Rank #1: 2.33 - The Evil Day Job
The great and terrible evil of the day job is this episode's topic, and while the initial intent of the episode was to talk about how we balance our day jobs with our writing endeavors, the episode took a turn for the philosophical, as they seem to do when Elan is let loose upon the world. We hope you enjoy the episode! Recommendation: If you are unable to write when you want to, try to figure out why. When you identify that, think of ways to change your day around to accommodate your desire to write. Also, be kind to yourself.
Rank #2: 3.8 - The Romance Gold Mine
Is romance and erotica the gold mine it is claimed to be?
Rank #3: 3.9 - The Long March
New month, new theme! Let's talk about middles.
Rank #4: 3.4 - Can there be too much "new" energy?
Is there a point at which having new ideas and new projects is detrimental?
Rank #5: 3.14 — On Self Care
What does self-care look like?
Rank #6: 3.12 — Breaking In: Short Stories vs. Novels
Is the old strategy of publishing short stories before going for novels still viable?
Rank #7: 2.29 - Worldcon and Writing Excuses
From Jul 28th through August 15th, Elan was away, on both the Writing Excuses Cruise and in Finland for Worldcon 75. In this episode, Elan talks about his experience and John and Craig do all the question-asking! Prompt & Recommendations: Write a 250-word short story using plot randomizers. For links to plot randomizers, go to writerightpodcast.com
Rank #8: 2.26 - Strategies for Daily Practice
Writing every day isn’t for everyone, but most people want to build a daily practice. But it’s a difficult thing to do; forming any kind of habit is hard. How do you make sure that you write every day? How do you motivate and schedule yourself? Recommendations: 2k to 10k - Rachel Aaron (We know, we keep recommending it...but it's really good!); John's Awesome Writer Spreadsheet
Rank #9: 3.2 - The Fallacy of Resolutions
New Year's resolutions are an often controversial topic of conversation.
Rank #10: 3.1 - New Beginnings
New year, new beginnings!
Rank #11: 3.3 - Bringing New Energy to the Space Between Drafts
How to do you recalibrate yourself between drafts of the same project?
Rank #12: 2.34 - NaNoWriMo Accountability Check-In
Oh dear. Here we go. Not too long ago, we talked about NaNoWriMo, that magical, stressful month where hundreds of thousands of writers around the world go wild. How did our collective Novembers go? Did we win? No. We didn't win. But you know what? That's okay.
Rank #13: 2.32 - To NaNo or Not to NaNo?
Elan tells a tiny lie at the episode's opening, but once that fib's behind the crew, they dig into talking about NaNoWriMo. We've been NaNoRebels, NaNoLameOs, and NaNoJudgeMos when the need struck us, and for better or worse, we're all NaNo adjacent. The conversation moves somewhat far afield of the initial topic (as it tends to do), but we hope that, whether you NaNo or No, you find the episode—and the entire month of November—inspiring and positive. Recommendation: write a story in November that you're not tied to deeply. Just write for writing's sake.
Rank #14: 2.30 - Fractal Outlining
When John mentioned the term “Fractal Outlining” several episodes ago, Elan’s mind exploded. Because he still hasn’t recovered, the Write Right crew was gracious enough to dedicate a full episode to the topic, wherein Elan will pepper John with questions about it. Recommendation: Read John's blog post about fractal outlining.
Rank #15: 2.31 - X-Thousand Words a Day
We have talked extensively about daily writing, techniques for achieving it, and the ostensible benefits of it. Let’s take a step back and discuss what it’s like in the trenches of daily writing, the frustrations that may arise, and the methods we use to keep ourselves on task. Recommendation: Track your daily word counts, whether you write or not.
Rank #16: 2.25 - Fighting Distractions
We live in a world of distraction. Distraction is an enormous challenge for almost all of us, rearing its shiny head to peel us away from the work we care about or need to do. We recently talked about active and reactive work, but no matter our best intentions, distractions all-too-frequently take us away from accomplishing either. How do you fight distractions? Recommendations from the episode: Forest App for iOS, Android, and Google Chrome; Focus App for Mac; F.B. Purity and News Feed Eradicator, for removing or altering the newsfeed in Facebook; This one weird trick will save your attention span! article on Medium.com; Recommended reading: Deep Work - Cal Newport
Rank #17: 2.23 - Plotsing, or Hybrid Methods
Plotting and pantsing are often described as diametrically opposed concepts, incompatible with each other and mutually exclusive. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. In reality, we all fall somewhere in between on the spectrum of plot and pants. We plotz. Recommended reading: Wired for Story - Lisa Cron
Rank #18: 2.22 - On Pantsing
Discovery writing! Gardening! Pantsing! How do you do it? What are the benefits and difficulties? Do we write linearly? How much do we know when we sit down to write? Recommendation: Author Accelerator (authoraccelerator.com)
Rank #19: 2.21 - On Plotting
Let's take a closer look at plotting: techniques, benefits, issues—the whole thing. How do you do it? How do you not? Recommendations: The Snowflake Method and 2K to 10K by Rachel Aaron.
Rank #20: 2.15 - How to Market an Ebook
Congratulations! You've published an Ebook. Now what? Craig and John delve into their experience marketing digital books. Recommended reading: How to Market a Book - Joanna Penn