Day 18 | Why Want It

Day 18.

Hi, I have said some things in this episode. I don’t know. Just listen? This episode is about why we push through. Why bother doing what we do.

I hope this helps.

Show Resources

How Bad Do You Want It – Eric Thomas
Geronimo Stilton – Elisabetta Dami
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 17 | Burnout Cool Down

It is day 17 now. Are we tired yet?

Yes. That was an easy question. 😆. Okay, so we are tired, what do we do about it? Fear not dear listener. I have got your back. Today’s episode is all about how to bounce back from burnout.

Show Resources

What Would Happen if you Didn’t Sleep? – Ted-Ed ft. Claudia Aguirre
On Exhaustion – John Green
Matilda, Also Matilda, Also Matilda – Roald Dhal
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 16 | Comma as a Lifestyle

Day 16, and it’s time to stop!

Not really. Unless you’ve won, and your story is completed. In which case. You really do need a COMMA. A comma indicates a natural break between connected ideas. You need them in your story, you need them in your life.

Today we talk about the necessity of the comma; the natural break.

Show Resources

Philip DeFranco Youtube
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 15 | Halfway There

Day 15, and we’ve reached the halfway point.

This episode is honestly just a mishmash jumble of unscripted questions, neither of us knows what I’m about to say… but… that makes it fun?

 

Show Resources

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Danger of a Single Story - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 14 | Public Apology

Hey, day 14! What's good?

Diversity. The answer is diversity.

Today is all about how to write a diverse cast of characters, and why it's important. Honestly, it's about being selfish with your creativity, and creating incredible stories. Also, diversity adds a sense of realism that is often overlooked. Also, good inclusion means you never have to apologize for bad inclusion. So…Here's how to not be problematic, while also expanding your writing potential. 😁. Ya welcome.

Show Resources

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal
Writing Excuses|Season 11.37 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, & Gama Martinez
Legion: Skin Deep – Brandon Sanderson
Let’s Add Diversity – NaNoWriMo

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Day 13 | Word Count

Guess What! Day 13

Today we talk about word count conundrums. Do you have too many words, and your story isn’t close to over? What do you do if you finished your story, but now you are under the word count? How do you organically increase your word count?

We talk about all of this and more. So come join us for some word count solutions!

Show Resources

Tongue-Tied by Maxine Hong Kingston – Otto Santa Ana
How To Double Your Word Count
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 12 | Faces Places Races and Names

Day 12 Everybody, and we are back to our regular format.

Today we talk about names! How to name characters, how to name places, and how to title your book… Kind of.

There is no check-in today. That was intentional. That segment will be back tomorrow, but I felt it would not be helpful at the time I was recording this... Because I was behind... 😳

So, writers. GET NAMING!

Show Resources

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Worldbuilding – Brandon Sanderson
Naming Your Book - Jenna Moreci
How JK Rowling Named Everything – Bran Seeker
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 11 | Written Remembered

It's Day 11 and today is a bit different.

Because so many countries including mine are observing a memorial or remembrance day, this episode will consist of an encouragement, and a writing prompt.

It's a little shorter than usual, but it is an anomaly. We'll be back to our regular schedule tomorrow.

Day 10 | Daydreams for Dollars

Okay Day 10.

We get it.

Hey Friends we’re right in the middle of week two, and the pressure is on. That adrenaline has worn off. Our lives and exhaustion is catching up, and our loved ones are not having it. To top it off, the book has become somehow more difficult? We want to quit. We want to get up, and do something relaxing. And leave our day to day behind, and it’s so hard.

Today we talk about wanting to quit, Self Discipline, and the Price of art.

Let’s Go WriMo Let’s GO!

 

Show Resources

The Adventure Zone – The McElroy’s
George RR Martin and Stephen King
The Most Difficult Part of Being A Writer – Richard Walter
Maintaining Discipline Daily – InspireDicipline
A Soft Murmur
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 09 | Eureka or Bust

Day 09 Going strong-ish.

Today we cover writer epiphany, and writer burnout.

We’re properly in the month now, and while some of us are gearing up for the second wind, others have flagged behind. Writing is very simple, and yet deceptively difficult. When it’s working it is an incredible experience, but when it’s not, it can be so frustrating.

We talk about both today – those YES moments and those crashes as well. I give you some resources. Neil Gaiman shows up – as does he always, and we appreciate his wisdom …

Hopefully in the end you’ll walk away with new tools in your writer toolbox.

