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Sean Williams: advice for aspiring writers

In a recent LiveJournal post, author Sean Williams says that he finds it difficult to give advice to aspiring writers for a number of reasons. One of the main ones is that in this game, there aren’t any rules. I ask all of my guests for that sort of advice, but it’s not because I’m expecting THE answer… Read More »

Mur Lafferty interviews Connie Willis

Just because I don’t let my guests talk about fiction writing doesn’t mean there aren’t great tips and insights from the world of fiction that we can all use. This morning I listened to Mur Lafferty of I Should Be Writing interview one of my favorite authors, Connie Willis. It’s a great interview. Along with topics such… Read More »

WFP at PAX – if you see me, say hi!

I’ll be attending the Penny Arcade Expo this weekend in downtown Seattle. (In fact, it starts in just a few hours!) If you’re there and you catch sight of me, please say hello. I’d love to meet you. It would be awesome if you could do it while my co-workers are nearby, because I want them to think… Read More »

First episode is out of the gate!

Now that there’s a show up, I’ve submitted the feed to iTunes, Yahoo! Podcasts, and Podcast Alley. iTunes and Yahoo! Are still chewing on my submission, but WFP is up on Podcast Alley: My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-8f68a3d11b9ee2925ea0f12da442b63d} As various directories list the podcast, you’ll start to see the sidebar fill up with buttons. So many… Read More »

Writing For Pay Ep. 001 Show Notes

WFP comes out of the gate strong with guest Jaq Greenspon, an old friend and a versatile freelance writer. 0:30 – Intro: An explanation and mission statement 4:00 – Jaq Greenspon graciously consents to an interview. 5:14 – Additional reporting by! 6:30 – Jaq almost breaks the “not getting laid” rule by talking about his red carpet interviewing gig. 7:22 –… Read More »

Word nerd: Counterfactual

This morning the Slate Political Gabfest discussed Elizabeth Edwards’ claim that her husband John would be a better presidential candidate for women that Hillary Clinton.В  Slate’s chief political correspondent John Dickerson called this statement “counterfactual.” In this context, “counterfactual” strikes me as a wonderfully diplomatic word. Ms. Edwards’ statement isn’t “wrong” or “a lie” or even “mistaken” – much… Read More »

It ain’t all sunshine and unicorn giggles

Game designer Wolfgang Baur talks about the “muddle in the middle” of large projects in his essay Why Writers Get Paid (which he describes as “a bit of a rant.”) The early stages of a project are always sunshine and unicorn giggles, laughter and frolic, all the tasty outer frosting of the writing cake. I love the… Read More »

Aloha! Welcome to my interblogocast!

You’ve happened upon the official blog for the Writing For Pay podcast, you lucky so-and-so! Right now I’m recording and editing the first three episodes of the podcast. I’m also setting up various behind the scenes mechanisms and making important decisions. The main one that I face is, how often will new shows come out? This series… Read More »

To begin at the beginning

“The only right way of telling a story is to begin at the beginning–at the beginning of the world. Therefore all books have to be begun in the wrong way for the sake of brevity.” – G.K. Chesterton