Podcast-Write on SC

Recently I’ve become co-host to a radio show on 100.7 The Point called Write-On-SC which interviews various writers around the state and discusses with the nuances of their individual genres and the difficulties of writing. Below are podcasts for the different shows. Hope you enjoy.

How You Know You’re Writing a Hero’s Journey

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…and what to do about it. This episode is for our friend Abby who’s working on a hero’s journey novel and isn’t entirely sure what to do about it.

Character Arcs: The Moral Descent

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Originally recorded to air in December, 2021, this episode actually aired February 19, 2021. It follows the character arc discussion from back in the fall.

Long Fic or Short Fic? That is the question.

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On February 5, 2022, Kasie and Rex took on the debate between long fiction (novels) and short work (stories, flash).

More Writing “How to” that we may or may not believe

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On January 29, 2022, Kasie and Rex finished up the “How to Write” topic with these new resources.

Stupid Shit Other People Pass Off as ‘How to Write’

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On January 22, 2022, Kasie and Rex took on the process of writing as taught by the experts found via Google.

What’s Your Writing Style

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On January 15, 2022, Kasie and Rex revisited the age-old Planner vs. Pantser debate with this diagnostic episode including best practices and tools for all writing styles.

Off to a Good Start

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In episode 171 (following the radio show — blog — numbering), Kasie and Rex return live to the studio after the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays to talk about the beginning of the story.

Required Elements – Character Arcs

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On November 6, 2021 Kasie and Rex took on character arcs and how a protagonist’s journey is the reason we tell stories in the first place.

Mark Allan Gunnells

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In celebration of the October 23rd LGBTQ+ Pride weekend in Columbia, S.C. and continuing the Spooktacular October, Rex invited fellow horror author, Mark Allan Gunnells into the studio. We recorded the episode and aired it on October 30th.

White Knuckle Scenes

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In this episode from October 23, 2021, Kasie and Rex take on the scary scenes you love to read but wonder how to write.

Doing Murder More Than Once

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Continuing the October Spooktacular, we take on Serial Killers and really, murderers of any kind.

Talking About Vampires on the Radio (Again)

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In continuation of our October Spooktacular, we take on VAMPIRES! Kasie and Rex in the studio talking a LOT about Dracula.

Paying Your Writerly Dues

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On October 2, 2021, Kasie and Rex talked about being alone at book signings and having to suck-it-up as an early-career author.

The Romance Episode with Catherine Peace

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On September 4, 2021, Kasie and Rex welcome romance writer Catherine Peace into the studio to discuss the writing of intimate scenes. Catherine’s mic was a little twitchy so we invited her back for the next week’s Part 2 episode.

Do something about it 

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On August 21, 2021, Kasie and Rex continued the 7 Deadly Sins series with sloth.

Insatiable

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On July 17th, Kasie and Rex took on “greed” in the 7 Deadly Sins series.

Bingewatching is a Sin

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On August 14, 2021, Kasie and Rex continued the 7 Deadly Sins series with Gluttony. Photo by Mauru00edcio Mascaro on Pexels.com

I Want You to Want Me

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On August 7, 2021, Kasie and Rex continued the Seven Deadly Sins series with Lust. Photo credit: Photo by W R on Pexels.com

The Green-Eyed Monster

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On July 31, Kasie and Rex took on the fourth deadly sin, Envy. Episode photo credit: Photo by Leonardo Santos on Pexels.com

Rage-Filled Beast Monsters

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On July 24, Kasie and Rex continued the 7 Deadly Sins series with Wrath. Episode photo credit: Photo by Isabella Mendes on Pexels.com

It Goeth Before the Fall

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On July 10, 2021, Kasie and Rex started a series on the Seven Deadly Sins. This is the first episode on Pride.

The Patriarchy and Male Character Clichés

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On July 3rd, Kasie and Rex took on the idea of male character clichés and how the patriarchy seeps into every story whether we know it or not.

