SW042 Int w/ Ryan Thomas

June 23, 2017

We talk with Ryan about his getting his movie deal, how he learned to write dialogue and developing characters through setting.


dSW041 Setting Part2: Deepening character & tension

June 16, 2017

We talk about how to use setting to build characters and add tension to the scene.


dSW040 Setting Part 1

June 7, 2017

We talk about scene jumping, and cardboard setting and how to use them to strengthen a scene dramatically.


dSW039 Newsletter and Elements of Plot pt.1

May 26, 2017

We are going to start a newsletter with writing exercises, and also reposting one of out most popular discussions.


dSW038 Evolving the Lie: Positive Arcs Part 2

May 19, 2017

We examine the four dilemmas of characters arcs and the developing stages of moving through a positive character arc.


Int. w/ Corey White: Big Publishing without an Agent

May 5, 2017

We interview Corey White about his book Killing Gravity. We discuss how he landed a contract with a big publisher without an agent and some of the pitfalls fo science fiction.


dSW037 The Character Lie: Positive Arcs Part 1

April 29, 2017

We discuss the character lie, and how it's been used in different types of fiction, and different methods for revealing it, as we begin our series on character arcs.


Int. w/ Kerry Donavan: Kindle Scout & Better Verbs

April 22, 2017

Kerry Donovan takes fiction writing as seriously as he did his work with scientific articles. Every verb is weighed and measured, and when the work is done he ensures someone else gives the manuscript the same scrutiny so nothing is missed.

In an attempt to expand his reach Kerry submitted to Kindle Scout and we cover all the details of what it means in terms of campaigns, royalties, and rights if you're accepted into the program.


Int. w/Lee Isserow: Inside the Character’s Head

April 15, 2017

The great strength of the written word is interiority. The ability to get inside of the character’s head, no other medium of storytelling allows for that, there are monologs and voice-overs, but it’s not the same. Only in literature can see the world the way the character sees it, and Lee Isserow is master of interiority.


Interview w/ W. C. Hoffman

April 8, 2017

C. Hoffman writes what he knows, the outdoors. His stories are a balance of character and action. They’re fast paced, but still keep the reader feeling like they know the characters, and understand them.