the Vast Black by Lina RatherFifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs by Camilla TownsendA River of Royal Blood by Amanda JoyAscender, Vol. 1: The Haunted Galaxy by Jeff Lemire and Dustin NguyenWhite Elephant by Trish HarnetiauxFull Disclosure by Camryn GarrettOver the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van NessWhat we're reading:Queen of the Conquered by Kacen CallenderBlood Countess (A Lady Slayers Novel) by Lana PopovićMore books out this week:Ordinary Girls by Jaquira DíazAll the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra MitchellShadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right by Anne NelsonEat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers by Natalie Eve GarrettBlood: A Memoir by Allison MoorerBeyond the Black Door by A.M. StricklandPaper Houses by Dominique Fortier and Rhonda MullinsThe Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons) by Jenn Lyons The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett McLaughlin and Link NealHome Now: How 6000 Refugees Transformed an American Town by Cynthia AndersonThe Factory by Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (translator)The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah Find Me by André AcimanKafka in a Skirt: Stories from the Wall (Camino del Sol) by Daniel ChacónHeroine by Gail ScottThe Monsters Know What They're Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters by Keith Ammann Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child Time Is Tight: My Life, Note by Note by Booker T. Jones The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World by David Owen Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration by Bryan Caplan and illustrator Zach WeinersmithWhen the Earth Had Two Moons: Cannibal Planets, Dreadful Orbits, Icy Giants, Dirty Comets and the Origins of Today's Night Sky by Erik AsphaugGravemaidens by Kelly Coon The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna by Mira Ptacin The Beautiful Ones by Prince The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses by Dan CarlinClassic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk by Jon Krakauer Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot, Cara McGee (Illustrator)Notre-Dame: A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals by Ken Follett The Seine: The River that Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino If: A Mother's Memoir by Lise MarzoukKindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever by Gavin EdwardsTwelve Nights at Rotter House by J.W. OckerSweet Days of Discipline by Fleur Jaeggy, Tim Parks (Translator)Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China by Jung ChangThe Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour by Peter AsherHymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War by S. C. GwynneVicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy by Donald L. MillerDeath and the Seaside by Alison MooreGirls Like Us by Randi PinkAirline Maps: A Century of Art and Design by Mark Ovenden and Maxwell RobertsLaughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuireStarve Acre by Andrew Michael Hurley
Rank #2: E241: New Releases and More for January 7, 2020.
This week, Liberty and Rebecca discuss Long Bright River, Clean Getaway, The Black Cathedral, and more great books. This episode was sponsored Book Riot Insiders, Flatiron Books, publishers of The Night Country by Melissa Albert, and Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar. Pick up an All the Books! 200th episode commemorative item here. Subscribe to All the Books! using RSS, iTunes, or Spotify and never miss a beat book. Sign up for the weekly New Books! newsletter for even more new book news. BOOKS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW: Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir by E.J. Koh Topics of Conversation: A novel by Miranda Popkey Clean Getaway by Nic Stone F*ck Your Diet: And Other Things My Thighs Tell Me by Chloé Hilliard The Black Cathedral: A Novel by Marcial Gala, Anna Kushner (translator) Long Bright River by Liz Moore Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children) by Seanan McGuire Shadowshaper: Legacy by Daniel José Older City of Stone and Silence (The Wells of Sorcery Trilogy) by Django Wexler The Night Country: A Hazel Wood Novel by Melissa Albert The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library series) by Genevieve Cogman WHAT WE’RE READING: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel by Ocean Vuong Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur The Vanishing Half: A Novel by Brit Bennett MORE BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK: We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives by Daniel J Levitin Where Have All the Boys Gone? by Jenny Colgan A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy by Jane McAlevey Yellow Earth by John Sayles Kill Reply All: A Modern Guide to Online Etiquette, from Social Media to Work to Love by Victoria Turk The Simple Past by Driss Chraibi, Hugh A. Harter (Translator) Westering Women: A Novel by Sandra Dallas You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin Average is the New Awesome: A Manifesto for the Rest of Us by Samantha Matt