The Writescast Network

The Writescast Network
The Writescast Network is a podcast collective for writers, by writers, with the mission of helping writers everywhere become more confident in themselves and in their craft. Our network includes podcasts featuring author interviews, conversations on the

Tackling Second Drafts - Novel Approaches 028
Jul 10 • 60 min
Maggie Derrick is back! And in this episode, she and r.r. campbell fire up the metaphor machine to address the ins and outs of tackling second drafts. Along the way, they discuss magnets (how do they work?), car manufacturing, and, yes, your feedback from…
Wired for Story with Lisa Cron - Writescast 085
Jul 3 • 62 min
Lisa Cron explains what it is about human consciousness that’s so wired for story, as well as how understanding these phenomena can make us better writers. Thanks to this episode’s sponsors Dandelion Web Marketing, Lost Lake Press, the Chicago Writers…
Profiles in Encouragement 003 - Laurie Buchanan, Lynda Drews, Jeff Nania
Jun 26 • 13 min
Amid social unrest, an ongoing pandemic, and the taunts of temperatures that continue to climb, it can be hard to feel as though our stories are worth the time it takes to tell them—let alone the time it takes to write them. In this episode, Laurie…
Audiobook Production featuring Valerie Biel - Writescast 084
Jun 19 • 51 min
Author Valerie Biel returns to the Writescast Network to discuss the how-tos of turning one’s book into an audiobook. Thanks to this episode’s sponsors Dandelion Web Marketing, Lost Lake Press, the Chicago Writers Association, and Kill Your Darlings…
Inner Conflict and Theme - Novel Approaches 027
Jun 12 • 60 min
With help from the #WritescastChat community, guest co-host Ekta Garg and r.r. campbell discuss the intersection of inner conflict and theme. Don your safety goggles, folks, because the metaphor machine is in high gear for this one! Thanks to this…
Writing as a Parent-Professional with Sarah J. Carlson - Writescast 083
Jun 5 • 49 min
Sarah J. Carlson describes her journey to becoming a published author while also juggling her career as a school psychologist and her responsibilities as a parent. Thanks to this episode’s sponsors Dandelion Web Marketing, Lost Lake Press, the Chicago…
Patience in Storytelling - Biblio Breakdown 005
May 29 • 47 min
New Biblio Breakdown host Ekta Garg explores patience in storytelling through WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens. Along the way, she offers writing exercises to help us embody the beauty at the heart of Owens’ debut and New York Times bestselling…
Seven Touchstones for Writing a Mystery or Thriller (or Anything!) featuring Nick Chiarkas - Writescast 082
May 15 • 59 min
This episode is no ordinary listicle. Author Nick Chiarkas joins the program to discuss how to write a mystery or thriller (or, as he explains, any story), and, along the way, he regales us with tales of mid-20th-century NYC and inevitable yet surprising…
Emotional Wounds as Motivation - Novel Approaches 026
May 8 • 49 min
In an episode one might expect to be laden with trauma, r.r. campbell and guest co-host Candice Lee have some fun discussing the intersection of emotional wounds and character motivation, stopping along the way to do some critical Seinfeld-related…
The DIY MFA with Gabriela Pereira - Writescast 081
May 1 • 64 min
Not everyone has the means to enroll in a Master of Fine Arts program. The good news? Gabriela Pereira is challenging the status quo of higher education with DIY MFA, which encourages writers to write with focus, read with purpose, and build their…
Profiles in Encouragement 002 - Rita Schunk, Joy Ann Ribar, and Rose Bingham
Apr 23 • 13 min
Writers Rita Schunk, Joy Ann Ribar, and Rose Bingham share their tales of encouragement with the rest of the global writing community. Tune in to learn how to share your story, and thanks as always to our sponsors Dandelion Web Marketing, and the…
Read Books, Get Money featuring Jennie Nash - Writescast 080
Apr 16 • 66 min
Jennie Nash reads books all day and gets paid for it, and her book by that title—along with this episode—will help you on your journey to doing the same. Thanks to this episode’s sponsors: Dandelion Web Marketing and the Wisconsin Writers Association.
Writing Retellings - Novel Approaches 025
Apr 9 • 39 min
Once upon a time, guest co-hosts Avery Ames and r.r. campbell explored retellings. Along the way, they learned there’s more to retellings than revisiting fairy tales and fairy tales alone. They also consider whether all stories are retellings to some…
Big News!
Apr 7 • 2 min
Writescast Network founder r.r. campbell shares some of the exciting developments the Writescast Network community will have to look forward to in the coming months and years.