Slushfest Losers

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On June 26, Kasie and Rex welcomes Cayce LaCorte into the studio to talk about slushfest, the slush pile, and getting a publisher’s attention.

The virgin, the whore, and the madwoman

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June 12th Kasie and Rex decided to address the literary criticism of female stereotypes: The Virgin, the Whore, and the Madwoman

White Writers, Diverse Characters

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On June 5th, Kasie and Rex took on the topic of writing characters outside of their own white, hetero experience

Death in Fiction

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On May 29th, Kasie and Rex were back in the studio to talk about how and when to kill a character and what that death should look like.

Taboo Topics

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On May 15th, Kasie and Rex took on the topic of taboo subjects in literature.

Serialization Unpacked

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Kasie and Rex take on Serialization as a strategy for getting your work out there, building your audience, and getting the attention of awards and publishers..

Internet Grab Bag April 2021

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On April 17th, Kasie & Rex went to the Twitter for the questions you’ve been asking.

The Core Wound

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On April 10th, Rex was back! We took on the idea of the core wound and its impact on the character.

Kill Your Buddy

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In this episode from January 30, 2021, Kasie and Rex take on the trope that the best friend must die.

Path to Publishing Part 2

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On April 3rd, with Rex still on vacay, Kasie and Alexa finished up this topic on publishing with the “how to pick” and “what to do next” segments.

The Path to Publishing Part 1

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On March 27th, Rex was on vacation so Kasie invited her publisher, Alexa Bigwarfe into the studio to sub for him.

Story Structure – Why it Matters and How to Choose

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By March 20th we realized we’d done all we could with the time topic and decided to look at story structure instead.

When did that happen?

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On March 13, 2021, Kasie and Rex continued the month-long discussion around time in the story.

When are we?

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On March 6th, Kasie and Rex took on the topic of Time Travel – how, why, and when to do it.

Motivated by Survival

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On February 27, 2021, Kasie and Rex finished up the character motivation series with this episode on Survival.

Motivated by Greed

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On February 20, 2021, Kasie and Rex continued the Character Motivation series with an episode on greed, avarice, and ambition.

Motivated by Forgiveness

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On February 13, 2021, we continued our trek through character motivation by talking about forgiveness, atonement, and redemption.

A Dark and Stormy Night

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Weather? We’re going to talk about the weather? For an entire episode? Yep. And the pathetic fallacy.

TGI 2021 – The Goal Setting Episode

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On Jan 2nd, Kasie and Rex talked about what the year might bring. In depth examination of writing goals, how to set them and how to measure your success in achieving them.

Give Your Characters Agency

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On January 22nd, Kasie and Rex revisited the “Be Mean to Your Characters” idea with this part two — give them agency. What could be meaner, right?

The Art of the Setback

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On January 16th, Kasie and Rex took on the idea of the setback — a necessary raise-the-stakes move in literature and storytelling.

Do You Have to Like the Main Character?

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On December 4, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the idea of creating likable characters. Famously hated protagonists Do you need your reader to like the MC? Devices to get readers to like your protagonist

Literary Devices

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On December 12, Kasie and Rex broke down what the industry means by “literary device” and explained how you know you’re using one. What is a device? Some classic uses How to incorporate it

Humbugs, Grinches, and Misers

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On December 19, Kasie and Rex had their last show of 2020. To play to holiday crowds and celebrate all the reasons 2020 made us grumpy, we’re taking on Scrooge.

The Real Work of Authors

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On November 28, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the revision process. Every writer does it differently. When do you revise? How do you revise? What role do critique groups, partners, and beta readers play?

Don’t Say It

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On November 14th, Kasie and Rex took on the art of great dialogue by mostly looking at bad dialogue. Dialogue concepts revisited The Don’ts How do you make dialogue work?