This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work by Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams by Michael Allred, Steve Horton , et al. All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor Jinxed by Amy McCulloch The Last Witness by Claire McFall Don’t Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language by David Shariatmadari Grace Is Gone: A Novel by Emily Elgar You Too?: 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories by Janet Gurtler Oasis: A Novel by Katya de Becerra The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy by Chris Murphy Welcome to the Pine Away Motel and Cabins by Katarina Bivald Diana: Princess of the Amazons by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, et al. Mr. Nobody: A Novel by Catherine Steadman Building a Life Worth Living: A Memoir by Marsha M. Linehan Lady Clementine: A Novel by Marie Benedict Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison Keystone by Katie Delahanty Furious Thing by Jenny Downham Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition by P. Carl Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton A Sportsman’s Notebook: Stories (Art of the Story) by Ivan Turgenev Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains by Cassie Chambers Martin McLean, Middle School Queen by Alyssa Zaczek The Kids Are in Bed: Finding Time for Yourself in the Chaos of Parenting by Rachel Bertsche Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book by Courtney Maum Creatures: A Novel by Crissy Van Meter Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim Wyntertide by Andrew Caldecott Dear Edward: A Novel by Ann Napolitano The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord The Schrodinger Girl by Laurel Brett Firebird by Mark Powell One of Us Is Next: The Sequel to One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon The God Game: A Novel by Danny Tobey The Heap: A Novel by Sean Adams Rocket Man: The Life of Elton John by Mark Bego The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick The Gimmicks: A Novel by Chris McCormick Westwind by Ian Rankin Fuel Your Fire: 200 Ways to Instantly Beat Burnout and Reignite Your Passion by Samantha Acton Cesare: A Novel of War-Torn Berlin by Jerome Charyn First Cut: A Novel by Judy Melinek M.D and T.J. Mitchell The Vanishing (Fogg Lake) by Jayne Ann Krentz Butterfly by Ashley Antoinette Deep State: A Thriller by Chris Hauty It’s My Life by Stacie Ramey Two Blankets, Three Sheets by Rodaan Al Galidi, Jonathan Reeder (translator) Jane Anonymous: A Novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz Raising Hell: Backstage Tales from the Lives of Metal Legends by Jon Wiederhorn The American People: Volume 2: The Brutality of Fact: A Novel by Larry Kramer Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis by K. R. Gaddy 19 Love Songs by David Levithan Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen Failure to Launch: Why Your Twentysomething Hasn’t Grown Up…and What to Do About It by Mark McConville Ph.D.
Writers on writing. The Dead Robots' Society, a gathering of writers podcasting to other aspiring writers, hoping to help each other along the way to the promised land of publication.
Rank #1: DRS Episode 338 - Building Worlds.
Justin, Paul, and Terry discuss "world builder's disease" and the smaller worlds writers should focus on.
Rank #2: DRS Episode 563 - Pacing, Action Beats, Adventure!.
Terry and Paul discuss tricks of pacing, action beats, and, well, yes, adventure.Like the show? Considering becoming a Patreon patron or purchasing one of our stories and thanks for watching.Support us on Patreon - http://patreon.com/drspodcastPaul's Amazon Page - https://amzn.to/2jJ4yekTerry's new novel with Glynn Stewart "Bound By Honor" - https://amzn.to/2KpYBiWTerry's author page - http://amzn.to/2mj8Eua
Author David Barr Kirtley talks geek culture with guests such as Neil Gaiman (#253), George R. R. Martin (#22), Richard Dawkins (#46), Paul Krugman (#61), Bill Nye (#273), Margaret Atwood (#94), Neil deGrasse Tyson (#32), and Joyce Carol Oates (#202). The A.V. Club calls the show, "An informative and impressively in-depth podcast well worth checking out," and io9 lists it as one of "13 Smart Podcasts That Will Feed Your Hunger for Knowledge and Ideas." NPR's earbuds.fm lists the show as a recommended podcast, and CBC Radio writes, "You may not think a podcast about science fiction and fantasy would be the place to go for political insight, but -- it is. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy manages to be more insightful about politics than many pundits." Help crowdfund us at patreon.com/geeks
Rank #1: 325. Yuval Noah Harari, author of Homo Deus and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.
Rank #2: 94. Margaret Atwood / Political Agendas (with Paolo Bacigalupi).
Guest Geeks: Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias Buckell
Stories turn songs into symphonies, events into memories, and lives into legends. In our crowded world, “knowing your story” cuts through the noise so you can make your mark — whether you want to sell more books, increase profits, or just make a difference. At Sterling & Stone, Story is our business. The Story Studio Podcast is where we explore ways we can all tell our stories better.
Rank #1: SSP008 Story Structure.
