Vintage Writing Instruction

A podcast of classic articles on writing fiction.
Posted 04/20/2022

Episode 1: Introduction to Vintage Writing Instruction

Hi everybody, my name is Bryce. Over the years, I've collected a large pile of old writing instruction. Crumbling magazines and yellowed books. Scans of both have place on my shelf and hard drives. I love it, and I'm constantly surprised by the gems of writing instruction I find inside.

And don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that all old advice is good just because it is old. I have scanned, corrected, read, and corrected some more, a sea of writing articles from these old sources. It has been a great deal like when I am reading the slush pile for the magazine I publish. A lot of them have been fluff. Some of them are painfully dated. Many were about events and publications that are long over and gone. Some of them contain advice that everybody has heard a million times, but still almost nobody follows. A lot of them are useful, however, and just as valuable today as when they were written.

That said, I don't want to be your writing guru. I don't want to sell you a subscription to my secret author's mentoring club. Of course, if you want to support the podcast, that'd be great, but I have no interest in establishing a brand for myself as the "master tutor of fictioneering" or anything like that. So, you probably won't even hear my voice much on the podcast, and you certainly won't hear me talking about how smart I am.

All I want to do is share some of the great old writing advice that has come my way. And I'm pretty excited to share it. If you want to use any of the articles you hear on the podcast as a basis for a conference presentation or whatever, have at it. You have my blessing.

So that's what you can expect from Vintage Writing Instruction - every episode will be a public domain article from my collection on the subject of fiction writing. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful in your own storytelling.


Bryce Beattie