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It's a super-double-bonus episode this week! Dave Robison of the Roundtable Podcast stops in yet again to help Ben brainstorm an idea (to see more like this, don't forget to check out the Roundtable Podcast). THEN they tackle the ever elusive topic of finding the theme in your writing (Lou Anders gets a massive shout-out here...thanks, Lou!). Enjoy. WRITE!

Direct download: 01-26.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:23am EST
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2K to 10K by Rachel Aaron

Posted By Ben

A great book for any writer wanting to make the transition to author. I've always loved Rachel's advice, and it's nice to have a "greatest hits" compilation all in one book along with the added bonuses. The editing stuff was probably the highlight: something to look forward to when I actually do get around to finishing a project. Recommended highly for anybody that wants to tell stories for a living.

5 out of 5

Category:Book Reviews -- posted at: 5:39am EST
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Dave stops by as we prep for NaNoWriMo to talk about his podcast, the Roundtable Podcast (Roundtablepodcast.com); if you're prepping for NaNo too, you should check it out. We also meander in the conversation a bit to talk about some random stuff. Then Guiilermo ends up trapped in an episode of the Twilight Zone. Enjoy. Write!

Direct download: 01-25.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:36pm EST
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Luke talks to the guys about learning from others. This could mean emulating (or out right stealing from) an author you like, or learning to avoid doing the things you dislike about other authors. And, yes, we do get into some authors we like and dislike. Enjoy. Write!

Direct download: 01-24.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:15pm EST
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Luke Burrage (Science Fiction Book Review) sits down with the guys to talk about many things: book reviews, finishing what you start, juggling, getting hit by a truck... Listen and learn, have some fun with us, don't get hit by any trucks! Write!

Direct download: 01-23.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 3:09am EST
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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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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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