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2020 Wins & Lessons Learned, Ep. 2.46

2020 Wins & Lessons Learned, Ep. 2.46

December 19, 2020

How was your 2020? Whether it was a slog or a success, hey, we can learn from it.

Today, we're chatting about three authors who had very different years. We'll talk about break-out successes after years of hard work, writing through difficult times, experimenting, and taking risks. Ever wanted to pack up your family and moving to Bali? We'll talk about that too, on this episode of The Writer's Journey.

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 52 - The Starting Line

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 52 - The Starting Line

December 19, 2020

Where do you start your coffee journey? Probably the same place you start your reading or writing journey.

Ep 5.46 - LIVE! Year-End Review 2020

Ep 5.46 - LIVE! Year-End Review 2020

December 15, 2020

2020 has been a crazy year. Josh, Scott, and Chuck reflect on what they've accomplished, challenges they've overcome, and even what they failed to achieve.

Join us for our 2020 Year-End Review

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 51 - Peace Out Boy Scout

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 51 - Peace Out Boy Scout

December 11, 2020

We're talking Camp Coffee... And weather proofing your gear!

Ep 5.45 - LIVE! Author Websites with Rob McClellan

Ep 5.45 - LIVE! Author Websites with Rob McClellan

December 10, 2020

Writing is hard enough, when it comes to managing your online presence, trust the experts. Rob McClellan joins the show to talk about author website design and best practices.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at Traditional Publishing | Betsy Wollheim, Ep. 2.45

Behind-the-Scenes Look at Traditional Publishing | Betsy Wollheim, Ep. 2.45

December 9, 2020

What do Patrick Rothfuss, Tad Williams, Mercedes Lackey, C.J. Cherryh, and Nnedi Okorafor all have in common? Besides being A-List fantasy wordcrafters, all were published by DAW Books. Tonight we meet the woman behind one of science fiction and fantasy's most beloved publishing houses, DAW Books' President, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief, Betsy Wollheim.

Betsy's here to pull back the curtain on what goes into the traditional publishing process, give you tips on how to get published, and discuss where she thinks the publishing world is headed.

So get your questions ready and join us LIVE. We'll snag as many questions as we can from the chat. Cheers!

Ep 5.44 - LIVE! Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Ep 5.44 - LIVE! Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

December 6, 2020

On this episode, best-selling author Yudhanjaya Wijeratne returns to LIVE! to talk about his new book "The Salvage Crew."


Hosts: Josh Hayes, Lauren Moore

00:00 Opening remarks

-Discord server is up!

-Keystroke Coffee is live!

08:00 Weekly update—Did Your Parents Love You Edition

Josh: Wrote something in the Tranquility series. Moving and packing. Still Reading Sanderson’s Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4)

Lauren: Doing a ton of research for The Writer’s Journey and planning out into 2021. Also researching for a historical western romance.

Yudhanjaya: Working and spending time on Saturday to write, currently working on a Witcher analog with a twist (and a cat!).

16:51 Main Event— LIVE! Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

-Writes only once a week, but really tries to hit 5-7k words.

-Uses an Onyx Boox Note Air for focused writing

-Josh uses the Olympus for dictation (still)

-Discussing the genesis of The Salvage Crew

-Man being replaced and beaten by machine.

-Writing code for world building.

-Using AI to write poems as well.

-Having Nathan Fillion narrate the audiobook and the changes in Indie Audiobook industry.

-Comparing the writing of Hurt by Trent Reznor and the cover by Johnny Cash.

42:15 Sponsor: 13 Mercs: A Military SciFi Epic (Brothers in Arms Book 2) by Scott Moon

43:33 Main Event— LIVE Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Continued!

-Story generation with simulators, which took Yudhanjaya only 3 months.

-Using the AI to get out of the middle build slog.

-Setting monitor to black and white to reduce notifications.

-Unhealthy habits like Hemingway.

-Yudhanjaya’s process.

Cal Newport’s Deep Work (Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World)

-Getting a feel of the story after the first chapter is done.

-Iteration your writing process.

-Writing short stories vs. novels.

Ex. Rhett Bruno and Jaime Castle’s Dead Acre

-English is the language that goes around in dark alleys and mugs other languages.

1:11:18 Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey


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Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 50 - The Riot Act

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 50 - The Riot Act

December 5, 2020

Did you find yourself a book buddy? Let's go over some etiquette while sipping some joe.

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