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SW 129 INT Raymond O’Connor: Stop letting stories die inside you!
SW 128 INT Jeanne Cavelos: Scifi author and founder of OdysseyWorkshop.org

SW 128 INT Jeanne Cavelos: Scifi author and founder of OdysseyWorkshop.org

January 29, 2022

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HHTHEKlHZd8

Jeanne Cavelos is an author, editor, scientist, and writing coach. In this episode, we talk about several of her works, including THE SCIENCE OF STAR WARS, several BABYLON 5 novels, and her upcoming near-future scifi novel called FATAL SPIRAL. She is the founder of a nonprofit that brings out the best in writers called the ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP.

 

Apply to the Personal Odyssey Workshop here:

http://www.odysseyworkshop.org

Read some writing tips on the Odyssey Workshop Blog:

https://odysseyworkshop.wordpress.com/

Listen to the Odyssey Workshop Podcast:

https://www.odysseyworkshop.org/resources/podcasts/

 

[NOTE FROM J: Sorry for the audio quality in this episode. That's my mistake. But I'm absolutely delighted to have had this conversation with Jeanne. And my thanks to you for listening!]

SW SPECIAL J‘s Beginner‘s Guide (part 5) VILLAINS

SW SPECIAL J‘s Beginner‘s Guide (part 5) VILLAINS

January 7, 2022

SW SPECIAL J‘s Beginner‘s Guide (part 5) VILLAINS

WATCH ON YOUTUBE (with cool visuals): https://youtu.be/egTvuOQI6Ns

HOMEWORK: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYvaxzh7cfys4LP6CJZqje1wspxuNy5U-970mH7EvMY/edit?usp=sharing

Episode 5 of A BEGINNER'S GUIDE to Writing a Novel is about how to create DEEP CHARACTERS. This means making them dynamic. Villains can be the opposite of heroes, meaning they're dislikable and bad. Or villains can simply have opposing goals, ones that conflict with what they hero wants. These villains are not bad by nature, but they provide antagonism in a competitive, zero-sum game.

http://www.jwashburn.com

J Washburn is the author of STARCHILD, an epic space opera about a rogue pilot in a galactic revolution.

SW SPECIAL J‘s Beginner‘s Guide (part 4) TIPS FOR HEROES

SW SPECIAL J‘s Beginner‘s Guide (part 4) TIPS FOR HEROES

November 18, 2021

WATCH ON YOUTUBE (with cool visuals): https://youtu.be/j48hHK6TUd0 

Episode 4 of A BEGINNER’S GUIDE to Writing a Novel gives you tips on how to create real and empathetic characters: Keep your cast small. Make every character physically and emotionally unique. Make sure readers can find the right button on the microwave. Use simple tags to remind your readers of a personality. Don’t be afraid to use repetition. Use a character outline to find the deeper emotional needs. Focus on VISION, INITIATIVE, and SPIRIT. Don’t make your hero too abnormal. 

 

NEEDS WASHED: http://archive.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2007/11/11/lawn_needs_cut/ 
HOMEWORK: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYvaxzh7cfys4LP6CJZqje1wspxuNy5U-970mH7EvMY/ 

 

SW SPECIAL J‘s Beginner‘s Guide (part 3) HEROIC EQ

SW SPECIAL J‘s Beginner‘s Guide (part 3) HEROIC EQ

September 23, 2021

Episode 3 of A BEGINNER'S GUIDE to Writing a Novel teaches about building characters from the ground up. In this episode, J Washburn and Joe Bendoski tag team in a lecture that covers emotional intelligence, mimicry, and character names. We look at examples from Charles Dickens, George Lucas, J.K. Rowling, and George R.R. Martin. 

To see the visuals from the slide deck, check out this episode of Start Writing on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uVdnrFxhscg 

SW SPECIAL J’s Beginner’s Guide (part 2) WORLDBUILDING

SW SPECIAL J’s Beginner’s Guide (part 2) WORLDBUILDING

August 27, 2021

This episode covers how J Washburn goes through the worldbuilding process. He touches on examples from J.K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He explains how to make a Story Bible. Oh, and maybe most importantly, he teaches you about finding and defining your genre.

Watch the episode on YouTube if you want to see the slides: https://youtu.be/7Gyd-Lyn4bo

SW SPECIAL J’s Beginner’s Guide to Writing a Novel (part 1) OVERVIEW

SW SPECIAL J’s Beginner’s Guide to Writing a Novel (part 1) OVERVIEW

July 22, 2021

We've had a lot of listeners ask us where to start. Our backlog spans many years! So this is meant to be tips for a beginner. It was put together with J as the lead, rather than Joe. See the video version here: https://youtu.be/rogG8TCFQtc

Let us know what you think: me@jwashburn.com 

 

SW 122 Marketing Group: Email Super-fan Model

SW 122 Marketing Group: Email Super-fan Model

June 16, 2021

In the marketing group, we discuss the Email Super-fan Model approach and talk about how it can change how you run FB ads, how to set up the email chain, and what you are selling beyond just books.

Email: Pleasestartwriting@gmail.com

Patreon.com/startwritingpodcast

Website: http://joseph-bendoski.com/start-writing

SW 121 INT Bryan Collins - Dialogue in Non-Fiction

SW 121 INT Bryan Collins - Dialogue in Non-Fiction

June 16, 2021

We talk to Bryan Collins about writing dialogue in non-fiction, and how journaling can be used to inform and fuel it. He talks about how he and other authors build a business around their non-fiction writing, and how time and events can change things.

Email: Pleasestartwriting@gmail.com

Patreon.com/startwritingpodcast

Website: http://joseph-bendoski.com/start-writing

SW 120 Marketing Group: Facebook & Amazon Ads Phase 1

SW 120 Marketing Group: Facebook & Amazon Ads Phase 1

May 12, 2021

We take a very detailed look at Facebook & Amazon ads, setting them up, evaluating them, and targeting. There is a video that goes along with this on the Patreon Page.

 

Video: https://www.patreon.com/StartWritingPodcast

Email: Pleasestartwriting@gmail.com

Patreon.com/startwritingpodcast

Website: http://joseph-bendoski.com/start-writing

 

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