Category Archives: Story Ideas

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

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

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

Writing Strategies with Point of View and Tense | Fiction School Podcast #22

Writing Strategies with Point of View and Tense | Fiction School Podcast #22

We got a great question from our contact page from a listener, Rich, so we decided to do a show on it.  Here’s Rich’s email to us: Hi All, Love the show; I download the (free!) podcasts from iTunes and I’m about halfway through. Have you considered doing a show on point of view and… 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

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

It’s A New Year, and Fiction School’s Gonna Help You Have Your Best Writing Year EVER. | Fiction School Podcast #17

It’s A New Year, and Fiction School’s Gonna Help You Have Your Best Writing Year EVER. | Fiction School Podcast #17

Hey. You. With the typewriter. And the bookshelves, the imagination.  It’s me.  The new year. Yeah, you might’ve bought a Cute Kitties calendar of me, but I’m here to tell you: This Is Gonna Be Your Best Year As A Writer. (You owe it to me after that calendar.) Listen here to this show to… Continue Reading

The Power of Names and Nicknames: How to choose the perfect one for your fictional characters | Fiction School Podcast #16

The Power of Names and Nicknames: How to choose the perfect one for your fictional characters | Fiction School Podcast #16

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked. Fiction School’s here to answer and we say, “Brother, a whole hell of a lot.” On this episode of the Fiction School Podcast, we go deep into the thorny labyrinth of choosing a name for your fictional character.  We talk about subtlety and stereotype, from Ace Diablo to Manly… Continue Reading

Writing Character-Driven Stories with Round Characters | Fiction School Podcast #15

Writing Character-Driven Stories with Round Characters | Fiction School Podcast #15

The local weirdo with the pet rat, the eccentric barista with the tattoo of an ironing board, the incompetent boss, the highfalutin poet.  Good characters are the stuff of life. But do we love character-driven stories?  Are readers willing to follow a highfalutin poet on his misadventures around, say, literary Detroit?  How do writers create… Continue Reading