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Writescast 040 – Maintaining Tension through Mystery, Suspense, and Dramatic Irony
August 17, 2018

Award-winning writer and teacher Tim Storm demystifies how to keep tension on the page during this in-depth discussion of mystery, suspense, and dramatic irony.

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Writescast 039 – Finding Time to Write and Celebrating Success
August 10, 2018

Poet and creativity coach Sarah Sadie provides strategies for finding time to write and reframing our understanding of what it means to make progress in our creative endeavors.

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Writescast 038 – Novelizations and Tie-Ins
August 3, 2018

Award-winning and NYT-bestselling author Matt Forbeck returns to the show to talk taking media from the big screen to the little page.

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Writescast 037 – Writing as a Healing Modality

July 26, 2018

Cheryl Muir returns to the Writescast Network to for a conversation about how writing can help us heal and better understand our world.

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Writescast 036 – Partner Publishing
July 19, 2018

Agent and fellow podcaster Laura Zats talks partner publishing: what it is, how it differs from other publishing options, and how interested writers can take advantage of it.

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Writescast 035 – Writing for Video Games
July 6, 2018

Award-winning and NYT-bestselling author and game designer Matt Forbeck joins Writescast Network founder r. r. campbell to talk about writing for video games.

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Writescast 034 – Writerly Research
April 20, 2018

Writescast host r. r. campbell describes strategies for doing writerly research online, in books and literature, through interviews, and experientially.

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Writescast 033 – Writing Conferences and the UW Writers’ Institute
April 6, 2018

The director of the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute, Laurie Scheer, joins host r. r. campbell for a conversation on the value of writing conferences.

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Writescast 032 – Maintaining Focus in Magic Realism
March 2, 2018

Kevin Klehr talks magic realism: specifically how we can maintain focus when incorporating fantasy elements into our real-world tales.

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Writescast 031 – Thirty Days to Book Launch: Marketing Strategies
February 2, 2018

Valerie Biel returns to the writescast to talk crunch time: what to do in the final thirty days before a book launch!

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Writescast 030 – Self-Publishing, Part Two: a How-To
January 26, 2018

In part two of this mini-series, Sione Aeschliman talks ISBNs, formatting our manuscripts for ebook and print, and best case practices for proofreading before we hit the publish button.

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Writescast 029 – Self-Publishing, Part One: a How-To
January 19, 2018

Editor and writing coach Sione Aeschliman walks us through the early steps of self-publishing journey: what you need to have done before looking to publish, the platforms through which one can self-publish, cover design and cover art resources, and best case practices for each of these critical phases.

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Writescast 028 – Ick-Free Self-Promotion
January 5, 2018

Public-relations guru Cheryl Muir returns to the writescast for a discussion on how we can get more comfortable with self-promotion.

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Writescast 027 – Writerly Resolutions and Setting Goals
December 29, 2017

Meg Gaertner returns to the writescast to discuss goals: those we set out to achieve in 2017, whether we achieved them, and what we learned along the way—all in the interest of helping YOU maximize your own goal-oriented success.

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Writescast 026 – Writing for TV and Film
December 15, 2017

Aria Gmitter contrasts writing a screenplay with writing a manuscript for a novel. If you’re a writer of fiction looking to break into TV or film, this episode is for you!

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Writescast 025 – Self-Editing and Maintaining Momentum
December 1, 2017 – Listeners’ Choice Award-Winner for 2017!

Author Noelle Nichols provides strategies for self-editing and maintaining momentum after the end of NaNoWriMo. Though focused on NaNoWriMo, her advice can be put to use year-round!

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Writescast 024 – Writerly Routines and Self-care
November 24, 2017

After taking a moment to celebrate the writescast’s first birthday, host r. r. campbell talks how to develop writerly routines and the importance of self-care.

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Writescast 023 – Soundtrack to a Writer’s Journey
November 17, 2017 – Most Listened-to Episode of 2017!

Barbara Britton describes her journey to publication through music and encourages other writers to do the same. How will using music to frame your career as a writer help you better understand your process?

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Writescast 022 – How to Train Your Writing Dragon
November 3, 2017

Amanda Kelly presents strategies for addressing weak points in our writing, all through the use of dragon-training as a metaphor!

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Writescast 021 – Writerly Etiquette and Preparing for Writers’ Conferences
October 27, 2017

Writing coach John Adamus discusses how to best prepare for writing conferences, as well as what we can do to present ourselves professionally as writers.

