Category Archives: Business of Writing

To MFA or Not? The Back-To-School Special | Fiction School Podcast #36

To MFA or Not? The Back-To-School Special | Fiction School Podcast #36

So, we took the summer off.  We’re sorry.  No, we’re not–it was GREAT–but it’s also great to be back.  Thanks for your emails asking us if we were still alive, still friends, still podcasting.  Yes, yes, and yes. To kick off Season Two as we go back to school, we talk about going back to… Continue Reading

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

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

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… Continue Reading

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

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

Writing 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… Continue Reading

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

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

Writers and the Web: How to Use the Internet to Reach Your Readers | Fiction School Podcast #23

Writers and the Web: How to Use the Internet to Reach Your Readers | Fiction School Podcast #23

Lots of people are saying it’s the best time in the history of the world to be a writer.  It may be true.  There’s lots of cool stuff going on, amazing opportunities writers couldn’t have dreamed of years ago. But there are some new jobs for a writer in this sweet new world.  One thing… Continue Reading

Writing Noir and Crime Fiction with special guest Megan Abbott | Fiction School Podcast #21

Writing Noir and Crime Fiction with special guest Megan Abbott | Fiction School Podcast #21

Fiction School is so stoked to have Megan Abbott on the show this week. She’s one of the best writers of noir and crime fiction in the business today, and she’s also an awesome and nice person.  (It’s good to chat with a nice person about, as she says, “people doing bad things.”) On the… Continue Reading