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#070: Paul Michael Anderson – Writing moral murkiness, making short stories work, and prioritizing life.
Jan 15, 2021 57 min

#070: Paul Michael Anderson – Writing moral murkiness, making short stories work, and prioritizing life.

Paul Michael Anderson is the author of the collection Bones Are Made to Be Broken, which Jack Ketchum called “a dark carnival of rigorous intelligence and compassion, the title novella alone of which is well worth the price of admission”, as well as the novellas I Can Give You Life, and How We Broke (with Bracken MacLeod), and dozens of short stories, articles, and reviews. His new novella Standalone launches tomorrow (as of the time of recording), and Stephen Graham Jones describes it as “A metaphysical science fiction slasher that doesn’t scrimp on the gore and might just get you rooting for the guy with the machete, the ax, the knife, and that certain glint in his eye that lets you know it’s all over.” In this episode we go deep into: - Paul’s entry into blogging and building his website - How Paul wrote his way out of a driving ticket - Balance content and expectation with a knowledge of your privilege - Why Paul writes fiction alongside his blogging - Paul’s encounter with a fan that spurred on his writing - Paul’s journey into horror writing - How Paul got featured in collections with such heavy-hitters of the genre - Building a reputation in the short story world - What to look for when entering into an anthology - Why writing short stories is a numbers game - Why “Standalone” was the book that ’needed to be written.' - The power of the anti-hero and moral murkiness - How to approach people to blurb your book - Why Paul writes Find out more about Paul: Twitter: @P_M_Anderson https://thenothingspace.net/ Links from the show: www.danielwillcocks.com Stephen King’s "Pet Semetery" https://books2read.com/u/bw7kDy Jack Ketchum https://www.jackketchum.net/ Joe R Lansdale http://www.joerlansdale.com/ Harlan Ellison https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlan_Ellison Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
#069: Chris Allen – Games writing, storytelling through role-play & “Aren’t we all writing fanfic, anyway?”
Jan 08, 2021 1 hr 21 min

#069: Chris Allen – Games writing, storytelling through role-play & “Aren’t we all writing fanfic, anyway?”

Chris Allen has written, edited, and designed dozens of tabletop gaming products since 2005, including roleplaying games, board games, and miniatures games, and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. He has contributed to major game lines such as the World of Darkness and Trinity Continuum, and worked on licensed tie-ins for a broad spectrum of properties including Starship Troopers, Babylon 5, and 2000AD. His design work extends to live action roleplaying, where he served on the plot team for the major UK fest LARP, Empire, for several years. Chris is also a published short fiction author and is currently writing a tie-in novella for Trinity Continuum: Æon. Chris believes that tabletop games, albeit played increasingly via virtual tabletops, provide an important creative outlet for their participants and a different method of interacting with the resulting in-the-moment fiction to that traditionally provided by other forms of story media. Chris was born in Thailand, but these days lives in Bristol with his wife and two children. In this episode, we go deep into: - How Chris got started with roleplaying and how that led to storytelling and writing - Transitioning to writing and publishing in the games industry - Chris's background as an editor - Writing for licensed properties, such as Starship Troopers and Babylon 5 - Working in someone else's sandpit - The limitations of using stills from TV as artwork for licensed games - Skirting burnout and reduced enjoyment for certain intellectual properties – draining the magic - Coping with fan reactions - Creating products to enable other people to create fanfiction and the layers of storytelling from game designer, to games master, to players, to game fiction - Collaboration at the production end of games design - Setting or mechanics first and how this varies - The effect of being a gamer and a games writer and the feedback loop created - The bleed effect when people get very into their characters - Gamers intentionally seek out dark themes as a form of catharsis and the importance of consent and safety tools - Writing for live action roleplaying games - Chris's writing process for his fiction - Chris answers a question from patron, Jo about managing his workload Connect with Chris: On Twitter: @Acrozatarim His Very Angry Dogs game is streamed at https://www.twitch.tv/paleo_gaming/videos/all Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
#068: NEW YEAR SPECIAL – 2020 highlights, plans for 2021, and Patreon Q&A (ft. Daniel Willcocks, Holly Lyne, John Crinan, and Faye Trask)
Jan 01, 2021 1 hr 20 min

#068: NEW YEAR SPECIAL – 2020 highlights, plans for 2021, and Patreon Q&A (ft. Daniel Willcocks, Holly Lyne, John Crinan, and Faye Trask)

In this weeks’ episode, Daniel Willcocks, Holly Lyne, John Crinan, and Faye Trask sit down as a group to discuss the things they’re thankful for in 2021, what they plan to achieve in 2021, and we answer questions from Patreon (with an extra special song worthy snippet thrown in). From all of us at the Great Writers Share team, we hope you have a prosperous and productive 2021! Find out more about your hosts: https://danielwillcocks.com/ https://hblyne.com/ https://www.johncrinan.com/ https://www.instagram.com/writerfayetrask/ Links from the show: https://danielwillcocks.com/bootcamp https://unstoppableauthors.wordpress.com/ Next Level Authors podcast https://pod.link/1508555372 Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Bad Behaviors for Authors, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 6 of 6)
Dec 31, 2020 27 min

BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Bad Behaviors for Authors, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 6 of 6)

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk about their experiences with bad behaviors, highlighting bad author practices, suggesting alternatives, and holding each other to account on past mistakes. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips to ensure you’re author journey is unmarred by the mistakes of the past. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: https://books2read.com/collaboration Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Thank you to my current patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Author Brand, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 5 of 6)
Dec 30, 2020 21 min

BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Author Brand, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 5 of 6)

