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The Terrible Book Club Reviews the Good, Bad, and the Ugly, Ep. 3.25

The Terrible Book Club Reviews the Good, Bad, and the Ugly, Ep. 3.25

July 22, 2021

The Terrible Book Club is a podcast dedicated to good work of tossing rotten tomatoes at the well-deserving on Amazon. ( *grabs book and ducks*) Can you judge a book by its hideous cover, bad title, or weird synopsis?

They're on a mission to find out, and on Friday, we're going to ask them what they've discovered. https://terriblebookclub.com/

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Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guests: Paris and Chris of the Terrible Book Club

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

06:00 Main Event – A The Terrible Book Club Reviews the Good, Bad, and the Ugly

-Ellen ‘The Cutter’ is the patron saint of this podcast along with El Terriblo.

-Most books chosen are from their Patreon now. -Recently reviewed ‘Midnight Sun’.

-The idea behind TTBC. -Things that make a book better. -The importance of objectivity.

-Checking your ego at the door when you read critiques. -Thoughts on chapter and book cliffhangers.

-The best worst book: The Eclipse of Darkness by Robert Arden Szanyi

-The worst best book: The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III

-Books with bad covers that turn out to be great. Ex. Bear by Marian Engel https://amzn.to/3ig9hSA

-How much characters pull you in. -Can you judge a book by its cover? -Warrior Cats vs. Red Wall!

-Top Three tips for an indie author.

1:00:00 Closing remarks

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Ep 6.24 - LIVE! Story Breakdown - Wreck-it Ralph

Ep 6.24 - LIVE! Story Breakdown - Wreck-it Ralph

July 21, 2021

Josh and Scott break down the story elements and structure of Disney's Wreck-it Ralph.

Aethon Books Writing Critiques, Ep. 3.24

Aethon Books Writing Critiques, Ep. 3.24

July 20, 2021

So you've enjoyed the live edits, huh? Well, we're back with more! And this time on The Writer's Journey, we dragged Steve Beaulieu from Aethon Books onto the show.

This guy's seen it all, and has brought you some of the best stories the indie-verse has to offer. We made an open call for your word-donations, collected a few, and Steve is going to tear in and give you that live editing love.

Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guests: Steve Beaulieu/Jaime Castle

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

04:36 Main Event – Aethon Books Writing Critiques

-First submission by Scott MacGlasson.

-Being in the character’s head, you don’t need things like ‘knowing’, ‘looking’, ‘watching’. -Drop infodumps where it doesn’t belong. -Editing as weeding and gardening.

-Submission by Aaron Holloway.

-Lean into the tropes or jokes.

-An anonymous submission.

-A submission by TK Taylor.

-Big fat one vs. big FAT “One”. -Steve turns pink. -Don’t give your reader too many questions; they’ll start to forget.

1:15:50 Closing remarks

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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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Coffee & Concepts - Ep.69 - Keystroke Office

Coffee & Concepts - Ep.69 - Keystroke Office

July 19, 2021

Walt jumps in to make a cup of coffee before your very eyes! And he might have a confession or two...

Ep 6.23 - LIVE! Creating Character Arcs - Part 2

Ep 6.23 - LIVE! Creating Character Arcs - Part 2

July 18, 2021

Josh, Scott, and Chuck continue their discussion of K. W. Weland's book Creating Character Arcs https://amzn.to/2TaqnJn

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

05:11 Weekly update—The xx Edition

Scott: Close to the end of Orphan Wars #3, and Blue Sun Armada #2. Podium is launching The Last Reaper series on audio.

Chuck: Mental breakdown = New desk. Noodling around with the ending of Jack Dark #2.

Josh: Listening to the first Tranquility #1 on audio. Wrapping up Tranquilty #2, outlining Tranquility #3, and working on Sentinel #1. Shipping to England.

02:15 Main Event— LIVE! Creating Character Arcs - Part 2

-Touched upon positive character arc in part 1; this episode will be flat and negative.

-Josh’s character arc types are flat.

-Chuck didn’t read the book, yet he has opinions!

-‘The lie they believe’ is ambiguous, but there are examples.

-The debate over what arc to use and which one needs an arc.

-Plot arcs vs. character arcs and genre dependency. Ex. Die Hard (plot arc) with a flat character arch (McClain) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095016/

-Flat arcs don’t mean their arcs and decisions don’t matter.

-Book 1 is often a character arc, but later books may not be. Ex. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1843866/

-A slight political digression. -The negative character arc. Ex. Star Wars Episode I-III with the caveat that it could’ve been the best if the writing wasn’t so bad.

-Arthas from World of Worldcraft https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dpbWpPrTnk

-The point of no return. -A rant about Star Wars prequels. Ex. Walter White in Breaking Bad https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903747/

-Is Breaking Bad a negative change arc or a flat arc with a negative change prologue?

-Perhaps just the first episode is the negative character arc?

-What about Vic Mackey in The Shield? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286486/

-Tea with the Dalai Lama… -What’s the most significant negative character arc that you’ve written? Ex. D Fens in Falling Down https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106856/

-Segue into Michael Douglas films. -Josh’s beard is a negative change arc. -Sandor Clegane isn’t a negative character arc, but his motivations and beginnings are negative in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

-The same with Beth Dutton in Yellowstone.

-Writing a negative character arc, you need to be conscientious of the foreshadowing vs. flat or positive character arcs.

-The next book is Cheryl St. John’s Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel https://amzn.to/3dL3UcI

59:54 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

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

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

Farthest Reachhttps://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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Plottr Novel Plotting - Ep. 3.23

Plottr Novel Plotting - Ep. 3.23

July 1, 2021

All stories begin with an idea. You take that idea and map out your story. But for many of us new authors, the question is, how? Sticky notes on a poster board, a detailed list in a notebook, or perhaps bullet notes in word?

Enter, Plottr--an author’s tool to not only plot your story, but keep track of story time lines and so much more, all in one easy-to-use application.

We've got Ryan and Cameron from Plottr here to dig into this author-friendly tool live on The Writer's Journey.

Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guests: Cameron Sutter, Ryan Zee, Josh Hayes

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

02:02 Main Event – Plottr Novel Plotting

-The genesis of Plottr.

-Intuitive nature of Plottr.

-Josh’s workflow in Plottr. -The simplicity and speed of the templates to break through the initial ‘blank page’.

-The beat sheet method as an example.

-Plottr’s integration (Scrivener, Snowflake Pro, Word, Atticus).

-Backing up your work in Plottr.

-Yes, you can dictate into Plottr (using Dragon Dictate or built in dictation software).

-Chronological timelines.

29:21 Spotlight: Try Plotter today! https://plottr.com?ref=190

32:20 Main Event — Plottr Novel Plotting, Continued!

-How to get up to speed on Plottr. -The visual nature of plottr.

-Potential for developmental editing, and it IS being used this way!

-Sample timeline of Plottr. -Top three new features coming! -Plottrs still pants!

58:28 Closing remarks

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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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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

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