With National Novel Writing Month just around the corner, it seemed like a good time to discuss what we actually mean by the terms pantser, plotter, and plantser, and which one is best for writers.
Today we’re digging into a deep topic, namely how (and how not) to write characters who have mental illness in your stories! Fair warning, this one is a RIDICULOUSLY LONG one! Sorry!
Digging into the question of what kind of content is, and isn’t, allowed in young adult fiction!
In a ranting mood this episode, so going off on people claiming writers “shouldn’t” write people if they aren’t those people, the meaning of Deviations title, and my top pet peeves with plot elements and character types found in romance novels! The language is strong with this one!
For something a little different, I used the Spreaker Android app to record this episode while walking the track and discussing how exercise can help with creativity and ways of drawing inspiration from the activity and location. Fair warning: though I cleaned up the noise quite a bit, the audio […]
Essentially this one is a two-for-one deal, because it’s practically two episodes in one! For the first chunk (about 40 minutes or so), it’s all about giving you updates on Aisuru. A ton of stuff is happening really fast, including Aisuru being off to editors for samples/quotes. The big news […]
For the next segment of prepping for NaNo, it’s time to talk characters! The best stories have well-developed major characters, so today I talk about some of the things that makes for compelling characters, why its important to know your characters well, and ways to get to know (and thus […]
For today’s episode, I’m talking voice – “authorial” AKA the writer’s voice and character voices. What is “voice”, how is it reflected, and how the heck do you “learn” how to do it?
Happy holidays! With 2013 coming to an end, I reflect a bit on the show’s growth before giving the usual news and updates. For the main topic of the show, I answer the question of “how much of myself is in my writing” as well as discuss the overheard idea […]
For this episode, I review Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing and give my views on the idea of “writing rules” in general, and these rules specifically. Progress Report: Reorganized my chapters some, splitting up several that were too long or had different focuses; did a timeline to help me […]