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Month: October 2019

TWJ 1.49: Pacing & the Saggy Middle with Mal Cooper

October 31, 2019

Episode 1.49 – Recorded 10.31.2019 – Pacing & the Saggy Middle with Mal Cooper. Gotten lost in the middle of your plot? Feel like something’s missing, but you’re not sure what? NYT bestselling science fiction author Mal Cooper is here to talk story structure, pacing strategies, and how to tighten up the middle of your […]

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KSM LIVE! 4.41: Curating Killer Anthologies w/ Kacey Ezell & Marisa Wolf

October 29, 2019

Ep 4.41: Curating Killer Anthologies w/ Kacey Ezell & Marisa Wolf A discussion on assembling anthologies.

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TWJ 1.48: Cutting Purple Prose with Ellen Campbell

October 25, 2019

Episode 1.48 – Recorded 10.24.2019 – Cutting Purple Prose with Ellen Campbell. Do you, my most estimable yet remarkably humble reader, sometimes, while the sun beams brightly through yonder window upon your face as you read this sentence in all its glowing prose, wonder if–perhaps, maybe, even mayhaps–it’s better to be concise? If you don’t, […]

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KSM LIVE! 4.40: Writing New Future Crime Fiction w/ Bryan Thomas Schmidt

October 22, 2019

Ep 4.40: Writing New Future Crime Fiction w/ Bryan Thomas Schmidt Hugo-nominee Bryan Thomas Schmidt discusses anthologies and science fiction melded with crime fiction.

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TWJ 1.47: Criteria-Driven Story Structure with Larry Brooks

October 17, 2019

Episode 1.47 – Recorded 10.17.2019 – Criteria-Driven Story Structure with Larry Brooks. Tonight the Story Engineer himself, Larry Brooks, drops by to chat story structure. In this episode, Larry walks us through three key questions we need to ask ourselves: How do I know if my story idea is strong enough? How can I revise […]

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KSM LIVE! 4.39: How Writers Collaborate

October 15, 2019

Ep 4.39: How Writers Collaborate A roundtable discussion on collaboration strategies with guests Lisa Richman, Terry Mixon, and James S. Aaron.

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TWJ 1.46: 5 Ways to Make Readers Happy with Jason Winn

October 10, 2019

Episode 1.46 – Recorded 10.10.2019 – “5 Ways to Make Readers Happy” with Jason Winn.

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Adding Sexual Tension

October 7, 2019

Sexual tension is expected in any romance or erotica story, but it can always work as a major or subordinate plot point for your speculative fiction work. While the ideas I point out here are not specific to any genre, they can be used in any work to spice things up. So what exactly is […]

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KSM LIVE! 4.38: AMA Roundtable for September 2019

October 4, 2019

Ep 4.38 – “Ask Me Anything” Roundtable. A wide-ranging open discussion of author topics.

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TWJ 1.45: Editors Talk: Tips for Engaging Reader Imagination

October 4, 2019

Episode 1.45 – Recorded 10.03.2019 – “Editors Talk: Tips for Engaging Reader Imagination”. What happens when three editors get four writing samples to talk writing craft tips? One good time. Okay…that might have been a little cheesy. But seriously. This episode is fun. Join Ellen, Kalene, and Lauren as they dig into the writer’s first […]

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