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  1. ISBW #4022018/11/15

    I talk about Save the Cat Writes a Novel , and how useful I find the beat sheet from the system.

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  2. ISBW #4012018/10/25

    It's time for NaNoWriMo, what are you doing to prepare? Here's what I'm up to.

  3. ISBW #4002018/09/20

    Episode 400, really! It's not a Very Special Episode (TM) but I do think it's important.

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  4. ISBW #3992018/07/20

    Almost to 400, and I still feel like I'm a beginner! Wow.
  5. ISBW #3982018/06/26

    Back and rambling and OMG I am writing the SOLO novelization!
  6. ISBW #3972018/05/17

    And I talk about one of the epiphanies I've had after... sixteen years of writing. It's embarrassing.

  7. ISBW #3962018/04/25

    I have been struggling inside my own head lately, but am trying to get back.
  8. ISBW #3952018/03/28
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  9. I Should Be Writing #3952018/03/22

    In reading a book on luck, I had an epiphany not on luck, but on procrastination. I explore the reason why we may avoid writing, and then I talk to G. S. Denning, author of the Warlock Holmes series.
  10. ISBW #3932018/03/13
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  11. ISBW #3922018/02/08

    it's time for the yearly discussion on conventions and etiquette and advice. And then we delve into feedback.
  12. ISBW #3912018/02/07
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  13. ISBW #3902018/01/26

    Should you find a publisher before the book is done? Should you worry about your pen name before you find an agent? What order should things be done in, anyway?

    Brought to you by Serial Box , the "HBO for ebooks." Get a discount on a whole season of content with the code WRITER18.
  14. ISBW #3892018/01/17
    I have one resolution this year, and that's to get bored more often. Also, I talk fears, and NBC's The Good Place. I was supposed to have an interview but I just discovered it's crap and I have to re-record. Sorry about that.
  15. ISBW #3882017/12/21
    I pontificate about Patreon, transcribing the podcasts, and Star Wars (no spoilers). If you want to support on Patreon, by the way, you can do so here . Happy Holidays!
  16. ISBW 387: Learning how to strike-out2017/11/21
    Why is it OK to suck? Specifically, why does stinky writing matter?
  17. ISBW #3862017/10/30
    Almost November! Are you ready? Maybe this will help. http://www.NaNoWriMo.org http://www.grantfaulkner.com/
  18. ISBW #3852017/10/12

    NaNoWriMo is in less than a month! AUGH! So we talk prep, and we talk to Nicky Drayden , author of The Prey of Gods (which was a NaNo book!)
  19. ISBW #384: The black dog doesn't care2017/09/28

    When mild depression hits.
  20. ISBW #383: Point of View // Beth Cato Interview2017/09/14
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  21. ISBW #382: Back to basics2017/08/31

    WHY should you follow all those writing rules? These are the "story structure" and "no adverbs" and "Give your characters something to do" rules. Can't we all just break the rules and run amok? It's the digital age, we can do what we want!
  22. ISBW 3812017/08/14

    We talk awards and feedback and I wonder what happened at WorldCon. We will find out when I record again!
  23. ISBW #3802017/07/30

    I'm coming out of depression land and straight into the crazy that is August that is travel and WorldCon. So here is the podcast for the week of July 24, and the podcast for the week of August 7 is already queued.

    (Only I say it's for August 14 because calendars are hard)

    Books mentioned: Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun
  24. ISBW #379: Those Down Days2017/07/12
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  25. ISBW #378: Preparations2017/06/27

    I've decided I need some simple lists to help me when I travel and record, and figure those kinds of lists might help with writing, too.
  26. ISBW #377: Brain Weasels2017/06/22

    I know I know I know I always say these supportive things but sometimes it's hard to listen to myself. Recently I've been suffering from "first draft must be perfect" syndrome, and had to step back and actually look at myself and what I was doing.

    First drafts don't have to be perfect. Write it 100x on the board.
  27. ISBW #376: Must you write daily? And interview with Robyn Bennis!2017/05/30
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  28. ISBW #375: Feedback2017/05/15

    Show Notes:
    ISBW (and Ditch Diggers) Wiki , a work in progress! Discussions of the magical negro: Further thoughts by Nnedi Okorafor: STEPHEN KING'S SUPER-DUPER MAGICAL NEGROES and Salon: The offensive movie cliche that won’t die Books I recommend: many books by Victoria Lynn Schmidt and Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress

  29. ISBW #374: Writing conflict with two facets (at least)2017/05/01
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  30. ISBW #373: About all those rules2017/04/17

    Don't use adverbs. Show, don't tell. Often blanket terms, what do they really mean, and why should we use them? And what does it mean when someone carefully follows those rules.

    Recommended book: Nabokov's Favorite Word Was Mauve
  31. ISBW #372: Metacast: State of the world, state of Mur2017/03/17

    I discuss where politics fall within the topic of this show, what I've been up to, some challenges, and some future stuff. Little bit of catching up.

