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WriterDojo

WriterDojo

By WriterDojo
The WriterDojo is different than most other writing advice podcasts out there- our primary purpose is to cut through all the bad advice and help you tell stories that people want to read (& get you paid in the process.) This is advice on becoming a Professional Writer from two very knowledgeable Professional Writers. Authors Steve Diamond & Larry Correia discuss the ins and outs of writing for fun and profit. Readers will find plenty of interesting tidbits as well and may come away with new insights into what goes into creating the stories they love.
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Pitching & Acquisition
In addition to being a successful author in his own right, guest Dave Butler is also an editor for Baen Books. This week hosts/authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia dive into it with Dave and explain how best to pitch your book to a publisher and get acquired.   If you would like to join the ranks of our supporters, you can support  this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo  Dave (D.J.) Butler's Abbott in Darkness is available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kXsr1x (affiliate link)  "Word Mercenaries" (the WriterDojo theme) is by Craig Nybo https://craignybo.com/  The music in the ad for Dave's book is courtesy of https://www.purple-planet.com
45:35
May 25, 2022
World Telling
Continuing our discussion with D.J. (Dave) Butler, this week hosts/authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss the differences between World Building  and World Telling. If you would like to join the ranks of our supporters, you can support  this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future  episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo Dave (D.J.) Butler's Abbott in Darkness is available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kXsr1x (affiliate link) "Word Mercenaries" (the WriterDojo theme) is by Craig Nybo https://craignybo.com/ The music in the ad for Dave's book is courtesy of https://www.purple-planet.com
38:40
May 18, 2022
Dave Butler Exposé
This week we were lucky enough to have super-author D.J. (Dave) Butler in studio with hosts/authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia. Dave is a successful author who writes adventure stories for all readers and has been a lawyer, a musician, a consultant, and a corporate  trainer (his own story is almost as interesting as the stories he writes.) Dave tells how he broke into publishing and offers up tips & tricks you won't learn in any classroom. If  you would like to join the ranks of our supporters, you can support  this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future  episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo Dave (D.J.) Butler's Abbott in Darkness is available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kXsr1x (affiliate link) "Word Mercenaries" (the WriterDojo theme) is by Craig Nybo https://craignybo.com/ The music in the ad for Dave's book is courtesy of https://www.purple-planet.com
35:53
May 11, 2022
Urban Fantasy
It's been a while since we dove into a specific genre, so this week Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia will be discussing Urban Fantasy. What exactly qualifies as Urban Fantasy and why on Earth do they call it that? If you would like to join the ranks of our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
39:00
May 04, 2022
Q&A- Business & Marketing
We get lots of questions from our beloved supporters, so this week our ever-grateful Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia take the opportunity to address a couple more of them. If you would like to join the ranks of our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future  episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
48:28
April 27, 2022
Sharpen Your Saw
If you're a writer, you've probably heard the refrain "you should be writing!" If you're a reader, you might have told your favorite author the same. Our perspicacious Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return this week to ponder the correct response to this and whether or not this is good or helpful advice.  If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
42:52
April 20, 2022
the Kickstarter Episode
Recently, a well known writer launched a Kickstarter that did pretty well for itself. Does that mean traditional publishers are done for? How does this affect the writing community? Is everyone just going to do this from now on? Our insightful Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return this week to ruminate on this and speculate on the long term effects.  If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future  episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
38:18
April 13, 2022
Don't Negotiate With Terrorists
Cancel culture- it's insidious and it's everywhere. How do you handle the threat of cancellation? Our fearless Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return this week to share their thoughts on this trending topic and provide some insight and guidance. (Plus Larry does his Twitter Voice!)  If  you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
33:38
April 06, 2022
Character Growth & Development
Our dauntless Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return this week to once again discuss an irresponsible tweet and explain how character growth & development SHOULD go (spoiler alert: it's not by running down a checklist)    If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast  with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at:  https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
32:52
March 30, 2022
How to Tell a Story in 5,000 Words
The market for short fiction is larger than it ever has been, with new anthologies coming out constantly. Having written short stories and novellas for many years, Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return to tackle the question- How do you tell a story in 5,000 words or less?  If you would like to join our supporters, you can support  this  podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes  at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
41:11
March 23, 2022
Mandatory Diversity
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return to tackle the question- what's  the difference between natural inclusion and Mandatory Diversity? What  should be the focus of writing? How did Larry almost die? All that and a sneak peek behind the scenes of MHI! If you would like to join our  supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
50:06
March 16, 2022
Conventions (Round 2)
Last week we covered getting the most bang for your buck attending conventions- this week, we go into the other side of it; what if you're one of the ones people are coming to see? What are your expectations and  responsibilities? How can you be the person Cons want to invite back again and again? Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return  to discuss the ins and outs of attending conventions. If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
48:60
March 09, 2022
Conventions (Round 1)
Conventions are a wonderful resource, but they cost both time and money.  How do you make sure you get the most bang for your buck? Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return to discuss the ins and outs of attending conventions. If you would  like to join our supporters, you can support  this podcast with a small  monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
45:21
March 02, 2022
Intellectual Property
IPs  (Intellectual Properties) can be tricky to write for. When does FanFic  become canon? What are the Dos and Don'ts? Having been on both sides of the equation, Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return to discuss the pros & cons of writing in someone else's property as well as having someone write in yours.  If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
43:53
February 23, 2022
Collaboration (Round 1)
Based partially on their recent experience writing Servants of War together, Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return to discuss the  pros & cons of working with other authors on a project.  If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
43:24
February 16, 2022
Supporter Spectacular (Round 3)
Hosts/Authors  Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return to answer yet more questions submitted by our wonderful supporters. Supporters, we appreciate you SO much- thank you all! If you would like to join our supporters, you can support   this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future   episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
38:25
February 09, 2022
Pacing (Round 1)
Pacing  can make or break a book and it's something that many authors struggle  with. Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return this week to  discuss the different approaches to pacing and provide some helpful tips  on how to pace yourself.  If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast  with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
