Jeff recaps his past week in writing and his 90 Days to Done class. The guys talk about their plans for the final 100 days of 2019. Jeff also talks about the book Fire Me I Beg You: Quit Your Miserable Job Without Risking It All by Robbie Abed, which has great guidance for authors considering taking a leap from their day job.
After recapping the past week in writing, the guys discuss the podcasts they believe authors should listen to routinely. The shows include: The Creative Penn, The Writer’s Well, The Career Author Podcast, How Do You Write?, Lesbians Who Write, The Lesbian Book Club, Smart Podcast Trashy Books, The Self Publishing Show, The Misfits Guide to Indie Romance and Top to BOTM.
The guys talk about forming a strategy to re-release books and how supportive the author community is being as several authors go through the same process. Jeff discusses his first class in Rachael Herron’s 90 Days to Done, which focused on character development. Will shares some tips from David Gaughran’s Strangers to Superfans.
The show celebrates its one month anniversary as Will kicks things off by talking about the Three Day Novel Contest and September’s Story A Day Challenge. The guys talk about their decision to leave Dreamspinner Press and the opportunities it offers to reset Jeff’s author career, which will be documented in future episodes. Jeff also discusses his September plans, which includes attending Rachael Herron’s 90 Days to Done class. Will looks at two helpful books: Newsletter Ninja by Tammi Labrecque and 15-Minute Dictation by Sean M. Platt and Neeve Silver.
This week Jeff and Will welcome author and Story Grid certified editor Anne Hawley to the show. Anne has been working with Story Grid creator Shawn Coyne on the very first Masterwork Experiment where her task has been to analyze Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx at the beat level and then use those beats to create a new, fresh story. In the discussion, Anne explains what the Story Grid method is, what it’s been like to work on the Masterwork Experiment and how her writing style has changed as a result.