Novel Approaches

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Novel Approaches 016 – Fatal Flaws
July 12, 2019

With help from #WritescastChat participants, host r. r. campbell takes on fatal flaws–what they are, how they vary from regular old flaws, and whether fatal flaws can ever be assets.

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Novel Approaches 015 – Prologues and Epilogues
June 14, 2019

In this listener-feedback-fueled episode, co-hosts r.r. and Sione explore prologues and epilogues: what they are, how they’re different from first and last chapters, and how we can write them effectively.

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Novel Approaches 014 – Inciting Incidents
May 10, 2019

Surfs up, folks! Hang ten with co-hosts r.r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman as they explore what inciting incidents are, why they’re important, the shapes they take, and how to write them effectively.

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Novel Approaches 013 – The Darkest Moment
April 12, 2019

r.r. and Sione explore a protagonist’s darkest moment, the dark night of the soul, and how we set our readers up for both. One of r.r.’s cats pays the pod a visit around the hour mark, too, if you listen closely enough.

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Novel Approaches 012 – Chapter Breaks
March 8, 2019

After a rather bizarre game of “Would You Rather” involving bear attacks and outhouses, r. r. and Sione settle in to discuss chapter breaks: when to have them, when not to have them, and the role genre plays in it all.

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Novel Approaches 011 – Writing a Series
February 8, 2019

How do we know when we’ve got a concept with series potential on our hands? What challenges might we face when writing a series? Why does r. r. have such strong opinions about cliffhangers? We explore all of this and more in this episode.

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Novel Approaches 010 – Multi-POV Storytelling
January 18, 2019

Co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell examine storytelling from multiple points of view: what it is, the advantages of and challenges to using it, and how we can use it to fuel our stories. Bonus content includes r. r. ranting about wrenches and cliffhangers.

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Novel Approaches 009 – Narrative Mode
December 14, 2018

After a discussion on NaNoWriMo and a book launch party briefing, Sione and r. r. tackle narrative mode: what it is, why it’s important, and how to go about selecting the best one for our stories. Oh, and r. r. has strange analogies for days.

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Novel Approaches 008 – Goal-oriented Storytelling
November 9, 2018

Sione picks r. r.’s brain about the ins and outs of goal-oriented storytelling. Along the way, r. r. makes (slightly) inaccurate claims about the rate of acceleration of gravity before employing a bizarre metaphor about evolution and mitochondria. In other news, Sione likes dark hot chocolate.


Novel Approaches 007 – Conflict
October 12, 2018

Co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell tackle conflict: what it is, why it’s important, and how we can use it to fuel our stories.

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Novel Approaches 006 – Theme
June 15, 2018

The Writer Next Door, John Adamus, joins the show for a conversation on theme: what it is, its importance, and how writers can make sure their theme shines throughout their manuscript.

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Novel Approaches 005 – World Building
June 8, 2018

Guests Danielle Maurer and Chris Bedell join the show to discuss various world-building strategies one can use during both the pre-write and drafting stages of writing a novel.

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Novel Approaches 004 – Plot and Structure
June 1, 2018

Co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell break down the differences between plot and structure before examining various structure models and how they can be put to use.

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Novel Approaches 003 – Creating Character
May 18, 2018

Author Kristin Oakley joins the Novel Approaches co-hosts to talk character from conception to completion and everything in between.

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Novel Approaches 002 – Concept: an Editor’s Perspective
May 11, 2018

Co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman examine concept from the perspective of an editor.

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Novel Approaches 001 – Concept: a Writer’s Perspective
May 4, 2018

Novel Approaches co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman kick-off the series with an exploration of developing one’s concept as a writer.

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