Information and inspiration on writing, publishing, craft, mindset, productivity and making the most of your writing life with New York Times bestselling author Taylor Stevens and indie author Stephen Campbell. This podcast will help you kick writing in the butt one word at a time.
In this episode, we unveil (drumroll please) the new tagline for the show and discuss the value of taking a break from your writing and other creative work. Taylor believes that occasionally taking a step back opens up space for other activities that c...
In this episode, we discuss several questions about literary agents. What’s the value of an agent? Should you have one if you’re planning to publish your own work? Can a good attorney replace an agent for you?
In this episode, Taylor describes the hazy nature of book sales reporting for traditionally published authors. We discuss some of the tricks and tools she uses to try and intuit where and how her books are sold,
In this episode, we go Hollywood, as in what it really means when your book is optioned for film. We discuss the different types of options and what the odds of a book that’s been optioned are of making it to the big screen.
In this episode, we discuss the different ways you can fix a story that isn’t working. Taylor shares specific information on revamping characters or strengthening their motivation, shifting material to different places within your story,
In this episode, we discuss the critical nature of the inciting incident in fiction, which Tayor describes as “a single thing without which none of the characters in the story would have come together.” We use examples from Taylor’s book,
In this episode, we attempt to answer the question of completion for authors. More specifically, when is a book finished? As you might expect the answer varies, but Taylor makes a valiant effort to respond,
In this episode, we discuss the differences and the similarities between writing high-octane character focused thrillers and a young adult novel. Among the many challenges facing an author writing in a different genre is finding a publisher.
In this episode, we discuss Taylor’s recent visit to the North Lake College in Irving, Texas, where she spent time teaching a class that included creative writing students and several faculty members. Taylor’s done a great deal of public speaking and h...
Is there a Recipe for Creating Unforgettable Characters? With the understanding that she’s still learning, Taylor shares five ingredients she believes are critical to the creation of memorable characters. While delivering the recipe Taylor uses the phr...