Whether the story you’re telling is about yourself, a novel you’re writing, or the journey of your business, understanding the way stories work is a sure-fire way to resonating with your audience. If you’ve been struggling to understand story structure and how to apply it to the story you’re attempting to tell, Johnny, Sean, and Dave will teach you:Why story structure is not a formula.The difference between beginning authors and experienced authors approach to structure.The basic form of story structure.The importance of causal relationships in stories.How to tell the difference between plot driving reader interest and characters driving reader interest.How story structure can occur out of order.Why you need an “all is lost” moment.3-act vs. 4-act structure, and how to use each.How the first and last act should mirror each other.If you’re ready to take the next step in your business, 2018 could be your year. Our Insiders group, The Stone Table Mastermind, is open for registrations but only until March 31st. Learn more about the Stone Table at https://sterlingandstone.net/join-stone-table-mastermind/.
Rank #2: SSP087 Idea Generation with Neeve.
Ideas are spooky. Where do they even come from? And what happens if they disappear forever? These questions have plagued creatives for years and has created a culture of self-limitation among authors. Today, we have Neeve on the show to talk about her new Stone Tablet, Endless Ideas, and how you can overcome creative block and become an idea machine.We Talk About:Neeve and her new book with Sean, Endless Ideas (https://sterlingandstone.net/endless-ideas). Sean’s wife, Cindy, doing her first 10+ second handstand.Johnny and Sean’s research trip to a legal cannabis farm.Neeve listening to a podcast called Spooked (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/spooked).Dave’s satisfaction with Mr. Robot’s new season.Why processing is the magic of ideation.Why Neeve starts with “no.”A Tale of Two Authors and the spectrum of idea execution (https://sterlingandstone.net/twoauthors). Conquering writer’s block.An example of Dave reshaping an idea.Neeve’s idea grading system.
Learn from writing coach Ann Kroeker how to achieve your writing goals (and have fun!) by being more curious, creative, and productive.
Rank #1: Ep 179: Time to Schedule Your Writing Life Tune-up.
Tis the season for many things. One thing that doesn't roll off the tongue as jolly as a line in a carol is a writing life tune-up. Yes, tis the perfect time for writing life maintenance.It sounds so boring, I can't believe I'm sending you off for two weeks with this message. Then again, I'm convinced if more of us would take the time to develop a simple system that supports our whole writing life, we'd stay on track and meet more of our goals and make new discoveries and find new outlets for our work—in part because we aren't scrambling at the last minute to meet a deadline.So it's time to schedule your writing life tune-up.Your Writing Life Tune-upYour writing life as a whole includes both you, the writer, and your work. In a few days, we'll tumble into the new year with big goals, plans, intentions, and resolutions.But before all that, at the close of this year, a writing life tune-up looks at what you as a writer need for success, then turns to your projects, so you can determine how to set yourself up to nail deadlines and build your body of work. Doesn't that sound like a worthy, satisfying activity—even if it's boring?A writing life tune-up isn't sexy, but it's effective.I'll be spending time on a tune-up for myself in the days ahead. Why not join me?I'll be looking back at several areas to see what worked well last year and what I'd like to see in the year ahead. I'll be examining things like: Professional Development Writing Habits and Systems Writing Deadlines Editorial CalendarProfessional DevelopmentWhat did I do last year for professional development? Three writing conferences Subscribed to multiple podcasts that offer writing-related content Attended several webinars led by industry leaders Read books about writing Read other books, fiction and nonfiction Read articles and blog posts with relevant contentSome activities you might consider to advance as a writer that aren't on my list could be working with a mentor or coach and joining a writing group or author mastermind.Writing space and toolsOur writing life evaluation can include practical elements such as rearranging our writing space. Does my current desk suit my needs? Are there tools that made life easier—did others waste time with complicated steps? Is your current writing chair a good fit? Mine is, but the arm rests need a little duct tape repair. Did you try a standing desk and find it helpful? How well did a writing notebook serve you?Evaluate effectivenessMake a list of equipment, outings, activities, and input from in the past year related to all of these writing life details. What worked and what didn't work? What helped you improve as a writer and what wasn't worth the investment of time, money, and logistics? What gave you energy and what sucked energy from you? Also, what from your work and life gave energy to others?As I review last year's activities, I'll determine what helped me level-up as a writer. Then I can make better decisions for the year ahead, scrapping anything that wastes my time and resources and continuing what offered the support I need.Plan it outI like to get a big-picture view of how I want to invest in myself and my space so I can include it when mapping out any given week or month.When, for example, do I intend to listen to a podcast or watch a webinar? I don't want to steal time from a writing session, for example, to read an article about queries. And yet I want to read about queries. When will I do that?I know, I know. It's a boring process, but this tune-up keeps me from scrambling and squandering time. Because left to my own devices, I totally squander my time.Writing Habits and SystemsJames Clear and many others advocate a Kaizen philosophy of improvement claim that tiny goals set us up for success; just a one percent improvement adds up over time. We can decide what small steps we can make that will mov...
