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Ep 5.17 - LIVE! Motivation Monday

Ep 5.17 - LIVE! Motivation Monday

May 8, 2020

No script, no plan. Just coffee and getting psyched for an awesome week of writing! Come hangout!

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

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

[05:45] Weekly update, “Smooth Jazz and Air Force Beret” Edition

Josh: Developed an appreciation for instrumental jazz. Segue into discussing writing music (with and without lyrics, mood music, no music, etc.). Couldn’t stop writing with Tron: Legacy music. Finished the developmental edit of Valor #3. Working on resolution chapters for the story. Read-through on another author’s work and doing some story development beat work. Playing with dolls.

Scott: Scott listens to a lot of Pacific Rim, Call of Duty, and lots of Hans Zimmer. Did some dictation, so working on a new process with dictation following his beats. Publishing Invasion Day.

Chuck: Finished Galactic Murder Clowns 3. Back to working on Jack Dark Book 2 and Brace Cordova on the backburner. FBI trilogy concept in the works.

[26:00] Main Event: Motivation Monday!

-Starting off with jumping right into David Baldacci’s Memory Man

-Scott is staying positive because of this damn book.

-Getting back into a good headspace for writing.

-Listening to audiobooks getting you back into writing.

-Enthralled with Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

-Falling out the habit or groove that makes writing possible.

-Character POV jumping criticism in The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

-Getting inspiration from other works and reading as motivation.

-Scott and Chuck love Mr. Mercedes (The Bill Hodges Book 1) by Stephen King

-Reading old pulp novels for enjoyment and how stories were told decades ago because of the era they were written in—Conan, Gor, Doc Savage, etc.

-Waxing upon the difference between bad characters and bad authors

-The controversy over Amélie Wen Zhao’s Blood Heir

-Epistolary novels like World War Z by Max Brooks

-Wanting to read Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster

-Wanting to read The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher (The Witcher Saga Book 1) by Andrzej Sapkowski

-Looking forward to writing a different genre as a refreshing shift.

-The importance of reading cross genre reading for inspiration and breadth of experience.

-Avoiding romance?

-Slow burn romance of Han and Leia over three movies of OT vs. how to write it.

-Complaints of the Disney five-minute romance.

-Learning from Nicholas Sparks (ex. The Notebook)

-Chuck schools Josh on how to find novel breakdowns without doing it himself.

-Jamie Albright’s romance books.

-Lindsay Buroker’s science fiction romance books.

-Hallmark Romances are Fantasy?

-The importance of dialogue and next week’s guest (Damon Suede’s Verbalize: bring stories to life & life to stories).

[1:00:00] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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Using Draft2Digital to Sell More Books, Ep. 2.19

Using Draft2Digital to Sell More Books, Ep. 2.19

May 5, 2020

Options in the indie publishing world get wider everyday. Thinking about reaching more readers than just those on Amazon? Draft2Digital might be the platform for you. Not only do they make listing your ebooks on places like Kobo, Applebooks, and B&N a cinch, signing up doesn't cost you a thing.

But how do you use it, and how can they help? D2D's Mark Leslie Lefebvre answers those questions and more on this episode of The Writer's Journey.

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 18 - The Caffeine Express

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 18 - The Caffeine Express

May 5, 2020

Walt gets doused in coffee after a few minutes sleep.

Ep 5.16 - LIVE! The Story of Setting

Ep 5.16 - LIVE! The Story of Setting

May 5, 2020

The setting is where the story takes place, but it also frames the story you're telling. Josh, Chuck, and Scott sit down and discuss how the setting you choose can affect your story.

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The Story of Setting

The setting is where the story takes place, but it also frames the story you're telling. Josh, Chuck, and Scott sit down and discuss how the setting you choose can affect your story.

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

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

[04:16] Weekly update, “Welcome to my world” Edition

Josh: Developmental edit of Valor #3. Reading Mr. Paradise by Elmore Lenard  100% dialogue. Finishing The Late Show by Michael Connelly.

Chuck: Almost done with Galactic Murder Clowns 3.  Waiting for his wife to read the Jack Dark book while writing the next one.

Scott: Frustrated by David Baldacci’s Memory Man

[15:20] Main Event: The Story of Setting!

-Location research makes the setting feels like a character.

Example: Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series

-Setting helps ground the story. Even if you don’t live there, you feel like you know the place very well.

-Certain places have a mystique about them that’s built up over time, a history and culture.

-Humanizing the non-human elements of the setting.

-Pulling elements from a known location and renaming it to ‘borrow’ elements.

-Imaginary places needs a stronger sense of place and setting.

