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How Do I Structure a Novel? with Clark Chamberlain - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.09

How Do I Structure a Novel? with Clark Chamberlain - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.09

February 27, 2019

So you know the basics of story structure, and now you're ready to apply it to a novel. In this episode of TWJ, we dig deep into novel structure with guest host Clark Chamberlain, editor and writing coach. We cover how to evaluate your plot's strengths and weakness, create plot twists and seed in clues, and craft that "surprising but inevitable" ending.

You can find more of Clark's videos at:

The Book Editor Show - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtyhbkFPPYF30HuTICTITEw 

"Punch Them in the Gut: Writing Fiction With Emotional Impact" Course - https://www.udemy.com/user/clark24/

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This episode of The Writer’s Journey is brought to you by: Minds of Men by Kacey Ezell

2018 Dragon Award Finalist--Best Alternate History Novel

Evelyn Adamsen grew up knowing she had to hide her psychic abilities, lest she be labeled a witch. However, when the U.S. Army Air Corps came calling in 1943, looking for psychic women to help their beleaguered bomber force, Evelyn answered, hoping to use her powers to integrate the bomber crews and save American lives.

She was extremely successful at it…until her aircraft got shot down.

Now, Evelyn is on the run in Occupied Europe, with a special unit of German Fallschirmjager and an enemy psychic on her heels. Worse, Evelyn learns that using her psychic powers functions as a strobe that highlights her to the enemy.

As the enemy psychic closes in, Evelyn is faced with a dilemma in her struggle to escape—how can she make it back to England when the only talent she has will expose her if she uses it?

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Ask the Editor on Keystroke Medium, Ep 1.01

Ask the Editor on Keystroke Medium, Ep 1.01

February 26, 2019

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Ask the Editor with Ellen Campbell and special guest Devon C. Ford.

Ellen has opened her editorial wiles to answer any and all of your questions!

Today she tackles questions such as:
- Can you read a book without editing it in your head?
- What is your favorite color of red?
- Why?

And more!

Have a nagging question only an editor can answer? Ellen is here for you. Send your questions to: ecf2xtreme@gmail.com

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Ep 4.08 - LIVE! with Joshua Dalzelle

Ep 4.08 - LIVE! with Joshua Dalzelle

February 25, 2019

Josh and Scott are joined by Joshua Dalzelle to discuss his latest and greatest works.

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This episode of Keystroke Medium is brought to you by: Recon: The Expansion Series Book 1 by Devon C. Ford

The universe is expanding, and so is humanity’s reach

Years after clean energy ended the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, a lull of peace encompasses all of humanity. Some think we should travel to the distant corners of the galaxy, others oppose the idea, thinking that the harnessed singularity reactors are unnatural.

When a terrorist group attacks the Lunar colony, members of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force are divided as a result of the incursion. 

Years later, Lieutenant Commander Kyle Torres comes face to face with old friends, as he’s thrown into an assignment that could change everything: a reconnaissance mission with huge implications for humanity and science alike. 

Start the epic journey as Earth begins its venture into deep space, where not everything is as it seems. From Devon C Ford, the best-selling author of the hit Post-Apocalyptic series, After It Happened.

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Keystroke International Ep 1.03 - The 7 Basic Book Plots

Keystroke International Ep 1.03 - The 7 Basic Book Plots

February 24, 2019

The book discussion for this episode is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.

Keystroke Medium International is a destination for readers, writers, either or both and is hosted by Ralph Kern and Jon Evans.

For our third episode, we are joined by Lauren Moore, an upcoming author and amazing editor.

Our main topic for this show is The Seven Basic Plots, the story archetypes that you can use as guidelines when you’re establishing your plot.

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This episode of Keystroke Medium is brought to you by: Kingdoms of Iron and Stone

Heroes are not born, they're forged.

Kingdoms of Iron and Stone is an anthology of monumental proportions, featuring a collection of epic fantasy themed stories by some of today’s best authors.

Edited by two of the best editors in the business, Ellen Campbell and Lauren Moore, these fourteen stories of knights, wizards, thieves, and dragons will take you on an incredible journey through many amazing worlds, filled with great characters on unforgettable adventures.

