How Writing Retreats Can Grow Your Career | Fiction School Podcast #35

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Sometimes there are just too many dishes in the sink to get that line of dialogue right. The TV is too loud to make that first sentence sing, you know? Real life. It gets in the way of Fictionland all too often. But what if you want to get away from real life and crank […]

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Using Writing Retreats to Grow Your Career | Fiction School Podcast #35

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Sometimes there are just too many dishes in the sink to get that line of dialogue right. The TV is too loud to make that first sentence sing, you know? Real life. It gets in the way of Fictionland all too often. But what if you want to get away from real life and crank […]

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Writing Faster, Being Prolific, and Increasing Your Writing Speed IF You Want To | Fiction School Podcast #34

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Found Blur MotionWriting is a weird art form because it’s so solitary.  We sit in a nice artist’s garret, or steal away a moment at our cubicle, or toil in a slightly damp and purple-walled dungeon (like Baker’s basement office). And since we’re alone, writers don’t often talk about what actually happens in those writing sessions.  How fast are […]

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Writing Faster, Being Prolific, and Increasing Your Productivity (If You Want To) | Fiction School Podcast #34

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Found Blur MotionWriting is a weird art form because it’s so solitary.  We sit in a nice home office, or steal away a moment at our cubicle, or toil in a slightly damp and purple-walled dungeon (like Baker’s basement office). And since we’re alone, writers don’t often talk about what actually happens in those writing sessions.  How fast are […]

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Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy with Special Guest David Barr Kirtley | Fiction School Podcast #33

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Jordan shooting Jenna with shieldYeah, it SAYS #33, but this shoulda been #30.  But. Of course. When we invite a science fiction writer on our podcast, that’s the ONLY time the tech stuff goes wrong and a digital gremlin gobbles up our show…  Oh, irony. But we had a great guest (who’s also a fellow podcaster with several tech disasters under his belt). […]

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Writing Every Day, or Not, and How To Get Back in the Saddle After Not Writing | Fiction School Podcast #32

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dinosaur w/saddleWeeeee’re baaaaaaaack… Actually…we never really went away.  We just got crazy busy, all three of us, with end-of-semester duties and grading and that kind of thing.  ‘Tis the life of the prof. Our unplanned hiatus inspired us to talk about how writers sometimes get interrupted and can’t write for long chunks of time.  It sucks. […]

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Should Writers Use a Pen Name? The Adventures of Beauregard Cornpopper | Fiction School Podcast #31

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mark twainThis week, the show isn’t by us, it’s by Nitro Jenny Jo, Hydrogen Z, and Little Deuce Lawley.  Because we’re talking all about Pen Names on the show this week. We got a cool email from David Cross (but not that David Cross), and it was written so well, we’ll just get out of his way: […]

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The Top Tools for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #30

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2013 writing toolsI’m always jealous of creative types that get to have cool tools: painters with their big canvases, brushes, and smudges of color all over them; photographers with cameras and lenses and lights; dancers and their special shoes and those sweatshirt legging things. We’re writers.  What do we get? Computers. Pencils and paper. Maybe a typewriter […]

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The Quickie Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and Really Short Stories | Fiction School Podcast #29

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Infinite FlashThis week, the epic struggle between Team Tommy and Team Jody reaches a new stratosphere, when Jody hangs up on the podcast.  That’s right. Girl couldn’t take it anymore, so she just slammed down the phone in true Hollywood style. But not really. It was micro-fiction, a fourteen-second play, to give a little intro to […]

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How To Keep Tension Rising, and Rising, and Rising in Your Book | Fiction School Podcast #28

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This week, we’re answering a voicemail from Bonnie J. Rough, who actually made a guest appearance on Episode 25. Her question was a great one that many writers (including us) struggle with: how do you make sure you keep the tension rising in the right way over the course of a book or long narrative? […]

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