My goal is to build a community of writers and inspire the pursuit of the writing craft.

Below is my INTERVIEWS FROM THE VOID project, where we’re building a community of writers by sharing our strategies for focus and creation.

  • Episode #40 – Dana L Brown
    • The importance of the technical aspects of writing, beyond putting words on paper.
    • How themes can be derived from our own life experiences.
    • Creative marketing ideas beyond social media.
  • Episode #39 – Mica Scotti Kole
    • You need to be able to answer the question: “What sets your book apart?”
    • The most common problems an editor sees when reviewing a manuscript.
    • How to write a great first sentence of a book.
  • Episode #38 – Matthew William (11/4/2018)
    • Bringing a story to different formats for our audiences.
    • Why writing for the audio drama is different than writing a novel.
    • Why conflict is essential to our stories, no matter what the format.
  • Episode #37 – Josh Hughes (10/28/2018)
    • Discussing the basic outlining process for a screenplay.
    • Conflict is what drives the story onward.
    • How to write great dialogue.
  • Episode #36 – Rick Hoffman (10/21/2018)
    • Finding the right ending is often a matter of discovery.
    • How writing with pen and paper makes us think of every word as we write.
    • Deliberate practice and how it helps us improve our prose.
  • Episode #35 – Jonathan Whitelaw (10/14/2018)
    • Being creative when it comes not only to writing, but finding time to write.
    • Understanding the publishing industry will create more opportunities for us writers.
    • The importance of making writing a daily habit to better your success as a writer.
  • Episode #34 – Reg Monroe (10/7/2018)
    • Identifying our writing weaknesses and working daily to overcome them is important to improving our craft.
    • Having trust and confidence in ourselves as writers is vital to our success.
    • How to approach description and scenes.
  • Episode #33 – Hugh Howey (9/30/2018)
    • The importance of cover art.
    • How we can write “remarkable” stories by pushing out of our comfort zone.
    • How real-life adventures can serve as great sources of inspiration for our writing.
  • Episode #32 – Kellie Parker (9/23/2018)
    • Finding meaning in our lives by looking right in front of us.
    • Improving our writing craft takes time, patience, and perseverance.
    • An ending requires a conflict to be resolved.
  • Episode #31 – Sarah Beth (9/16/2018)
    • Why it’s important to finish our work before sharing it with readers.
    • How being in touch with the world and our lives can help shape our writing.
    • Resources for digital art and book covers.
  • Episode #30 – Allison Mullinax (9/9/2018)
    • How our upbringing, favorite restaurants and vacations can have influences on the settings for our stories.
    • The importance of the inciting incident and why it needs to happen as soon as possible.
    • How dialogue is essential to character development and relationships.
  • Episode #29 – Victor Gischler (9/2/2018)
    • How writing for comics differs from writing novels.
    • Over-outlining is a real possibility and should be avoided.
    • Writer should focus more on their writing projects rather than getting published and finding an agent.
  • Episode #28 – Logan Hannen (8/26/2018)
    • A different approach to editing and outlining which allows our characters more freedom.
    • Watches can tell us much more than just what time it is.
    • Why word count is not the most important parameter of your story.
  • Episode #27 – Michael Hill (8/19/2018)
    • Why writing outside our genre is essential to honing our writing skills.
    • How screenwriting and short stories can have a positive impact on our writing abilities.
    • More editing resources for writers.
  • Episode #26 – Dave Wickenden (8/12/2018)
    • Tips for helping writers promote their work.
    • Performing research for our stories and how our life experiences inspire our writing.
    • Specific tools that read our writing to us to assist writers in the editing process.
  • Episode #25 – S. P. Stevens (8/5/2018)
    • Describing the use of magic and point of view in the fantasy genre.
    • Worldbuilding, creating maps, and immersing ourselves in our own universes.
    • Creating a world where our readers feel the emotion of our characters.
  • Episode #24 – Katherine Karch (7/29/2018)
    • How we can use “change” language to engage our readers.
    • Writing young adult fiction and garnering more readers for our work.
    • How to make our writing stand out from the crowd.
  • Episode #23 – Benjamin Hope (7/22/2018)
    • Performing research to finding the balance between mood, theme, and story.
    • Upholding our writing craft and storytelling methods in the modern world.
    • Deciding on point-of-view (POV) and striking a balance between the character arcs.
  • Episode #22 – Michael Ronson (7/15/2018)
    • The three-minute approach to naming in our stories.
    • Writing humorous science fiction and how a well-rounded individual makes a better writer.
    • For self-published writers, the only impetus to keep going is self-generated.