Before We Begin

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On November 21, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on exposition as the spotlight topic. We’ve edged around it before but never focused quite like this. What is exposition? How do you put it in the story? How much is too much?

The Iceburg Theory

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On November 7th, Kasie and Rex looked at the iceburg way of leaving things out of the story on purpose. What is the iceberg? How does it affect planning? How does it affect revision?

Boo! Halloween Special

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On October 31, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on Halloween stories, horror, and scary tales in general.

Pants the Show About Planning

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On October 24, 2020, Kasie and Rex previewed the NaNoWriMo pantser or planner debate.

Metaphors & Prophecies

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On October 17, 2020, Kasie and Rex followed up on Tuesday’s #wschat on Twitter about metaphor and prophecy. Are they similar enough to make one episode? Let’s find out.

Where you at Part 2 – that Fantasy/Sci-Fi World Building thing

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On October 10, 2020, Kasie and Rex continued the prior week’s discussion on setting with this deeper dive into the fantasy and science fiction genres.

Where you at?

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On October 3, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the topic of when and where your story lives.

Raise the Stakes

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On September 26, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the escalating tension and drama that makes your story less boring.

Establishing Desire

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On September 19, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the question of how to motivate your character.

Antagonist, Villain, Frenemy

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On September 12, 2020, we continued our Tragic Flaw conversation by turning our attention to those negative actors in a story: the antagonist.

The Tragic Flaw

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On September 5th Kasie and Rex got back to craft discussion with this take on the tragic flaw. What is the Tragic Flaw? What qualifies? What doesn’t? How do you write one? Do you have to have one? Why or why not?

End of Summer Grab Bag

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On August 28, 2020, we went back to the well of Twitter and the #WritingCommunity feed for a grab bag of questions.

Cancel Culture and Writers’ Work

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On August 22, 2020, Kasie and Rex tip-toed up on Cancel Culture and its effect on writers’ work and careers.

The Moral Imperative

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On August 16, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the idea that writers have a moral imperative to portray socially acceptable behavior, norms, and rules.

Author Branding

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On August 8, 2020, Kasie was on vacation so we aired this pre-recorded episode recorded on July 31.

Be Obvious About It

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On July 25th, Kasie and Rex took on the topic of subtext. Here’s literally the show notes: Subtext: Don’t say what you mean. That’s too easy. Outline — Agenda — What is subtext? Why use subtext in a story or novel? How is it done?

What the actual … ?

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On July 18, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on symbolism, or the intentional obscuring of meaning: Symbolism done right Symbolism gone wrong How and when to properly use symbolism

Publishing Options

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On July 11, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the three major categories of publishing: What are the publishing options out there? (definitions) What are the pros and cons of each? (examine) Which one should you choose? (evaluate)

You Know Less Than You Think You Do: The Dunning-Kruger Effect and Writers

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On July 4, 2020, Kasie and Rex were in the studio to take on that most American of all traits: overestimating your own competence. Ever heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect? It’s a scientific theory (supported with research) that suggests the least competent people are the most likely to overestimate their own competence. Sound familiar? It means the people who know the least will believe they know the most.

Summer Reads and Other Good Advice

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On June 27, 2020, Kasie went solo in the studio and talked about a hodge podge of things. The kids are out of school so the library and the school district give us their summer reading list to get them ready for the next grade, to close the gap in skills and keep them sort-of-studying. How many of your favorite books came off a summer reading list?

Episode 100!!! Romantic Subplots

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On June 20th we celebrated our 100th episode by looking at romantic subplots in the “how to” and the “do or do not” kind of way. “It’s our 100th episode and I worked all week on “What should we do to celebrate?” So here it is: the results of our giving this a modicum of thought. God, I love the internet. There is literally EVERYTHING already done for you. And this topic is no exception.”

How to do Genre Research

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On June 13, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the topic of genre and why it matters. “If you want to be an author, you have to find your audience. And we mean beyond your friends and family who will support you because they love you, but not necessarily the story.”