Book Launches, Middle Grade, and Chunk the Cat(!) featuring Claribel Ortega - Writescast 079
Apr 2 • 40 min
After first tackling the ins and outs of launching a debut novel during a time of social distancing, Claribel Ortega details what went in to writing GHOST SQUAD, how it feels to write one’s experiences with grief, and, of course, how she came to write a…
Profiles in Encouragement 001 - Lisa Vihos, Ekta Garg, Larry F. Sommers
Mar 26 • 17 min
In a time of self-isolation, quarantine, and social distancing, writers Lisa Vihos, Ekta Garg, and Larry F. Sommers have the courage to share their tales of encouragement with the global writing community. Tune in to learn how to share your story, and…
RevPit! - Event-isode 003
Mar 23 • 13 min
Developmental editor and owner of Booklight Editorial Carly Hayward describes RevPit, an annual online event that offers writers the chance to win feedback on their queries and pages. Thanks to our sponsors Dandelion Web Marketing, the Wisconsin Writers…
Establishing Authentic Reader Connections with Dan Blank - Writescast 078
Mar 19 • 60 min
Stop promoting. Start connecting. Dan Blank’s human-centered approach to marketing has helped countless writers forge lasting impressions, and in this episode, he guides listeners through his philosophy to help them do the same. Thanks to this episode’s…
Opening Lines - Novel Approaches 024
Mar 13 • 60 min
Opening lines: every manuscript has one (more than one, in fact!). In this episode, the #WritescastChat community—and a cartoon dog known for typewriting his manuscripts from the top of his doghouse—help r.r. campbell and guest co-host Angeline Boulley…
The Business of Being (An Author) with Laurie Buchanan - Writescast 077
Mar 6 • 46 min
Laurie Buchanan contrasts the business of being with the business of doing, emphasizes the importance of developing mission and vision statements, and talks setting and achieving healthy goals for our creative and personal endeavors. Thanks to this…
The Chicago Writers Association and the Let’s Just Write Conference - Event-isode 002
Mar 5 • 17 min
And we’re back with another event-isode! Samantha Hoffman of the Chicago Writers Association joins us to break down the CWA and its flagship annual event, the Let’s Just Write conference. Thanks to this episode’s sponsors: Dandelion Web Marketing, the…
The Wisconsin Writers Association and Jade Ring Contest - Event-isode 001
Feb 27 • 16 min
In our first-ever event-isode, Wisconsin Writers Association president Barry Wightman discusses what the WWA and communities like it can offer writers before exploring the ins and outs of the WWA’s annual Jade Ring Contest. Thanks to this episode’s…
On Writing Your Passions with Joanna Hathaway - Writescast 076
Feb 20 • 51 min
Fresh off the release of STORM FROM THE EAST, book two in her GLASS ALLIANCE series, author Joanna Hathaway discusses how leaning into writing her passions led her to publication. Other topics include respecting history, being deliberate with one’s…
Writing Romance - Novel Approaches 023
Feb 13 • 67 min
It need not be Valentine’s Day to talk writing romance; it just worked out that way this time! In this episode, guest co-host Sarah Smith and r.r. campbell take on the challenges of writing romance with either a capital or lower-case R. Topics discussed…
The 2020 University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute with Laurie Scheer - Writescast 075
Feb 6 • 55 min
With help from over half a dozen voicemails left for her at our call-in number, conference director Laurie Scheer discusses this year’s upcoming Writers’ Institute in Madison, Wisconsin. Thanks to this episode’s sponsors: Dandelion Web Marketing, the…
Poetry, Prose, and Voice in the Void - Biblio Breakdown 004
Jan 30 • 26 min
Our manuscripts are more than words. They live and die by the feel of their prose, by the rhythm and texture of the page. In this episode, r.r. campbell deconstructs the first pages of a number of popular books in order to explore the phenomenon that is…
Tropes and Clichés - Novel Approaches 022
Jan 23 • 60 min
Guest co-host Maggie Derrick and r.r. campbell explore what tropes and clichés are, the role genre plays in determining whether they’re fulfilling or unflattering, and the importance of working with editors and sensitivity readers. Other topics include…
Traditional Publishing Non-Traditionally with Tracey S. Phillips - Writescast 074
Jan 16 • 50 min
Author Tracey S. Phillips joins r.r. campbell to discuss the non-traditional route she took to traditional publishing, as well as how listeners can follow in her footsteps. Thanks to this episode’s sponsors: Dandelion Web Marketing, the University of…
Non-Romantic Love in Fiction featuring M.D. Neu - Writescast 073
Jan 2 • 36 min
Award-winning author M.D. Neu returns to discuss non-romantic love in fiction. With examples from fiction of all stripes and M.D.’s own work, what’s *not* to love? Thanks to this episode’s sponsors: Dandelion Web Marketing, the University of Wisconsin…
Mission Statements, Knowing the Market, and Three-Legged Pants with Ann Garvin – Writescast 072
Dec 19, 2019
In this free-wheeling conversation, USA Today bestselling author Ann Garvin and r.r. campbell discuss what it means to understand your readership, the practicality of writerly mission statements, and, wait for it—three-legged pairs of pants. Thanks to…
Non-Linear Storytelling – Novel Approaches 021
Dec 12, 2019
Sione and r.r. do some creative writing calculus by waxing philosophical on the nature of time, space, and their intersection with story. Oh, and all apologies to Richard Gere. You’ll understand once you’ve listened to the episode.
