Category Archives: Editing

Applying Yourself: Entering Contests and Competitions | Fiction School Podcast Season 5 Episode 6

Applying Yourself: Entering Contests and Competitions | Fiction School Podcast Season 5 Episode 6

**Hey! Quick! It’s the last day to enter the Fiction Open! Send ’em in now! Baker once had a writing teacher that said writing wasn’t a competition between writers. The only competition was the writer vs. the page. He obviously hadn’t heard of the epic Poets vs. Prosers basketball games, but more importantly, he was correct.… Continue Reading

The Music of Prose: Why Fiction Writers Need To Be Poets, Too | Fiction School Podcast Season 5 Episode 5

The Music of Prose: Why Fiction Writers Need To Be Poets, Too | Fiction School Podcast Season 5 Episode 5

Every Friday afternoon, back in Tommy and Baker’s MFA days, there was a tradition. A tradition of slaughter, of domination. It was ugly, it was fun, it always proceeded to revelry at a local dive bar. It was the weekly MFA basketball game, where the Poets would team up against the Prosers.* The Poets had a… Continue Reading

How Fiction Writers Can Use Story Structure Without Getting Bogged Down, Downtrodden, or Duped. PLUS: ANNOUNCING OUR WRITING CONTEST! | Fiction School Podcast Season 5 Episode 3

How Fiction Writers Can Use Story Structure Without Getting Bogged Down, Downtrodden, or Duped. PLUS: ANNOUNCING OUR WRITING CONTEST! | Fiction School Podcast Season 5 Episode 3

This week, Tommy decided he needed a nap more than he needed to talk about story structure and outlines. He hates that stuff anyway, so, good choice, Tommy Z. He’s all about anarchy and chaos, and this week we’re getting organized. But the problem is, you can get too organized, too structured. You can read… Continue Reading

World Building and the Myth of Prewriting | Fiction School Podcast #45

World Building and the Myth of Prewriting | Fiction School Podcast #45

Here are things that Tommy Zurhellen doesn’t believe in: Santa Claus. The Bermuda Triangle. The Ghost of Bear Bryant. And…prewriting. That’s right, ‘Schoolers.  There’s no such thing as prewriting, and there’s no such thing as preheating your oven.  Everything you do is actually writing, in one vague form or another, according to TZ. Which is… Continue Reading

Getting Writing Done When You’re In a Life Jam | Fiction School Podcast #43

Getting Writing Done When You’re In a Life Jam | Fiction School Podcast #43

Hey there–long time no see…er, hear.  Yeah, the irreverent professors of Fiction School have been a bit erstwhile with our podcast of late. But we’ve got good reasons, y’all.  We’re busy putting out books and getting famous and drinking margaritas on the beach like the rockstar authors we are.  Yeah, totally.  That. Really, we’re just… Continue Reading

Audiobooks are Awesome, and How To Get Your Work Into Audio | Fiction School Podcast #41

Audiobooks are Awesome, and How To Get Your Work Into Audio | Fiction School Podcast #41

Remember how, when you were a kid, you loved having a story read to you?  You loved hearing a story out loud?  There was just something about it, some soothing magic, that only a story told out loud can provide. But, hey, now that you’re all grown up, the world doesn’t have to be all… Continue Reading

Working With Editors, When To Listen and When To Ignore Them | Fiction School Podcast #40

Working With Editors, When To Listen and When To Ignore Them | Fiction School Podcast #40

We got a great question from Casey, a Fiction School listener who won a flash fiction contest (GO CASEY!  Fiction School congratulates you on overcoming your listening of our podcast in order to win.  We take no credit.). In the glory of his win, Casey had some dealings with an editor who wanted a few… Continue Reading