    Also, it's the last night to nominate for the Hugos!
  32. ISBW #371: Writing as a relationship // Bookburners Interview2017/02/14

    I usually use the boxing metaphor for writing, but I've been thinking it's more like a relationship. Plus Six Wakes and Bookburners both launched! Then I talk to my fellow Bookburners authors, Margaret Dunlap , Max Gladstone , and Brian Francis Slattery .
  33. ISBW #370: Gamification // Jason Chabot and Kylie Chan Interviews2017/01/12

    I discuss how I try to get work done using Habitica and 4thewords.com. Then talk to Jason Chabot and Kylie Chan!

  34. ISBW #369: Feedback // David D. Levine and Stephen Aryan Interviews2017/01/11

    Some long-awaited feedback gets answered!
  35. ISBW #368: Post-depression writing 2016/12/22

    Where I've been for the last two months, and two more interviews with Leanna Renee Hieber and Brooke Johnson !

    (And I hadn't recorded in a while, so the wrong mic is grabbing the audio and I didn't realize till afterwards.)

    And I've been podcasting 12 years! WOW!
  36. ISBW #367: NaNoWriMo Special with Grant Faulkner2016/10/28

    I was lucky enough to talk to Grant Faulkner, the grand poobah of NaNoWriMo !

    Are you ready for November?
  37. ISBW #366: Control and Laurence MacNaughton Interview2016/10/07
  38. ISBW #365: Editing is hard, and JD Horn Interview2016/09/23

    I talked about my continuity issues in my current book, and then talk to JD Horn about his book Jilo.

    Oh, and did you hear there's going to be an ISBW BOOK? Yeah. There's going to be an ISBW BOOK. Holy crap sticks.
  39. ISBW #364 - Feedback // Jon Skovron Interview // John Claude Bemis Interview2016/08/16

    It's another long show as I catch up with my late interviews! Jon Skovron and John Claude Bemis are both here to talk about their books.

    With two interviews, this one is a long one!

    Worldcon is this week! Are you going? Come say hi!
  40. ISBW #363: Movie Options and TWO Interviews!2016/06/30

    I announced it a few days ago that Netflix purchased the option for The Shambling Guides , and I talk more about it here. Then I put two interviews in one show since I'm behind, so you get to hear from Mike Carey and Brenda Cooper !
  41. ISBW #362: Glossary of writing terms and Helen Lowe Interview2016/05/20

    What do all those words I'm always saying mean? I go over several terms we discuss in publishing. I loved this idea, so if you have other ideas for terms you'd like discussed in more detail, let me know! Then I talk to Helen Lowe , author of Daughter of Blood.
  42. ISBW 361- Feedback, Elizabeth Bonesteel Interview2016/05/09

    Covering feedback this time, including the importance of race in a story, ideas during depression, and more! Then we talk to Elizabeth Bonesteel, author of the excellent SF novel The Cold Between .
  43. ISBW #360: Level up! Plus Dan Koboldt Interview2016/04/04

    I've leveled up as a writer, and I interview Dan Koboldt, author of The Rogue Retrieval.
  44. ISBW #359: Feedback2016/03/10

    Feedback time again!

  45. ISBW #358: Periscope test and writing rules2016/02/17

    LORD GOD it's been two months? SHAME, MUR. SHAME.
  46. ISBW #357 - Anniversary, with Raven Oak interview2015/12/09

    As of today, I've been podcasting 11 years. Whoa.

    I also talk to Raven Oak, one of the authors in the Joy to the Worlds anthology, out now!
  47. ISBW #356: Feedback2015/12/03

    It's a feedback time, and so we're gonna talk.
  48. ISBW #355: Crippling Fear2015/11/24

    Coming to terms with my fear, and how it’s holding me back. So it’s time to embrace failure.

  49. ISBW #354: NaNoWriMo Primer 22015/11/01

    Haters got you down? Don't let them.
  50. ISBW #353: NaNoWriMo Primer 12015/10/19

    As we look forward two weeks to NaNoWriMo, I have to talk about something very unpopular. This year I challenge you to kill your darlings.
  51. ISBW #352: Book Burnout // Peter Orullian Interview2015/09/22

    I'm still working on my book. I'm kind of focused, podcasting is hard. BUT we have a Peter Orullian interview!


  52. ISBW #351 - Believe in Yourself - Fran Wilde Interview2015/09/02

    What happens when no one believes in you but you?

    Then we talk to Fran Wilde about her new book Updraft!
  53. ISBW #350 - Feedback2015/08/18

    Feedback time!
  54. ISBW #349 - Brain Games // Andrea Phillips Interview2015/07/14

    Today I talk how my brain sabotages my creative process and I talk to Andrea Phillips about transmedia and her new book, Revision.
  55. ISBW #348 - Stop kicking your own ass // Jen Udden Interview2015/06/25

    ISBW returns with an agent interview this time, and my plea to stop kicking your own ass. And by you I mean me.