Drama, Character, Stakes, and Throughlines featuring Brenda Marie Smith – Writescast 071
Dec 5, 2019
Author Brenda Marie Smith joins the show to discuss the interplay between developing character, building drama, and more.
Tropesmash! Effectively Using Archetypes and Tropes with Ryan Decaria – Writescast 070
Nov 14, 2019
Ryan Decaria returns to the Writescast Network to explore what archetypes and tropes are, why they sometimes get a bad rap, and how we can use them effectively in our work.
Crafting Villains – Novel Approaches 020
Nov 7, 2019
In an episode oddly chockfull of Care Bears and Smurfs, r.r. and Sione tackle the dark side of storytelling. What distinguishes a villain from an antagonist? How can we avoid creating caricatures of evil? Will r.r. ever remember the names of the actors in…
Wattpad: Where Stars Are Born featuring Maggie Derrick – Writescast 069
Oct 31, 2019
What is Wattpad? What does it have to offer readers and writers alike? Is it a good option for your fiction? This episode’s guest, a Wattpad pro, breaks it all down for us.
Keeping a Reader’s Attention featuring Lori Puma – Writescast 068
Oct 17, 2019
Once we’ve drawn readers to our work, it’s important we maintain their attention. But how? This week’s guest, editor Lori Puma, explains. Click here for the details of the example used in the second half of this episode.
Preparing for NaNoWriMo – Novel Approaches 019
Oct 10, 2019
National Novel Writing Month is almost here! How can you ensure you get the most out of one of the year’s most popular annual events? Sione and r.r. explore with help from #WritescastChat participants.
The Magic of Content Adaptation featuring Jess Witkins – Writescast 067
Oct 3, 2019
Have you ever considered turning a novel into a podcast serial? A short story into a play? A poem into a screenplay? In this episode, storyteller Jess Witkins discusses the why and the how of content adaptation—and the magic we can capture in exploring…
Writing from Experience featuring Gregory Lee Renz – Writescast 066
Sep 19, 2019
Award-winning author and former fire captain Gregory Lee Renz describes how his experiences fighting fires translated to writing a novel about the same. Along the way, he offers advice for other writers who aspire to write from experiences of their own.…
The Role of Exposition – Novel Approaches 018
Sep 12, 2019
What is exposition? Why do we need it? How can we use it judiciously? In an episode that hails the importance of being concise, r.r. and Sione are anything but. With help from #WritescastChat participants, however, there’s much wisdom to be gleaned…
From Rink to Ink: Skating Through Life’s Passions with Luke Murphy – Writescast 065
Sep 5, 2019
Professional-hockey-player-turned-author Luke Murphy addresses expecting the unexpected, transitioning from one passion to another, and finding ways to balance it all. Writers who feel pulled in a number of directions, this one’s for you.
Incorporating Research Into Creative Writing with William C. Tracy – Writescast 064
Aug 15, 2019
Author and engineer William C. Tracy discusses strategies for effectively incorporating research and technical know-how into works of fiction.
Writing Satisfying Endings – Novel Approaches 017
Aug 8, 2019
After briefly revisiting prologues and epilogues, co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r.r. campbell explore the ins and outs of writing satisfying endings, which, it turns out, are just as much about beginnings as they are about anything else.
Publishing an Anthology with Andrew J. Peters – Writescast 063
Aug 1, 2019
Sitting on a collection of poetry or short fiction and unsure what to do with it? This episode’s for you!
