What Did You Say?

Writing believable dialogue is one of the biggest challenges in prose because “dialogue is character,” and characters are what drive our books. We discuss dialogue at length with examples from famous movies, and we provide ideas on how to improve your own written dialogue (spoiler: “listen”). We bring you up to speed on our ownContinue reading “What Did You Say?”

We Did This To Ourselves

A little bit longer post for this week’s podcast. Tomorrow, Monday, November 21 starts the presale of our new book on Amazon. (Edit: the pre-sale is live.) This week, we discuss kicking off our marketing campaign with all sorts of plans and incentives. We’re doing the title reveal this week and the cover reveal nextContinue reading “We Did This To Ourselves”

Writing for the Holidays

Flickr image made available from Steve McFarland via Creative Commons. We chat about writing about the holidays, why Hollywood keep making holiday movies, and why people keep watching them. Themes include family, winter, and love. Minor spoilers of Love Hard, Die Hard, A Christmas Carol, and other holiday classics. And we don’t make the rules.Continue reading “Writing for the Holidays”

Writing about Politics

Writing about politics can be rewarding and challenging, but it’s easy to get lost in the weeds. CC and I give you ideas about how to focus on the story at hand without going too far off track. We talk about our current works in progress, Nanowrimo, graphic design, and the upcoming holidays. Pretty goodContinue reading “Writing about Politics”

Alien

In space no one can hear you scream. Welcome to the Halloween 2022 Podcast, and we pick what we feel is the iconic horror film of the genre: Alien! We thoroughly spoil this 1979 classic that pushes back on all (well, most) of the clichés, and we explain why we feel this is mandatory viewingContinue reading “Alien”

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”

Who Are We?

“Helping Writers Write” CC and I are sneaking up on one hundred podcasts since we started “The Amateur Hour” in 2021, and we should reintroduce ourselves with a list of our popular podcasts. Cassidy Carson and JT Hume are parents, grandparents, and independent writers who podcast, and we’ve got a few books between us. We’veContinue reading “Who Are We?”

Settings Part One

This week’s podcast has us on the road to Lone Pine, California, home to many movie settings, some of which you’ve seen. We use a visit to the Museum of Western Film History and the Alabama Hills as background for a chat about Settings. They can be a challenge to writers as we try toContinue reading “Settings Part One”

Road Not Taken

This week we chat about Robert Frost’s “Road Not Taken” (apologies to Mr. Frost for mangling the quote in the podcast). With CC and I being of a certain age, we have a better perspective of our interests and skills. What careers would we have picked had we the chance to do things over again?Continue reading “Road Not Taken”

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