    Jen's podcast, Shipping and Handling .
  56. ISBW #347: Meta, Feedback, John Chu Interview2015/06/04

    I'm back with a talk of what's going on, feedback, and a John Chu interview from Boskone!

    Obligatory Buy My Book! link: (affiliate)

  57. ISBW #346 - Feedback2015/04/23

    A short and sweet feedback show about royalties, copyright, and social media celebration!

    Obligatory Buy My Book! link: (affiliate)

  58. ISBW #345: The pride of busy-ness // Interview with Dora Goss2015/04/13

    Sometimes talking about how busy we are is a sense of pride and not something to fix. Maybe we should rethink that.

    Then I talk to Dora Goss .

    Ditch Diggers coming tomorrow!

    Obligatory Buy My Book! link: (affiliate)

  59. ISBW #344 - Feedback2015/03/20

    I'm back, with feedback.

    Important links:

    List of conventions
    Online Writing Workshop
  60. ISBW #343: Resistance :: Michael Underwood Interview2015/02/23

    I talk about resistance and the book The War of Art , and then interview author Michael Underwood.


    Younger Gods
    Michael's site
    Tor.com Novella Announcement!
    2K to 10K
    My award eligibility post

    (affiliate links)
  61. ISBW #342 - Feedback2015/01/30

    First feedback of the year, lots of neat things happening, and we talk covers and memoirs and outlining!
  62. ISBW #341 - Happy New Year2015/01/28

    So last week when I was working to put a bunch of audio on my site, I got a bit lost and didn't manage to actually post ISBW. Too many shows going on right now, I guess. So, uh, here is my Happy New Year post, and #342 that I recorded today will go up on Friday.
  63. ISBW #340 - End of the year and feedback2014/12/15

    I'm doing the wacky thing of taking some time off this holiday season, no writing, little recording, and no stress thinking about writing and recording. This is a Big Deal.

    Then we talk feedback! Happy holidays and I will see you in January!
  64. ISBW #339 - Ditch Diggers Sneak Peek!2014/12/10
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  65. ISBW #338 - Feedback2014/12/02

    I say it's #339 but really it's 338. It's feedback time!

    Obligatory Buy My Book! link: (affiliate)

  66. ISBW #337 - NaNo, Tired Tropes // Howard Tayler Interview2014/11/18

    So glad to have Howard Tayler back on the show. If you don't listen to Howard on Writing Excuses , you totally should.
  67. I Should Be Writing #336 - Characterization and Hierarchy2014/10/30

    I talk characterization and stuff, taking from a blog post I read and can't remember the source. If you know the source TELL ME and I will post it here so I am not a total jerk.

    Support me via Patreon and get access to the archives, the NaNoWriMo podcast, and more!
  68. ISBW #335 - Feedback2014/10/24

    We talk women authors, pen names , the networking bucket, and what to focus on as a newbie.
  69. ISBW #334 - NaNoWriMo Prep // Charlaine Harris Interview2014/10/17

    I'm back from technical difficulties, ready to talk about NaNoWriMo ! Also got the amazing Charlaine Harris as this week's interview.

    If you want the daily NaNo show, support via Patreon !

    Reading Now: Dust , by Elizabeth Bear
    Writing (editing) Now: Afterlife Series 6: Stones
  70. ISBW #334 - Feedback2014/09/25

    Harsh truth about quitting the day job, and more. Hang in there, folks. Keep writing.

    Support via Patreon

    I'm reading: Aeropagitica

    I'm writing: Afterlife Book 6: Stones
  71. ISBW #333 - Writing Hooks // Seanan McGuire Interview2014/09/22
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  72. ISBW 332 - Feedback2014/09/05

    We take feedback from email and twitter, talk research, diversity, and platforms and social media.

    Don't forget to support the show via Patreon !
  73. ISBW #331 - In Memory, Grief, Writing2014/09/03

    I am recovering from London, deaths in the family, and deaths in the extended friendship family. I broke my magic spreadsheet chain. It's been rough.

    LonCon was awesome, though, and I will cover that at some future time.
  74. ISBW #330 - Amazon vs Hachette // Kirsty Logan Interview2014/08/01

    I have a couple of horses in this Amazon vs Hachette race, and although I will admit I don't fully understand all the details, I will say that I really dislike absolutes.

    On a brighter note, we talk to Kirsty Logan !
  75. ISBW #329 - Feedback2014/07/18

    Writing and running and grammar and thanks SO much for pushing the show past the $300 level in Patreon!
  76. ISBW #328 - Taking Care of Yourself // Gail Carriger interview2014/07/09

    This week we welcome Gail Carriger back to the show, and talk about taking care of yourself. Hint- it's not romantic to treat yourself like crap in order to brag that you're not sleeping or drinking too much in order to feel like a "real" writer.

