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Nicole asks: What are good ways to tag flashbacks in a short story so that it’s clear to the reader? Resources Mentioned: Witcher (netflix series) Conan the Barbarian Series by Robert E Howard Chicken Noodle Gravity by J. Daniel Sawyer Sunday Morning Giraffe by J. Daniel Sawyer At The Edge of Nowhere by J. Daniel Sawyer The Coffee Service by J. Dan…
 
Simon says: A book that has stuck with me for years is one I was rooting for the bad guy and the detective even though they were pitted against each other. I wanted them both to succeed… impossible as that was. I’d love to hear your thoughts on why it managed that so well and lessons we could learn from it. Resources Mentioned Day of the Jackal by …
 
Nicole asks: What exactly are writing prompts? Are they helpful? Resources Mentioned Open Vistas: After the Peak The Society of Miserable Bastards by J. Daniel Sawyer Buried Alive in the Blues Chicken Noodle Gravity by J. Daniel Sawyer Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer My Luck, by Mel Todd The post Question 1018: Writing Prompts (…
 
Simon asks: Is it better for writers to stick to characters that are like them? Are the costs of trying to write something outside of your own experience too high? Resources: Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Foundation by Isaac Asimov The White Plague by Frank…
 
Ed asks: How can a writer oppose the moral panic du jour without being consumed by it? Resources Mentioned Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Every Day Novelist Success Stories: Mel Todd Mel Todd on KDP Select Archivos The post Question 1015: Opposing the Current Th…
 
Simon asks: Can you recommend any particularly great uses of an unreliable narrator? I mean, aside from Suave Rob… Resources Mentioned: Suave Rob’s Amazing Adventures The Usual Suspects An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears Lolita, by Vladmir Nabakov The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court…
 
Simon asks: Are there any rules or conventions when using an unreliable narrator? I’m writing in first-person already which feels like it would be recommended if not outright required. Resources Mentioned The Usual Suspects An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears Clue The Murder of Roger Akroyd, by Agatha Christie Lolita, by Vladmir Nabakov Ti…
 
Simon has feedback on ways to experiment with genres to see what you’re good at or enjoy writing. Resources Mentioned Clarke Lantham Mysteries Feedback: Short Cuts to Identifying Your Genre Feedback: Knowing What You’re Good At Feedback: More on Knowing What You’re Good At My Luck, by Mel Todd The post Feedback: Short Stories and Experimentation ap…
 
Roland has feedback on showing language barriers in fiction. Nanogang Bangs On — Day 1/Using Foreign Languages Coupling: The Girl With Two Breasts The Journeyer by Gary Jennings Aztec by Gary Jennings The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco The post Feedback: On Language Barriers in Books appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Dawn asks: Do you consider psychology of your characters in your writing? If so, at what point in the writing process and how deeply? Resources Mentioned Star Wars original trilogy Star Wars prequel trilogy American Graffiti The post Question 1008: Psychology and Character Design appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Dawn asks: How do work through personal or intellectual issues in writing without letting it take over? Resources Mentioned Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis Letters from the Earth (Twain) Candide by Voltaire Suave Rob’s Amazing Adventures Down From Ten The Name of the Rose Lord of the Ring…
 
Dawn: How do connect my story (plot, theme, or characters) to current events without it being obvious? Resources Mentioned: Star Wars original trilogy Star Wars prequel trilogy Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien The Zero Effect A Scandal in Bohemia The post Question 1005: Relevant but Not Topical appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Dawn asks: How do I balance writing healthy relationships with popular tropes that depend on unhealthy dynamics, especially in romance? Resources Mentioned: Friday by Robert A Heinlein Suave Rob’s Amazing Adventures Twilight by Stephanie Meyer 50 Shades of Gray by EL James The Firm by John Grisham The post Questions 1004: Romance Tropes and Healthy…
 
Herb has feedback on the topic of Swords & Sorcery and Sexism, with a few recommendations for examples of the genre with interesting female characters. Resources Mentioned: Gate of Ivrel by CJ Cherryh The Birthgrave series by Tanyth Lee Savage Realms Against the Horde by David Gemel Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Barsoom series and Venus series The Saga of…
 
Today Christopher has feedback on Episode 952 and ponders short cuts to identifying the genre of your story. Resources Mentioned The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett Lie Down With Lions by Ken Follett The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold Dune by Frank Herbert A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs …
 
Nichole says: I need to learn more about the implications of a shrinking economic world. Still working on my story but as I have not read up on this, I worry the story may go in implausible directions. Do you have any recommendations for writers on this topic? Resources Mentioned: The Day the Universe Changed (book and miniseries) The Storm Before …
 
