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Ep 6.32 - LIVE! November Writing Roundtable

Ep 6.32 - LIVE! November Writing Roundtable

November 10, 2021

It can't be November already!?

 

Author Horror Stories, Ep. 3.35

Author Horror Stories, Ep. 3.35

November 8, 2021

The publishing world promises freedom of expression through your words. Honestly, the galaxy is the limit! But the whispers of what lurks down that long, dark tunnel to publication are truly the stuff of nightmares...

... The unfinished draft. Bleeding manuscripts after the Editor sank her claws into it. Wrong files being uploaded... and only discovered when the 1 stars start blazing in!

Today on the Writer's Journey, we're exploring that dark tunnel to uncover all the demons lurking ahead. With the help of Poppa Chuck Manley and Walt Robillard, horror stories of the author realm shall be revealed, live! Eeee-hahaha!

Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guests: C. Steven Manley, Walt Robillard

00:00 Opening remarks and introductions

-Discord server is up! https://discord.com/invite/t96CVRD

-Keystroke Coffee is live! https://keystrokemedium.com/product/keystroke-coffee/

-Use Plottr! https://plottr.com?ref=190

04:05 Main Event – Author Horror Stories

-Fear of perfection with every scene, every line, every chapter.

-Chuck’s first book was a thriller novel/portal fantasy.

-‘Gifted Vomit’.

-Self-critiquing vs. writing.

-Mr. Brooks and his inner demon. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780571/

-Advice: most people don’t care, so do what you love.

-Chuck reads some of his 1-star reviews. -The paralysis of too much advice.

-‘What doesn’t flow if you don’t turn on the faucet.’

-Writer’s Block! -Being a writer for the money vs. for the craft.

56:25 Spotlight: The Revenant: A Military Sci-Fi Series (Hunter's Moon Book 2) by Walt Robillard https://amzn.to/3BzuQ8t

58:20 Main Event — Author Horror Stories, Continued!

-Walt’s love of Amazon’s Vella.

1:07:40 Closing remarks

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Horizons Beyond - https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

Farthest Reach – https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

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Ep 6.31 - LIVE! Writing Roundtable - October 2021 - Dune 2021, podcasting, AND SCOTT‘S BIRTHDAY

Ep 6.31 - LIVE! Writing Roundtable - October 2021 - Dune 2021, podcasting, AND SCOTT‘S BIRTHDAY

November 6, 2021

New show's every week, ish, unless we don't have one, then it's a new show every other week, unless we're sick, then it's a new show every few weeks, but we're really, really, really, going to have one today. Probably.

Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, C. Steven Manley Special Guest: Steve Beaulieu/Jaime Castle

00:00 Opening remarks

-Discord server is up! https://discord.com/invite/t96CVRD

-Keystroke Coffee is live! https://keystrokemedium.com/product/keystroke-coffee/

-Use Plottr! https://plottr.com?ref=190

05:10 Weekly update—Don’t Drop the Toilet Seat Edition

Steve: Preparing to go to 20Booksto50k conference. Writing an epic fantasy novel with Andy Peloquin. Loves co-authoring. Adventures in Vegas last 20Books conference…

Chuck: Wrapping up Jack Dark #2. Promises Steve to finish! Outlined book 3!

Scott: Building a new house, writing a lot, wishing he had a beard comb.

Josh: Finally has a series titled Weaponized instead of Savage Stars/Sentinel. Writing. Had a Baen interview on The Romanov Rescue, a military procedural, watched the new Dune movie. https://amzn.to/3bpSFoH

29:28 Main Event— LIVE! Writing Roundtable - October 2021 - Dune 2021, podcasting, AND SCOTT'S BIRTHDAY

-Discussion on the new Dune movie. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1160419/

-Interpolation of story from immersion.

-Immersion as the opposite of the infodump.

-The importance of the medium for story (i.e. movie vs. novel)

-Technical issues with the movie.

-Missiles vs. bullets

-The Weirding Way in 1984 Dune vs the novel and current film.

-Atreyu vs. Atreides!

-The strange ending of part 1, though it was the same stopping point in the novel.

