Hourlings Podcast 13: Writing a Series

Hourlings Podcast E13: Writing a Series (26m)

January 16, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 13 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (26 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Writing a Series,” in which our awesome writers describe the ins and outs of open-ended series, trilogies, and “same universe, different characters” series. Also covered are some of the ramifications for series […]

Hourlings Podcast E12: Writing Action Scenes

Hourlings Podcast E12: Writing Action Scenes (17m)

January 9, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 12 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (17 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Writing Action Scenes,” in which our illustrious writers prescribe techniques for crafting effective action scenes, particularly fight scenes, that move the plot along while also revealing character. This episode features: Martin Wilsey […]

Occupational Hazard

Occupational Hazard Writing Exercise

January 5, 2021 dkeener 0

Interview enough writers and you’ll find that the inspiration for stories can come from almost anywhere. Sometimes the writer starts out with a social issue, a new technological development, a character, or just a single scene. Slowly, writers accrete details in their minds until the pieces coalesce as a story. […]

Hourlings Podcast E11: Goals for 2021

Hourlings Podcast E11: Goals for 2021 (24m)

January 2, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 11 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (24 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Goals for 2021,” in which our distinguished writers dare to publicly reveal their writing goals (and maybe a few personal goals) for 2021. Of course, this means that we’ll have to have […]

Writing Killer Fight Scenes

Writing Killer Fight Scenes

January 1, 2021 dkeener 0

I ran this workshop at Capclave 2018, but somehow never found the chance to get the workshop published online. Well, it’s now available on Slideshare.net, plus I have it embedded above. Here’s my description for the workshop: Does your story come to a screeching halt every time there’s a fight […]

Footprints in the Snow

Ideation / Plotting Exercise

December 30, 2020 dkeener 0

People tend to think that writing is just, well, getting words down on paper. That’s true to an extent. As they, say, “If it ain’t on the page, then it ain’t on the stage.” Much of the time, though, there’s an awful lot of story development that happens well before […]

Hourlings Podcast E10: Writing on Vacation

Hourlings Podcast E10: Writing on Vacation (18m)

December 29, 2020 dkeener 0

Episode 10 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (18 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Writing on Vacation,” in which our illustrious writers describe how they “get stuff done” on vacation while still having fun and not annoying their significant others. This episode features: Martin Wilsey (Moderator) […]

Got an Idea?

Ideation Mashup Exercise

December 27, 2020 dkeener 0

One of the most common questions that writers get is “Where do you get your ideas?” For SF and Fantasy, there’s also something of a perception that you have to have that single perfect idea before you can craft a good story. Well, ideas are all over the place. You […]

Hourlings Podcast E9: Covers

Hourlings Podcast E9: Covers (36m)

December 25, 2020 dkeener 0

Episode 9 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (36 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Covers,” in which our fantabulous authors detail all the trials and tribulations they’ve gone through to get the right covers for their indie-published books. This episode features: Martin Wilsey (Moderator) Jeffrey C. […]

Hourlings Podcast Project E8: Distractions

Hourlings Podcast E8: Distractions (18m)

December 22, 2020 dkeener 0

Episode 8 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (18 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Distractions,” in which our illustrious authors detail some of the strategies they use to get work done despite distractions. This episode features: Martin Wilsey (Moderator) David Keener S. C. Megale The podcast […]