Writing Pursuits

Kathrese McKee

Writing Pursuits with Kathrese McKee is a weekly podcast for authors who drink too much coffee, endure judgmental looks from their furry writing companions, and struggle for words. If you are a writer seeking encouragement, information, and inspiration, this podcast is for you.

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Episode 13: Debunking Author MythsThere are several, common myths about writing for a living. Today we discuss and debunk the myths. This week’s question is: What lies are holding you back from writing? Please share. Links:https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://theauthorlife.com/editing/ (Three Story Method Certified Editor) What does that mean? https://www.kathresemckee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link)) Other Links:https://www.blog.yourfirst10kreaders.com/ (Nick Stephenson, Your First 10,000 Readers) https://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/ (Kevin Kelly’s article: “1,000 True Fans”)

Nov 24

11 min 16 sec

The big rocks first principle works, but there are problems with the analogy. For authors, it is essential to decide what your big rocks are to avoid failure. The big rocks first principle works, but there are problems with the analogy. For authors, it is essential to decide what your big rocks are to avoid failure.  Links: https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.kathresemckee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link))

Nov 17

13 min 28 sec

The unreliable narrator is a tool every writer needs to have in their toolbelt. What are unreliable narrators, what categories do they fall in, and how do you write them? Links: https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) https://www.wwordmarkeredits.com (WordMarkerEdits.com) https://www.kathresemckee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link))

Nov 10

15 min 57 sec

Reducing friction is one of the most overlooked keys to getting things done. For the author, friction can come in many forms, but there are ways to reduce or eliminate friction and get the work started!  Links: https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) https://www.wwordmarkeredits.com (WordMarkerEdits.com) https://www.kathresemckee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link)) Other links from episode: https://amzn.to/3pWiOUy (Leuchttrum1917 )journals (Amazon affiliate link) https://amzn.to/3CKvJfN (Atomic Habits):  An Easy &Proven Way to Create Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear  (Amazon affiliate link)

Nov 3

20 min 17 sec

Show NotesIf you can get good at self-editing, you will save money by making it easier and thus less expensive for your editor to do their job.  Today, I’m going to give an overview of a process any author can use to save time. You can save yourself from making twenty passes through your manuscript. Links: https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) https://www.wwordmarkeredits.com (WordMarkerEdits.com) https://www.kathresemckee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link)) Guests’s Links: https://amzn.to/3Bhmqm3 (2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love) by Rachel Aaron (affiliate link)

Oct 27

17 min 31 sec

Is writing a series for you? Or are standalone books better for you? Why would you choose to write a series? What are the pros and cons? Links: https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) https://www.wwordmarkeredits.com (WordMarkerEdits.com) https://www.kathresemckee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link)) Guests’s Links: ChrisFoxWrites.com

Oct 20

12 min 16 sec

Links: https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) https://www.wwordmarkeredits.com (WordMarkerEdits.com) https://www.kathresemckee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link)) Guests’s Links: https://www.hlburkeauthor.com/ (HLBurkeauthor.com) https://fellowshipoffantasy.com/ (FellowshipofFantasy.com) Instagram for H. L. Burke: https://www.instagram.com/burkesdragons/ (@BurkesDragons)

Oct 13

21 min 54 sec

Grinding to a halt during a writing project is a given. You get to a point in a book, an article, or your author newsletter, and you feel as though you just. Can’t.. Go. On. I’ve been there, and so have you. But the point is to somehow—SOMEHOW—get back in the zone. Here are ten ways to reset. Links:https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WordMarkerEdits.com (WordMarkerEdits.com)

Oct 6

12 min 22 sec

When you are planning your novel, how do you decide whose point of view to tell it from? If your novel has two protagonists, how do you decide which one gets the scene--Character A or Character B? Do you choose one, two, or more points of view? Today, we have covered: Types of Point of View  Examples Answers to the questions: When you are planning your novel, how do you decide whose point of view to tell it from?  If your novel has two protagonists, how do you decide which one gets the scene--Character A or Character B?  Do you choose one, two, or more points of view? Links: Star Wars crawl: https://www.filmsite.org/starw.html (https://www.filmsite.org/starw.html)  https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WordMarkerEdits.com (WordMarkerEdits.com) https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/KathreseMcKee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link))

Sep 29

14 min 20 sec

Interview with Linda KozarToday, we feature a lively interview with Selah Award winner, Linda Kozar, who writes cozy mysteries and devotionals. But don’t hem her in; Linda enjoys coloring outside the lines. Find all of her books and her podcast information at http://www.lindakozar.com/ (LindaKozar.com). Links:https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WordMarkerEdits.com (WordMarkerEdits.com) https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/KathreseMcKee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link))

