The First Million Words
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Ever wanted to track down your favorite author and beg for writing advice? That's what we do...for you. Listen every week as we cover writing tips from the pros to help reach the first million words, and beyond.
||CleanMichael and Robin Sullivan 2||Finally! We're back with a brand new episode that we recorded several months ago. This is the last half of our interview with Michael (@Author_Sullivan) and Robin (@Write2Publish) Sullivan. Micahel writes the best books in the world (Riyria) and Robin..||12/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael and Robin Sullivan 1||Michael and Robin Sullivan join us for a discussion on what exactly you should be doing now that you've written your story. Check out Michael's Kickstarter for Hollow World (Ben may have called it a different name...sorry). Then Ben and Guillermo talk..||3/27/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Long Haul with Jim Butcher||Jim Butcher (you know, that one guy who wrote all those books) joins the guys for one last episode! This time they talk about writing a loooooong series. Turns out that remembering your characters' names is an important part, who'd-a-thunk-it? Then...||1/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanContemporary Fantasy with Jim Butcher||Jim Butcher returns! This time, Ben and Guillermo talk with Jim briefly about some of the benefits of writing in a modern day setting. They also dive a bit into how writing in first person can make for a deeper character. Then Ben and Guillermo spend...||12/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Review of Cold Days by Jim Butcher||Note: if you find the sound quality way too crappy and decide not to listen, we won't be offended. Ben and Guillermo are driving home from the airport and decided to record an episode. What did they talk about? What everybody's talking about: the...||12/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJim Butcher!||That's right. Jim. Butcher. Ben and Guillermo got the chance to nerd out with one of their favorite authors of all time! And he was gracious enough to not hang up the phone and run away screaming (we only scream a little bit...like rabid teenage girls..||12/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNano-sode 2: Rachel Aaron's 2k to 10k||Rachel Aaron (RachelAaron.net) stops by to talk about her new book, 2k to 10k (buy it here!) and how to keep up your enthusiasm during NaNoWriMo. Then Ben and Guillermo talk about meeting their own wordcounts and being stalked by the Slender Man while..||11/12/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaNo-sode 1: Dan Wells on Schedules||Five days into NaNoWriMo! We hope you guys are having a blast! If you're finding it hard to reach your wordcount goals, try this little trick that Dan Wells shares with us in this episode: set a writing schedule and stick to it. Enjoy the epsiode,...||11/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrainstorming/Theme with Dave Robison||It's a super-double-bonus episode this week! Dave Robison of the Roundtable Podcast stops in yet again to help Ben brainstorm an idea (to see more like this, don't forget to check out the Roundtable Podcast). THEN they tackle the ever elusive topic of..||10/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDave Robison of the Roundtable Podcast||Dave stops by as we prep for NaNoWriMo to talk about his podcast, the Roundtable Podcast (Roundtablepodcast.com); if you're prepping for NaNo too, you should check it out. We also meander in the conversation a bit to talk about some random stuff. Then..||10/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLuke Burrage part 2||Luke talks to the guys about learning from others. This could mean emulating (or out right stealing from) an author you like, or learning to avoid doing the things you dislike about other authors. And, yes, we do get into some authors we like and...||10/1/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLuke Burrage part 1||Luke Burrage (Science Fiction Book Review) sits down with the guys to talk about many things: book reviews, finishing what you start, juggling, getting hit by a truck... Listen and learn, have some fun with us, don't get hit by any trucks! Write!||9/14/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7-Point Exploding Plot Technique! with Dan Wells||We once again chat with Dan Wells (TheDanWells.com). This time we discuss the 7-point plot structure: a writing tool no writer should be without. Here's the link to his full lecture on YouTube. Then Ben and Guillermo discuss the meaning of life,...||9/1/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRedefining Genre with Dan Wells||In this episode, the indefinable Dan Wells (the John Cleaver series, Partials, the Hollow City) chats about why not being bogged down by genre is a good thing. Then Ben and Guillermo catch up. Write!||8/27/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMystery! with Aliette de Bodard||Aliette sits and talks with Ben and Guillermo one last time. They tackle the mystery of mystery and detective stories, paying special attention to how magic can affect the main character's detecting skills. Then Ben and Guillermo talk about killing...||8/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1st Person with Aliette de Bodard||Aliette sheds some light on the various reasons to write in the first person and some of the downfalls. Don't forget to pick up her Blood and Obsidian omnibus now! Then Ben and Guillermo talk about what they always talk about: Batman. Enjoy...Write!||7/27/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHistorical Fantasy with Aliette de Bodard||Once again Aliette takes some time out of her life to talk to Ben and Guillermo (www.aliettedebodard.com). This time about some of the interesting aspects of Aztec culture and how to integrate historical culture with fantasy. Then the boys discuss a...||7/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAliette de Bodard Interview||Aliette de Bodard (aliettedebodard.com) is an amazing author and just delightful during this whole interview. She talks to the boys about her books (the Obsidian and Blood trilogy), inspiration, Short stories and blurring the line between fantasy and...