Episode 17 - 05/12/2022
By Lester Dent. From "The Writer’s 1940 Year Book" This was a follow up to his now-famous Master Pulp Plot, now in the public domain.
Episode 16 - 05/04/2022
Thoughts on writing better dialogue. By that master of spicy detective stories, Robert Leslie Bellem. Originally published in the July 1944 issue of Writer’s Digest. Now in the public domain.
Episode 15 - 04/27/2022
By John Gallishaw. From Twenty Problems of the Fiction Writer, which is now in the public domain. This article presents the origin of the Scene/Sequel method which would later be popularized by Dwight V. Swain. It describes a way to plan scenes such that the plot is continually moving forward and is providing interesting events for the reader.
Episode 14 - 04/22/2022
By Leigh Brackett. Originally published in the July 1944 issue of "Writer’s Digest," now in the public domain. Winner of the 2020 Retro Hugo Award for Related Work.
Episode 13 - 04/21/2022
By John Gallishaw. Excerpted from "Twenty Problems of the Fiction Writer" published in 1929 and now in the public domain. One of the best articles I have ever found on what makes readers interested in reading your story.
Episode 12 - 04/21/2022
It's an age-old debate. Should you strive to impress the literary fiction masters, or write for the common folk? By Thomas H. Uzzell. Originally published in March 1925 issue of "Writer’s Digest."
Episode 11 - 04/21/2022
What types of stories arouse interest in readers? By Barry Scobee. Originally published in the June 1916 issue of "The Writer’s Monthly".
Episode 10 - 04/21/2022
Setting is not just about accurately describing the physical nature of a time and place, it is also about instilling a feeling in the reader. By Sara H. Sterling. Originally published in the January 1916 issue of "The Writer’s Monthly"
Episode 9 - 04/21/2022
Many rejected stories shared similar weaknesses. By Ward Macauley. Originally published in the April 1903 issue of "The Editor."
Episode 8 - 04/21/2022
What kind of drama actually makes a story interesting? By Louise Montgomery. Originally published in the April 8th, 1922 issue of The Editor
Episode 7 - 04/21/2022
Different ways to start a short story. From The Editor, July, 1918. By R. C. Woodbury
Episode 6 - 04/21/2022
By Marian B. Cockrell. This was published in Writer’s Digest August, 1943, and is now in the public domain. This one is kind of light on how-to details, but is an important concept to consider. It’s hard to get someone to read a story if he isn’t interested in the characters. Marian ended up writing often for TV, including a few episodes from the original Batman TV show.
Episode 5 - 04/21/2022
By James H. S. Moynahan in 1940
Episode 4 - 04/21/2022
By William Benton Johnston.
Episode 3 - 04/21/2022
How one writer got started, with writing tips sprinkled throughout. By Marjorie Holmes.
Episode 2 - 04/21/2022
A simple framework for writing a short story. Useful in any practically any genre. By Nelson S. Bond.
Episode 1 - 04/20/2022
A short introduction to this podcast. What you should expect, and why I'm doing it.