Every first and third Friday of the month, I publish new podcast episodes featuring interviews with members of the writing community around the world.
You can listen to every episode of the writescast below or through your preferred podcast service. So pop in the headphones or turn up the speakers, it’s time for the r. r. campbell writescast!
The Writer Next Door, John Adamus, joins the Novel Approaches co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell for a conversation on theme: what it is, its importance, and how writers can make sure their theme shines throughout their manuscript.
Guests Danielle Maurer and Chris Bedell join co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman to discuss various world-building strategies one can use during both the pre-write and drafting stages of writing a novel.
Co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell break down the differences between plot and structure before examining various structure models and how they can be put to use.
Author Kristin Oakley joins Novel Approaches co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman to talk character from conception to completion and everything in between.
Co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman take on concept from an editor’s perspective, with an emphasis on what Sione looks for when evaluating concept in her own work and that of others.
In the first episode of this new Novel Approaches mini-series, co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman tackle concept—what it is, why it’s important, and how writers can develop a concept strong enough to support their entire manuscript.
Writescast host r. r. campbell describes strategies for doing writerly research online, in books and literature, through interviews, and experientially.
The director of the University of Wisconsin’s Writers’ Institute, Laurie Scheer, joins me for a conversation on the value of writing conferences. We also discuss what makes the UW Writers’ Institute the Midwest’s premiere conference for writers of all experience levels.
In this Biblio Breakdown, we take a look at point of view, head hopping, and voice, all with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of how we can approach each of these in our own writing.
Kevin Klehr talks magic realism: specifically how we can maintain focus when incorporating fantasy elements into our real-world tales.
In this first ever Biblio Breakdown, we examine inciting incidents, characterization through relationships, setting as character, dramatic irony, and more, all with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of how we can approach each of these in our own writing.
Valerie Biel returns to the writescast to talk crunch time: what to do in the final thirty days before a book launch! In this episode, she covers strategies for outreach through traditional and digital media, giveaways, paid advertising, and direct marketing strategies.
In part two of this mini-series, Sione Aeschliman talks ISBNs, formatting our manuscripts for ebook and print, and best case practices for proofreading before we hit the publish button.
Sione Aeschliman walks us through the early steps of the self-publishing journey. In this episode, we talk what you need to have done before looking to publish, the platforms through which one can self-publish, cover design and cover art resources, and best case practices for each of these critical phases.
Author and PR guru Cheryl Muir returns to the writescast to talk ick-free self-promo: how we can get more comfortable doing it, and best case practices for attitudes to adopt once we’re finally ready to put ourselves and our work out in the world.
Meg Gaertner returns to the writescast to discuss goals: those we set out to achieve in 2017, whether we achieved them, and what we learned along the way. Then we look forward to 2018 (and beyond!), all in the interest of helping YOU maximize your own goal-oriented success.
Aria Gmitter joins me to talk about her background in film, and how writing a screenplay varies from writing a manuscript for a novel. If you’re a writer of fiction looking to break into TV or film, this episode is for you!
Whether you’ve just completed NaNoWriMo, have otherwise just finished a manuscript, or finally have a writing habit started, this conversation will surely help you press on with what comes next.
After taking a moment to celebrate the first birthday of your listener-supported r. r. campbell writescast, I delve into the topics of writerly routines and self-care.
Barbara Britton describes her journey to publication through music and encourages other writers to do the same. How will using music to frame your career as a writer help you better understand your process?
Amanda Kelly presents strategies for addressing weak points in our writing, all through the use of dragon-training as a metaphor!
John Adamus discusses how to best prepare for writing conferences, as well as what we can do to present ourselves professionally as writers.
Danielle Maurer returns to the writescast to talk about best practices for preparing for National Novel Writing Month. Use her tips to help you maximize your NaNo success!
Author Mel Gough joins me to talk about M/M Romance, fan fiction, and so much more.
Author Ryan Decaria discusses mad science and the mad scientist trope—what it is, how we can use it, and how we can prevent our use of it from becoming clichéd! With examples from books and television both modern and historic, Ryan provides a unique perspective on mad science and sci-fi you won’t want to miss.
Bakari Chavanu joined me for this episode to talk about National Journal Writing Month, and what journaling can offer us both personally, and professionally as writers of fiction. Be sure to have a listen before the next installment of NaJoWriMo, which happens four times per year in January, April, July, and October!
To help writerfolk everywhere prepare for this great query event, author and Son of a Pitch founder Katie Hamstead joined me to talk about what SoaP is, how it can help you refine your query and first 250 words, and what you need to do to participate.
If you miss the participation deadline this time around—no worries! Katie runs SoaP twice yearly, with the biggest event taking place in February.
Scott Birrenkott joined me 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’s work has been featured with both Fiction Vortex and Liquid Imagination.
Author Steven Salmon joined me for this episode to talk about his personal and professional experiences as a writer with cerebral palsy. His two books A Very New Day, and It’s a New Life! Mom Is Gone are available on Amazon and www.stevenbsalmon.com.
This episode focuses on what I consider to be the four core components of scene structure—both what they are and how to incorporate them into our own work.