June 25, 2020

Episode 37 - Pride

It’s Pride month! This week, Marshall, Nick, and Wil announce the official social media platforms for the podcast along with our official website! Wil, as our newest team member, interviews Marshall and Nick about science fiction/fantasy and LGBTQIA characters.

Check out our website www.justkeepwriting.org and give us a look and follow us on Instagram and Twitter! 

Instagram: @justkeepwritingpodcast

Twitter: @justkeepwritin1

Topic of the Month: Pride Month! Celebrating LGBTQ authors and characters. 

This Month’s Challenge: Watch the documentary “Disclosure.”

Links mentioned during the show:

Black anxiety spiked after George Floyd. So thanks for checking in, but no, I'm not OK.

FIYAH Lit Magazine

Surrey International Writers Conference

Interlude Press

Authors and Books mentioned:

Indiebound 

N.K. Jemisin

Charlie Jane Anders

George R.R. Martin

Tamsyn Muir

Julian Winters 

Rivers Solomon

Annalee Newitz

Adam Silvera

Analee Newitz

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June 12, 2020

Episode 36 - Level Up

This week, Marshall and Nick are joined by Wil Ralston to discuss virtual conferences, reading black authors' work, and what they’ve been able to write given the state of the world. 

(Note: Please excuse the drop in audio quality this week. Unfortunate tech issues at the time of recording.)

Links mentioned during the show:

SFWA

How to Lose the Time War

SIWC

FIYAH Con

A Burglar's Guide to the City

Marshall’s Essay: Thanks for checking in on me, but...

Black Future’s Lab - Black to the Ballot

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This week, Marshall and Nick sit down with Erin Roberts to talk about short stories! Erin shares her approach to writing short stories as well as how she got stories like Sour Milk Girls published. 

Links mentioned during the show:

Erin Roberts at Writing Wonder

Sour Milk Girls by Erin Roberts

Erin on Twitter @nirele

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This week, Marshall and Nick chat with Wil Ralston about short stories. They discuss two specific stories in the hopes of bringing what they learn to their own writing. 

Topic of the Month: Short Stories

Links mentioned during the show:

Tempest Bradford - Class: Managing Social Media for Writers with K. Tempest Bradford

Fiesta, 1980

Elephants and Corpses

Erin Roberts

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This week, Marshall and Nick take a listener request to discuss how they approach short fiction. If you want to suggest a topic, email us, or post on our Discord channel. 

Topic of the Month: Our Approach to Writing Short Fiction

Links mentioned during the show:

FIYAH Magazine

Brandon Sanderson Lecture #7: Short Stories — With Special Guest Instructor Mary Robinette Kowal

Dan Wells’ Seven Point Story Structure

mywriteclub.com 

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This week, Marshall and Nick sit down with Wil Ralston and talk about writing through anxiety, turning hardship into creativity, books, writing the other, and so much more! (Note: We had some technical glitches so please excuse any poor audio moments)

Topic: Staying Creative despite Anxiety and Uncertainty

Links mentioned during the show:

Wil Ralston

Luke Tarzian

David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Maurice Broaddus

Lost Gods by Micah Yongo

Daniel Jose Older 

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Leigh Bardugo

Mary Robinette Kowal

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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This week, Marshall and Nick discuss outlining around worldbuilding and the pains they experience as pantsers who lightly outline at the beginning of their works in progress (WIP). Marshall discusses the iceberg theory for worldbuilding and Nick discusses how he had to backwards plot the last act of his WIP to tie things together. 

Topic of the Month: Outlining

Links mentioned during the show:

Brandon Sanderson 2020 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Creative Writing Lecture

Padlet

Mindly

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February 27, 2020

Episode 30 - Networking

This week, Marshall and Nick discuss their time at the LTUE conference in Utah. 

Links mentioned during the show:

LTUE

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February 12, 2020

Episode 29 - Resilience

This week, Marshall and Nick discuss adversity and resilience not only around their writing, but in their personal lives as well. 

Topic of the Month: Resilience

Links mentioned during the show:

"Box of Bones" anthology by Rosarium Publishing (Bill Campbell)

LTUE

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January 30, 2020

Episode 28 - Keep Stretching

This week, Marshall and Nick discuss listener feedback on “how do you stretch yourself as a writer.” Below are a few of the techniques discussed. They also start planning for the Life, Universe, and Everything Else conference in Provo, Utah, February 13-15. Stop by and say hello if you are in town!

  • Write in other Genres
  • Writing the other
  • Writing focused on learning a new skill
  • Use beta readers to learn how well you are doing
  • Beta read for others who do something well
  • Read books as a writer not a reader 

Topic of the Week: Stretching yourself as a writer PART 2

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