Rank #2: Ep 131: Reverse Engineer Your Editorial Calendar.
Not long ago, I presented to you the concept of a writing pipeline. The stages are: Research Ideas Drafts Final Edits Shipped Archive (or Portfolio)A project enters the pipeline when it’s an idea, germinating and growing in the idea folder. It’s a more formal project when it hits the draft stage.Each stage of development takes time, and you’ll see your writing life take off when you identify and schedule each stage.Use an editorial calendar, and you'll line up your projects—and each stage of each project—churning out content more reliably, meeting deadlines and reaching goals.How Long Will It Take?When you first begin using an editorial calendar, however, it can be hard to know when to work on the various stages of a given project. It’s difficult to map it out when you don’t know how long things take and you’re not sure what you need to do in each stage.To figure it out, reverse engineer the process.Start with the end and work your way back.If you’d like, you can use an individual Project Planning Worksheet for this that has a simple grid. In hopes of simplifying the process and motivating you to take action, I’ve made a planning sheet available for you to download.You won’t have to use these forever, but they can be great while discovering stages, time frames, and projected due dates for each stage.Case Study: Blog PostLet’s say I want to publish a blog post at my website on January 19. And I’m going to write about finding creative writing spaces to do our work. Or maybe it’ll be about creatively finding writing spaces. Either way. that’s what I’ll use as my working title: “Creative Writing Spaces."Start at the EndThe first step will be to write down the working title—“Creative Writing Spaces”—and the end date, or pub date: January 19.On the downloadable sheet, I include a space for notes, as well, in case you want to record an extra thought for later.The QuestionsWhile moving through the Project Planning Worksheet, I’ll ask: “What’s the stage before this?” “What needs to happen so it’s ready for this stage?” “How long will that take?”The answers to these three questions will point you to the next stage and deadline.Discover the Stage Before PublishedIn this case, I’ll start the questioning. I’ll ask:What’s the stage before this?The answer? “Creative Writing Spaces” needs to be prepped in WordPress.What needs to happen so it’s ready for this stage?I’ll need the text and have to add some code and a photo. Add some tags.How long will it take?About an hour. And let’s say I’ll prep it the day before.I'll write on my worksheet—or I could write it directly on my editorial calendar and skip the worksheet—Prepped: January 18.Under "Notes," I could write down one hour or remind myself to refer to a blog post workflow. Anything to help me easily follow through.What's the Stage Before Prepped?As I continue working through my Project Planning Worksheet I ask:What’s the stage before this?This article needs to have been edited and proofread and in its final version before it can be prepped.What needs to happen so it’s ready for this stage?I need to have written the draft and allowed some time to edit and proofread.How long will that take?Let’s say I like to leave at least a day between the finished draft and final edits. That puts the work at January 16.I write on my worksheet—or directly on my editorial calendar—the finished article needs to be edited and proofread: January 16What's the Stage Before Edited and Proofread?What’s the stage before this?That became clear in my last answer: I need to have written it.What needs to happen so it’s ready for this stage?I need to find time to write this article and do the work. I need to write.How long will that take?Even though I’m fairly efficient if I sit down and write nonstop,
The definitive insider's guide to our current golden age of television, Ben Blacker's The Writers Panel is an ever expanding anthology of live convention panels and intimate in-studio interviews with the writers, producers, and show runners responsible for all the shows you can't stop watching. Over the course of nearly 400 episodes and counting, The Writers Panel has sat across from guests such as Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), and Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) to talk about the art and business of creating great television. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.
Rank #1: Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton.
The It's Always Sunny in Philadephia writers and co-stars discuss their now-airing 12th season, changing the face of TV comedy, how their show is written, and more. Co-hosted by Sunny super-fan Jenny Klein (Supernatural; Jessica Jones).
Rank #2: Bojack Horseman.
Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and designer Lisa Hanawalt discuss the conception of the animated comedy, Raphael's inspiration from Lisa's middle-school drawings, the freedom of working with Netflix, going dark and serialized, and lots more.Get the new digital-only comics from Ben Acker & Ben Blacker at http://thrillingadventurehour.com/wordpress/comic-books/. Origin issues of The Thrilling Adventure Hour's Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, and Beyond Belief!
Odyssey is an intensive six-week workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror held each summer on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Top authors, editors, and agents serve as guest lecturers. These podcasts are excerpts from guest lectures. For more information, visit http://www.odysseyworkshop.org.