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Writescast 020 – National Novel Writing Month Preparation
October 20, 2017

Danielle Maurer returns to the writescast to talk about best practices for preparing for NaNoWriMo. Use her tips to help you maximize your NaNo success!

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Writescast 019 – M/M Romance and Fan Fiction
October 6, 2017

Romance author Mel Gough talks male-male romance, fan fiction, and so much more.

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Writescast 018 – Mad Science in Science Fiction
September 29, 2017

Author Ryan Decaria discusses mad science and the mad scientist trope—what it is, how we can use it, and how we can prevent our use of it from becoming clichéd!

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Writescast 017 – Unleash Your Creative Mind through Journaling
September 15, 2017

The founder of National Journal Writing Month (NaJoWriMo) Bakari Chavanu promotes the personal and professional benefits journaling can have for our creative endeavors.

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Writescast 016 – Query Event: Son of a Pitch
September 1, 2017

Son of a Pitch (SoaP) founder Katie Hamstead joins host r. r. campbell to promote SoaP and how it can help writers polish their queries and their manuscript’s first 250 words.

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Writescast 015 – Keeping the Science in Science Fiction (and the Fiction, too!)
August 18, 2017

Scott Birrenkott talks all things science fiction: how he defines it, how to research for it, and how to strike a balance between the “sci” and the “fi” in sci-fi.

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Writescast 014 – Writing as an Author with Cerebral Palsy
August 4, 2017

Host r. r. campbell interviewed author Steven Salmon by email about his experiences as a writer with cerebral palsy. Voice actor James Lieck reads Steven’s responses.

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Writescast 013 – Scene Structure
July 28, 2017

Host r. r. campbell goes it solo for this episode on the four core components of scene structure.

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Writescast 012 – Promoting Your Work through Traditional Media
July 21, 2017

Award-winning author Valerie Biel describes strategies for getting book publicity on local TV, the radio, and in newspapers.

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Writescast 011 – Perseverance, Good Writing Habits, and Working with an Editor
July 7, 2017

2017 Revise and Resubmit Finalist Danielle Maurer talks discusses the importance of perseverance, good writing habits, and what to keep in mind when working with an editor.

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Writescast 010 – Pantsing, Outlining, and Trusting the Muse
June 30, 2017

Author Daniel Swenson compares pantsing and outlining before breaking into a conversation on developing and demonstrating backstory.

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Writescast 009 – Hybrid Publishing
June 16, 2017

Author Kristin Oakley defines the hybrid publishing process. How does it work, you ask? You’ll have to listen to her interview to find out!

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Writescast 008 – Managing the Querying Process and Handling Rejection
June 2, 2017 – Host’s Choice Award-Winner for 2017!

Meg Gaertner provides strategies for querying, and how we as writers can keep our heads above the water when waves of rejection come crashing down.

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Writescast 007 – Proofreading, Editing, and the Publication Process
May 19, 2017

Author and freelance editor M. A. (Mary Anne) Hinkle contrasts proofreading with editing, while also exploring the publication process from a bird’s eye view.

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Writecast 006 – Branding as an Author
April 21, 2017 – Patrons’ Choice Award-Winner for 2017!

Public-relations guru Cheryl Muir delves into branding as an author. What’s your author brand, and what are you doing to set yourself apart?

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Writescast 005 – Young Adult Literature
March 17, 2017

Josh Springs talks about the young adult (YA) category: what it is, why it matters, and why it deserves your respect. Host r. r. campbell calls it a genre a few times (bad job), but hey, we’re all here to learn.

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Writescast 004 – Acquisitions Strategies and Systems for Rating Content
February 17, 2017

James Wymore of Immortal Works Press discusses acquisitions philosophies, explicit content in literature and film, and book ratings systems.

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Writescast 003 – Flash Fiction, Writer Fear, Publishing Tips
January 20, 2017

Dylan Davis and r. r. talk flash fiction, overcoming “writer fear,” and tips for getting published in literary magazines.

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Writescast 002 – Conferences and Writer’s Block
December 14, 2016

Host r. r. campbell takes on writer’s block, writing conferences, and what to expect on his blog going forward.

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Writescast 001 – Writing Action Scenes
November 23, 2016

Dan Schiro, author of Rogue Destiny, joins host r. r. campbell to talk how to write action scenes.