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Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 11 - Tuesday Coolday

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 11 - Tuesday Coolday

April 30, 2020

We get Guy Anthony Demarco on the show to talk java and shoot the breeze.

Ep 5.11 - LIVE! How to Cast Your Story

Ep 5.11 - LIVE! How to Cast Your Story

April 30, 2020

Different stories require different characters. On tonight's episode of KSM Live Josh, Scott and Chuck discuss creating characters based on the needs of your story.

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How to Cast Your Story

Different stories require different characters. On tonight's episode of KSM Live Josh, Scott and Chuck discuss creating characters based on the needs of your story.

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

[00:00] Opening remarks—Dragon Award Nominations are open!

[02:53] Weekly update

Ralph: Big launch of A Rain of Fire (The Great War Book 1), Books 2 and 3 on preorder.

Chuck: Perpetually near the end of Jack Dark #1… report is 3,000 words away.

Josh: Marathon sprinting on Valor #3. Got a nice thank you note on a short story.

Scott: Reaper #10 is done! Alien invasion novel is underway and working on a 3-book series for Aethon. First book is done and working the second story. Concept: WWI in space.

Devil’s Ass Water!

[20:00] Sponsor: Blake Peel’s Ranger’s Oath (Fall of Radiance #1)

[22:50] Main Event: How to Cast Your Story!

-Chuck likes duos (ex. Holmes and Watson), and favorite to write is cocky Han Solo rogue

-Ralph likes the antihero type character—does what the hero does but without restraint and yet restrained in some way, and favorite to write is a terminator-type on a mission from present day to post-apocalyptic.

Example: Vic Mackey in The Shield

-Josh’s favorite to write is the eccentric/quirky character (Mack the schizophrenic malfunctioning assassin robot from Terra Nova series

Example: Marvin the Paranoid Android from Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series 

-Scott likes the guardian archetype and duos, and loves writing the side characters the most as well as non-human/dog-type characters.

-Sometimes you need an annoying character to reflect the other characters, show them in a favorable light by comparison, or change their emotional weight.

Example: Jezal dan Luthar in Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) 

Example: The West Wing

-Story as a color wheel, where the primary color is the MC, and the other characters are the spectrum to complement and contrast.

Example: Sand dan Glokta in Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) 

-Lead and the comic relief.

Example: Standish in Richard Fox’s Ember War series 

-Animals can be important to a story.

Example: Treecats in David Weber’s Honorverse series 

Example: Chewbacca in Star Wars

-Not every story needs every type of character.

-It may depend on the story you want to tell or the genre you’re writing in (archetypes).

-Shoehorning characters into a story just to have the character may not work for the story or the reader.

-Having to drop characters that you thought you wanted, but just did not work for the story itself.

Example: Finn’s storyline in The Last Jedi

[1:07:30] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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Author Platform Mastery | Nick Thacker, Ep. 2.12

Author Platform Mastery | Nick Thacker, Ep. 2.12

April 11, 2020

Writing a good book, that's your first mountain.

Then comes another.

Getting your book in front of readers.

But how do you do that?

One way is to build your own author platform. Bestselling thriller writer Nick Thacker joins us to discuss the eight levels of author platform mastery, everything from selling your first book to going global. We break the process down into steps on this episode of The Writer's Journey.

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Storytelling - Ep. 06 - The Last Starfighter

Storytelling - Ep. 06 - The Last Starfighter

April 10, 2020

Josh Gayou and Georg Rockall-Schmidt - We try very hard not to talk about Star Wars or the Young Ones or Clive Anderson. This is 100% about The Last Starfigher. Serious.

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