Rank #1: Theodora Goss on Creating Characters, Pt 1.
Part one of an excerpt from the lecture Theodora Goss gave at Odyssey in the summer of 2018 on Creating Characters.
Rank #2: Theodora Goss on Creating Characters, Pt 2.
Part two of an excerpt from the lecture Theodora Goss gave at Odyssey in the summer of 2018 on Creating Characters.
Listen in as author Linda Sivertsen (aka Book Mama) brings together the world’s most beloved bestselling authors for monthly chats on writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and the art of romancing creativity. Now streaming on American Airlines, these up-close conversations are a fan favorite, frequently profiled on “Best Podcast” lists (i.e., The Motley Fool’s “10 Best Podcasts for Women”), and on the top Arts & Books pages of iTunes/Apple Podcasts. Join Linda and her celebrity co-hosts for deep, funny interviews w/ authors who have pulled it off—from breakout success to staying power. Heart-centered encouragement, street-smart advice, and insider success (and failure!) stories for every writer and creative type. Biggest mistakes, best shortcuts, behind-the-scenes agent, press, and publishing stories help you gain the courage to get your book, blog, ballad, or biz birthed into the world. New shows post each month. Guests include: Deepak Chopra, Meg Wolitzer, Abby Wambach, Candice Bergen, Ann Patchett, Maria Shriver, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Gilbert, Tosca Lee, Dean Koontz, Brené Brown, Glennon Doyle, Van Jones, Taylor Dayne, Lee Child, Steven Pressfield, Rob Bell, Terry McMillan, Anne Lamott, Dani Shapiro, Gabby Bernstein, Martha Beck, Seth Godin, Robert McKee, Danielle LaPorte, Marianne Williamson, Arianna Huffington, Mary Karr, Gretchen Rubin, and WME super-agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. If you’ve ever wished you could sit down with your favorite writers to ask them how they do it, year after year, book after book, consider this your new, not-so-guilty pleasure. Take your dreams from idea to done with us. The Beautiful Writers Podcast. Where inspiration is constant, and swearing, optional (although highly appreciated). Find out more: https://www.beautifulwriterspodcast.com
Rank #1: Brené Brown: Daring to Create Greatly.
One of today’s most beloved authors, Dr. Brené Brown shares behind-the-scenes details of her incredible life and career including: What it’s like to have 3 books on the New York Times bestseller’s list at the same time, why she won't read her reviews, funny/moving details of her meeting with Oprah and Maya Angelou, and what trips her up when writing and real life collide. If you’re one of the over 25 million viewers who’ve watched her 2010 TEDx Houston talk on The Power of Vulnerability, you know that this research professor at the University of Houston is heartfelt and hilarious. (Case in point, her “A" to our “Q" on “Sleep or Sex?” just might be our favorite one yet!) It is with very full hearts that we bring you this conversation. To subscribe to future podcasts or learn more about how we can support you on your writing journey, head over to www.beautifulwriterspodcast.com
Rank #2: Anne Lamott: Hallelujah Anyway.
Glennon Doyle Melton is back on the Beautiful Writers Podcast; this time in the co-host chair with Linda Sivertsen. Fresh from her whirlwind tour for the #1 New York Times bestseller, LOVE WARRIOR, Glennon shares heart-centered updates on those dizzying details, as well as love notes on her recent divorce (yes, they're darling like that), and romantic musings on her engagement to soccer legend, Abby Wambach (simply captivating).Linda and Glennon couldn’t be more excited to interview their long-time idol (whom they’ve never met)—Anne Lamott—the much BELOVED author of the New York Times bestsellers: Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; Operating Instructions, and several novels—including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. And let’s not forget, her universally adored, how-to writing classic, Bird by Bird.Anne and Glennon have so much in common it's hard to keep up, but here’s a sneak peek list: Oprah; sobriety; motherhood; bestsellers; acts of charity; Sunday-school teaching, political activism, overall adorableness, and the not-so-enviable burden of social anxiety (unless you figure, as Linda does, that it’s sneakily behind their distinct talent for taking universal feelings and making them hilariously darkly dramatic and touching, thus earning them the adoration of the masses).Tune in as Linda and Glennon catch Anne BEFORE she embarks on tour for this, her 17th book: HALLELUJAH ANYWAY: Rediscovering Mercy. Because she hasn’t yet been asked a million questions on the topic and therefore won’t be looking for the exit routes. Because the world could sure use more mercy right about now. And because you'll soon find out what it means, where you can find it, and why it’s so radically important.Welcome!