Writing a Series with Silvia Acevedo – Writescast 062
Jul 18, 2019
Hot off the release of the final installment in her GOD AWFUL series, Silvia Acevedo explores the advantages and disadvantages of writing one’s own series.
Fatal Flaws – Novel Approaches 016
Jul 11, 2019
With help from #WritescastChat participants, host r. r. campbell takes on fatal flaws–what they are, how they vary from regular old flaws, and whether fatal flaws can ever be assets.
Distilling Writing Advice with Madeleine D’Este – Writescast 061
Jul 4, 2019
Writing advice is everywhere these days, but our mileage with any particular brand of it may vary. So how do we know who and what to listen to? This episode’s guest, Madeleine D’Este, explains.
Writing Horror with Michael G. Williams – Writescast 060
Jun 20, 2019
Author Michael G. Williams joins the r. r. campbell writescast for a super spooky episode about how he got his start writing horror and how we as writers can give our own readers chills.
Prologues and Epilogues – Novel Approaches 015
Jun 13, 2019
In this listener-feedback-fueled episode, co-hosts r.r. and Sione explore prologues and epilogues: what they are, how they’re different from first and last chapters, and how we can write them effectively.
Conveying Backstory and Avoiding Infodumps featuring Noelle Nichols – Writescast 059
Jun 6, 2019
Noelle Nichols discusses ways to effectively convey backstory without invoking the dreaded infodump.
Growing Readership Locally with M.D. Neu – Writescast 058
May 16, 2019
Author M.D. Neu discusses strategies for growing one’s readership locally, including hosting book events, getting one’s work featured in local media, and more.
Inciting Incidents – Novel Approaches 014
May 9, 2019
Surfs up, folks! Hang ten with co-hosts r.r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman as they explore what inciting incidents are, why they’re important, the shapes they take, and how to write them effectively.
Writing a Memoir featuring Dave Watson – Writescast 057
May 2, 2019
Memoirist and cinephile Dave Watson compares and contrasts writing a memoir with writing a work of fiction. Have you ever been curious about what it takes to write a memoir? This episode’s for you!
Self-Revisions and When it’s Time to Find an Editor featuring Damian Serbu – Writescast 056
Apr 18, 2019
Author Damian Serbu talks self-revisions: when it’s time to tackle them, when it’s time to set them aside, and when it’s time to seek the help of an editor.
The Darkest Moment – Novel Approaches 013
Apr 11, 2019
r.r. and Sione explore a protagonist’s darkest moment, the dark night of the soul, and how we set our readers up for both. One of r.r.’s cats pays the pod a visit around the hour mark, too, if you listen closely enough.
Operating an Independent Press featuring Kira Henschel – Writescast 055
Apr 4, 2019
The owner of HenschelHAUS Publishing, Kira Henschel, joins host r. r. campbell for a conversation about what it’s like to operate an independent press.
Reading Like a Writer with Meg Gaertner – Writescast 054
Mar 14, 2019
Meg Gaertner returns to the r. r. campbell writescast to discuss the value of and how to tackle reading like a writer. What will developing a keen readerly eye do for your work?
Chapter Breaks – Novel Approaches 012
Mar 7, 2019
After a rather bizarre game of “Would You Rather” involving bear attacks and outhouses, r. r. and Sione settle in to discuss chapter breaks: when to have them, when not to have them, and the role genre plays in it all.
Historical Fiction and Fantasy with Glenn Quigley – Writescast 053
Feb 28, 2019
Author Glenn Quigley talks historical fiction and fantasy: what they are, how they differ, and how one researches in order to write about the past.
The University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute with Laurie Scheer – Writescast 052
Feb 14, 2019
UWWI Conference Director Laurie Scheer highlights what writers everywhere can look forward to at the 30th annual Writers’ Institute.
Writing a Series – Novel Approaches 011
Feb 7, 2019
How do we know when we’ve got a concept with series potential on our hands? What challenges might we face when writing a series? Why does r. r. have such strong opinions about cliffhangers? We explore all of this and more in this episode.
Non-Linear Storytelling with Chris Bedell – Writescast 051
Jan 31, 2019
Author Chris Bedell returns to the Writescast Network to discuss the ins and outs of non-linear storytelling, including how to put it to work for us in our novels and which books make the best use of it.
The Submissions Process as a Marketing Endeavor featuring Kathie Giorgio – Writescast 050
Jan 24, 2019
To streamline one’s view of the path to publication, critically-acclaimed author Kathie Giorgio explores the submissions process by comparing it to a book marketing endeavor. How will viewing these steps through this lens help you better tackle both?