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk about the intricacies of author brand, sharing the pros and cons, and how to develop an effective brand, should you wish to. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips to ensure you’re building a solid author brand that’ll have you selling books for years to come. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: https://books2read.com/collaboration Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Thank you to my current patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Genre Hopping, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 4 of 6)
Dec 29, 2020 19 min

BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Genre Hopping, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 4 of 6)

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk genre hopping, analyzing the pros and cons of switching genres and the effect it has to an author’s career. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips to ensure you’re building a solid path towards publishing success, no matter the genre. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: https://books2read.com/collaboration Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Thank you to my current patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Marketing, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 3 of 6)
Dec 28, 2020 22 min

BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Marketing, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 3 of 6)

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk marketing for authors, exploring the platforms that have worked for them, the tactics that continue to work today, paid advertising, and the no-no’s of author behavior when it comes to book marketing. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips to ensure you’re building solid connections and selling books over the long term. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: https://books2read.com/collaboration Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Thank you to my current patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Genre Expectations, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 2 of 6)
Dec 27, 2020 21 min

BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Genre Expectations, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 2 of 6)

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk genre expectations for authors, covering the basis of post-apocalyptic, fantasy, romance, cosy mystery, and litrpg to name a few. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips to ensure you’re hitting tropes and making sure readers love your books. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: https://books2read.com/collaboration Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Thank you to my current patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Book Covers, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 1 of 6)
Dec 26, 2020 23 min

BONUS: The "Writes and Wrongs" of Book Covers, feat John L. Monk (A Great Writers Learn miniseries, ep 1 of 6)

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk book covers, dishing out their top 18+ tips on how to source a book cover that sells, and where to find a cover designer. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips and things to avoid. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: https://books2read.com/collaboration Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Thank you to my current patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
#067: Christmas conversations; mindset, rest, lessons, goals, and beards with Luke Kondor and Daniel Willcocks
Dec 25, 2020 1 hr 0 min

#067: Christmas conversations; mindset, rest, lessons, goals, and beards with Luke Kondor and Daniel Willcocks

In this week’s episode, Dan invites collaborator, author, and friend, Luke Kondor onto the show to talk all things creativity, learning, 2020, and plans for 2021. In this episode we go deep into: - The origin of Dan and Luke - Trying to remain productive in 2021 - Learning games development - Luke’s journey into publishing through small presses - The fleeting buzz of external validation - Making it in the publishing business and surrounding yourself in the art - Keeping on top of your mental health - How we’ve changed over our podcast careers - Bluster and bravado when starting out and why that’s not valuable - Getting started in podcasting - The secret to talking to Josh Malerman - Top interview guests from over the years - Our top podcasts for getting motivated - Flipping trinkets with Gary Vaynerchuk - Therapeutic nature of upcycling - Luke’s beard journey - The power of journaling to process life - Looking back over the last 1, 5, 10 years - Dan and Luke’s “Tough Mudder” experience - Enjoying the process, and conquering the obstacles along the way - Why Dan and Luke run, and how to deal with the discomfort - Parallels between writing and running - Why setting yourself constraints can make you more productive - Winning the day - Luke’s systems for getting things done - Finding the writer that you are - Writing fiction that means something and brings you joy - Greatest lesson learned from this year - What we're hoping to achieve in 2021 Find out more about Luke and Dan: https://danielwillcocks.com/ http://www.lukekondor.com/ Links from the show: The Story Studio podcast: https://pod.link/1140596479 Luke on GWS ep 001: https://pod.link/1473869415/episode/ZjZkZTAyZDYtZmRkZS00YTFmLWI0ZWYtMmUzYTlmNjQzNTA3 Hawk and Cleaver: http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/ Luke’s short film “Keith”: https://vimeo.com/125879832 Max Booth III on TSS ep 042: https://pod.link/1140596479/episode/MDM2ZjgzODQtMGExNy00NGVjLThjM2UtM2UwZWQzMjFkZDQy Josh Malerman on GWS ep 063: https://pod.link/1473869415/episode/MjMxZWU5ZDAtOGM2OS00ODc1LTlkODItMjQ4MjZhNzc3Zjll Jonathan Janz on GWS ep 027: https://pod.link/1473869415/episode/MDFkZDAxZjUtMzYyMy00NGU2LTg0M2YtYTRkMmYwMWZjZWM2 The Tim Ferriss Show: https://pod.link/863897795 Impact Theory w/ Tom Bilyeau: https://pod.link/1191775648 Danica Patrick: https://pod.link/1465014169 Gary Vaynerchuk: https://pod.link/928159684 Jack Conte's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Jackconte/featured Couch to 10k: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en-gb&id=com.c10kforpink Jerry Seinfeld on Tim Ferriss: https://pod.link/863897795/episode/Z2lkOi8vYXJ0MTktZXBpc29kZS1sb2NhdG9yL1YwLzg3Y3dlOXlXZFFPdDJ1WkJEU1RkSFVKeEJuTjlKdDgxN09jTldNa0UxUWM= Tough Mudder: https://toughmudder.co.uk/ Nuclear Races: https://nuclear-races.co.uk/ Streaks App: https://streaksapp.com/ Genre Therapy: https://sterlingandstone.net/genre-therapy/ They Rot series by Luke and Dan: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0753GJZLL?searchxofy=true&binding=kindle_edition&ref_=dbs_s_aps_series_rwt_tkin Rocket League: https://www.rocketleague.com/ Last of Us (Part II): https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/the-last-of-us-part-ii/ Yvon of the Yukon: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0233129/ Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost See acast....