Inside you’ll find:
A Foreword by Michael J Sullivan (NYT Bestselling Author of the Riyria Revelations)
“Unchosen” by Rick Partlow
“King Edrick and the Dragon” by Kacey Ezell
“The Beast of Balmonna” by C.Steven Manley
“Brothers” by Nathan Hystad
“The Prince, the Thief, and the Dragon” by Paul Summerhayes
“Blueback Flight” by Dean Floyd
“Thirty Silver Pieces” by Monroe Todd
“Black Tongued Heathen” by Kalene Williams
“On the Hunt” by Wayne Ligon
“Little Mage” by Cassidy Taylor
“The Wrath of Khazafel” by Blake Arthur Peel
“The Guardian” by Amanda Kaye
“The Nightmare Tree” by James Evans
“The Westfield Line” by Scott Moon

Produced by Keystroke Medium, the #1 community for authors of all levels and walks of life.

Book link: https://amzn.to/2D4hAfU 

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Short Story Structure with Tim C. Taylor - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.08

Short Story Structure with Tim C. Taylor - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.08

February 21, 2019

Bestselling author Tim C Taylor joins us to break down story structure and share his best tips for writing a complete, compelling, and satisfying short story. If you're an author considering writing for an anthology, get ready to take notes, because this one's for you!

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How Do I Use a Beat Sheet? with Jami Gold - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.07

How Do I Use a Beat Sheet? with Jami Gold - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.07

February 19, 2019

Plotting out a novel can be confusing and overwhelming, but there are tools to help. Novelist and author coach Jami Gold is here to explain how to use beat sheets to help you plot out your next novel. Click below for free resources.

RESOURCES:

Jami’s Worksheets and Tools: https://jamigold.com/for-writers/worksheets-for-writers/ 

New to Beat Sheets or the Concept of Story Structure?

* What is story structure and why does it matter—to readers? https://jamigold.com/2017/03/story-structure-whats-the-purpose-for-readers/ 

* If you’re not familiar with story beats, start simple with Jami’s Basic Beat Sheet: https://jamigold.com/2013/09/are-beat-sheets-intimidating-cut-through-the-clutter/ 
* If you’re not familiar with Excel or how to use beat sheets, here’s a Beat Sheets 101: https://jamigold.com/2013/12/nano-wrap-up-beat-sheets-101/ 

* Not sure what your story’s beats are? How to recognize your story’s beats: https://jamigold.com/2014/02/what-makes-a-story-event-a-turning-point/ 
* Not sure where each of your story’s turning points should go on a beat sheet? Focus on their story function: https://jamigold.com/2015/02/how-to-place-turning-points-on-a-beat-sheet/ 

* Ready to try more in-depth plotting? How to develop a beat sheet into a scene list: https://jamigold.com/2015/10/developing-our-story-from-beat-sheet-to-scene-list/ 

Are You a Pantser?
If you write by the seat of your pants, check out the Pantser’s Guide to Beat Sheets: https://jamigold.com/2013/07/a-pantsers-guide-to-beat-sheets/ 

What Can We Do with a Beat Sheet?

If you’ve decided to try using beat sheets, you can now improve your story’s events and pacing.

Either during pre-drafting or revisions, we can:

* Ensure we have all the beats necessary for good storytelling (the four major beats and maybe the four minor beats)—look for the scenes/events that fulfill the story functions
* Verify the beats create increasing tension and stakes
* Make sure our story shows a change from the beginning to the ending
* See where beats “should” fall page-count or word-count wise and compare that to our story’s actual pacing.

By comparing the expected page numbers to the actual page number for each beat, we can analyze our story:

* Is our story too slow in places?
* Do we have unnecessary scenes?
* Or have we underdeveloped an idea or reaction?

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Ep 4.07 - LIVE! with Hayley Stone

Ep 4.07 - LIVE! with Hayley Stone

February 19, 2019

Josh, Scott and Chuck are on tonight with the author of Make Me No Grave, Hayley Stone.