Multi-POV Storytelling – Novel Approaches 010
Jan 17, 2019
Co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell examine storytelling from multiple points of view: what it is, the advantages of and challenges to using it, and how we can use it to fuel our stories. Bonus content includes r. r. ranting about wrenches and…
Online Awareness Generation and Digital Marketing with Ann Dayleview – Writescast 049
Jan 3, 2019
Author and marketing guru Ann Dayleview compares the big three in the world of digital book marketing: Facebook, Twitter, and Google.
So You’re Planning a Book Launch Party – Writescast 048
Dec 20, 2018
Writescast Network founder r. r. campbell talks the ins and outs of book launch parties: why it’s worth having one, how to plan it, what to bring, and what to do.
Narrative Mode – Novel Approaches 009
Dec 13, 2018
After a discussion on NaNoWriMo and a book launch party briefing, Sione and r. r. tackle narrative mode: what it is, why it’s important, and how to go about selecting the best one for our stories. Oh, and r. r. has strange analogies for days.
Conjuring Inspiration with Sarah Sadie – Writescast 047
Dec 6, 2018
Creativity coach Sarah Sadie visits the show to discuss conjuring inspiration: Where is the cauldron in which we stir our idea stew, and how can we keep that cauldron full?
Writing in Multiple Genres with Barbara Britton – Writescast 046
Nov 15, 2018
Writescast-award-winner Barbara Britton returns to the show to discuss the pros and cons of writing in multiple genres and, if a writer chooses to do so, what they ought to consider as part of the transition from one genre to the next.
Goal-oriented Storytelling – Novel Approaches 008
Nov 8, 2018
Sione picks r. r.’s brain about the ins and outs of goal-oriented storytelling. Along the way, r. r. makes (slightly) inaccurate claims about the rate of acceleration of gravity before employing a bizarre metaphor about evolution and mitochondria. In…
From Page to Stage featuring Steven Salmon – Writescast 045
Nov 1, 2018
Author Steven Salmon updates us on his writing journey and shares his experience converting one of his manuscripts into a play. Thank you to voice actor Vance Bastian, who voiced Steven for this episode. BONUS CONTENT: This episode features an audio…
Overcoming Writer’s Block and the Inner Critic featuring Sarah Sadie – Writescast 044
Oct 18, 2018
Creativity coach Sarah Sadie returns to the r. r. campbell writescast to discuss writer’s block and the inner critic before providing strategies to reframe and exorcise both.
Conflict – Novel Approaches 007
Oct 11, 2018
Co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell tackle conflict: what it is, why it’s important, and how we can use it to fuel our stories.
The Hero’s Journey and Adventure Time – Biblio Breakdown 003
Oct 4, 2018
Complete with prompts designed to get writers thinking critically about their own plots, host r. r. campbell analyzes the use of the Hero’s Journey plot structure in a single episode of Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time.
Perspectives in Self-Publishing featuring Mel Gough and Noelle Nichols – Writescast 043
Sep 20, 2018
Return guests Mel Gough and Noelle Nichols chronicle their journeys through the world of self-pub: what went well, what didn’t, and what others can learn from their experiences.
Master of Fine Arts Programs in Creative Writing featuring J Dimitri – Writescast 042
Sep 13, 2018
Writer, educator, and MFA grad J Dimitri shares his experiences in and advice for Master of Fine Arts programs in creative writing.
Poetry and Writing Across Media with Nathan Elias – Writescast 041
Sep 6, 2018
Writer extraordinaire Nathan Elias juxtaposes writing poetry with other formats, including screenplays, novels, and short stories.
Maintaining Tension through Mystery, Suspense, and Dramatic Irony featuring Tim Storm – Writescast 040
Aug 16, 2018
Award-winning writer and teacher Tim Storm demystifies how to keep tension on the page during this in-depth discussion of mystery, suspense, and dramatic irony.
Finding Time to Write and Celebrating Success featuring Sarah Sadie – Writescast 039
Aug 9, 2018
Poet and creativity coach Sarah Sadie provides strategies for finding time to write and reframing our understanding of what it means to make progress in our creative endeavors.
Novelizations and Tie-Ins featuring Matt Forbeck – Writescast 038
Aug 2, 2018
Award-winning and NYT-bestselling author Matt Forbeck returns to the show to talk taking media from the big screen to the little page: what that process looks like, how to get permission to write licensed tie-ins, and more!
Writing as a Healing Modality featuring Cheryl Muir – Writescast 037
Jul 26, 2018
Cheryl Muir returns to the Writescast Network for a conversation about how writing can help us heal and better understand our world.
