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The Writers' Hangout – A weekly podcast by two authors who discuss writing, screenwriting, film, and life.

The Writers' Hangout

A weekly podcast by two authors who discuss writing, screenwriting, film, and life.

Mentoring and Critiquing

 

In this episode of The Writers’ Hangout, John and Randall discuss the fine points of mentoring and critiquing, including the importance of good grammar, voice, plotting, and the ability to analyze one’s visceral response to a manuscript.

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Interested in having Randall edit your story or work with you as a writing coach? Click here to visit his website.

 

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A Short Intermission (with no musical interlude)

Hello from John and Randall. We apologize that a new episode of The Writers’ Hangout is not online yet, but we’re taking a brief hiatus this week to catch up on some necessary work. John is recently returned from Malice Domestic, Randall is wrapping up a semester of teaching, and we both have new novels coming out this year. Hey, if we don’t keep writing, we can’t call ourselves real writers, and we won’t have anything instructive to talk about on The Hangout. But we promise to be back soon. In the meantime, we’re preparing a future episode devoted to answering listeners’ questions, so please send those questions in.

And keep writing!

Episode 6: He said, she said.

In this episode, John and Randall play a revealing game of “He said, she said,” in which they dissect quotes about writing from the masters, and, in so doing, reveal their own writing philosophies. Quotes from Hemingway, Doctorow, Flannery O’Connor, Philip Roth, and several other writers lead John and Randall to various interpretations and make for a lively and entertaining discussion.

Show Note:

During the show, Randall mentioned a quote from 19th century Irish playwright and poet Richard Brinsley Sheridan who said, “Easy writing’s vile hard reading.” The full quote is “You write with ease, to show your breeding, but easy writing’s vile hard reading.” Randall gave an in correct attribution, so we thought we would mention it for any Sheridan fans.

We hope you enjoyed the podcast. We would love to hear from you. Please drop us a line to let us know how we’re doing.

You can leave a comment here or email us via our Contact Us Form.  Tell us a topic you would like us to discuss, or an author you think we should interview.

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Episode 5: Plotters & Pantsers

In this episode of The Writers Hangout, John and Randall explore the demands of plot-driven versus character-driven stories in regards to how much of the story the writer must know in advance. John also talks about the genesis of his prize-winning first novel Dark Reservations, and both authors reveal their preferred methods for creating works of fiction.

Show Notes:

Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature. Click here to see images.

Example beat sheets for known films. Visit Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat website.

Stephen King’s “In a Half World of Terror” aka “I was a Teenage Grave Robber” was mentioned during the podcast. This was his first published short story. Visit DarkTower.org to see the artwork for the story.

We hope you enjoyed the podcast. We would love to hear from you. Please drop us a line to let us know how we’re doing.

You can leave a comment here or email us via our Contact Us Form.  Tell us a topic you would like us to discuss, or an author you think we should interview.

 

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Episode 4: Creativity and Balancing the Writing Life.

In Episode 4 of The Writers Hangout, John discusses the ways he juggles writing, a fulltime job, and family. Randall talks about his first sensory deprivation float, and the ways he gets into the proper frame of mind for writing. Other topics include the popular misconception of alcohol’s relationship to creativity, and the unbearable sadness of swiss cheese.

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Randall’s project Two Wheels, No Map. Check out the video Randall and John created to promo the project. Two Wheels No Map

Here’s the link to Randall’s sensory deprivation experiment (float tank). www.randallsilvis.com

The movie we talked about Altered States on IMDB.

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Episode 3: Trials and Tribulations in Screenwriting – Part 2

In Episode 3 of The Writers Hangout, John talks about how his daughter inspired him to become a winner in the Roswell Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and Randall talks about how non-LA writers can get their scripts in front of producers and managers.

Here is a link to Virtual PitchFest

Article on Tips for Pitching

Randall’s latest article on the Buzz The Script Chef

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Episode 2: Trials and Tribulations in Screenwriting – Part 1

In Episode 2 of Writers’ Hangout, Randall talks about why he was banned from the set of the movie he wrote, and John talks about filmmakers using short screenplays as a business cards. They also discuss adapting novels to screenplays.

Read the article Randall talks about during the podcast: “Writers in Hollywood,” Raymond Chandler, November 1945. Click here to go to the article at The Atlantic.

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Episode 1: Breaking into the business of writing.

In Episode 1 of Writers’ Hangout, award-winning authors John Fortunato and Randall Silvis, one a new writer and the other a veteran, talk about breaking into the business through writing contests. Also under discussion are MFA writing programs, genre versus literary writing, story structure, and how the publishing business has changed over the years.

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