-The audio issues with the movie (soundtrack vs. dialogue).

-The demand for science fiction.

-The success of The Expanse https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3230854/

-Thoughts on Babylon 5 reboot.

-Podcasting thoughts and ideas.

-Aethon creating a game branch.

-Recent Aethon requests for military science fiction/space opera. -What does Aethon look at for the market.

-Looking at ‘stickiness’ and things that make a top-selling book sell outside of promotions and author writing.

-Write to market. -Balancing writing what you love vs. marketing.

-Submit to Aethon (put KSM in the subject line) https://aethonbooks.com/submissions/

1:08:20 Closing remarks

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Horizons Beyond - https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

Farthest Reach – https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

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Do Editors Still Edit? Ep. 3.34

Do Editors Still Edit? Ep. 3.34

November 4, 2021

If you've ever managed to get your manuscript published by a traditional publisher, you've probably faced the harsh reality that many publishers aren't interested in editing your novel... and don't plan on it. So how do you get your book reader-ready? Keystroke's resident editors take a chapter from Scott Moon's book straight through the editing process--developmental, line, and copy--to demonstrate, once and for all, that editing is not dead.

Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guests: Ellen Campbell

00:00 Opening remarks and introductions

-Discord server is up! https://discord.com/invite/t96CVRD

-Keystroke Coffee is live! https://keystrokemedium.com/product/keystroke-coffee/

-Use Plottr! https://plottr.com?ref=190

01:00 Main Event – Do Editors Still Edit?

-Discussion of how the publishing industry is pushing editing towards the author.

-Kalene’s developmental edit.

-At what point do you need to send back an ms for developmental edit instead of line/copy.

-Ellen’s line edit.

-When to use alliteration.

-Removing stage direction.

1:27:35 Closing remarks

Try out Rob McClellan’s Mod Farm for your website building needs. Use the link for a KSM discount! https://modfarmdesign.com/keystroke/

Coffee and Concepts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRuoHj6opw0

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Storytelling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYRzwuQeK9Q

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Kingdoms of Iron and Stone - https://amzn.to/2GjbE6I

Horizons Beyond - https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

Farthest Reach – https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

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Marathon Author 48 - Getting Writing Done at Work

Marathon Author 48 - Getting Writing Done at Work

October 7, 2021

Hot on the heels of episode 47, where I talk about why I decided to take a job, this episode is all about tools and methods you can use to get writing done while still grinding for the man (or lady).

//One MAJOR tool I neglected to mention during the recording is Chrome Remote Desktop (remotedesktop.google.com). If you're allowed to use Chrome at work, and VPN (remote connections) are allowed, this is a great tool to allow access to your home computer while away. You need to download a client to your home machine, but once it's running you can connect from just about anywhere.//

 

Ellen Cuts Keystroke Manuscripts, Ep. 3.33

Ellen Cuts Keystroke Manuscripts, Ep. 3.33

October 5, 2021

With the coming of fall, and everyone's favorite spooky holiday officially on the radar, TWJ brings you another blood-letting--er, live editing extravaganza!

We have on the chopping block KSM's very own Josh and Ken! And back, by popular demand, a few writing bloopers. So get comfy and grab your Keystroke coffee, because we're going LIVE!

Ep 6.30 - LIVE! Building Weapon Systems in Science Fiction

Ep 6.30 - LIVE! Building Weapon Systems in Science Fiction

October 4, 2021

Josh, Scott, and Chuck talk about designing weapons in sci-fi.

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Chicago Manual of Style Editing on PerfectIt, Ep. 3.32

Chicago Manual of Style Editing on PerfectIt, Ep. 3.32

October 3, 2021

The Chicago Manual of Style is the guide most publishers use for grammar, spelling, and punctuation choices. But how can authors and editors check their manuscripts for any errors? You can spot errors yourself and flip through a thousand pages of material that may or may not be up to date... or check out PerfectIt's handy new tool. PerfectIt CEO Daniel Heuman is here to tell us all about it. https://intelligentediting.com

Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guests: Daniel Heuman, Ellen Campbell

00:00 Opening remarks and introductions

-Discord server is up! https://discord.com/invite/t96CVRD

-Keystroke Coffee is live! https://keystrokemedium.com/product/keystroke-coffee/

-Use Plottr! https://plottr.com?ref=190

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Daniel: Has returned to New York from England.