  • Episode #21 – Kevin Mooseles (7/8/2018)
    • Deciding what points of view to cover in a story.
    • Character development and where we find inspiration for how our characters behave.
    • Lessons learned in traditional publishing and editing.
  • Episode #20 – Joseph Patrick Pascale (7/1/2018)
    • The history of a writer’s first draft.
    • Pen and notebook geekery.
    • Different mediums for writing (notebooks, computers and typewriters) and their effects on our writing.
  • Episode #19 – Amy Duboff (6/24/2018)
    • Why writing science fiction allows us to explore the human experience.
    • Self-publishing and being part of the entire publishing process.
    • There’s a new way to watch television which can help us improve our writing.
  • Episode #18 – Bill Ricardi (6/17/2018)
    • Developing maps and world building for fantasy stories.
    • The importance of a book’s first line and how it is a promise to the reader of what’s to come.
    • Our writing space and setting rules to free ourselves from distraction.
  • Episode #17 – Colette Tozer (6/10/2018)
    • Strategies for promoting our own books as self-published writers.
    • Learning through life experiences and expressing ourselves through our writing.
    • Editing and editing resources for self-publishing writers.
  • Episode #16 – K. M. Weiland (6/3/2018)
    • Writing a lot is the only thing that will improve our writing.
    • The importance of outlining and the time it takes to write a great novel.
    • Writing novels takes several years.
  • Episode #15 – Sean Stone (5/27/2018)
    • Why outlining your story is critical to efficient writing.
    • Writing dialogue in a way so all your characters don’t sound the same.
    • How positioning our writing desks can improve our writing productivity.
  • Episode #14 – Manuel Arbanassi (5/20/2018)
    • How characters are the principle part of moving the story along.
    • It’s more important to tell the story you want to tell than trying to cater to a specific audience.
    • Writing with English as a second language.
  • Episode #13 – Claire Luana (5/13/2018)
    • That there’s no substitute for just doing the work of writing.
    • Finding time to write while maintaining a demanding full-time job.
    • Editing and the self-publishing process.
  • Episode #12 – Kristina Mahr (5/6/2018)
    • Pursuing our dreams as writers.
    • The traditional publishing process.
    • The importance of writing weekly short stories to improve our writing craft.
  • Episode #11 – Benjamin Shelor (4/29/2018)
    • The magic of the first draft.
    • Finding time to write when we have a family and a full-time job.
    • Experimenting with our prose to find our own voice.
  • Episode #10 – Adam Inglis (4/22/2018)
    • There are no hard rules to writing.
    • Managing all the tasks associated with being a writer.
    • Strategies for our writing productivity when we only have 20-30 free minutes per day.
  • Episode #9 – Bryan Aiello (4/15/2018)
    • Why we need to write more than one novel to improve as writers.
    • Being brief in our prose while keeping the flow of the story interesting.
    • The importance of setting goals for ourselves and doing what we say we’re going to do.
  • Episode #8 – Paul Huxley (4/8/2018)
    • How we learn the writing craft.
    • Starting a publishing company and building a writing business.
    • Writing tools and self-publishing.
  • Episode #7 – Eric Lahti (4/1/2018)
    • How we make time for the things we want to pursue.
    • The type of experiences we are hoping to create for our readers.
    • How listening to people talk helps us write great dialogue.
  • Episode #6 – A. F. Stewart (3/25/2018)
    • Using maps and world-building for our stories.
    • Cover design and self-publishing.
    • How being part of a writing group is a great way for us to get feedback as writers.
  • Episode #5 – Christopher Ryan (3/18/2018)
    • Why failure is not only normal, but necessary.
    • Charting our own paths as writers instead of following the crowd.
    • Why being a writer is worth our time, even when it seems difficult to continue.
  • Episode #4 – Tobias Klausmann (3/11/2018)
    • The use of names in our stories and their importance to the story’s world.
    • Strategies for self-publishing.
    • Why writing daily is important.
  • Episode #3 – Andrew Hope (3/4/2018)
    • Story mechanics and the importance of character-driven stories.
    • Setting a goal each time we sit down to write will help us increase our productivity.
    • What inspires us to write weird fiction.
  • Episode #2 – Avrin Kelly (2/25/2018)
    • The benefits to regularly writing short stories.
    • Writing horror helps us understand fear, our strongest emotion as human beings.
    • Various strategies for overcoming writers block.
  • Episode #1 – S. P. Carter (2/18/2018)
    • Where do we find inspiration for our horror stories?
    • It’s never too late to start writing.
    • As writers, we need to know when to listen, but also when to trust ourselves.