Going Cross Country

The podcast is back after a two-week hiatus due to JT driving to the East Coast and back to see his sister. Today’s episode is all about that eleven-state tour (NV, UT, WY, NE, IA, IL, IN, OH, PA, MD, DE, and back). For those scoring at home, JT drove over 5,500 miles. Also:Visiting theContinue reading “Going Cross Country”

Messages to Us

Episode 114 of the “helping writers write” podcast touches on messages to our younger selves. What we have learned and what would we say to ourselves if we could go back in time. “Never give up” is the obvious advice, but the rest is not so obvious. Also discussed:-Paris (France)-Mark Twain-Our Basement-Retirement-Significant Birthdays-Going to College-OurContinue reading “Messages to Us”

Reality vs. Memory

For those of us at certain age, we recall when Rod Serling spoke of the dimension of mind. Episode 111 of our “writer’s podcast for writers” dives into the mind as we discuss “reality vs. memory.” They’re often not the same thing. We use a fender bender that CC and I saw firsthand this week.Continue reading “Reality vs. Memory”

Routines and FanFic

“The podcast where production values go to die” is more discombobulated than usual in this episode. We started talking about the value of developing routines and habits to establish comfort zones for writing. That’s valuable stuff, but we somehow segued into the importance of fan fiction. We have a lot of respect for these artists,Continue reading “Routines and FanFic”

The Doldrums

We discuss “the doldrums,” which we define as a normal interruption in the creative writing process. You have a story, but you don’t what to with it or which direction to take it. We’re going through this phase ourselves. We have some ideas on what got us there and what it will take to getContinue reading “The Doldrums”

Book Page Update

Transitioning to a “full-time writer” mode means I have time for the overdue housekeeping on our website. There will be a full redesign someday, but for now, the Books page has descriptions, ratings, and trigger warnings. Here you go. It’s not much, but it’s a start. If/when you find a typo or two, let usContinue reading “Book Page Update”

Posture and Mojo

Our single brain cell is on display in this podcast because we wandered all over the writer’s landscape today, starting with writing posture, segueing to mojo and frame of mind, and ending with a chat about writers spending money. We even mention my cochlear implants. We also learned that CC and I had very differentContinue reading “Posture and Mojo”

A Note from the Rurals

CC and I were chatting this morning about my segue into retirement, and it’s not going well because (as she perfectly described) I was a drone for forty years. I’m so used to being told what to do during the workday, I’m not acclimating well to this new reality of self-determination. I will gain independentContinue reading “A Note from the Rurals”

Settings Part Two

We got around to rerecording Settings Part 2, the one where we define how a setting can overwhelm the characters in your book. We’re talking about an event that obliterates the routines and comfort zones of your characters. We give thoughts on this genre, starting with highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of your characters asContinue reading “Settings Part Two”

Quick Update

CC and I are keeping busy: There is no podcast this week, though we recorded one. After review and much debate, we decided that the content was not in keeping with our mission of helping writers write. Shorter: too political. We’ll return to the normal schedule and format on Sunday, October 16. The edited manuscriptContinue reading “Quick Update”

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