Podcasts

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!

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Noelle Nichols

Episode 25 – Self-editing and Maintaining Momentum with Noelle Nichols

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.

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Episode 24 – Writerly Routines and Self-care

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.

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Barbara Britton

Episode 23 – Soundtrack to a Writer’s Journey with Barbara Britton

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?

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Amanda Kelly

Episode 22 – How to Train Your Writing Dragon with Amanda Kelly

Amanda Kelly presents strategies for addressing weak points in our writing, all through the use of dragon-training as a metaphor!

 

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John Adamus

Episode 21 – Writerly Etiquette and Preparing for Writing Conferences with John Adamus

John Adamus discusses how to best prepare for writing conferences, as well as what we can do to present ourselves professionally as writers.

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Episode 20 – NaNoWriMo Prep with Danielle Maurer

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Danielle Maurer

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!

 

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Episode 19 – M/M Romance and Fan Fiction with Mel Gough

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Mel Gough

Author Mel Gough joins me to talk about M/M Romance, fan fiction, and so much more.

 

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Episode 18 – Mad Science in Science Fiction with Ryan Decaria

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Ryan Decaria

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 clichĂ©d! 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.

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Episode 17 – Unleash Your Creative Mind through Journaling featuring Bakari Chavanu

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Bakari Chavanu

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!

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Episode 16 – Query Event: Son of a Pitch with Katie Hamstead

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Katie Hamstead

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.

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Episode 15 – Keeping the Science in Science Fiction with Scott Birrenkott

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Scott Birrenkott

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.

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Episode 14 – Writing with Cerebral Palsy featuring Steven Salmon

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Steven Salmon

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.

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Episode 13 – Scene Structure

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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.

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Episode 12 – Valerie Biel – Promoting Your Work Through Traditional Media

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Valerie Biel

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.

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Episode 11 – Danielle Maurer – Perseverance, Good Writing Habits, and Working With an Editor

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Danielle Maurer

For this episode of the writescast, author Danielle Maurer joined me to talk about Twitter contests, the importance of perseverance, strategies for developing good writing habits, and what to keep in mind when working with an editor.

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Episode 10 – Daniel Swenson – Pantsing, Outlining, and Trusting the Muse

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Daniel Swenson

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.

Daniel is the creator and host of the Hugo-nominated podcast Dungeon Crawlers Radio, and his debut novel, The Shadow Above The Flames, is available now through Immortal Works Press.

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Episode 09 – Kristin Oakley and the Hybrid Publishing Process

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Kristin A. Oakley

For this episode of the writescast, Kristin A. Oakley joined me to define and discuss the hybrid publishing process. It’s not quite traditional, and it’s not really self-pub, either. How does that work, you ask? You’ll have to listen to her interview to find out!

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Episode 08 – Meg Gaertner – Managing the Query Process and Handling Rejection

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Meg Gaertner

For this writescast episode, Meg Gaertner spoke with me about how to manage the query process, and how we as writers can keep our heads above the water when waves of rejection notices come crashing down.

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Episode 07 – Mary Anne Hinkle – Proofreading, Editing, and the Publication Process

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Mary Anne Hinkle

This episode of the writescast features freelance proofreader Mary Anne Hinkle, who joined me to talk about the differences between proofreading and editing, the publication process, and how writers have to be ready to divorce themselves emotionally from their manuscripts when seeking the help of an editor.

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Episode 06 – Cheryl J. Muir – Developing a Brand as an Author

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For this episode of the writescast, author and PR guru Cheryl J. Muir joined me for a conversation on developing a brand as an author. In it, she covers topics including the know-like-trust factor, navigating social media, and creating a digital image that balances who you are as a person with who you are as a professional.

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Episode 05 – Josh Springs – Young Adult Literature

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Back in January, Young Adult writer Josh Springs joined me for a conversation on YA in general, why it’s important it be written and read, and things you should never say to a writer of Young Adult or Middle Grade fiction–or anyone, really. Be nice to each other. You can listen to the full conversation below.

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Episode 04 – James Wymore – Acquisitions Strategies and Content-rating Systems

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James Wymore

For this edition, I had the opportunity to interview James Wymore of Immortal Works on their acquisitions philosophy, explicit content in literature and film, book rating systems, and what we can expect from Immortal Works in 2017.

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Episode 03 – Dylan Davis – Flash Fiction, Writer Fear, Publishing Tips

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Dylan Davis

For this episode of the r. r. campbell writescast, author Dylan Davis joined me by phone to discuss flash fiction, overcoming “writer fear,” and tips for submitting short-form fiction to literary magazines. He also reads his flash piece “Detach,” published in Fiction International in 2015.

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Episode 02 – Writing Conferences and Writer’s Block

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In this episode, I take on the topics of writing conferences, writer’s block, and what to expect from the blog going forward.

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Episode 01 – Dan Schiro – Writing Action Scenes

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Dan Schiro

For the first-ever episode of the r. r. campbell writescast, I sat down with Dan Schiro, author of Rogue Destiny to talk about action scenes. Using examples from Star Wars, the James Bond franchise, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more, this episode focuses on the importance of verisimilitude, character, and setting when creating high-flying action scenes. Enjoy!

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Have suggestions for future topics of the writescast? Send them to me on Twitter or email me through my contact page!