Recently I’ve become co-host to a radio show on 100.7 The Point called Write-On-SC which interviews various writers around the state and discusses with the nuances of their individual genres and the difficulties of writing. Below are podcasts for the different shows. Hope you enjoy.
Gratitude, Holidays, & Rivals
Writers are some of the luckiest people around. Just think of it: we get to call “reading” work; we get to tell stories that get people emotional, excited, and thrilled; we get to create characters and live with them all the time. What other things do writers have to be grateful for?
Beam me up, Scotty! Pop culture references in literature
Last week between segments we ended up talking about whether you should use pop culture references in your work. There’s a slew of reasons not to and we’ll get into that. But suffice it to say that most MFA programs and literary types will tell you a pop culture reference dates your work and may not be relatable for all readers. So using them is risky at best and against the rules at worst.
Pace 911 or Why You’re Bored With a Story You Wanted to Love
“Pace” is one of those mysterious writerly words that when we use it in critique the newbie’s eyes glaze over. Pace in literature is the speed at which the story is told. How fast the action moves, how quickly the characters achieve their goals, not necessarily the time over which the story takes place, but the urgency of the action that makes up the story.
Pre-Writing and NaNoWriMo
In the beginning, telling the story is about you, the writer, getting the story on the page. We know eventually you have to go to marketing the thing to the reader, but let’s be honest. If you were writing with the reader in mind you may not be committed enough to finish the project.
The Importance of Feedback
If you’re not testing your work on readers — actual real people who aren’t related to you — then you’re flying blind. You have GOT to get some folks to look over your work before you hit “publish” on Amazon. Please. For all of us.
Saying I Do: On my wedding day, we broadcast this episode about Saying I Do — in fiction. What were some of the worst fictional marriages ever? https://writeonsc.simplecast.com/episodes/saying-i-do
Make Mine Evil: What makes good villain? Kasie and Rex break down the bad guy in this episode from March 2019. https://writeonsc.simplecast.com/episodes/make-mine-evil
Science Fiction Subgenres with Brian Barr. Kasie and Rex welcomed Brian Barr, science fiction writer, into the studio to discuss science fiction subgenres like cyberpunk (his specialty). https://writeonsc.simplecast.com/episodes/9d27f3fe
Conferences, Workshops, and Retreat: Events can be a great way to promote yourself as a writer and your book. But what kind of event is the best fit for where you are in your literary journey right now? Chuck Sambuchino weighs in. https://writeonsc.simplecast.com/episodes/376c627a
Why do you write? A Conversation with Al Black: Kasie and Rex welcomed father of Mindgravy Poetry, Al Black into the studio. https://writeonsc.simplecast.com/episodes/69672361
The Changing Publishing Industry: Kasie visited with Cheryl Nugent, founder of Kentbury, an online community for writers. https://writeonsc.simplecast.com/episodes/94ecfe99
Dialogue and Dialect: A discussion on how to effectively use these attributes into ones own writing. With Appalachian writer Sharon May https://writeonsc.simplecast.fm/78c87e1e
Romance or Love Story?: A discussion of the romance genre and all the subgenres wherein, with romance author Savannah Frierson https://writeonsc.simplecast.fm/a6b8a2ef
Read Like a Writer: The act of analyzing what you read for benefit of improving your craft. With author Mary Sturgill https://writeonsc.simplecast.fm/6b909e8c
Genre Basics: The ins and outs of writing in the Mystery genre. With author Peggy Cwiakala (chi-CO-la): https://writeonsc.simplecast.fm/ffd2a940
Research for Historical Fiction part 1: How much is too much in historical fiction? How much historical reality is necessary? With Author Bonnie Standard: https://writeonsc.simplecast.fm/16e0e50a
Research for Historical Fiction part 2: How much is too much in historical fiction? How much historical reality is necessary? With Mike Long: https://writeonsc.simplecast.fm/f163a754