Category Archives: Writer’s Block

Rust Never Sleeps: Getting Back to Writing After a Long Hiatus | Fiction School Podcast Season 5 Episode 1

Rust Never Sleeps: Getting Back to Writing After a Long Hiatus | Fiction School Podcast Season 5 Episode 1

Hey, you. Yes. YOU. You should enter Fiction School’s first annual writing contest! It’s the 2016 FICTION OPEN! The winning story gets published in Razor Lit Mag (where Baker is the Editor, so you know it’s cool) and the author will be a special guest on an upcoming episode of Fiction School. There’s a small… Continue Reading

How Writing Retreats Can Grow Your Career | Fiction School Podcast #35

How Writing Retreats Can Grow Your Career | Fiction School Podcast #35

Sometimes there are just too many dishes in the sink to get that line of dialogue right. The TV is too loud to make that first sentence sing, you know? Real life. It gets in the way of Fictionland all too often. But what if you want to get away from real life and crank… Continue Reading

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 typewriter… Continue Reading

It’s A New Year, and Fiction School’s Gonna Help You Have Your Best Writing Year EVER. | Fiction School Podcast #17

It’s A New Year, and Fiction School’s Gonna Help You Have Your Best Writing Year EVER. | Fiction School Podcast #17

Hey. You. With the typewriter. And the bookshelves, the imagination.  It’s me.  The new year. Yeah, you might’ve bought a Cute Kitties calendar of me, but I’m here to tell you: This Is Gonna Be Your Best Year As A Writer. (You owe it to me after that calendar.) Listen here to this show to… Continue Reading

When Readers Strike Back: How to Understand and Use Reader Feedback | Fiction School Podcast #10

When Readers Strike Back: How to Understand and Use Reader Feedback | Fiction School Podcast #10

In every writer’s career, there comes a point where we have to do something terrifying in order to get better.  We have to start showing our writing to other people before it’s done, before it’s perfect.  We know something’s wrong, but not exactly what, or why.  And we don’t know how to fix it yet.… Continue Reading

Writing From Real Life in Fiction and Memoir, with special guest Suzanne Morrison | Fiction School Podcast #8

Writing From Real Life in Fiction and Memoir, with special guest Suzanne Morrison | Fiction School Podcast #8

It’s weird being a writer.  Everything you do is research.  Everyone you meet could end up on a page you write.  Everything that happens to you might happen to a character someday. A perfect quip somebody whips out in an argument?  A 3 a.m. wakeup from an overly amorous cat?  That time you were trying… Continue Reading

Using Minor Characters, Sidekicks, and Flat Characters to Drive Your Story | Fiction School Podcast #7

Using Minor Characters, Sidekicks, and Flat Characters to Drive Your Story | Fiction School Podcast #7

Hey there, Writers!  A couple of quick news items: Big sale on Baker’s YA novel The Battle Hymn Blues –get the ebook for just 99 cents this week! And if you’re a listener in the Northern California area, check out Jody’s new play, Shrewed! an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.  Opening this week! Playing… Continue Reading

How To Start a Story: What Makes A Great Beginning | Fiction School Podcast #2

How To Start a Story: What Makes A Great Beginning | Fiction School Podcast #2

You sit down to write your novel.  “Okay…” you think, “I’ve got a lot of story to tell.  But I’ve got sixty-thousand words to get there.  Shouldn’t be a problem.” And you almost type something.  Then you don’t.  Then you think you might have a good idea, but it isn’t good enough.  Because you know… Continue Reading