Typehammer: Writing & Technology
By Mike Hale, Eric Michalsen, John Uhri
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Typehammer is a podcast for writers looking to use technology to power their writing. Hosts Mike Hale, Eric Michalsen and John Uhri are three software techies who have a passion for writing. Each week, they cover recent news, interesting reads, the craft of writing, and the latest in tech tools and tips.
||CleanEpisode 72: And Then The Murders Began||In this episode we learn to write well with WriteWell, learn about writing “triangles”, and then the murders began.||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 71: Sprinter||In this episode we look at famous writers’ most used words, cover how to record and edit audio, and write fast with Sprinter.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 70: Guest Host Lou Yuhasz||In this episode we’re joined by Lou Youhasz and put Eric in the hot seat as we critique the beginning of his novel The Prince of Pigeon Hill.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 69: Typora||In this episode we care for Stephen King (or at least his books), try to find good poetry, and look at using the Typora minimal markdown editor.||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 68: Goals||In this episode we talk about our goals for 2017, rogue librarians, and note-taking app Bear.||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 67: Airstory||In this episode we wrap up NaNoWriMo, check out a descriptive word generator, and take a look at Airstory.||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 66: NaNoWriMo||In this episode we kick off NaNoWriMo, look at writing a novel with Evernote, and making a passive income with self-publishing.||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 65: Omnibook Pro||In this episode we talk about a multi-million dollar Amazon scam, how to read more books, and using Omnibook Pro.||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 64: Medium vs. Custom Websites For Publishing your Work||In this episode we cover character archetypes, hunting for books, Medium vs. custom site for publishing your work, and organizing your novel with Bibisco.||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 63: Sorry Mr. Wonka||In this episode we discuss tiny goals, movie story structure, where to start your story and put Penflip up against Draftin.||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 62: The Trouble with Women||In this episode we cover the “three buckets” approach to productive writing, a fantasy map generator, and the challenges of writing a female protagonist.||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 61: Plagiarism||In this episode we take a look at redefining your characters after you publish your story, how to find and avoid plagiarism, and creating interactive stories with TextureWriter.||8/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 60: Inciting Incidents||This episode we take a look at inciting incidents, getting 100 rejections a year and using Sweek. Works in Progress [00:26] Eric is busy as a bee. He’s made a mistake and went to print out the full content of Prince of Pigeon Hill and printed it out i||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 59: Nothing Is Going To Be a Thing||In this episode we submit to our AI overlords, take a stand at our desks, and look at tying scenes together in the three-act structure.||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 58: World Building||In this episode we learn why your book cover should be yellow, talk about world building, and play a few rounds of Write on Par.||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 57: Scenes and Sequels||In this episode we look at Bill Gates and Tim Berners-Lee take on literature, focus our writing using the scenes and sequels technique and look at sharing and discovering stories with Tablo.||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 56: Breaking Promises||In this episode we talk about the real costs of self-publishing, making and keeping promises and keeping busy with Writingstreak.||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 55: Opening Lines||In this episode we look at an Amazon pay-per-page scam, procrastinate about procrastinating, watch yet another Hugo hijacking and and share some of our favorite pickup… I mean opening lines.||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 54: Following the Want||In this episode we get rational about fiction, talk about the importance of structure, externalize the internal and look at using Novlr.||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 53: Pump up the Conflicts||In this episode we talk about ground-breaking science fiction novels, ramping up the conflict in our stories, and sharing stories family stories with StoryWorth.||4/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great writing advice and the tools for better writing
Typehammer is a podcast about writing (fiction or non-fiction) from the perspective of three computer geeks. So while the usual craft discussions come up (how to write, how to edit, plotters versus pantsers), this podcast also discusses the technology behind writing. Whether it's software like Scrivener or StackEdit for writing, websites for editing, places online to find beta readers, or tools for self-publishing, they cover it all.
And by "they" I mean "we". Yes, I'm one of the hosts of the show. BUT, I learn more about writing talking with my cohosts than I ever would on my own.
This is a useful, unique show
I’ve encountered Mike and his work in other venues, and I have never been anything but impressed. He is smart, earnest, and multi-talented. With Typehammer, he has found an idea that will be widely applicable, and he has hosts who share his competence and ability to compelling as content creators. Looking forward to seeing where this show goes.
Fun and Informative
I am one of the three co-hosts of Typehammer, and I'm leaving this here as a review of my co-hosts. As a much less experienced writer than Eric & John, I learn a lot from each episode, everything from the craft of writing to editing to publishing and promiting my work. We also have a lot of fun talking about what we're reading and writing!