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

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

Yeah, 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).… Continue Reading

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

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

Weeeee’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.… Continue Reading

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

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

This 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:… Continue Reading

The Top Tools for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #30

The Top Tools for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #30

I’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… Continue Reading

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

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

This 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… Continue Reading

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

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

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?… Continue Reading

Writing Across Genres with special guest Deanna Raybourn | Fiction School Podcast #27

Writing Across Genres with special guest Deanna Raybourn | Fiction School Podcast #27

What do you do if you’re the kind of writer who likes to set books in the past, in interesting locations, but then your instincts tell you that the story has something mysterious happen there, too?  And also, yeah, your characters are kind of into each other as well, doing the chemistry thing while they’re… Continue Reading

Writing Sherlock Holmes, Researching Smarter, and Having a Career as a Writer with special guest Laurie R. King | Fiction School Podcast #26

Writing Sherlock Holmes, Researching Smarter, and Having a Career as a Writer with special guest Laurie R. King | Fiction School Podcast #26

You know how, when you ask some writers for advice, they’ll say something like “Apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair,” and it’s so unhelpful it’s kind of infuriating? But then you ask other writers, and they give you actual advice that blows your mind? Changes your writing strategy? Gives… Continue Reading

How To Revise a Big Ol’ Book-Length Project: Advice From Over a Dozen Writers | Fiction School Podcast #25

How To Revise a Big Ol’ Book-Length Project: Advice From Over a Dozen Writers | Fiction School Podcast #25

Sometimes, you just can’t stop the good times from rollin’.  Like this week, many special things happened.  First, Tommy’s pleading and begging for all these weeks finally came into fruition.  It happened.   We. Got. A. Voicemail. It was a great question from a listener, Joseph, and we knew we wanted to do a show… Continue Reading

Tips and Tricks for Writing Action Scenes, from Baseball to Face-Punching to Maritime Madness | Fiction School Podcast #24

Tips and Tricks for Writing Action Scenes, from Baseball to Face-Punching to Maritime Madness | Fiction School Podcast #24

Anton Chekhov said, “If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off.” Well, Fiction School says if there’s a fist in Chapter 1, it better punch somebody in the mouth by Chapter 3.  If there are fancy… Continue Reading