Episode 12 - MoCon 2019: Jen Udden Interview

This week, Marshall and Nick introduce and highlight parts of a MoCon 2019 interview featuring literary agent Jen Udden. In addition to questions from Maurice Broaddus, the audience asks a wide range of questions about the world of publishing. Jen gives a few examples of what to do, and what not to do when you want an agent to read your manuscript and so much more!

Topic of the Month: The business of writing

This Month’s Challenge: Submit to a magazine or site that is accepting short story or flash fiction.

Links mentioned during the show:

Apex Publications

Shipping and Handling

Barry Goldblatt Literary

SDCC

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Episode 11 - Convention Etiquette

Nick has returned from MoCon! Marshall and Nick have a very lively discussion about the good things that happened, and the not so good things. They discuss the ways to act like a professional, while still looking up to your heroes.

Topic of the Month: Business of Writing

This Month’s Challenge:  Find a Con, Workshop, or Retreat you can attend in the next year

Links mentioned during the show:

San Diego Comic-Con

Mo Con

Surrey Contest

Fiyah Lit Magazine

Maurice Broaddus

Jennifer Udden

Jamaica Breeze

Chef Oryo

Kheprw Institute

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Episode 10 - Social Issues in SFF Part 2

Marshall and Nick continue their discussion of incorporating social issues into current works. Social issues are something that every society has in one shape or form. Hear how they incorporate them into their current works and how they recommend to do it.

Topic of the Month: Getting started

This Month’s Challenge:  Tell us how you approach starting a new project!

Links mentioned during the show:

San Diego Comic-Con

Mo Con

Surrey Contest

R.A. Salvatore

Jonathan Renshaw: Dawn of Wonder

David Whale

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Episode 9 - Social Issues in SFF

Marshall and Nick dive deep into social issues of our society today and how they incorporate them into their works. As sparked by a tweet earlier this week, they discuss that sci-fi and fantasy are more than just gravity boots and dragons.

Topic of the Month: Getting started

This Month’s Challenge:  Tell us how you approach starting a new project!

Links mentioned during the show:

Awesome Foundation

San Diego Comic-Con

Mo Con

Futurescapes

The infamous tweet

R.A. Salvatore

ABCD Critique Method

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Episode 8 - Commitment

Marshall and Nick discuss their passions for writing and what got them both on the course of writing. Nick opens up about his life changing events that convinced him to take his writing career serious. *Warning, this episode is emotional*

Topic of the Month: Getting started

This Month’s Challenge:  Tell us how you approach starting a new project!

Links mentioned during the show:

Awesome Foundation

San Diego Comic-Con

Mo Con

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Episode 7 - Pantliner

Marshall and Nick discuss how they approach starting a new project. They discuss their early years when they first began to write, how they discovered their writing styles, and what has worked for them. And yes, both Marshall and Nick are both Pantliners when it comes to their projects. Pantliner: Hybrid of outliner and pantsing.

Topic of the Month: Getting started

This Month’s Challenge:  Tell us how you approach starting a new project!

Links mentioned during the show:

Awesome Foundation

San Diego Comic-Con

Mo Con

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Episode 6 - Code-switching

Listen as Marshall and Nick discuss real life events as examples of code switching they use frequently and how to apply it to your characters! This will make your characters feel more believable. Nick also does a fantastic (not really) reading from the Brandon Sanderson novel “Skyward” as an example of code switching.

Topic of the Month: Dialogue

This Month’s Challenge: Take a scene from your current Work In Progress (WIP) and rewrite scene with dialogue. When you rewrite this dialogue, do with it without dialogue tags. Look to make your characters distinguished from one another but there mannerisms and unique traits. Add dialogue tags later as necessary.

Links mentioned during the show:

Awesome Foundation

San Diego Comic-Con

Mo Con

Brandon Sanderson

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Episode 5 - Character Voice

This week, Marshall and Nick discuss character distinction through dialogue. They discuss dialect, word choice, and avoiding negative stereotypes to distinguish characters. They also talk about their upcoming event during San Diego Comic-Con.

Topic of the Month: Dialogue

This Month’s Challenge: Take a scene from your current Work In Progress (WIP) and rewrite scene with dialogue. When you rewrite this dialogue, do with it without dialogue tags. Look to make your characters distinguished from one another but there mannerisms and unique traits. Add dialogue tags later as necessary.

Links mentioned during the show:

Awesome Foundation

San Diego Comic-Con

Mo Con

Brandon Sanderson

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Episode 4 - World Building Through Dialogue

This week, Marshall and Nick discuss world building through dialogue. They use their current works in progress to explain how they get away from info dumping by using dialogue instead.

NOTE: Nick’s audio sounds not so great, but we’ll have that fixed for future episodes.

Topic of the Month: Dialogue

This Month’s Challenge: Take a scene from your current Work In Progress (WIP) and rewrite scene with dialogue. When you rewrite this dialogue, do with it without dialogue tags. Look to make your characters distinguished from one another but there mannerisms and unique traits. Add dialogue tags later as necessary.

Links mentioned during the show:

Awesome Foundation

San Diego Comic-Con

Mo Con

John Scalzi

Terry Brooks

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Episode 3 - The Maurice Effect

This week, Marshall and Nick discuss the February challenge and usher in a new topic for the month of March: Dialogue. Maurice Broaddus joins Marshall and Nick this week to talk about to best use of time while working a day job and how effective dialogue can do for the reader. Maurice also talks about the in-depth research he did for his series “Knights of Breton Court.”

Topic of the Month: Dialogue

This Month’s Challenge: Take a scene from your current Work In Progress (WIP) and rewrite scene with dialogue. When you rewrite this dialogue, do with it without dialogue tags. Look to make your characters distinguished from one another but there mannerisms and unique traits. Add dialogue tags later as necessary.

Links mentioned during the show:

Awesome Foundation

Maurice Broaddus

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Episode 2 - Scrivener Tips

This week, Marshall and Nick discuss how they made time to write and share a few Scrivener tips.

Topic of the Month: How do you create time in your day, week or month to write, and what tools do you use?

This Month’s Challenge:

  • Part 1: Like, follow, rate and share us on social media! Join our Discord channel, like our Facebook page, and follow our websites.

  • Look at your schedule for the week and try to find time within that schedule to dedicate just to writing. It’s okay if it’s only an hour, and even if it’s only thinking about writing! The goal is to find the time. Let us know how it’s going!

Writer’s Task for the Week:

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Episode 1 - Tools and Time

Marshall and Nick discuss their plans for the show, and their hopes to create a supportive writing community around the desire to keep writing. They also talk about writing conventions, barcons, their topic of the month, and this month's listener challenge.

Convention Links:

Writing Excuses Retreat 2019

LTUE

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Futurescapes

MoCon

Dragoncon

World of Fantasy

Topic of the Month: How do you create time in your day, week or month to write, and what tools do you use?

Links to Tools:

Scrivener

4 the Words

Pacemaker Planner

Write or Die

Wordsmith

Links to What the Guys are Reading:

John Scalzi

Dan Wells

Brandon Sanderson

Relic of the Gods trilogy by Philip C. Quaintrell

King Maker - Maurice Broaddus

TV Shows Mentioned:

Russian Doll

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Mindhunter

This Month’s Challenge:

  • Part 1: Like, follow, rate and share us on social media! Join our Discord channel, like our Facebook page, and follow our websites.

  • Look at your schedule for the week and try to find time within that schedule to dedicate just to writing. It’s okay if it’s only an hour, and even if it’s only thinking about writing! The goal is to find the time. Let us know how it’s going!

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Marshall:

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Now, just keep writing!