Episode 37: Down but not out

It's hard times writing in this episode. Ben is woefully off pace at this point but Jim is cracking along. We talk about output and being ready to "kill your darlings". And we've also got some handy links and advice if you're feeling like things just haven't come together like you'd hope they would for your NaNoWriMo.


Robert Jackson Bennett on Jessica Jones (and using questions to move your story along)

Comedy Bang Bang with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross


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Episode 25: Building Better Worlds

"World building" doesn't really get Ben's motor running, but it's still something that, like it or not, most writers have to tackle in their stories.

Before that, we look at the very handy "22 rules for a good story" by former Pixar artist Emma Coats.

Jim and Ben then explore some suggestions for how worlds are created or evoked through various writing techniques. I assure you it's more fun than that last sentence would suggest.


NaNoWriPod Hosts:

  • Ben Alexander runs and is starting his second season of NaNoWrimo. He can be followed on Twitter @mistahben and on the NaNo site at mistahben.
  • Jim Markus, the creator of “Write with Lions”, runs  and is starting his sixth season of NaNoWriMo. Jim is on Twitter @jimmarkus and on the NaNo site at jim-markus.

Both can also be heard on the  Stuff Smart People Like Podcast.

This podcast is not affiliated with the Office of Letters and Light, but we encourage you to support their awesome efforts. NaNoWriMo accepts donations on their site.

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