Show Resources

The Time Travelers Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Best of Shower Thoughts
Neil Gaiman on Ideas
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal Come Say Hello:

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Day 08 | Week One Done!

Friends We Did It!

We have been committed to our craft, for a WHOLE WEEK! Look at how fat you’ve come and CELEBRATE! Because you’re accomplishing things. Be Proud of yourselves!

Today’s episode is a rapid fire question and answer round in celebration of 7 dedicated days of writing. Let us laugh together as we embark on the next part of this process. ¼ down. ¾ to go!

Show Resources:

Neil Gaiman on the Nerdist Podcast
Legion – Brandon Sanderson
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 07 | Stress and Scheduling

It is Day 07 fellow Novelists!

Look at us go. Or not go. Having trouble starting, picking up the pen or sitting yourself in front of the keyboard? Listen to me interview Jane Ngui (my incredible mother), who explains how to set yourself up for success from the moment you wake up.

Having trouble just getting yourself to write? No Problem. Mel Robins has got your back.

Let’s get set up for success.

 

Show Resources

The Culture Map – Erin Meyer
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Crucial Conversations – Kerry Patterson
How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over – Mel Robins TED Talk
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 06 | Anxious to Write

Day 06 Everyone!

Today’s Topic is kind of heavy.

We’re talking about what to do when you experience anxiety when writing.

Buckle up for some of the best advice I can give when It comes to just getting the words out. I’m not an expert, I’ve just sat at a blank screen enough to be kind of good at getting over my own inability to write. It may not always work, (it doesn’t always for me).

Remember I believe in you. You can do this. Don’t believe me, believe Will Smith! He’d never lead you astray.

 

Show Resources

Will Smith on Failure
Turtles all the way Down Excerpt
Turtles all the Way Down – John Green
The Story Grid Podcast – Shawn Coyne
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 05 | Get That Motivation

Day 05.

How are we doing?

Today we have three questions about motivating yourself to write that first draft. Come join us for an interview with Anna Park (best friend, genius, expert writer). Listen to Stephen King outline how he gets his stories, and if you want you could listen to me talk about the easiest way to tell a story.

Spoiler alert, I learned all of this through tragic trial and error, and by reading a lot of books, and listening to people who are MUCH better writers that me at this point in my career. That's Okay. We're all still learning.

So. Let's get into it?

Show Resources

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Stephen King Creative Writing Lessons
Anna Park Insta
Spirit Live Radio
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 04 | Where Writers Write

Day 04 and we're doing it, friends!

Today is all about location, location, location.

I cover some great places to write, like parks, or libraries, or the infamous coffee shop. We also go over some great writing resources, and listen to other writers talk about what programs they use. We also listen to a little bit of Pierce Brown's Red Rising, and hear him talk about his ideal writing environment.

We’ve got a lit of content today, so stick around! Hopefully, you'll walk away with some new resources to add to your writer toolkit.

BONUS! The episode title today is an actual tongue twister, so… You're welcome?

Resources:

Red Rising – Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown Interview
Writing Excuses|Season 12 Ep30 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 03 | They Don't Understand

Hey! It’s Day 03.

How are you doing?

Today is all about talking to our family and friends about the goals we’ve set for ourselves. What to do if your family doesn’t take your writing seriously. What to do if your family doesn’t understand your boundaries. Today is about getting yourself in gear to succeed, and how to talk to the people you love about your passion.

Cuz #WritersGottaWrite.

 

Show Resources:

Patrick Rothfuss Full Interview
The Good Place Trailer
Why You Write, And Why Most People Don’t Understand – Ryan J. Pelton
Crash Course Philosophy
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 02 | Words on the Page

Welcome to Day 02

Today we talk about how to write when you’re missing plot details. How to maintain writing flow, and what do you need for a good opening sequence. We get into craft, emotion and how to just put the words on the page. One letter after the next, after the next, after the next.

I believe in you! You can do this!

 

Resources from the Show:

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
Worldbuilding – Brandon Sanderson
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10Dan WellsBrandon SandersonHoward TaylerMary Robinette Kowal

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Day 01 | Writing Prep

Hello Creatives and Curious. Today’s podcast is all about prep.

Have you done it? What if you didn’t? What does it look like for me? Come join us for some prep, panic, and advice.

 

Resources:

Legion Skin Deep – Brandon Sanderson
Make Good Art – Neil Gaiman
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal
My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit – FiksiDust

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