||7/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterlude: The Returning of Bryan Thomas Schmidt||For this month's interlude, Bryan swings by for a stop on the blog tour for his new book, The Returning (the sequel to The Worker Prince). We discuss writing sequels, using pseudonyms, Peter Mayhew, and gay Bigfoot (don't ask). Find Bryan here:...||7/6/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPretentious Titles with Rachel Aaron||Rachel stops by one last time to discuss blorging (that's what we're calling it now). The guys find fun ways to get her off the topic and hilarity ensues. Then Ben and Guillermo talk about stuff...nothing special, just stuff. Enjoy the episode, and...||7/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorld/Voice Building with Rachel Aaron||Another awesome episode featuring the awesome Rachel Aaron (RachelAaron.net)! This time she discusses world-building with Ben and Guillermo, and we find out a little bit about how to sneak your voice into a given book too. Afterwards, Ben is all alone..||6/27/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1 Weird Trick to Increase Your Word-Count with Rachel Aaron||In this (much-delayed) episode Rachel explains how to write 500,000 words in one afternoon (individual results may vary). After this episode. and with some luck, we'll all reach that first million in no time flat. Read her blog on the topic at...||6/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRachel Aaron Interview||Rachel Aaron stops by to tell us a bit about herself and her books (The Legend of Eli Monpress Series) and a look into some of her writing processes. It was truly a pleasure to have her as a guest; we look forward to the nex three weeks of writing...||6/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExposing Exposition with Michael J Sullivan||It's our final episode with Michael (bittersweet). We talk about that horrible, four-letter word: exposition, and how a writer can get the information across to the reader without making it into an info-dump (of which Michael is a master)....||5/25/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Dialogue," he said. With Michael J Sullivan||Michael J Sullivan was kind enough to talk to us again. This time about dialogue. He answers all questions on the importance of not being annoying and not trying to mirror how people actually speak in real life. Visit Michael's site, Riyria.com if...||5/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreating Characters with Michael J Sullivan||The guys discuss making a good character with Michael J Sullivan. We talk about names, development, and what it takes to write a good lady character (if you're a dude). We may even get a little off topic and talk about some MMORPG's that we've played...||5/11/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael J Sullivan Interview||Michael J Sullivan stops by to discuss his Riyria Revelations series and what it took to get them out to the world (and it's a good thing he did, these books are awesome). This episode runs a little long because Ben and Guillermo just kept asking so...||5/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterlude: April||Ben and Guillermo discuss all the things they've learned this month, and what's in store for next month. And, maybe, get just a little bit off topic. Enjoy. Write! (Oh, and here's the link for the Brandon Sanderson lectures poted on YouTube:...||4/29/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFuture Building with Bryan Thomas Schmidt||It's the end of Bryan Thomas Schmidt month! How bitter-sweet. Bryan and the guys talk about what you should keep in mind when planning out the future (whether you're writing Sci-Fi or Fantasy). And, maybe we get distracted a little bit near the end....||4/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPants! with Bryan Thomas Schmidt||Bryan Thomas Schmidt stops by for a third time to talk about Discovery Writing (aka pantsing/gardening). And, maybe we get a little side-tracked talking about certain other topics. Visit Bryan on the web (BryanThomasSchmidt.net) and on Twitter...||4/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInspiration with Bryan Thomas Schmidt||Ben and Guillermo discuss inspiration with Bryan Thomas Schmidt (author of The Worker Prince, editor of Space Battles). How do you keep track of your story ideas? Where do they come from? When should you transition from idea to story? Find out in...||4/12/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBryan Thomas Schmidt Interview||Our interview with Bryan Thomas Schmidt, author of The Worker Prince. We talk a lot about editing, sticking to a schedule, and getting it done. You can find Bryan at: http://www.BryanThomasSchmidt.net on Twitter at @BryanThomasS and Wednesday nights...||4/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrologue||We introduce ourselves and the show, have technical difficulties, mess up our words, and give a few basic writing tips. I promise next week will be better. On Twitter: @FMWPodcast||3/30/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
As an aspiring writer I enjoy this podcast. You guys are addressing questions that all aspiring writers possess. I hope I can talk with the two of you at some point
One of my favorite podcasts...
This podcast came recommended to me by a trusted source. I tuned in and I haven't been disappointed.
I've downloaded every episode just to catch up. :o)
Ben and Guillermo are great hosts, the production is top notch and they discuss writing from an early point in the writers' development.
All of which I appreciate, as that's where I am in my writing. The boys are a lot of fun and very informative. I like how they break up time with their guest author into different episodes. Really, VERY well down. I can't get enough of this 'cast.
I heartily recommend FMW
Surfside Jack gives it five out of five Tikis. :o)
I love the show. Especially the guests. Guillermo is great I really feel like the podcast wouldn't be the same without him, but he needs to speak with more confidence.