The Top Tools for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #30

The Top Tools for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #30

I’m always jealous of creative types that get to have cool tools: painters with their big canvases, brushes, and smudges of color all over them; photographers with cameras and lenses and lights; dancers and their special shoes and those sweatshirt legging things. We’re writers.  What do we get? Computers. Pencils and paper. Maybe a typewriterContinue Reading

The Quickie Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and Really Short Stories | Fiction School Podcast #29

The Quickie Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and Really Short Stories | Fiction School Podcast #29

This week, the epic struggle between Team Tommy and Team Jody reaches a new stratosphere, when Jody hangs up on the podcast.  That’s right. Girl couldn’t take it anymore, so she just slammed down the phone in true Hollywood style. But not really. It was micro-fiction, a fourteen-second play, to give a little intro toContinue Reading

How To Keep Tension Rising, and Rising, and Rising in Your Book | Fiction School Podcast #28

How To Keep Tension Rising, and Rising, and Rising in Your Book | Fiction School Podcast #28

This week, we’re answering a voicemail from Bonnie J. Rough, who actually made a guest appearance on Episode 25. Her question was a great one that many writers (including us) struggle with: how do you make sure you keep the tension rising in the right way over the course of a book or long narrative?Continue Reading

Writing Across Genres with special guest Deanna Raybourn | Fiction School Podcast #27

Writing Across Genres with special guest Deanna Raybourn | Fiction School Podcast #27

What do you do if you’re the kind of writer who likes to set books in the past, in interesting locations, but then your instincts tell you that the story has something mysterious happen there, too?  And also, yeah, your characters are kind of into each other as well, doing the chemistry thing while they’reContinue Reading

Writing Sherlock Holmes, Researching Smarter, and Having a Career as a Writer with special guest Laurie R. King | Fiction School Podcast #26

Writing Sherlock Holmes, Researching Smarter, and Having a Career as a Writer with special guest Laurie R. King | Fiction School Podcast #26

You know how, when you ask some writers for advice, they’ll say something like “Apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair,” and it’s so unhelpful it’s kind of infuriating? But then you ask other writers, and they give you actual advice that blows your mind? Changes your writing strategy? GivesContinue Reading

How To Revise a Big Ol’ Book-Length Project: Advice From Over a Dozen Writers | Fiction School Podcast #25

How To Revise a Big Ol’ Book-Length Project: Advice From Over a Dozen Writers | Fiction School Podcast #25

Sometimes, you just can’t stop the good times from rollin’.  Like this week, many special things happened.  First, Tommy’s pleading and begging for all these weeks finally came into fruition.  It happened.   We. Got. A. Voicemail. It was a great question from a listener, Joseph, and we knew we wanted to do a showContinue Reading

Tips and Tricks for Writing Action Scenes, from Baseball to Face-Punching to Maritime Madness | Fiction School Podcast #24

Tips and Tricks for Writing Action Scenes, from Baseball to Face-Punching to Maritime Madness | Fiction School Podcast #24

Anton Chekhov said, “If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off.” Well, Fiction School says if there’s a fist in Chapter 1, it better punch somebody in the mouth by Chapter 3.  If there are fancyContinue Reading

Writers and the Web: How to Use the Internet to Reach Your Readers | Fiction School Podcast #23

Writers and the Web: How to Use the Internet to Reach Your Readers | Fiction School Podcast #23

Lots of people are saying it’s the best time in the history of the world to be a writer.  It may be true.  There’s lots of cool stuff going on, amazing opportunities writers couldn’t have dreamed of years ago. But there are some new jobs for a writer in this sweet new world.  One thingContinue Reading

Writing Strategies with Point of View and Tense | Fiction School Podcast #22

Writing Strategies with Point of View and Tense | Fiction School Podcast #22

We got a great question from our contact page from a listener, Rich, so we decided to do a show on it.  Here’s Rich’s email to us: Hi All, Love the show; I download the (free!) podcasts from iTunes and I’m about halfway through. Have you considered doing a show on point of view andContinue Reading

Writing Noir and Crime Fiction with special guest Megan Abbott | Fiction School Podcast #21

Writing Noir and Crime Fiction with special guest Megan Abbott | Fiction School Podcast #21

Fiction School is so stoked to have Megan Abbott on the show this week. She’s one of the best writers of noir and crime fiction in the business today, and she’s also an awesome and nice person.  (It’s good to chat with a nice person about, as she says, “people doing bad things.”) On theContinue Reading