Rank #1: ISBW #333 - Writing Hooks // Seanan McGuire Interview
I talk about what it means to be a "wanna-be," and then delve into hooks, using Kameron Hurley's The Mirror Empire for example. Fantastic book. Go get it. Then I interview Seanan McGuire, from way back.
What I'm writing now*: We Need the Eggs: detectives, wetware, and roller derby. Its status is proposal-under-edit-after-agent-comments. PUEAAC, if you will.
What I'm reading now: The Mirror Empire
*Like, right this second, today. I have many irons in the fire, but this isn't the place to list them. So if I list something else later, don't think I write books within days.
Rank #2: ISBW #322 - SUPER LONG (EXPLICIT) AGENT INTERVIEW EPISODE
Rank #3: ISBE #312 - Returning, and Interview with Matt Lohr and Diane O'Bannon
Rank #4: I Should Be Writing #336 - Characterization and Hierarchy
I talk characterization and stuff, taking from a blog post I read and can't remember the source. If you know the source TELL ME and I will post it here so I am not a total jerk.
Rank #5: ISBW #376: Must you write daily? And interview with Robyn Bennis!
A new article has writer Twitter in a froth. It turns out that someone wrote a clickbait article about how if you aren't writing daily, then you might as well quit.
This is so, so, so wrong. Did I write daily for a while? Yes. Do I recommend the Magic Spreadsheet for others who want to write daily? Yes. Did it help me and others? Yes. But telling you that you MUST write daily because I did is like saying that since I ran a marathon, everyone must run a marathon else they have no chance of being an athlete. So I get into that more in this episode.
Then I talk to Robyn Bennis, author of the debut novel The Guns Above! (Note, the interview has some NSFW words but I reversed them, so there's no swearing but there are a few backward words. But I do have a new tool coming to make bleeping words easier!)
Also, don't miss the latest Ditch Diggers regarding parenting and a writing career!
Rank #6: ISBW #368: Post-depression writing
Rank #7: ISBW #320 - Depression // Adam Christopher Interview
Depression sucks. Many people talk about it.
But paying it forward is nice, as PJ Schnyder is doing at RT Booklover's Convention.
The Hugo slate was announced. There are many things to be happy and annoyed about. But the core issue is, read the works, vote as you see fit.
And we talk to Adam Christopher, author of the Burning Dark* and long-time listener of the show!
You know, at some point you'd think I would get jealous of people who started writing seriously after starting to listen to me, and then their career took off like gangbusters and outpaced me something terrible, but I still am just absolutely giddy to hear success stories from listeners.
Rank #8: ISBW #362: Glossary of writing terms and Helen Lowe Interview
What do all those words I'm always saying mean? I go over several terms we discuss in publishing. I loved this idea, so if you have other ideas for terms you'd like discussed in more detail, let me know! Then I talk to Helen Lowe, author of Daughter of Blood.
Rank #9: ISBW #371: Writing as a relationship // Bookburners Interview
Rank #10: ISBW #399
Almost to 400, and I still feel like I'm a beginner! Wow.
Rank #11: ISBW #364 - Feedback // Jon Skovron Interview // John Claude Bemis Interview
It's another long show as I catch up with my late interviews! Jon Skovron and John Claude Bemis are both here to talk about their books.
With two interviews, this one is a long one!
Worldcon is this week! Are you going? Come say hi!
Rank #12: ISBW #366: Control and Laurence MacNaughton Interview
Rank #13: ISBW #337 - NaNo, Tired Tropes // Howard Tayler Interview
Rank #14: ISBW #397
And I talk about one of the epiphanies I've had after... sixteen years of writing. It's embarrassing.
Rank #16: ISBW #342 - Feedback
First feedback of the year, lots of neat things happening, and we talk covers and memoirs and outlining!
Rank #17: ISBW #328 - Taking Care of Yourself // Gail Carriger interview
This week we welcome Gail Carriger back to the show, and talk about taking care of yourself. Hint- it's not romantic to treat yourself like crap in order to brag that you're not sleeping or drinking too much in order to feel like a "real" writer.
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Rank #18: ISBW #334 - NaNoWriMo Prep // Charlaine Harris Interview
Rank #19: ISBW #373: About all those rules
Don't use adverbs. Show, don't tell. Often blanket terms, what do they really mean, and why should we use them? And what does it mean when someone carefully follows those rules.
Recommended book: Nabokov's Favorite Word Was Mauve