Sidekick, Battle buddy, Best mate

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On June 6, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the topic of Sidekicks, bet friends, and battle buddies. “This week’s topic is The Lancer — the sidekick, the battle buddy, the best friend. They lead you astray, are a shoulder to cry on, and sometimes steal your girl. Looking at you, Lancelot.”

May Grab Bag

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On May 30, 2020, Kasie and Rex went “grab bag” style and talked about a bunch of stuff.

Childish Copy Catting or Learning and Marketing Gold?

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On May 16, 2020, Kasie and Rex discussed fanfiction (fanfic) and its impact and usefulness to the writing craft. “There’s a great line in When Harry Met Sally when, speaking of faking orgasms, Sally says, “Every man is sure it never happened to them but most women at one time or another have done it so you do the math.” FanFiction is kind of like faked orgasms. “

Great Beginnings

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On May 9, 2020, Kasie and Rex revisited the topic “beginnings” from last summer’s Short Story Basics series. “So last week I complained about a terrible romance novel that had an inexplicable 500+ reviews with the average of 4.5 stars. Clearly paid for. This week I have another gag-reflex romance novel problem to address. This time it’s the beginning of the story.”

Reviews, Stars, & Thumbs Up

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On May 2, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the Amazon reviews debate. “I left my first 1 star review this week. I’m not proud. I did it because the book was just ridiculous. Not even sure it was long enough to be considered an entire book.”

This is the End (Not Really)

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On April 25, 2020, Kasie and Rex talked endings. We may have thought this would be our last show. Then we got some patrons. So …

The Gritty Reboot

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On April 18, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the topic of reboots, specifically the gritty kind.

Love Triangles

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On April 11, 2020, Kasie and Rex abandoned the COVID-19 talk for some indulgence in silliness. Weirdly, we picked one of the oldest topics in the history of storytelling: the Love Triangle.

Stories from Troubling Times

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Continuing coverage of “these troubling times” and a good look at what stories are out there, can be trusted, and should be dismissed.

Epidemic, Pandemic, Outbreak

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On March 14th we were starting to realize quarantine (Corn Teen) was gonna be a thing. So we talked about other such disasters in literature.

Dystopia IRL

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Week 3 of quarantine and O.M.G. How long can this possibly last? Don’t ask.

The Conditions for Drama

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On March 21, we took on the conditions for drama — assuming you were now living in them.

Cliché – Just Don’t

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On March 7, we took on cliches. Back before COVID was a thing.

Epidemic, Pandemic, Outbreak – disease & disaster in literature

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On March 14th Kasie and Rex decided to talk pandemic. As in literary representations of panic and disease.

Tense Density: When did the story happen?

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We’re not here to teach basic grammar, so we’re going to talk about tense in two ways: 1. What the purpose of each is — meaning when to use it and why 2. What the effect of each is — meaning whether it works or not to do what you want it to.

Who’s Story is this Anyway?

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All writing has a point of view. Nonfiction included. If it’s an autobiography, the viewpoint is the author, if it’s a textbook or a professional advice book, the viewpoint is the professional posture appropriate to the subject. Point of View can best be defined as the lens through which we view the story. What experience, education, and ambitions govern the person speaking to the reader?

Prologues are like Traffic Cones

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You might love your prologue, but it’s a traffic cone. It tells the reader to wait, take notice of something that is NOT the story before the story begins. In this episode we debate whether this means the writer doesn’t trust the reader or whether the writer needed the prologue to keep himself/herself on track and in the end, it should be chunked before the book is published.

Foreshadowing

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Foreshadowing often appears at the beginning of a story, or a chapter, and it helps the reader develop expectations about the upcoming events. So why do it?

Internet Grab Bag

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This week’s #wschat was a Grab Bag episode so we thought we’d carry that over to today’s Write On SC. We also have two announcements for ya’ll.

