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Episode 34: How and Why to Get Every Scene Brimming with Conflict

9/17/2018
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Episode 34: Today we tackle the single most important element that a story must have: Conflict. What is it? Why[...]

Duration:00:30:41

Episode 33: Insights from an Aspiring Writer… with Guest Host Jesse Hawley

9/10/2018
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Episode 33: Today we’ve got our first guest-hosted episode with writer Jesse Hawley! Get ready for some great insights into[...]

Duration:00:39:00

Episode 32: Answering Listener Questions – Q & A

9/3/2018
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Episode 32: Today we’re taking a step back from our more formal explorations of a single, dedicated topic, and answering questions[...]

Duration:00:37:49

Episode 31: What is “Confirmation Bias” and How Can We Use It To Our Advantage as Writers?

8/27/2018
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Episode 31: Today we’re exploring a concept called “confirmation bias” and how we can use it to influence readers, agents,[...]

Duration:00:52:11

Episode 30: Everything is an Argument (and How Knowing That Will Make You a Better Writer)

8/20/2018
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Episode 30: Today we’re exploring a technique of looking at the world from a new perspective that will result in[...]

Duration:00:33:39

Episode 29: What is “Theme” and How Can We Use it to Engage Our Readers?

8/13/2018
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Today we’re tackling one of the most misunderstood, but vital, elements of writing fiction. Today is all about “theme.” What[...]

Duration:00:42:46

Episode 28: How to Deal With Writer’s Block… and Does it Really Exist?

8/6/2018
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In today’s show, we’re exploring the writer’s nemesis: writer’s block. What is it? Where does it come from? And how[...]

Duration:00:35:40

Episode 27: One Great Technique for Writing Subtext – The Third Thing

7/30/2018
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Subtext can be the difference between polished prose and an amateur-sounding story. Today, we look at one surefire way to[...]

Duration:00:41:34

Episode 26: How To Write Effective Beginning and Ending Scenes

7/23/2018
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Today we’re going to be talking about the importance of the first and last scenes of your novel or screenplay[...]

Duration:00:32:55

Episode 25: How to Prioritize Your Life for Writing

7/16/2018
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Today’s topic is about a challenge that affects every single writer that I know. “How do you prioritize your life[...]

Duration:00:35:47

Episode 24: How to Discover What Your Story is Really About (Using the SNBS)

7/9/2018
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Today we’re building off of an idea we explored in episode 14 called the Somebody-Wanted-But-So. We’ll modify that strategy today[...]

Duration:00:37:00

Episode 23: How to Write Great Fiction… with Barlow Adams

7/2/2018
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Today we explore the elements of good writing with Barlow Adams, a prolific and versatile writer well-known for both his[...]

Duration:00:32:15

Episode 22: You’re Not a Perfectionist—You’re Afraid

6/25/2018
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Today we’re talking about the root of so much of the resistance we face as writers: perfectionism. Where does[...]

Duration:00:28:26

Episode 21: Science Fiction… with Gareth L. Powell

6/18/2018
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Gareth L. Powell was born and raised in Bristol, England. He is a popular panelist and speaker at literary[...]

Duration:00:23:45

Episode 20: 5 Reasons Writers Should Practice Mindfulness Meditation

6/11/2018
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Today we’re talking about mindfulness meditation—what it is, how to do, and the 5 reasons that every writer should[...]

Duration:00:42:36

Episode 19: How to Find Your Next Killer Story Idea

6/4/2018
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It may be the most common question writers get: where do you get your ideas from? Today we answer that[...]

Duration:00:35:36

Episode 18: Why You Should Care About Rhetorical Devices

5/28/2018
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In this week’s episode, we explore the claim that “everything is an argument.” If this is true, then our[...]

Duration:00:34:05

Episode 17: How to Match Your Story to Your Genre

5/21/2018
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“When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” And when you’re a novelist, every story idea looks like a[...]

Duration:00:39:12

Episode 16: What Can We Learn about Writing from Sculpting?

5/14/2018
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As creative writers, we have a lot of tools of the trade at our disposal. Characterization, symbolism, subtext, and all[...]

Duration:00:30:04

Episode 15: Lessons from a Master – Cormac McCarthy

5/7/2018
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Cormac McCarthy is the Pulitzer Prize award-winning and best-selling author of books like The Road, No Country for Old Men,[...]

Duration:00:40:45