Borderline Genius

Borderline Genius

By Nora McKinney / Chet Sandberg
Two writer friends chat about the craft of writing, editing, and books.
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Literary fiction: myths and truths
What is literary fiction, why do we love it, why do we write it? In today's episode, we talk with literary fiction writer R. Tim Morris about the things we love about literary fiction, our favorite books in this genre, and our new short story anthology More Time. Find Nora and Chet on twitter. Music is So Happy by Scott Holmes.
1:06:34
July 1, 2020
The advantages of indie cooperatives
In today's episode, we talk with author Victoria Gilbert about the workings of indie cooperatives. How do you put together a good team, how many writers are too many, and how effective is an indie cooperative in getting your work out there? Find Chet and Nora on twitter. Music is So Happy by Scott Holmes.
1:03:54
June 24, 2020
Attention spans in the digital age
In today's episode book blogger Kriti Khare joins us to discuss how the constant influx of information from our electronic devices keeps our attention spans short, especially when it comes to writing and reading, and suggest some methods to shut out excessive stimuli and improve concentration. Find Kriti, Nora, and Chet on Twitter. Music is So Happy by Scott Holmes.
1:00:04
June 14, 2020
How to find your tribe
Not all writers have the support they want from friends and family. Moreover, we need like-minded people who understand our struggles and can help us learn and grow. In today's episode, we discuss the importance of finding your tribe as an author and suggest some ways of doing so. Find Nora and Chet on Twitter. Music is So Happy by Scott Holmes. 
1:16:36
June 5, 2020
The myth of arriving
In today's episode, traditionally published author Victoria Gilbert talks to us about her experiences in the publishing world, the advantages of traditional publishing, and the myth of "arriving" as a successful writer. Find Nora and Chet on Twitter. Music is So Happy by Scott Holmes.
1:02:40
May 30, 2020
Tips from a full-time indie writer
In today's episode, we interview successful indie writer AC Fuller. Why is it easier to be a full-time writer as an indie? How do you find a balance between what you want to write and what will sell? How important are covers and book series for commercial success? And why are there so few full-time indie literary fiction writers? And what's the difference between indie and trad writing? AC Fuller shares his insights with us. Find Nora and Chet on twitter. Intro and outro music is So Happy by Scott Holmes. 
1:14:19
May 14, 2020
How has writing healed you?
In today's episode, we talk about all the ways writing helps us manage our mental health problems. We also asked the twitter #WritingCommunity to tell us how writing has healed them, and we read and expand on some of the replies we got. As always, the conversation drifts to adjacent subjects: how do you accidentally write a novel? When do smart women finally get guys? How is it to live with borderline disorder? How do you break up with physics, and why has Nora blocked her whole family on Facebook? And what drives some writers to insert better versions of themselves in their books? Find Nora and Chet on twitter. Intro and outro music is So Happy by Scott Holmes. 
1:15:14
May 7, 2020
Ask the editors (Part II)
Our guest in today's episode is Dario Ciriello, an experienced editor and author of The Fiction Writing Handbook and other works of fiction and non-fiction. Nora interviews Chet and Dario on editing subjects. Can any writer be a good editor? Which skills should a good copy editor have? Which errors will prevent a writer from being picked up by a publisher? And how does Nora confuse her male colleagues? All this and much more will be answered in part II of Ask the Editors. Find Nora and Chet on Twitter. Intro and outro music is So Happy by Scott Holmes.
59:46
April 30, 2020
Ask the editors (Part I)
Our guest in today's episode is Dario Ciriello, an experienced editor and author of The Fiction Writing Handbook and other works of fiction and non-fiction. Nora interviews Chet and Dario on editing subjects. How does an editor enhance the writer's voice? Do editors have grammatical pet peeves? Can a truly gifted writer make anything work? And why is style important, even if the reader doesn't consciously notice it? All this and much more will be answered in part I of Ask the Editors. Find Nora and Chet on Twitter. Intro and outro music is So Happy by Scott Holmes.
1:01:31
April 23, 2020
Writing in the time of COVID
So, now you have all this time on your hands. Should you write more? Should you feel bad if you're stressed and can't concentrate? We, an essential worker (a nurse) and a mom in Germany who hasn't had to work in weeks, but had to homeschool her kids, talk about how we deal with this new situation. A jet fetish, isolation and introspection, and why some people read post-apocalyptic stories right now are subjects that we also discuss. Find Nora and Chet on Twitter! Music is So Happy by Scott Holmes.
1:05:28
April 16, 2020
Unicorn Rules
What are unicorn rules, and should you follow them? In our first episode, we talk about dialogue techniques, prologues, multiple points of view, erotica, and more. Chet explains the LitRPG genre and recommends a lot of books (keep a notebook handy!), and Nora disses some well-loved classics.  Find Nora and Chet on Twitter! Music is So Happy by Scott Holmes.
1:14:54
April 9, 2020
Borderline Genius: Teaser
Nora and Chet: two writers, one transatlantic friendship. Join us as we chat about the craft of writing, editing, books, and many, many other things. You can also find Nora McKinney and Chet Sandberg on Twitter! Music is So Happy by Scott Holmes
00:46
April 6, 2020