-Making the setting drive how people deal with one another

-Taking a place and rubbing “sci-fi” all over it to anchor a reader.

Chiba City, Japan in William Gibson’s Neuromancer

Example: Neo Tokyo in Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira

[30:00] Sponsor: Scott Moon’s Enemy of Man (Chronicles of Kin Roland #1)

[33:28] Main Event: The Story of Setting, Continued!

-Using the setting to reduce the number of characters in a scene for dialogue.

Example: Aaron Sorkin’s constrained environments

-AI works well in sci-fi because it allows dialogue to add description or information.

-The setting can affect the character and dialogue (church vs. watching football in a sports bar).

-Surrounding conflict (setting) can drive the story and dialogue.

-Balancing action vs. story movement.

-Pulp fiction has a place.

Example: Don Pendleton’s The Executioner series

-Getting lost in the setting description can bog down the story.

-Doing the research serves the author in writing the scenes.

-You only need to describe something once and just touch little elements when necessary.

-Using Google Maps and Street View.

[55:54] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 17 - Surprise Edition: All About the View

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 17 - Surprise Edition: All About the View

May 4, 2020

We join TS Hottle talking about Points of View... and COFFEE!

ProWritingAid Tips for Writers- Ep. 2.18

ProWritingAid Tips for Writers- Ep. 2.18

May 4, 2020

Need to find those pesky grammar errors hiding out in your writing? Do you tend to reuse the same words or need to vary up your sentence structure? ProWritingAid can check all that out and more.

Hayley from ProWritingAid is here to show us how.

HALF-OFF Lifetime Membership CODE: https://prowritingaid.com/en/Payment/Take/1560377 

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 16 - What the #&@$$

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 16 - What the #&@$$

May 4, 2020

I'd like to say something nice, but my PHD in profanity is keeping me from the attempt!

Ep 5.15 - LIVE! Writing in Multiple Genres

Ep 5.15 - LIVE! Writing in Multiple Genres

May 4, 2020

Josh and Chuck sit down with Andy Peloquin to discuss what it takes to write great stories across multiple genres.

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Writing in Multiple Genres

Josh and Chuck sit down with Andy Peloquin to discuss what it takes to write great stories across multiple genres.

Hosts: Josh Hayes, C. Steven Manley, Andy Peloquin

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

[04:00] Weekly update, “Kinda Like Being Married” Edition

Chuck: Plugging away at  Dark Disciples (Jack Dark #2) and Brace Cordova #3. Committed to short story for Weird Tales’ Galactic Murder Clowns 3. Family time and hanging out on the Moon Base.

Andy: On the home stretch on the Cerebus series with #6. Hitting print page limits on Amazon.

Josh: Finishing Valor #3 and then forgetting to finish chapters. Then shift genres to write a detective story!

[11:40] Main Event: Writing in Multiple Genres!

-Fantasy genre is strong with traditional publishing with a few exceptions.

-Moving to a new genre to fit the character or the story rather than the other way around.

-Characters that are compelling will bring a reader along into any genre.

Example: Walter White of Breaking Bad

-How do you go from 200k+ fantasy tome to 70-100k milSF?

-You get to spend more time in world-building in fantasy vs. milSF

[28:52] Sponsor: Jonathan Yanez and Stevie Collier’s I Am Mech (Metal Fury Book 1)

[31:48] Main Event: Writing in Multiple Genres, Continued!

-Transitioning from Fantasy into a more modern genre (hint: easier than the other way)

-Traveling to other cultural areas (going home trope)

Example: Sweet Home Alabama

-Fun with making up names a la Guy Ritchie.

-Humor is easier than fantasy.

Example: The ‘Bye, Felicia’ moment in Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series 

-Finding more cinematic moments.

-Science Fiction can get you scale.

-How to build a readership for a new genre

-Starting with gathering existing readers who are willing to go to the new genre.

-Run lead generation ads to build the new list.

-Pierce Brown fangirling

Example: Joe Abercrombie’s A Little Hatred 

[58:00] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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PerfectIt Editing Tips with CEO Daniel Heuman, Ep. 2.17

PerfectIt Editing Tips with CEO Daniel Heuman, Ep. 2.17

May 3, 2020

Need that final editing polish to get your manuscript ready to meet the public? PerfectIt is one such tool that can help you to search and destroy typos and errors while applying your style choices consistently throughout your manuscript. But what does that even mean? Let's ask PerfectIt's CEO to find out!

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 15 - Best Served Cold

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 15 - Best Served Cold

May 3, 2020

Iced coffee... Um -OK! And we talk when good fans go great!