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.
We’re not here to teach basic grammar, so we’re going to talk about tense in two ways: 1. What the purpose of each is — meaning when to use it and why 2. What the effect of each is — meaning whether it works or not to do what you want it to.
All writing has a point of view. Nonfiction included. If it’s an autobiography, the viewpoint is the author, if it’s a textbook or a professional advice book, the viewpoint is the professional posture appropriate to the subject. Point of View can best be defined as the lens through which we view the story. What experience, education, and ambitions govern the person speaking to the reader?
You might love your prologue, but it’s a traffic cone. It tells the reader to wait, take notice of something that is NOT the story before the story begins. In this episode we debate whether this means the writer doesn’t trust the reader or whether the writer needed the prologue to keep himself/herself on track and in the end, it should be chunked before the book is published.
Foreshadowing often appears at the beginning of a story, or a chapter, and it helps the reader develop expectations about the upcoming events. So why do it?
This week’s #wschat was a Grab Bag episode so we thought we’d carry that over to today’s Write On SC. We also have two announcements for ya’ll.
Writers are making money doing a lot of things that aren’t writing. In this episode, Kasie and Rex welcome professional storyteller Mary Sturgill.
Kasie and Rex take on the literary “rule” called Chokov’s Gun. Not sure what it is? Give the show a listen.
For the end of the year, we recorded an episode reviewing the year in the literary world and making plans for 2020.
Used frequently by the Greeks and other ancient storytellers, the “hand of god” is often derided as the author magicking himself out of a tough spot. We discuss this — cheap trick? or legitimate resolution
After the femme fatale and damsel in episode, we couldn’t let this princess thing go. So we did another one this time breaking down the fairytales.
The femme fatale and the damsel in distress – origins, uses, and misuses of these archetypes in literature.
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?
Make Mine Evil:
What makes good villain? Kasie and Rex break down the bad guy in this episode from March 2019.
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).
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.
Why do you write? A Conversation with Al Black:
Kasie and Rex welcomed father of Mindgravy Poetry, Al Black into the studio.
The Changing Publishing Industry:
Kasie visited with Cheryl Nugent, founder of Kentbury, an online community for writers.
Dialogue and Dialect:
A discussion on how to effectively use these attributes into ones own writing. With Appalachian writer Sharon May
Romance or Love Story?:
A discussion of the romance genre and all the subgenres wherein, with romance author Savannah Frierson
Read Like a Writer:
The act of analyzing what you read for benefit of improving your craft. With author Mary Sturgill
The ins and outs of writing in the Mystery genre. With author Peggy Cwiakala (chi-CO-la):
Research for Historical Fiction part 1:
How much is too much in historical fiction? How much historical reality is necessary? With Author Bonnie Standard:
Research for Historical Fiction part 2:
How much is too much in historical fiction? How much historical reality is necessary? With Mike Long: