We had a season of positivity and now it’s time to gripe! We cover a broad swath of issues plaguing genre writers in particular, but anyone working in fiction or screenwriting might be guilty of these sins. Whether it’s too much melodrama, bad magic, or soapboxing, we’ve got you covered.
This week we discuss emotionally connecting with characters. Learn how inner and outer journeys, sensory details, unexpected emotional reactions, and quirky interests can get your characters to pop off the page. We discuss Mishell Baker, Suzanne Collins, Lois McMaster Bujold, & Joe Abercrombie.
You did it! You wrote a complete novel. Now what? The Genre Hustle crew takes you through five major story elements to tackle on your next draft: structure, character arcs, conflict, theme, and pacing. We also discuss the importance of outlining and how style and polish can help form your story.
The best way to improve your writing is to join a critique group. But joining a writers group can be difficult and scary. In this episode, we discuss our critique group and cover how to find one, how to start one, problems to look out for, and how to give and receive critique.
Spec fiction has as many types of genres as a dragon has baubles, everything from military sci-fi to sword and sorcery, and even clockpunk. We discuss our favorites, how to tell them apart, and why it’s important to understand - and subvert! - your niche as a writer.
Listen to all of season one here!
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