Marshal Apostle Richardson faces off against bloodthirsty outlaws, flesh witches, ruthless vigilantes, and more in this gritty, magical re-imagining of the Old West.

Make Me No Grave: https://amzn.to/2X6WQNT

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This episode of Keystroke Medium is brought to you by: Revenge, by Nathan Hystad

The Rift has opened.

The aliens invaded.

The Eureka is on the other side.

Flint, Wren, and Ace, along with Charles, are now members of the Eureka, a state-of-the-art vessel heading for a world in the far reaches of a new galaxy. Sixty years ago a colony ship was sent there, along with someone close to their benefactor. 

But when they arrive, they find getting to the surface isn’t as easy as they thought. With a crash landing, and news that shocks the entire crew, they must collectively find a way to get the Pilgrim off-planet, and into the fight against the Watchers. 

One of the crew leaves from orbit, spelling betrayal, and the others know time is against them. They must create a virus and bring it to the enemy’s home world, but not everything is as it seems. 

Join our heroes as they fight for the future, knowing an all-out war awaits them back home, on the other side of the Rift. 

Revenge is an exciting tale of comradery, risks, infiltration, and surprise twists.

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Keystroke International Ep 1.02 - Leadership Styles

Keystroke International Ep 1.02 - Leadership Styles

February 17, 2019

The book discussion for this episode is Nick Cole and Jason Anspach's Legionnaire, the first in the Galaxy's Edge series.

Keystroke Medium International is a destination for readers, writers, either or both and is hosted by Ralph Kern and Jon Evans.

For our second episode, we are joined by Josh Hayes.

Our main topic for this show is leadership styles and how you can use them in your fiction.

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This episode of Keystroke Medium is brought to you by: Kingdoms of Iron and Stone

Heroes are not born, they're forged.

Kingdoms of Iron and Stone is an anthology of monumental proportions, featuring a collection of epic fantasy themed stories by some of today’s best authors.

Edited by two of the best editors in the business, Ellen Campbell and Lauren Moore, these fourteen stories of knights, wizards, thieves, and dragons will take you on an incredible journey through many amazing worlds, filled with great characters on unforgettable adventures.

Inside you’ll find:
A Foreword by Michael J Sullivan (NYT Bestselling Author of the Riyria Revelations)
“Unchosen” by Rick Partlow
“King Edrick and the Dragon” by Kacey Ezell
“The Beast of Balmonna” by C.Steven Manley
“Brothers” by Nathan Hystad
“The Prince, the Thief, and the Dragon” by Paul Summerhayes
“Blueback Flight” by Dean Floyd
“Thirty Silver Pieces” by Monroe Todd
“Black Tongued Heathen” by Kalene Williams
“On the Hunt” by Wayne Ligon
“Little Mage” by Cassidy Taylor
“The Wrath of Khazafel” by Blake Arthur Peel
“The Guardian” by Amanda Kaye
“The Nightmare Tree” by James Evans
“The Westfield Line” by Scott Moon

Produced by Keystroke Medium, the #1 community for authors of all levels and walks of life.

Book link: https://amzn.to/2D4hAfU

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How Do I Build a Plot From a Premise? with Robert Kroese - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.06

How Do I Build a Plot From a Premise? with Robert Kroese - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.06

February 15, 2019

You've got a smashing story idea. Now you've got to use character, conflict, and theme to develop it into a plot. But how do you do that? Bestselling SciFi/Fantasy author Robert Kroese is here to help us answer that question. We cover what makes an excellent plot and what kills it, how to develop your characters and ideas, organizing your plot lines, and satisfying your readers.

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How Do I Come Up With Ideas with Nick Cole and Jason Anspach - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.05

How Do I Come Up With Ideas with Nick Cole and Jason Anspach - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.05

February 12, 2019

So you've decided to write a story. But how do you come up with a novel idea? We're bringing on two creative storytellers--Jason Anspach and Nick Cole--to chat about idea generation. Authors of the ground-breaking and beloved scifi series, Galaxy's Edge, Nick and Jason break down the difference between plot and premise, and equip you with strategies for coming up with your best ideas. Get ready to get meta, because we're thinking about thinking. Here we go!

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