Robert Asks: How do the differences between an Everyman protagonist and an expert affect the start of novels? Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Patriot Games by Tom Clancy Taken Death Wish Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris Red Dragon by Thomas Harris The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford and Other Short Stories Philip K. Dick The post Questi…
 
Robert asks: Most sci-fi brush over the issue of different day lengths on different planets. What might change with the structure of days if we became an interstellar species? Babylon 5: Day of the Dead Babylon 5 : By Any Means Necessary Swords In Space! The post Question 997: Day Lengths on Other Planets appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
New anthology now accepting submissions. Give me swashbucklers, knife fighters, booby-trappers, batons-wielders, pirates, Mafiosos, Robin Hoods, cops, priests, robbers, fugitives, and assassins. Give me Swords In Space! Submit your story using the form on this page, or email editor @ everydaynovelist.com The post Call for Submissions: Swords in Spa…
 
Today we have feedback from several listeners, plus a question from Nichole on the transition from Word Count Gail: 52742 Dan: 21176 Pub/Bus Board Kitty: 410pgs edited, 1.5 marketing task, compliance 0.5 Resources Mentioned http://jdanielsawyer.substack.com Star Trek TNG The Heroine’s Journey Business 101 everydaynovelist dot com slash edn dash for…
 
Nichole asks: My latest short story turned into a novella… is there a market for that? Word Count Gail: 50114 Dan: 22793 Pub/Bus Board Kitty: 410pgs edited, 1.5 marketing task, compliance 0.5 The post Nanogang Bangs On Day 28– Editors and Escaping Short Stories appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Nichole asks: What has been the most difficult story/book/series you’ve written, and what was the easiest? Word Count Gail: 45633 Dan: 21176 Pub/Bus Board Kitty: 410pgs edited, 1.5 marketing task, compliance 0.5 Resources Mentioned Blameless Soulless Chicken Noodle Gravity Tales of the Lombard Alchemist The Coffee Service Down From Ten And Then She…
 
Today Nichole asks: Do you save the bits you cut out, and do you ever reuse them elsewhere? Word Count Gail: 33562 Dan: 10975 Pub/Bus Board Kitty: 410pgs edited, 1.5 marketing task, compliance 0.5 everydaynovelist dot com slash edn dash forums The post Nanogang Bangs On Day 21 — Deleted Scenes appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Nichole asks: How to organize an author website when you have several author pen names? Pub/Bus Board Kitty: 383 pgs edited, 1.5 marketing task, compliance 0.5 Word Count Gail: 27669 Dan: 13560 everydaynovelist dot com slash edn dash forums The post Nanogang Bangs On Day 19 — Managing Pen Names appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Today Catherine asks: What do you look for in a writing retreat? How structured? How organized? How many other participants? Pub/Bus Board Kitty: 383 pgs edited, 1.5 marketing task, compliance 0.5 Word Count Gail: 20183 Dan: 13560 everydaynovelist dot com slash edn dash forums The post Nanogang Bangs On Day 17 — Writing Retreats appeared first on T…
 
Today Nichole asks about our writing software and formats. Pub/Bus Board Kitty: 281pgs edited, 1.5 marketing task, compliance 0.5 Word Count Gail: 20120 Dan: 10051 everydaynovelist dot com slash edn dash forums The post Nanogang Bangs On Day 14 — Why Writing Programs Suck appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Word Count Gail: 19110 Dan: 9708 Pub/Bus Board Kitty: 250pgs edited, 1.5 marketing task, compliance 0.5 The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams Robert’s Rules of Writing The Heroine’s Journey — book and Writing Story Bundle Buried Alive in the Blues Antithesis podcast Down From Ten Crudrat Soulless Changeless Blameless Kevin J. Anderson…
 
Today Simon has feedback on the sports episode. Word Count Gail: 14733 Dan: 8547 Pub/Bus Board Kitty: 220pgs edited, 1.5 marketing task, compliance 0.5 Resources Mentioned: Firefly Cool Runnings The post Nanogang Bangs On — Day 10 — Feedback on Sports from Simon appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Today Nichole asks Kitty about daily schedules and day jobs, asks Gail about the difference between writing steampunk and sci-fi, and Dan whether he’s a concept writer or character writer? Word Count Gail: 12776 Dan: 6952 Pub/Bus Board Kitty: 170pgs edited, 1.5 marketing task, compliance 0.5 Resources Mentioned: The Open Source Woman The Coffee Ser…
 
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