Congratulations! You've written that short story. Now comes the hard part. What do you do with it? Today we are going to talk about what comes next. The short story market is a very interesting market, and it can be a way to get published. Join us as we talk about the three big spaces to sell your story: magazines, anthologies, and contests. 

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Research, writing, editing, revising, pitching, selling, promo -- the list goes on and on. So how does one figure out what to do next and make the most efficient use of your time? Or better yet, what happens when you're managing multiple stories, novels, and screenplays at a time? In this episode, Mary and Melissa share a few tips and tricks they've learned to navigate this space and encourage listeners to think outside the box.

 

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Let's play! Today we're digging into the world of fan fiction. What is it? Why do people love it? How can it benefit you as a writer and creative? We're going to get into all of those questions and more. Also, Melissa confesses to being obsessed with the All The Young Dudes Mauraders fanfic. 

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January 28, 2022

115 - Craft Book Roundup

New Year, New Books! Let's talk about some of our favorite craft books for writing and why we love them so, so, so, so, much. Have a must-read, go-to book on your shelf for writerly wisdom and advice? Tag us on social media and we'll share with everyone!

Book Picks for January!

Writing in Flow by Susan K. Perry

Story Trumps Structure: How to Create Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules by Steven James

Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card*

(*check out my critical review in 2011 -LOL) I still stand by it! Now, having met so many writers that don't know the basics of character development this will be helpful. Also, get it from the library, or a used bookstore!)

The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts by Ellen Sandler

Writing the TV Drama Series: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV by Pamela Douglas

 

If you consider yourself a writer, chances are you also identify as a reader. But what do you do after you've finished that book? How do you track it for future reference? Today, Mary and Melissa discuss how they track their reading. From reading journals to GoodReads to eReaders, the options are plentiful. We'll cover what we've found helpful in our post-reading routine in service of becoming a better writer and living our best bibliophile life.

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It's time to take stock and reflect on the past year. Join Mary and Melissa as we discuss the lessons that 2021 taught us.  How did your overall goals shift in the past year? Did you shift your writing process and outlook given the craziness of the world we live in? We did! Listen to find out how and also get a sneak peek at how we're starting 2022.

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January 7, 2022

112 - Getting Back

Happy New Year! We're starting 2022 by revisiting one of the GOATs. The Beatles! In this episode, Mary and Melissa discuss themes related to creativity, inspiration, determination, and persistence all illustrated in The Beatles: Get Back documentary now available on Disney+.

 

Watch the sneak peek of the documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UocEGvQ10OE

 

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The holiday season is upon us, so this year, instead of sharing what we think would make cool gifts for writers, we decided to focus on giving back. In today's episode, Mary and Melissa explore all the ways you can support the writing community and highlight a few of our favorite organizations. And don't worry, there are plenty of ways to give back even if you aren't in a position to give a monetary donation.

 

Places to Donate

* Nanowrimo.org

* Donor's Choose

* Heifer International

* 826 National826LA

* Critical Role Foundation

* Comedy Central Store (proceeds on select items going to 826 National)!

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How exactly do you build your confidence as a writer?  Mary and Melissa are ready to find out. In this episode, we discuss what makes us feel confident in our writing knowledge and storytelling skills. We also share tips on how new and aspiring writers can gain a confidence boost in their writing life. Spoiler alert (screenwriters, authors, and poets take note), it takes a village!

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What in the world is an enneagram, and why should it matter to writers? Mary and Melissa go deep on this personality assessment tool and discuss how they use it to breathe life into their characters. Bonus - it may also help you get to know yourself.

Have you used the Enneagram in your writing? Tag us on Twitter and tell us how!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • The Honest Enneagram by Sara Jane Case
  • The Art of Typing: Powerful Tools for Enneagram Typing by Ginger Lapid - Bogda PhD

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