Writing Roots

By Ley Esses, Leigh Hull, AspenHouse Publishing

We're here to help authors, published or not, improve. Each episode focuses on a step in the process, whether it's actually writing or getting your book out into the world through self-publishing.

  1. 1.
    S21E7 – Stories: How Many Different Stories Exist?
    11:30
  2. 2.
    S21E6 – Point of View: Third- or First-Person?
    11:45
  3. 3.
    S21E5 – Romantic Subplots: Are They Necessary?
    11:50
  4. 4.
    S21E4 – Word Count: Push the Limits or Stay Reserved?
    11:13
  5. 5.
    S21E3 – Word Choice: To Use Big Words or Not to Use Big Words
    12:13
  6. 6.
    S21E2 – Fanfiction: Is it Really Writing?
    11:10
  7. 7.
    S21E1 – Writing Prompts: Helpful or Not?
    11:38
  8. 8.
    S20E9 – Myth Nine: Everything is Better as a Trilogy
    11:37
  1. 9.
    S20 Bonus – Myth Ten: Self-Publishing is Free
    22:59
  2. 10.
    S20E8 – Myth Eight: Worthy Ideas are Unique
    11:24
  3. 11.
    S20E7 – Myth Seven: Writing is Easy
    11:06
  4. 12.
    S20E6 – Myth Six: A Good Book Will Sell Itself
    11:08
  5. 13.
    S20E5 – Myth Five: A True Writer is _____
    11:36
  6. 14.
    S20E4 – Myth Four: Characters Control the Author
    11:23
  7. 15.
    S20E3 – Myth Three: Said is Dead
    11:27
  8. 16.
    S20E2 – Myth Two: Write What You Know
    11:00
  9. 17.
    S20E1 – Myth One: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover
    11:17
  10. 18.
    S19 Bonus – Always Add a Fight, featuring Fight Write
    56:41
  11. 19.
    S19E8 – Preparing for Act III
    11:29
  12. 20.
    S19E7 – A Leader’s Bad Decision
    10:51
  13. 21.
    S19E6 – Using the Weather and Other Acts of God
    10:37
  14. 22.
    S19E5 – Romance and Drunkenness
    10:27
  15. 23.
    S19E4 – Creating a Holiday for Worldbuilding
    11:25
  16. 24.
    S18E3 – Time for a Casting Change
    11:29
  17. 25.
    S19E2 – A Secret Revealed
    11:53
  18. 26.
    S19E1 – Using Footholds to Find Direction
    11:29
  19. 27.
    S18 Bonus – Pearls from the Masters: Brandon Sanderson
    30:51
  20. 28.
    S18E8 – Pearls from the Masters: Ernest Hemingway
    11:16
  21. 29.
    S18E7 – Pearls from the Masters: J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis
    11:29
  22. 30.
    S18E6 – Pearls from the Masters: Agatha Christie
    11:22
  23. 31.
    S18E5 – Pearls from the Masters: Aristotle
    11:26
  24. 32.
    S18E4 – Pearls from the Masters: Lee Child
    11:07
  25. 33.
    S18E3 – Pearls from the Masters: Neil Gaiman
    11:20
  26. 34.
    S18E2 – Pearls from the Masters: John Green
    11:54
  27. 35.
    S18E1 – Pearls from the Masters: Stephen King
    11:10
  28. 36.
    S17E9 – How Do I Learn to Become a Better Writer?
    10:31
  29. 37.
    S17E8 – What Do I Need to Know to Start Writing My Book?
    11:47
  30. 38.
    S17 Bonus – How Do I Get Over Writer’s Block?
    38:55
  31. 39.
    S17E7 – Can I Mention Copyrighted or Trademarked Material?
    12:00
  32. 40.
    S17E6 – What Software is Good for Writing and Formatting?
    13:07
  33. 41.
    S17E5 – What Price Should I Set for My Book?
    11:27
  34. 42.
    S17E4 – How Do I Determine the Genre of a Book?
    12:03
  35. 43.
    S17E3 – To Cliffhang or Not to Cliffhang?
    11:31
  36. 44.
    S17E2 – What Makes a Book Impactful and Unforgettable?
    11:59
  37. 45.
    S17E1 – How Descriptive Should I Get With Appearances?
    11:57
  38. 46.
    S16E9 – Sharing the Spotlight: Including Victories for Secondary Characters
    11:15
  39. 47.
    S16 Bonus – Punctuation and Paragraphing
    45:13
  40. 48.
    S15E8 – Pet the Dog: Moments to Humanize Characters
    11:03
  41. 49.
    S16E7 – Yes, But…
    9:48
  42. 50.
    S16E6 – Throw in an Obstacle
    10:52

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