How to Make Money as a Writer

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Writers are making money doing a lot of things that aren’t writing. In this episode, Kasie and Rex welcome professional storyteller Mary Sturgill.

Chekov’s Gun

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Kasie and Rex take on the literary “rule” called Chokov’s Gun. Not sure what it is? Give the show a listen.

Auld Lang Syne

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For the end of the year, we recorded an episode reviewing the year in the literary world and making plans for 2020.

Deus ex Machina: cheap device or valid resolution?

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Used frequently by the Greeks and other ancient storytellers, the “hand of god” is often derided as the author magicking himself out of a tough spot. We discuss this — cheap trick? or legitimate resolution

Fairytales Retold

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After the femme fatale and damsel in episode, we couldn’t let this princess thing go. So we did another one this time breaking down the fairytales.

Feminine Archetypes

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The femme fatale and the damsel in distress – origins, uses, and misuses of these archetypes in literature.

Gratitude, Holidays, & Rivals

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Writers are some of the luckiest people around. Just think of it: we get to call “reading” work; we get to tell stories that get people emotional, excited, and thrilled; we get to create characters and live with them all the time. What other things do writers have to be grateful for?

Beam me up, Scotty! Pop culture references in literature

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Last week between segments we ended up talking about whether you should use pop culture references in your work. There’s a slew of reasons not to and we’ll get into that. But suffice it to say that most MFA programs and literary types will tell you a pop culture reference dates your work and may not be relatable for all readers. So using them is risky at best and against the rules at worst.

Pace 911 or Why You’re Bored With a Story You Wanted to Love

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“Pace” is one of those mysterious writerly words that when we use it in critique the newbie’s eyes glaze over. Pace in literature is the speed at which the story is told. How fast the action moves, how quickly the characters achieve their goals, not necessarily the time over which the story takes place, but the urgency of the action that makes up the story.

Pre-Writing and NaNoWriMo

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In the beginning, telling the story is about you, the writer, getting the story on the page. We know eventually you have to go to marketing the thing to the reader, but let’s be honest. If you were writing with the reader in mind you may not be committed enough to finish the project.

The Importance of Feedback

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If you’re not testing your work on readers — actual real people who aren’t related to you — then you’re flying blind. You have GOT to get some folks to look over your work before you hit “publish” on Amazon. Please. For all of us.

Saying I Do:

On my wedding day, we broadcast this episode about Saying I Do — in fiction. What were some of the worst fictional marriages ever?

Make Mine Evil: 

What makes good villain? Kasie and Rex break down the bad guy in this episode from March 2019.

Science Fiction Subgenres with Brian Barr.

Kasie and Rex welcomed Brian Barr, science fiction writer, into the studio to discuss science fiction subgenres like cyberpunk (his specialty).

Conferences, Workshops, and Retreat:

Events can be a great way to promote yourself as a writer and your book. But what kind of event is the best fit for where you are in your literary journey right now? Chuck Sambuchino weighs in.

Why do you write? A Conversation with Al Black:

Kasie and Rex welcomed father of Mindgravy Poetry, Al Black into the studio.

The Changing Publishing Industry: 

Kasie visited with Cheryl Nugent, founder of Kentbury, an online community for writers.

Dialogue and Dialect:

A discussion on how to effectively use these attributes into ones own writing. With Appalachian writer Sharon May

Romance or Love Story?:

A discussion of the romance genre and all the subgenres wherein, with romance author Savannah Frierson

Read Like a Writer:

The act of analyzing what you read for benefit of improving your craft. With author Mary Sturgill

Genre Basics:

The ins and outs of writing in the Mystery genre. With author Peggy Cwiakala (chi-CO-la):

Research for Historical Fiction part 1:

How much is too much in historical fiction? How much historical reality is necessary? With Author Bonnie Standard:

Research for Historical Fiction part 2:

How much is too much in historical fiction? How much historical reality is necessary? With Mike Long: