The First Million Words (podcast episodes)
Ever wanted to track down your favorite author and beg for writing advice? That's what we do...for you. Listen every week as we cover writing tips from the pros to help reach the first million words, and beyond.

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We once again chat with Dan Wells (TheDanWells.com). This time we discuss the 7-point plot structure: a writing tool no writer should be without. Here's the link to his full lecture on YouTube. Then Ben and Guillermo discuss the meaning of life, enjoy. Write!

Direct download: 1-22.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:13am EST
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In this episode, the indefinable Dan Wells (the John Cleaver series, Partials, the Hollow City) chats about why not being bogged down by genre is a good thing. Then Ben and Guillermo catch up. Write!

Direct download: 01-21.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 3:38pm EST
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Dan Wells (author of the John Cleaver series, Partials, and the Hollow City, just to name a few) stops by to talk to Ben and Guillermo about stuff! Not a whole lot of writing topics covered this time around (mostly just Ben making awkward statements about religion) but we will make up for that next week when we talk to Dan again (if he agrees to keep associating with us). Follow Dan on Twitter: @thedanwells and look at his shiny web site here: TheDanWells.com. Enjoy, and WRITE!

Direct download: 01-20.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:39am EST
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Aliette sits and talks with Ben and Guillermo one last time. They tackle the mystery of mystery and detective stories, paying special attention to how magic can affect the main character's detecting skills. Then Ben and Guillermo talk about killing off characters and the one character you NEVER want to kill off. Enjoy, and WRITE!

Direct download: 01-19.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:01pm EST
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Aliette sheds some light on the various reasons to write in the first person and some of the downfalls. Don't forget to pick up her Blood and Obsidian omnibus now! Then Ben and Guillermo talk about what they always talk about: Batman. Enjoy...Write!

Direct download: 01-18.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 6:02am EST
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Once again Aliette takes some time out of her life to talk to Ben and Guillermo (www.aliettedebodard.com). This time about some of the interesting aspects of Aztec culture and how to integrate historical culture with fantasy. Then the boys discuss a topic very near and dear to their hearts (hint: it's Gay Bigfoot). Enjoy, and write!

Direct download: 01-17.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 3:19pm EST
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Aliette de Bodard (aliettedebodard.com) is an amazing author and just delightful during this whole interview. She talks to the boys about her books (the Obsidian and Blood trilogy), inspiration, Short stories and blurring the line between fantasy and sci-fi (follow her on Twitter: @aliettedb). Speaking of technical difficulties: this episode really should have been heavily edited, but Ben doesn't believe in editing so...(Listen closely at the 39:26 mark to hear Ben's son roar loud enough to be picked up by the mic.) Enjoy, and write!

Direct download: 01-16.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 6:26pm EST
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For this month's interlude, Bryan swings by for a stop on the blog tour for his new book, The Returning (the sequel to The Worker Prince). We discuss writing sequels, using pseudonyms, Peter Mayhew, and gay Bigfoot (don't ask). Find Bryan here: BryanThomasSchmidt.net. Write!

Direct download: 01-15.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:16pm EST
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