This week on Hide and Create Jordan Ellinger interviews Diana Rowland about the life and business of a traditionally published author and why she decided to go trad over indie.
Part six of six in our series of Hide and Create host interviews. We hope you’ve enjoyed them!
This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, Moses Siregar, and Diana Rowland are joined by Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl, to talk about dialects (and some grammar, of course).
Remember, the key to writing dialects, or accents, or using made-up words is clarity. Realism is good to a point, but if your realism makes your dialogue hard to read, you should dial it back.
As we mention in the podcast, Mignon’s campaign for her new card game ends at the end of the week so hurry over and check out Peeve Wars! I’ve gotta say, the game looks awesome, and I’ll be backing as soon as I get this posted.
Also, here is the book on dialects that Mignon suggests this episode: Trip of The Tongue by Elizabeth Little.
This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, Moses Siregar, Jaye Wells, and a returning Diana Rowland discuss the last year developing and recording Hide and Create.
First there was an Essoe and an Ellinger. Then there was a Dalglish and a Rowland. The Dalglish had to move along, move along, but then came a Siregar the Third. The Rowland went Walk About and gave us a Wells. The Rowland will be back.
Happy Holidays! Thanks for making this first year of shows so much fun and so successful. We’ll be back again next week with Season 2! No rest for the wicked.
This week on Hide and Create Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, Moses Siregar and Diana Rowland talk about how Star Wars and Star Trek compare.
“May the Force be with you” or “Live long and prosper”?
“I am your father” or “He’s dead, Jim”?
“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” or “I’ve given her all she’s got, captain”?
Star Wars is an epic hero’s journey; the same story that people have been enjoying and craving from the beginning, and it takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Much of the setting may be in space, but it is very much the swords and sorcery fantasy.
Star Trek is an idea story all about the brightness of the future. Future setting, future virtues, future technologies, hope for what the future holds. It looks forward while Star Wars looks backward.
Really, the two complement one another beautifully.
This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Diana Rowland, Moses Siregar and Jordan Ellinger talk about creating religion.
Religion and spirituality and questioning the meaning of life are part of the most basic part of being human. It’s in our nature to think and believe. We have faith. Even if that belief is that there is nothing to have faith in. A world can be made richer, deeper and more vibrant with the inclusion of the belief systems of its inhabitants.
So how can you create one?
This week on Hide and Create, Moses Siregar, Joshua Essoe, Diana Rowland and Jordan Ellinger talk about ending your stories.
The stronger you’ve emotionally invested your reader, the more impactful the ending will be. The more you make your readers feel your protagonist’s heroism, or pain, or both, the more effective your ending will be.
Your ending is where your protagonist really gets to show that he’s a hero, earns it — so make sure you’ve set your character up so that your readers can really feel that heroism.
Your climax is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, right? So you’ve got to make sure that the treasure at the end of the quest is worth it.
(And the answer to the end of the show is to keep them wanting more. See what we did there?)
This week on Hide and Create, Diana Rowland, Joshua Essoe, Moses Siregar, and Jordan Ellinger talk about writing from the dark side.
Writing is therapy. And sometimes it’s alien abduction. You never know. Just as your writing can benefit from your life experience, your life experience can benefit from your writing.
Next time you’re stuck in line, waiting for groceries, waiting at the DMV, riding an elevator, let your mind wander. What would be the worst possible thing that could happen in that situation? What would be the most amazing thing? Or the most romantic? Everyday life is rife with writing prompts and stories, all you have to do is let your mind do the walking.
This week on Hide and Create, Jordan Ellinger, Moses Siregar, Joshua Essoe, and Diana Rowland talk about who influenced their writing and why, but also about some of today’s influential writers.
What book did you read, or movie did you see, that sparked the fire of desire to indite your stories and burn them into your readers’ minds? (Note: don’t write like that — see? Multitasking.) Everybody has someone or something that helped shape their style and tone and voice as a writer. What are yours?
This week on Hide and Create Moses Siregar, Diana Rowland, Jordan Ellinger, and Joshua Essoe talk about what you shouldn’t do in the publishing business.
Don’t be a dick. Take care not to take advantage. Meet your deadlines. Don’t join in the mob-trash-talk. Don’t take rejection personally. Help when you can. Build your platform, but don’t spend all your time promoting. Don’t forget that your main job is writing. Everything in this field is finding that delicate balance, and timing. Don’t be the person who sells sells sells themselves. Pay close attention to submission guidelines. Build your personal Voltron. Oh, and remember to wash behind your ears.
This week on Hide and create, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, Moses Siregar and Joshua Essoe talk about writing kick-butt openings.
There are plenty of good guidelines and rules — don’t start with dialogue, give the entire novel in the first sentence, give yourself a focus for the scene, intro your character with a name, don’t start with an info dump, don’t start with someone waking or dreaming . . .
But writing a good first page, a good first line, is more than that. To quote Stephen King, “To get scientific about it is a little like trying to catch moonbeams in a jar.”
Here are ways to make your Jar of Moonbeam Catching.