Hourlings Podcast E16: Young Adult Fiction

Hourlings Podcast E16: Young Adult Fiction (38m)

February 7, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 16 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (38 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Young Adult Fiction,” in which our inestimable writers discuss the ins and outs of young adult fiction, including exactly what qualifies as genre fiction.. This episode features: Martin Wilsey (Moderator) Jeffrey C. […]

Hourlings Podcast E15: Author Tools

Hourlings Podcast E15: Author Tools (31m)

January 30, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 15 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (31 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Author Tools,” in which our renowned writers describe the author tools that they’ve found helpful to their writing-related activities. Topics include writing tools, grammar checkers, publishing support tools, and more! This episode […]

Hourlings Podcast E14: Tropes

Hourlings Podcast E14: Tropes (22m)

January 23, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 14 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (22 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Tropes,” in which our illustrious writers describe tropes, which are basically standard templates for characters or stories. Topics include good and bad tropes, ways to leverage tropes but still surprise readers, and […]

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) […]