43:16
February 02, 2022
Writing for Audio
Audio books accounted for over $1,500,000,000 in sales in the USA alone last year- and that number is growing steadily. Writing for audio is different than writing for readers, though. Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return this week to discuss the differences and give you some ideas to create a better experience for listeners. If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this  podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes  at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
38:29
January 26, 2022
Writer Groups & Beta Readers
Back during our First Supporter Spectacular, there were some questions just too big for a quick answer so we promised we'd get to them later- this week's topic is one such question. Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia will explore the Pros & Cons of Writer Groups and help explain how an author should choose and what they should expect from their Beta Readers. If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this  podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes  at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
40:44
January 19, 2022
Canon
Our intrepid Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return this week to once again dissect bad writing advice from a tweet and discuss canon and what it means to fans.   If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
36:37
January 12, 2022
Resolutions
Here  we are at the start of Season Two, and this one gets a little personal as hosts/authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia reflect on what they  did last year, what they're planning for this year, and make some suggestions to make your new year as productive as possible.  If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast  with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
40:10
January 05, 2022
Long vs Short Fiction
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia take time this week to contrast Long Fiction vs Short Fiction and discuss the Pros and Cons of each. (Also, this is the final episode of Season One! How crazy is that?? We've got some great things planned for Season 2, so stay tuned!)  If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast  with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at:  https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
33:29
December 29, 2021
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
Our intrepid Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia return this week to discuss a foolish tweet and explain why writing is NOT a zero sum game.   If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
40:04
December 22, 2021
Grand Theft Story
Where is the line between homage and plagiarism? How do you tell a story that hasn't been done before? Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss these and many other questions in this week's episode. If you would like to join our supporters, you can support  this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain  future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
34:45
December 15, 2021
Your Muse Is As Real As Your Kid's Imaginary Friend
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss the concept of 'the Muse' and how it can affect one's writing career. If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
36:31
December 08, 2021
Supporter Spectacular! (Round 2)
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia answer even more questions submitted by our wonderful supporters. Supporters, we appreciate you SO much- thank you all! If you would like to join our supporters, you can support  this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future  episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
38:18
December 01, 2021
Supporter Spectacular! (Round 1)
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia answer questions submitted by our wonderful supporters. Supporters, we appreciate you SO much- thank you all!  If you would like to join our supporters, you can support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
34:29
November 24, 2021
Horror
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss one of their favorite genres: Horror. This was originally supposed to air on Halloween 2021 but Producer Jack went and got sick. Sorry! If you would like to support this  podcast with a small monthly  donation to help sustain future episodes, you can do so at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
37:53
November 17, 2021
Dialogue
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss the importance of writing good dialogue and the differences between actual conversations and written conversations. If you would like to support this  podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes, you can do so at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
34:06
November 17, 2021
Worldbuilding: Setting
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss starting with a setting rather than a character. If you would like to support this podcast with a  small monthly  donation to help sustain future episodes, you can do so at:  https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
33:36
October 27, 2021
Tertiary Characters
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss the importance of fleshing out your background characters and the opportunities therein.  If you would like to support this podcast with a  small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes, you can do so at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
34:33
October 20, 2021
POV
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss the importance of choosing a Point of View.  If  you would like to support this podcast with a  small monthly donation to  help sustain future episodes, you can do so at:  https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
34:56
October 13, 2021
Heroes vs Villains
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia dig in a bit deeper on Characters and discuss how to write engaging heroes and villains.  If you would like to support this podcast with a  small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes, you can do so at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
36:57
October 06, 2021
Building Character
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss the basics of writing engaging characters and which comes first- character or setting. If you would  like to support this podcast with a  small monthly donation to help  sustain future episodes, you can do so  at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
32:56
September 29, 2021
Genre
Someone tweeted "...fantasy is not a genre- it is a setting". Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss this idea and delve into the purpose and promise of genre. If you would like to support this podcast with a small monthly donation to  help sustain future episodes, you can do so at:  https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
35:37
September 22, 2021
The Discipline of Idea Management
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss the importance of being disciplined in regards to your ideas. (Also, be sure to listen for the origins of everyone's favorite manatee, Wendell!) If you would like to support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes, you can do so at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
33:06
September 15, 2021
Outlining vs Discovery (Round I)
In this no holds barred bare knuckles battle, Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia argue the merits of writing using the Outlining Method versus using the Discovery Method. If you would like to support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help  sustain future episodes, you can do so at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
33:07
September 08, 2021
the Basics of Business (Round I)
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss the basics of writing as a business. If you would  like to support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help  sustain future episodes, you can do so at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
39:09
September 01, 2021
Hobby vs Business (Round I)
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia discuss the differences between writing as a hobby versus writing as a business. If you would like to support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes, you can do so at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
33:47
August 25, 2021
Welcome to the WriterDojo!
Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia explain what we’re doing with this podcast and why we’re doing it. If you would like to support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes, you can do so at: https://anchor.fm/writerdojo
31:21
August 17, 2021