Sep 22

25 min 54 sec

What you will learn:Best practices for safeguarding your manuscript from loss and destruction. How to adequately back up your manuscript and other working documents. Version control and redundancy How to build logical file structure Virus Protection Password management Resources:Ashlynn Carter of Ashlynn Writes: “A How-to Guide for GoogleDrive File Organization: The Exact System I Use,” https://ashlynwrites.com/googledrive-how-to/ (https://ashlynwrites.com/googledrive-how-to/) Literature & Latte, “Syncing Scrivener Projects to the Cloud” by Kirk McElhearn https://www.literatureandlatte.com/blog/syncing-scrivener-projects-to-the-cloud (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/blog/syncing-scrivener-projects-to-the-cloud) Other Links:https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WordMarkerEdits.com (WordMarkerEdits.com) https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/KathreseMcKee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link))

Sep 15

16 min 36 sec

Do you know who your readers are? How do you identify your audience, and how can you connect? In this episode, we discuss: How to identify your ideal readers. Ways to learn about them, and How to connect with readers before and after you publish your book. Resource: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5m8p57y01aasr1z/2%2020210908%20CV%20Avatar%20Worksheet.pdf?dl=0 (Free, Printable Avatar Worksheet PDF) Links: https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WritingPursuits.com (WritingPursuits.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/WordMarkerEdits.com (WordMarkerEdits.com) https://www.writingpursuits.com/captivate-podcast/1/KathreseMcKee.com (KathreseMcKee.com) https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link))

Sep 8

15 min 32 sec

What you'll learn: How to recognize impostor syndrome? When to expect it. The need to accept it. How to push past it. Links: WritingPursuits.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@WritingPursuitsPodcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community) WordMarkerEdits.com KathreseMcKee.com https://www.mailerlite.com/invite/d2a1630e54ad5 (Mailerlite (affiliate link))

Sep 3

13 min 4 sec

Thanks for giving Writing Pursuits a chance.  This is the trailer for the show in which we will test the intro, describe the program to come, and test the outro.  Thanks again for listening.  Welcome to the Writing Pursuits podcast where authors like you discuss writing craft, author life, and book marketing strategies.  I'm your host, Kathrese McKee.  I own Word Marker Edits and write and produce the weekly newsletter Word Marker Tips for Authors.  In addition, I am a speculative fiction author.  Writing pursuits is for authors who drink too much coffee, endure judgmental looks from their furry writing companions, and struggle for words.  If you are a writer seeking encouragement, information, and inspiration, this podcast is for you.  Let's get to it.  Hey there, Writing Pursuits Authors, thank you for tuning in today to the trailer for the Writing Pursuits Podcast.  As you heard in the intro, the main topics of writing pursuits include writing craft, which is pretty self-descriptive, with topics like characterization, point of view, pacing, tension and so on.  We're also going to talk about author life which will cover topics around mindset overcoming writer's block and work/life balance. And finally, you will cover book marketing strategies because what's the point of getting a book published if nobody gets to read it?   The podcast is for the late bloomer. The author, who isn't full time. The busy person who writes in the fringes. And anyone else who wants to write professionally.  I don't mean full time. Many people love their chosen profession but want to write books too. That is perfectly OK.   I myself did not begin writing fiction seriously until about 2007. When I had already entered my 40s up to that point. I had been a systems engineer at EDS, a consultant at DRT Consulting, a real estate agent, and a middle school ESL reading teacher.  By that time, my eldest daughter was finishing up her senior year of high school, and I challenged her to do NaNoWriMo with me. We stuck to writing longhand in spiral notebooks. I have no idea why.  Sadly, neither of us completed the 50,000-word challenge, but I was completely hooked.  I filled notebook after notebook with my meandering plot, but finally in 2014, I found a critique partner-- a very good critique partner--who pushed me through the door marked “author.”  I published the first book in a Series A whopping 120,000-word epic fantasy adventure.  So far, there are six books in my series, and my readers are breathing threats down my neck lest I leave the series uncompleted.   Along the way, I joined various editing organizations, took a bunch of courses, and became a freelance editor to support my writing habit. I specialize in editing fiction because I love it so, so much.  Two years later I started putting out a newsletter for my editing clients called Word Marker Tips for Authors, and when I reached Issue #100 recently, I decided to dip into the waters of podcasting because at last I had to admit to myself, I'm a nonfiction author too. So here I am with you.  In case you're wondering, this podcast will be a mixture of solo episodes and interviews airing on Wednesdays, at least for this season.  There's a brand-new Facebook group where it is okay to ask any writing related question. The link will be in the show notes. https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingpursuitsauthorcommunity (Writing Pursuits Author Community)  Follow https://www.instagram.com/writingpursuitspodcast/ (@writingpursuitspodcast) on Instagram. It's so new, I haven't even posted as of this recording, so we're going to start that together.  Shout out to my podcasting coach, Krystal...

Aug 30

4 min 32 sec