Category Archives: Series Writing

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

Celebrate DRAGON DAY! Shameless Self-Promotion for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #42

Celebrate DRAGON DAY! Shameless Self-Promotion for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #42

It’s hard to come up with an idea for a story or novel, and it’s hard to write it, and it’s hard to edit it.  But what might be the hardest thing? Getting people to pay attention to your writing. This week, we’re talking about shameless self-promotion, and Tommy Zurhellen’s diabolical plan to Own The… 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

Judging a Book By Its Cover: What Makes A Good Cover, Why They Matter So Much…and DRAGONS! | Fiction School Podcast #20

Judging a Book By Its Cover: What Makes A Good Cover, Why They Matter So Much…and DRAGONS! | Fiction School Podcast #20

This week we’re celebrating the cover release of Tommy’s next book in the Messiah Trilogy, Armageddon, Texas, forthcoming from Atticus Books. And may we say: DRAGON!! It’s an awesome cover, and inspired a great conversation about book covers. Congrats, Tommy! Click here to see more of the cover and to read an excerpt of Armageddon,… Continue Reading

How to End a Story: Cliffhangers, Closure and Retrospective Inevitability | Fiction School Podcast #19

How to End a Story: Cliffhangers, Closure and Retrospective Inevitability | Fiction School Podcast #19

There’s that moment when a book you’re reading has just a few pages left, and you get a little anxious.  You don’t want it to end, maybe.  Or you’re dying to know whodunit.  Will the girl get the guy? Will the misfits return home safely? There’s so much riding on that ending.  It’ll be the… Continue Reading

The New World of Self-Publishing, Indie Authors and the DIY Revolution for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #12

The New World of Self-Publishing, Indie Authors and the DIY Revolution for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #12

A quickie first: Announcing Baker’s newest novel! The Play’s the Thing, Book Two in the Such Sweet Sorrow Trilogy and sequel to Stealing the Show (free here or here!).  Listen to the podcast to hear a chapter and more about the The Play’s the Thing! Get your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Kobo!  (Coming soon to… Continue Reading

Using Minor Characters, Sidekicks, and Flat Characters to Drive Your Story | Fiction School Podcast #7

Using Minor Characters, Sidekicks, and Flat Characters to Drive Your Story | Fiction School Podcast #7

Hey there, Writers!  A couple of quick news items: Big sale on Baker’s YA novel The Battle Hymn Blues –get the ebook for just 99 cents this week! And if you’re a listener in the Northern California area, check out Jody’s new play, Shrewed! an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.  Opening this week! Playing… Continue Reading

Secrets of Writing a Novel Series | Fiction School Podcast #5

Secrets of Writing a Novel Series | Fiction School Podcast #5

One of the best things to happen in the world books recently?  It’s gotta be all the series and serialization of stories. Maybe it’s the influence of TV and the show addictions we all have.  Maybe it’s the rise of indie authors and how they can write faster.  Maybe readers just love getting to know… Continue Reading