SW041 DIS Setting Part 1: Somewhere Interesting

June 7, 2017

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


SW040 DIS Newsletter and Elements of Plot pt.1(re-release)

May 26, 2017

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


SW039 DIS Positive Arcs Part 2: Evolving the Lie:

May 19, 2017

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


SW038 INT 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.


SW037 DIS Positive Arcs Part 1: The Character Lie

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.


SW036 INT 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.


SW035 INT 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.


SW034 INT 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.


SW033 INT Nathan Goodman

March 31, 2017

Nathan Goodman started his entire writing career with a single question, a simple “what if …” that has evolved into many stories about Jana Baker, a Special Agent for the FBI and role model for his young daughters.

His stories move at a pace few others can claim, and the stakes are constantly being raised, but I think his true brilliance is his marketing plan for Twitter and Facebook. Learn more in the interview.


SW032 INT Mike Sahno

March 25, 2017

Mike Sahno is a writer of literary fiction who has mastered the art of great prose. We talk to him about how he developed his technique and how he markets his unique books.