Partner Publishing featuring Laura Zats – Writescast 036
Jul 19, 2018
Agent, podcaster, and partner publisher Laura Zats joins host r. r. campbell for a conversation about partner publishing: what it is, how it differs from other publishing options, and how interested writers can work with publishers like Wise Ink Creative…
Writing for Video Games featuring Matt Forbeck – Writescast 035
Jul 5, 2018
Award-winning and NYT-bestselling author and game designer Matt Forbeck joins Writescast Network founder r. r. campbell to talk about writing for video games. Matt’s latest work includes Halo: Bad Blood, Dungeonology, and the upcoming Endless Quest books.…
Theme – Novel Approaches 006
Jun 14, 2018
The Writer Next Door, John Adamus, joins the Novel Approaches co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell for a conversation on theme: what it is, its importance, and how writers can make sure their theme shines throughout their manuscript.
World Building – Novel Approaches 005
Jun 7, 2018
Guests Danielle Maurer and Chris Bedell join co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman to discuss various world-building strategies one can use during both the pre-write and drafting stages of writing a novel.
Plot and Structure – Novel Approaches 004
May 31, 2018
Co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell break down the differences between plot and structure before examining various structure models and how they can be put to use.
Creating Character – Novel Approaches 003
May 17, 2018
Author Kristin Oakley joins Novel Approaches co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman to talk character from conception to completion and everything in between.
Concept, an Editor’s Perspective – Novel Approaches 002
May 10, 2018
Co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman take on concept from an editor’s perspective, with an emphasis on what Sione looks for when evaluating concept in her own work and that of others. Click here to listen to this episode.
Concept, a Writer’s Perspective – Novel Approaches 001
May 3, 2018
In the first episode of this new Novel Approaches mini-series, co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman tackle concept—what it is, why it’s important, and how writers can develop a concept strong enough to support their entire manuscript. Click here…
Special Announcement!
May 3, 2018
Writescast host r. r. campbell shares a special announcement about the future of the podcast.
Writerly Research – Writescast 034
Apr 19, 2018
In this episode, writescast host r. r. campbell describes strategies for doing writerly research online, in books and literature, through interviews, and experientially.
Writing Conferences and the UW Writers’ Institute with Laurie Scheer – Writescast 033
Apr 6, 2018
The director of the University of Wisconsin’s Writers’ Institute, Laurie Scheer, joins me for a conversation on the value of writing conferences. We also discuss what makes the UW Writers’ Institute the Midwest’s premiere conference for writers of all…
Point of View, Head Hopping, and Voice – Biblio Breakdown 002
Mar 23, 2018
Don’t call it a book review. In this Biblio Breakdown, we take a look at point of view, head hopping, and voice, all with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of how we can approach each of these in our own writing. To do this, we’ll analyze…
Maintaining Focus in Magic Realism with Kevin Klehr – Writescast 032
Mar 2, 2018
Kevin Klehr Kevin Klehr talks magic realism: specifically how we can maintain focus when incorporating fantasy elements into our real-world tales. Kevin is the author of a number of books, including the Actors and Angels series, comedies about theatre,…
Inciting Incidents, Characterization through Relationships, and Setting as Character – Biblio Breakdown 001
Feb 16, 2018
Don’t call it a book review. In this first ever Biblio Breakdown, we examine inciting incidents, characterization through relationships, setting as character, dramatic irony, and more, all with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of how we can…
30 Days to Book Launch: Marketing Strategies with Valerie Biel – Writescast 031
Feb 2, 2018
Valerie Biel Valerie Biel returns to the writescast to talk crunch time: what to do in the final thirty days before a book launch! In this episode, she covers strategies for outreach through traditional and digital media, giveaways, paid advertising, and…
Self-Publishing Part Two: a How-To featuring Sione Aeschliman – Writescast 030
Jan 26, 2018
Sione Aeschliman In part two of this mini-series, Sione Aeschliman talks ISBNs, formatting our manuscripts for ebook and print, and best case practices for proofreading before we hit the publish button. You can find part one of this mini-series here.…
Self-Publishing Part One: a How-To Featuring Sione Aeschliman – Writescast 029
Jan 19, 2018
