New month, new theme! For March, we’ll be talking about processes, goals, the daily grind, and how we define success. We call it The Long March. Our guest for the month is Andrew Wood. You can find Andrew on twitter @andrewtheauthor, on Patreon, and on facebook. Pick up his debut novel, Storm of Fury, on Amazon.
The daily writing adventure (something we discuss so often on this podcast,) is a challenge. It is a process. Let’s discuss our writing habits, our rolling plains, our Khazad-Dums, our Balrogs, and our Rivendells.
What can we learn about how we approach middles (and our craft as a whole) that can enrich the time we spend writing?
Content warning: this episode includes coarse language and discussions about sexual assault in literature.
Continuing the conversation from episode 3.6, we explore sex in non-romance fiction. Sex scenes should not be any different, fundamentally, from any other scene in a book. They can be staged like a fight, conversation, transaction-—any scene that involves character emotion and growth. The scene should have value as well as enticing action.
Do social taboos affect the way we write and read sex? Definitely.
Content warning: this episode includes coarse language, (terrible) descriptions of sexual acts, and discussions about sexual assault in literature.
Sex and physical intimacy in literature is a slippery slope. Inclusion of those elements for shock value alone is counterproductive and generally seen as gratuitous. What we discover through our conversation is that the inclusion of sex in stories must have value to the characters and plot. We also issue a warning: stop using sexual assault as a character-building trope in speculative fiction. It is a terrible thing to do.
We also went quite a bit over time in this episode’s recording, so the episode is split between 3.6 and 3.7, so tune in next week for the second half of the conversation.
This month, Write Right will dive into discussions about romance and erotica. That being the case, we are going to flag the episodes for February as explicit. If these topics aren’t your cup of tea, join back up with us in March when we change themes.
Are the romance genres a smooth spectrum, or are there clear lines between romance, erotic (or steamy) romance, and erotica? Are there well-established rules for the form? Mariëlle Smith joins us for our exploration of the steamier side of popular fiction.
Starting a new story can be an intoxicating thing. It’s my greatest strength as a writer, and that’s why I have so, so many stories on the backburner. At a certain point, there’s got to be a limit to how much “new” energy for writing is positive…doesn’t there? How do we know the difference between a shiny new idea and a true gem? How do we balance between our projects? How do we deal with “want to write” versus “am writing”?
John is taking a break between the fourth and fifth drafts of A Thousand Roads. How does he bring excitement to reworking something he’s been working on for a long time? How dooes he manaage drafting processes?
Resolutions for the New Year can be a controversial topic. One thing’s for sure: they don’t work for everyone. For many of us, they can be downright counterproductive. If the concept of the resolution doesn’t work for us, is there a way for us to “resolve” do to something in a beneficial way?
Here we are, at the very beginning of the third season of Write Right. We’re joined this month by Elayna Mae Darcy, during which we’ll be talking about beginnings and newness. This time, we talk about new podcasts each of us is hosting, and podcasts we love.