    Don't forget to check out the Patreon and support the podcast!
  77. ISBW #327 - Feedback2014/07/03

    Hello new listeners! We have a feedback show for you. Coming soon- interview with Gail Carriger!

    Don't forget to support my Patreon .
  78. ISBW #326 - Entitlement // Pip Ballantine Interview2014/06/13

    It's time to talk entitlement - readers who expect too much, AND authors/publishers who expect too much. Then we talk to Pip Ballantine.
  79. ISBW 325 - Feedback2014/06/11

    We talk pen names, editing, and characters.
  80. ISBW 324 - Waiting. And Marie Bilodeau interview2014/06/04

    I am not terribly productive because I'm in a rut.

    And I didn't say this in the podcast, but RIP Jay Lake. :(
  81. ISBW #323 - Feedback show2014/05/23

    I know, two shows in a week. Crazypants. The biggest thing we talk about is the advice for the sailor who wants to write on his iPad. Storyist is the most popular app, mentioned by a lot of people.

    I talk about my skepticism for productivity sites, and then have a LONG talk with my agent, Jen Udden , asking lots and lots of questions. There was wine. And a bit of swearing.
  83. ISBW #321 - Feedback show!2014/04/29

    I go through the emails and discuss series, and agents, and iPad word processors.

    Don't forget to support the site via Patreon !
  84. Cooking the Books #001 - Mur Lafferty Interview2014/04/24

    We take a small detour and host Fran Wilde's first podcast for her blog Cooking the Books . And the interview is with me! How cool is that?
  85. ISBW #320 - Depression // Adam Christopher Interview2014/04/22
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  86. ISBW #319 - Feedback2014/03/21

    I go through the feedback. Note, I didn't get to all the feeback because I will soon have an interview with my agent, Jen Udden, and will ask her the remaining questions.

    Hey! Did you know I have a Patreon account? Support me and save puppies from giant hawk attacks! (or just support the show. That works too)
  87. ISBW #318 - Read the fine print // Max Gladstone Interview2014/03/13

    I was delighted to interview my buddy Max Gladstone , and I only held onto the interview for like 3 months. And then realized we got cut off at the end. BUT IT IS A GOOD INTERVIEW DANGIT.

    I also give my opinions of reading the fine print, told in the perspective of the Amtrak Writer's Residenc y idea.
  88. ISBW #317 - Feedback2014/03/02
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  89. ISBW #316 - Confidence // Madeline Ashby Interview2014/02/26

    [If you're here from USAToday.com, welcome!]

    This episode we discuss how I've been writing out of order, and how lack of confidence creates a bit of a roadblock. Then we talk to Madeline Ashby , the awesome SF writer. Check out her books vN and iD.

  90. ISBW #315 - Myke Cole Interview2014/02/13

    Myke Cole has a new book out, finishing his Shadow Ops trilogy! He's a great author and a very giving guy.

    Ghost Train to New Orleans – Out March 4
  91. ISBW #314 - Rapid Fire: Marketing2014/02/12

    I have a book coming out in a month! Time to discuss marketing options.
  92. ISBW #313 - (OLDER SHOW) Teri Karobonik Interview 2014/02/10

    Recorded early January, I'm just now getting this up. Sorry about that. But I talked to Teri Karobonik, an IP lawyer who got her career idea from a show I did a very long time ago!
  93. ISBE #312 - Returning, and Interview with Matt Lohr and Diane O'Bannon2013/12/21

    I'm back after NaNo stress! Hope you did well! And I talk to Matt Lohr and Diane O'Bannon, co-authors of Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure.
  94. NaNoWriMo podcast day 30 - The End2013/12/01

    Did you finish? I didn't! Here's the last episode for all you winners, and 'losers' too!
  95. ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 25 - When in Doubt #5 - Consume media!2013/11/26

    Some people want to be "pure" when they write, consuming no media, and definitely not things associated with what they are writing. I say PISH TOSH.

    Wordcount at end of day: 41,675
    Words left to write: 8,325
    My NaNoWriMo Page
    Theme music by John Anealio

  96. ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 24 - Should you take a day off?2013/11/24
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  97. ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 23 - Thanksgiving preparation2013/11/23
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  98. ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 22 - Taking Care of Yourself2013/11/22
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  99. ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 21 - Middles 2013/11/22
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  100. ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 20 - When In Doubt #3 - Look into the past2013/11/20

    Our past is what builds our characters, and if your character is feeling weak, look into what in their past made them what they are. A good flashback is 300-1000 words, easy.

    Wordcount at end of day: 33,333
    Words left to write: 16,667
    My NaNoWriMo Page
    Theme music by John Anealio

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