Sione Aeschliman Sione Aeschliman walks us through the early steps of the self-publishing journey. In this episode, we talk what you need to have done before looking to publish, the platforms through which one can self-publish, cover design and cover art…
Ick-Free Self-Promotion: a How-To featuring Cheryl Muir – Writescast 028
Jan 5, 2018
Cheryl Muir Author and PR guru Cheryl Muir returns to the Writescast Network to talk ick-free self-promo: how we can get more comfortable doing it, and best case practices for attitudes to adopt once we’re finally ready to put ourselves and our work out…
Writerly Resolutions for a New Year with Meg Gaertner – Writescast 027
Dec 28, 2017
Meg Gaertner Meg Gaertner returns to the writescast to discuss goals: those we set out to achieve in 2017, whether we achieved them, and what we learned along the way. Then we look forward to 2018 (and beyond!), all in the interest of helping YOU maximize…
Writing for TV and Film featuring Aria Gmitter – Writescast 026
Dec 14, 2017
Aria Gmitter In this episode, Aria Gmitter joins me to talk about her background in film, and how writing a screenplay varies from writing a manuscript for a novel. If you’re a writer of fiction looking to break into TV or film, this episode is for you!…
Life After NaNoWriMo: Self-editing and Maintaining Momentum with Noelle Nichols – Writescast 025
Nov 30, 2017
Noelle Nichols Whether you’ve just completed NaNoWriMo, have otherwise recently finished a manuscript, or finally have a writing habit started, this conversation with Noelle Nichols will surely help you press on with what comes next. Throughout this…
Writerly Routines and Self-care (and Celebrating a Year of the Writescast!) – Writescast 024
Nov 24, 2017
r. r. campbell Let’s take a moment to celebrate the first birthday of your listener-supported r. r. campbell writescast. After looking back at how far we’ve come in the last 365 days, I delve into the topics of writerly routines and self-care. Click here…
Soundtrack to a Writer’s Journey with Barbara Britton – Writescast 023
Nov 16, 2017
Barbara Britton Barbara Britton describes her journey to publication through music and encourages other writers to do the same. How will using music to frame your career as a writer help you better understand your process? Barbara M. Britton lives in…
How to Train Your Writing Dragon with Amanda Kelly – Writescast 022
Nov 3, 2017
Amanda Kelly Amanda Kelly presents strategies for addressing weak points in our writing. Through this episode’s use of dragon-training as a metaphor for improving your confidence and prowess as a writer, you can transform your writing from season one…
Writerly Etiquette and Preparing for Conferences with John Adamus – Writescast 021
Oct 26, 2017
John Adamus John Adamus discusses how to best prepare for writing conferences, as well as what we can do to present ourselves professionally as writers. John is a writing coach, editor, and freelance writer with a passion for helping writers of all…
NaNoWriMo Prep with Danielle Maurer – Writescast 020
Oct 19, 2017
Danielle Maurer Danielle Maurer returns to the writescast to talk about best practices for preparing for National Novel Writing Month. Use her tips to help you maximize your NaNo success! Danielle is a fantasy and science fiction author setting out on an…
M/M Romance and Fan Fiction with Mel Gough – Writescast 019
Oct 5, 2017
Mel Gough Author Mel Gough joins me to talk about M/M romance, fan fiction, and so much more. Mel was born in Germany, where she spent the first twenty-six years of her life (with a one-year stint in Los Angeles). She has always been fascinated by…
Mad Science in Science Fiction with Ryan Decaria – Writescast 018
Sep 28, 2017
Ryan Decaria Author Ryan Decaria discusses mad science and the mad scientist trope—what it is, how we can use it, and how we can prevent our use of it from becoming clichéd! With examples from books and television both modern and historic, Ryan provides a…
Unleash Your Creative Mind through National Journal Writing Month ft. Bakari Chavanu – Writescast 017
Sep 14, 2017
Bakari Chavanu Bakari Chavanu talks National Journal Writing Month and what journaling can offer us both personally and professionally as writers of fiction. Be sure to have a listen before the next installment of NaJoWriMo, which happens four times per…
Query Event: Son of a Pitch with Katie Hamstead – Writescast 016
Aug 31, 2017
Katie Hamstead #SonOfAPitch is just around the corner! To help writerfolk everywhere prepare for this great query event, author and Son of a Pitch founder Katie Hamstead joined me to talk about what SoaP is, how it can help you refine your query and first…
Keeping the Science in Science Fiction (and the Fiction, too!) with Scott Birrenkott – Writescast 015
Aug 18, 2017
