Sci-fi author Scott Birrenkott joined me for this episode to talk all things sci-fi: what it is, how to research for it, and how to find a balance between science and fiction when writing sci-fi of our own. Scott writes science fiction with golden age traditions and literary aspirations. His work has been featured with both Fiction Vortex and Liquid Imagination. For more on Scott, you can find him at scottiswriting.tumblr.com, or on Twitter at @SBirrenkott.
As I've emphasized in both this post and this podcast, our characters' goals ought to play a foundational role in everything we write. With that in mind, POP QUIZ---what is your protagonist's primary goal? The most common response will likely be similar to the [must] section of your manuscript's logline. In other words, that your… Continue reading Goal-oriented Storytelling
Steven Salmon joins me to talk about his personal and professional experiences as a writer with cerebral palsy.
July was a great month in my small corner of the writing world. Below, you'll find a recap of the three main highlights from this month, including the publication of my first flash fiction piece. Publication - "Wool" As detailed in this post, my flash fiction piece "Wool" is now available via Five:2:One Magazine. You… Continue reading Monthly Recap: July 2017
I'm pleased to announce that Five:2:One Magazine has published my flash fiction piece "Wool." It is available in both text and audio format at this address. "Wool" is the story of a young boy's first and unexpected experience with poverty. According to its About Us page, Five:2:One is dedicated to the transgressive, experimental, and the … Continue reading Now Published: “Wool”
In this episode, I tackle the elements of scene structure: what they are and how to use them. With examples from Game of Thrones and nods to The Catcher in the Rye, Sula, The Hate U Give, and Black Swan Green, this episode is sure to help listeners guarantee every scene serves a purpose and is grounded in each of the four core components of scene structure.
This episode of the writescast features Valerie Biel, award-winning author of YA hits Circle of Nine, and Circle of Nine: Sacred Treasures. She joined me to discuss strategies for promoting our writing through traditional media, including television, radio, and good old print news. When Valerie's not writing, she's working on freelance publicity projects and assisting other authors… Continue reading Writescast 012 – Promoting Your Work Through Traditional Media with Valerie Biel
This post is part of the Outline With Me series. For more like this, check out the outlining your novel page. In part one, we examined each of the eight steps of circular structure. As a refresher, those eight steps are: Our main character is in her comfort zone, but there’s something she wants. She enters an unfamiliar… Continue reading Dan Harmon’s Circular Structure, Part Two
For this episode of the writescast, author Danielle Maurer joined me to talk about Twitter contests, the importance of perseverance, how to develop good writing habits, and what to keep in mind when working with an editor. Episode correction: The publication date for my short story, "Wool," has been pushed back to July 28th, 2017. That is to say, it is not available on July 7th as mentioned in the episode.
Author Daniel Swenson joined me for this episode to compare pantsing and outlining. We also discuss trusting our characters and the importance of--and strategies for developing--backstory.