A Writer's Life: Reading | Writing | Books
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A weekly show on reading, writing, and the art of going mad. Listen as Dan Black discusses the craft of writing well, the publishing industry, and the path to becoming a writer. Email questions and comments to email@example.com or visit www.awlshow.com for DB's recommended reading list and to sign up for the monthly newsletter.
||Clean034 - A Lesson in Magic||Magic magic and the Murakami Effect.||11/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit033 - The Great Wall of Salad||This week's show is a grab bag of goodies. DB talks short stories, giving characters idiosyncrasies, salad, story "essence" and listener questions.||10/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit032 - A Pynchon Metaphor||Dan extracts a Pynchon metaphor as an example for us to follow. Also a small example of close reading.||10/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit031 - The Balanced Writer ... Riiiiight||Dan gets excited about his new books and talks about finding the time to write.||10/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit030 - Crooks-A-Million: The State of Books and Publishing||Dan prattles on about the publishing industry from an outsider's perspective. Visit us @ awlshow.com||9/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit029 - One-Eyed Staring Contest||Dan Black talks about the weird thing he caught his son doing. Also, writing timelines in narratives, super hero movies, and how to pepper plot elements when writing your novel or short story.||9/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit028 - Listener Questions||Dan talks about his short hiaitus and answers listener questions about publishing and predicates. Sign up for the news letter or listen to more episodes.||9/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit027 - The Patterson Effect||What is the difference between popular books and “Literature”? The DB shares his opinions. Also, The DB contrasts cheap suspense with the idea of a “flowering”...||8/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit026 - The Art of Self-Sabotage||The Art of Self-Sabotage What does it mean to write broad fiction? If everyone likes your work, is it still art? Join the ol’ DB for a discussion on popularity and the dangers of being an internet hipster and...||7/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit025 - The Robin Thicke of Literature||Do we rebel against certain conventions in a clumsy attempt to be unique? Dan covers a lot of topics this episode, everything from sympathetic characters to gaining insight from our natural inclination to controvert things that work in...||6/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit024 - Ticking Passage of Time Bomb||The most skillful writers know how to manipulate time. Today DB gets disects the ins and outs of a writer's life and ponders the irony of loving something so much one finds ways to avoid it. span style="color:...||6/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit023- How to Write Like Neil Gaiman||How important is finding a daily rhythm in a writer’s life? If it’s broken and we find ourselves not doing our job, how do we get that rhythm back? Dan talks about how important it is both to find it and, once in a while,...||5/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit022 - How to Breathe Life into Your Characters||Creating broad, rounded characters is not easy. This week Dan talks about what it takes to become a "real" writer and gives some unique ways to give the characters in your novel or short story the added dimension they need to be believable.Visit...||5/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit021 - How to Use Writing Prompts Effectively||Dan’s not a fan of writing prompts. But if you have to use them they should serve a twofold purpose. Join Dan as he talks about the joys and frustrations of writing...||5/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit020 - Becoming a Competent Self-editor||How deep does Impostor Syndrome run in a writer? Can a brother ever snap out of it and make the jump from poseur to”real” writer. Also on the show, Dan defends his assertion that Garcia-Marquez is...||5/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit019 - How to Write Like Ray Bradbury||What can Ray Bradbury teach us as writers? Quite a bit, Dan thinks, so in this installment of the program DB gives us a few things to take away from Ray’s life and work that might assist our becoming better...||4/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit018 - Writing with a Message||A Writer's Life: Writing | Books | Authors | Madness||4/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit017 - How (not) to Write a Novel||A Writer's Life: Writing | Books | Authors | Madness||4/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit016 - Beautiful Women / Literary Narrative Voice||Dan meets the most beautiful girl he's ever seen and gets into certain narrative voices that can poison your novel. Your Kindness Makes Us Squeal with...||4/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit015 - Micro Macro-me||Getting all micro in your prose is a killer and makes your narrative plain and laborious to read. On this episode Dan talks about getting "Macro" and talks about giving your sentences purpose lest they become a mere list of actions. Also, he...||4/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit014 - Pleasure Your Characters||The necessity of pleasure to the writer. Also, characters and how they must come into contact with their worlds. A Writer’s...||4/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit013 - Print is Good/Building Characters||On today's show Dan apologizes for his disparaging remarks on self-published authors. Our big push for iTunes reviews. We are making a big push for iTunes reviews to move up in the rankings. Help poor, neurotic DB in the quest to...||3/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit012 - A Writer's Money/Publishing World||Writing is difficult and the temptation to simply float your work out on the internet is tempting. But maybe, Dan muses, that isn't the best thing to do. DB talks about a writer's time on earth, and how it looks a little different than the regular...||3/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit011 - Blue Pencil Ed.-Talent, Money, and Irony Part 2||Does a writer’s talent correspond to his or her ability to sell books? Dan kicks around the idea, rejects It, and continues his thoughts on irony: how it can turn a narrative voice into something insipid and/or snarky. Also, he defends George...||3/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit010 - Working the Angles /Irony Part 1||Dan talks about taking a look at things from another angle and the opportunities writers miss whilst being normal. He also disrespects irony and the popular method of beginning a work of fiction. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria...||3/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit009 - Smarter Than Everyone / Starting a Short Story||A Writer's Life: Reading | Writing | Craft | Artist Lifestyle |||3/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit008 - Blue Pencil Ed. - Just Don't||A Writer's Life: Reading | Writing | Craft | Artist Lifestyle |||3/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit007 - A Full Writer’s Life / Predicates||A Writer's Life: Reading, Writing, Madness||3/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit006 Blue Pencil Ed. - Chubby Renaissance Men||A Writer's Life||3/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAWL 005 - 50 Hues of Brown||A Writer's Life: Reading | Writing | Craft | Artist Lifstyle |||2/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit004 - Underwear and Shame||A Writer's Life: Reading | Writing | Craft | Artist Lifestyle |||2/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Finally something a little different.
Love the show. It's honest, funny, naughty, and full of information even if it's given in passing. This is what it's like to be a writer. I thought I was the only one.
Fun, neurotic, informative. The show is part journal, part commentary, all awesome.
Frequent and thoughtful
I stumbled upon this podcast looking for something that would speak about the writing the way I think about writing - and Mr. Dan Black’s own ramblings are much akin to my own. The disinterest in crap writing, honest criticism (likely deemed snobbery elsewhere) and a real concern with the process of creating something essential.