Ellen: Nothing has caught fire and she continues to be editing.

Kalene: Doing a lot of developmental editing and litrpg stat math.

03:30 Main Event – Chicago Manual of Style Editing on PerfectIt

-Ellen’s brief summary of the Chicago Manual of Style.

-The problem with the Chicago Manual of Style when writing.

-How to add words to the PerfectIt dictionary.

-How to run your manuscript through the CMoS.

-How PerfectIt maintains your track changes while you go into the document to make changes.

27:20 Spotlight: Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White https://amzn.to/3CE2XNo

28:20 Main Event – Chicago Manual of Style Editing on PerfectIt, Cont’d!

-How to manage styles with CMoS.

-PerfectIt’s ability to help edit British or American manuscripts.

-Love for the semicolon. -Some new things coming out for PerfectIt.

-Desires for PerfectIt from viewers.

55:15 Closing remarks

Try out Rob McClellan’s Mod Farm for your website building needs. Use the link for a KSM discount! https://modfarmdesign.com/keystroke/

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Horizons Beyond - https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

Farthest Reach – https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

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Ep 6.29 - LIVE! Writing Roundtable #2 - September 2021

Ep 6.29 - LIVE! Writing Roundtable #2 - September 2021

October 2, 2021

Let's talk about writing! Anything and everything are on the table!

Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, C. Steven Manley

00:00 Opening remarks

-Discord server is up! https://discord.com/invite/t96CVRD

-Keystroke Coffee is live! https://keystrokemedium.com/product/keystroke-coffee/

-Use Plottr! https://plottr.com?ref=190

03:53 Weekly update—Super Secret Edition

Chuck: Wrapping up Jack Dark #2.

Scott: Writing like crazy. Working on 3 projects at once… operating on negative sleep and 20Books2Wichita.

Josh: Working on Sentinel, using a remarkable writing tablet, working on something super super secret (again). Policing!

15:56 Main Event— LIVE! Writing Roundtable #2 - September 2021

-The emotional investment in characters. -Ways to draw a reader into liking a character.

-Richard Fox killing characters left and right. -The emotion of loss vs. the loss of the remaining characters.

-Foreshadowing the solution. -The Deus Ex Machina or the answer.

-Archetypes vs. roles. -Crafted fiction vs. chaotic reality.

-The presence of characters vs. real people.

-Making the characters their own people, not author inserts.

-Putting yourself into the role of the character.

-Good and bad uses for dictation (hint: don’t use voice activation). Ex. On Being a Dictator: Using Dictation to Be a Better Writer (Million Dollar Writing Series) by Kevin J. Anderson https://amzn.to/39Lo8C7

-The need for a Southern dictation software.

1:03:00 Closing remarks

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Coffee and Concepts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRuoHj6opw0

Writer’s Journey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydLaFFntB4Q

Storytelling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYRzwuQeK9Q

Become a Medium today! https://keystrokemedium.com/mediums/

Don't forget to Like and Subscribe and get involved with the mayhem and shenanigans in the live chat! http://www.youtube.com/c/keystrokemedium

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Keystroke Medium Anthologies

Kingdoms of Iron and Stone - https://amzn.to/2GjbE6I

Horizons Beyond - https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

Farthest Reach – https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

If you enjoy this podcast, please leave us a review and rate the show on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever else you found us!

My Novel Adventures | Shad M. Brooks, Ep. 3.31

My Novel Adventures | Shad M. Brooks, Ep. 3.31

October 1, 2021

Today we’re gonna pick the brain of Shad M. Brooks, creator of the YouTube channel Shadiversity, where he dives deep into all things medieval, fantasy, and storytelling.

Have you ever wondered how to properly use sword from hundreds of years ago? If boomerangs really do come back, and how many gold coins an adventurer could carry? We'll find that out and much, much more. So get your mutton and ale ready, roll for charisma, and join us live!

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