Episode 281: Writing with the Door Open (Stephen King May Be Wrong)
Stephen King says: Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. In this episode, we dare to ask if maybe that’s not always the case. Does having to put your idea into words and get it into another person’s head weaken it--or force you to make it strong?
Links from the pod:
The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage or Fiction by Erik Bork
Great Stories Don't Write Themselves: Criteria-Driven Strategies for More Effective Fiction by Larry Brooks
KJ: The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
Jess has criticisms:
A Carnival of Snackery by David Sedaris
A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
And—got a burning question about a writing life issue? Something on your mind you’d love for us to help you with? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t promise to answer everyone, but if we think we could be useful to you (or know someone who can) and if your issue is of interest to other listeners, we might invite you to come on the podcast for a little coaching.
Finally, KJ here with a little news about Author Accelerator’s Book Coach Certification Program. I’m in the middle of it! You might remember this bonus episode, where Jennie Nash and I discussed “Shiny Thing Syndrome” and I was dubious about whether working with other writers as a book coach was a great side gig or a distraction for ME. Since then, I’ve been trying on the coach role in a number of small ways, and I’ve decided to go all in. This program is absolutely everything you need to get started from the editorial, coaching and business perspectives. It’s also entertaining and inspirational and makes me want to leap in right away. Learn more at Bookcoaches.com. (Want to see what I’m doing? Click here.)