Scott Birrenkott Author Scott Birrenkott talks all things sci-fi: what it is, how to research for it, and how to find a balance between science and fiction when writing sci-fi of our own. Scott writes science fiction with golden age traditions and…
Writing as an Author with Cerebral Palsy featuring Steven Salmon – Writescast 014
Aug 4, 2017
Steven Salmon This episode features author Steven Salmon, whom I interviewed by email about his personal and professional experiences as a writer with severe cerebral palsy. His two new books, A Very New Day, and It’s A New Life! Mom Is Gone are available…
Scene Structure – Writescast 013
Jul 28, 2017
I tackle the elements of scene structure: what they are and how to use them. With examples from Game of Thrones and nods to The Catcher in the Rye, Sula, The Hate U Give, and Black Swan Green, this episode is sure to help listeners guarantee every scene…
Promoting Your Work Through Traditional Media with Valerie Biel – Writescast 012
Jul 21, 2017
Valerie Biel Valerie Biel, award-winning author of YA hits Circle of Nine, and Circle of Nine: Sacred Treasures, discusses strategies for promoting our writing through traditional media, including television, radio, and good old print news. When Valerie’s…
Perseverance, Good Writing Habits, and Working with an Editor featuring Danielle Maurer – Writescast 011
Jul 7, 2017
Danielle Maurer Author Danielle Maurer talks Twitter contests, the importance of perseverance, how to develop good writing habits, and what to keep in mind when working with an editor. Danielle is a fantasy and science fiction author setting out on an…
Pantsing, Outlining, and Trusting the Muse with Daniel Swenson – Writescast 010
Jun 30, 2017
Daniel Swenson Author Daniel Swenson compares pantsing and outlining. We also discuss trusting our characters and the importance of—and strategies for developing—backstory. Daniel Swenson lives with his wife and children in Utah, nestled between the…
The Hybrid Publishing Process with Kristin Oakley – Writescast 009
Jun 16, 2017
Kristin A. Oakley Kristin Oakley defines and discusses the hybrid publishing process. It’s not quite traditional, and it’s not really self-pub, either. How does that work, you ask? You’ll have to listen to her interview to find out! Kristin A. Oakley’s…
How to Handle Rejection and Manage the Query Process with Meg Gaertner – Writescast 008
Jun 2, 2017
Meg Gaertner Author Meg Gaertner describes her strategies for managing the query process, and how we as writers can keep our heads above the water when waves of rejection notices come crashing down. Meg Gaertner is a graduate student at Antioch…
Proofreading, Editing, and the Publication Process with Mary Anne Hinkle – Writescast 007
May 19, 2017
Mary Anne Hinkle Freelance proofreader Mary Anne Hinkle discusses the differences between proofreading and editing, the publication process, and how writers have to be ready to divorce themselves emotionally from their manuscripts when seeking the help of…
Developing a Brand as an Author with Cheryl J. Muir – Writescast 006
Apr 21, 2017
Cheryl Muir Author and PR guru Cheryl J. Muir joins me for a conversation on developing a brand as an author. She covers topics including the know-like-trust factor, navigating social media, and creating a digital image that balances who you are as a…
Young Adult Literature with Josh Springs – Writescast 005
Mar 17, 2017
Josh Springs Writer of YA Josh Springs joins me for a conversation on YA in general, why it’s important it be written and read, and things you should never say to a writer of Young Adult or Middle Grade fiction-–or anyone, really. Be nice to each other.…
Acquisitions Strategies and Content-rating Systems with James Wymore – Writescast 004
Feb 17, 2017
James Wymore James Wymore of Immortal Works discusses their acquisitions philosophy, explicit content in literature and film, book rating systems, and what we can expect from Immortal Works in 2017. More on this guest: James Wymore grew up on a heavy diet…
Flash Fiction, Writing Fear, and Publishing Tips with Dylan Davis – Writescast 003
Jan 20, 2017
Dylan Davis Author Dylan Davis joins me to discuss flash fiction, overcoming “writer fear,” and tips for submitting short-form fiction to literary magazines. He also reads his flash piece “Detach,” published in Fiction International in 2015. Beyond…
Conferences and Writer’s Block – Writescast 002
Dec 14, 2016
r. r. campbell I take on the topics of writing conferences, writer’s block, and what to expect from the blog going forward. Click here to listen to this episode. For more episodes of the r. r. campbell writescast, be sure to visit the podcasts page. Did…
Writing Action Scenes with Dan Schiro – Writescast 001
Nov 23, 2016
Dan Schiro Dan Schiro, author of Rogue Destiny, joins me to talk action scenes. Using examples from Star Wars, the James Bond franchise, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more, this episode focuses on the importance of verisimilitude, character, and setting when…