So Very Cool

I was a complete podcast neophyte when I decided to put mine together, and I’m just now exploring the podcasts other people have done. I discovered Tim King, who does be the story. I’d listened to a few of his early episodes shortly after doing my first one, but didn’t realize until last night, when searching for something else entirely, that he’d done a podcast titled “Great Characters and How to Make Them,” in which he creates a character using my Create A Character Clinic. I was really surprised to find this out there, and enjoyed the episode, so I thought I’d pass along the link. If you want to listen, but aren’t sure how, you can use the episode player at Yahoo.

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8 responses to “So Very Cool”

  1. TimK Avatar

    And since we’re talking about writing-related podcasts, I should mention my favorite one: The Writing Show, with Paula B ( This is primarily an interview show. She talks to writers, editors, and agents in both fiction and non-fiction, books and other industries. I’ve found most of her episodes quite engaging.


  2. TimK Avatar

    Hi, Holly. Thanks so much for the kind words, and I’m sorry it took me several days to say so. My whole life is late. M and I and the kids for the past week have been taking turns getting sick. As a result, I’m way behind on reading blogs, have 317 unread messages in my Inbox, and haven’t even posted last Monday’s podcast yet.

    I too can recommend Mike Stackpole’s podcast, Tee Morris’s, and Mur Lafferty’s “I Should Be Writing” podcast. Also, check out “The Kissy Bits” (romance writing without cooties) by Kiki Opdenberg. These are all podcasts about novel writing and the novel-writing biz. Mike Stackpole’s “The Secrets” delves into storytelling a little, but even his is weighted heavily toward the business aspects of being a novelist.

    There are also podcasts for screenwriters (e.g., “Sam and Jim Go To Hollywood”) and for RPG writers (e.g., “The Bears Grove,” “Dragonhearth”).

    One of the thing I always liked, Holly, about your writings about writing is that you include practical storytelling advice. It’s not all about the biz. It’s also about the quality of the writing. As a story enthusiast, this is something I focus on in my podcast and blog. So I’m glad you’ve started a podcast about writing, and I’m hoping for many more great episodes.


  3. The English Rose Avatar
    The English Rose

    The questions are as follows, be as detailed or as general as you want. I aplogize, there are more than five questions, but they’re grouped!

    1. Writing is often considered a solitary profession. Do you agree with that statement? How does that notion reconcile itself with the (somewhat ironic) fact that what you write is intended for an audience?

    2. In what ways do you feel you are a communicator through your work? Do you try to communicate what you perceive as truth (for your characters, or universal)? If so, how?

    3. How mindful are you of your audience? If you build a world with a particular flavor to it, ie Italian, are you careful not to be offensive to those who would notice the influence? Or, since fiction is often marketed to a particular audience or in a particular way, does the opposite hold true, wherein you feel free to use jargon and ideas from a partucular culture in your work because it should be thus understood?

    4. Similar to question two: How important is the idea of a fiction writer as a real communicator, or do you feel that with fiction writing, the author is more likely merely a story-teller out to entertain? What is your perception of fiction and writing in general as a communicative tool?

    5. Do you have anything else to add, that I may not have covered in a question, about the idea of communicating through fiction?

    Thank you VERY much, Holly! I’ll let you know how the project goes (and my grade, which will of course be an A… right.) FYI, I plan to put your answers (and Paperback Writer, who has kindly also agreed to do this) in a powerpoint, and associate your answers with specific concepts from our course (after I read them.) I present the project on March 30 but don’t have internet access on the weekends, so if you wouldn’t mind replying by next Tuesday, March 28th, I would appreciate it.

  4. The English Rose Avatar
    The English Rose

    Thanks, Holly. I assumed everyone here had been around for a while and I was being presumptuous. Thank you very much for helping me. Should I post the questions here, or is there an email address I could send it to? Since it deals with writing, maybe your other blog readers would be interested in your responses anyway. 🙂

  5. Holly Avatar

    Hi, Jess — I really don’t go by Ms. Lisle. Everyone calls me Holly. I’ll be happy to look at your questionnaire.

  6. The English Rose Avatar
    The English Rose

    Ms. Lisle – I’m sorry for my previous lack of formality; I hope you understand. Reading your blog for so long gave me a false sense of familiarity. As you know, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and hope that I am not overstepping my bounds with this request. I am an English writing major and am currently taking a communications course. For said course, I have to do a presentation and the topic I’ve chosen is “Communicating Through Fiction.” I’ve developed a five-question survey and am wondering if you would mind filling it out. Either way, thank you for your time, and thank you for such a helpful blog.


  7. kilishan Avatar

    That’s great Holly, but then, we all knew you had made a great book!

    Some others for you and your readers to check out:
    The Secrets Podcast by Michael Stackpole (
    The Survival Guide To Writing Fantasy – by Tee Morris. Covers what to do after your book has been accepted. Advice on marketing and self-promotion. (

    Another one (more for your readers!) that focuses on writing for amateurs by an amateur with interviews with published authors to make sure she’s getting things right 😉 )

    And one final one that’s not directly related to writing, but does cover fantasy and sci-fi love along with essays on archetypes in fiction and more. . .
    The Misfit Brew (

  8. PolarBear Avatar

    Wow. That is cool.

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