“Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge” Podcast – Episode 12

Welcome to the twelfth episode of our podcast series: Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge, produced by author Josh Cane (pen name J.P. Cane). In this episode, Josh interviews fantasy romance writing team Murandy Damodred and Justine Alley Dowsett embarking on their final month of the 90-Day Write cycle on the 85K Writing Challenge.

Josh has been following the journeys of 85K veterans EJ Runyon, Jeffrey McGraw, and writing duo Justine Dowsett and Murandy Damodred while chronicling his own journey as a “first timer” on the 85K Writing Challenge.

Join us next Wednesday as Julie Valerie interviews Josh Cane on his final month of the challenge.

The Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge podcast series began in January 2018 at the start of the challenge to write 85,000 words in 90 days.

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Topics (in no particular order):

  • Interesting turn of events impact Justine and Murandy’s progress
  • Lessons learned about “pantsing” versus outlining
  • How to recognize when you’ve taken a wrong turn and need to recalculate
  • Challenges of writing the middle section of a final book in a series
  • Challenges writing the last book in a series
  • Writing multi-POV in two parallel worlds
  • When one character’s plot dominates the story
  • Justine and Murandy’s favorite comp in their genre and why they love it
  • Rec0gnizing signs that you may be stagnating and how to get back on track
  • The pace of writing a stand-alone versus a book in a series
  • The novel Justine and Murandy wrote during the 2017 85K Writing Challenge will be releasing from Mirror World Publishing on May 17, 2018


Bonus feature: Read the “For the Love of Writing” by Justine Alley Dowsett” blog post on the 85K Writing Challenge.

IMAGE: Podcast: Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge

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Recorded March 2018
Length: 18 minutes
Intro and outro music: “The Strategy”

About Justine Alley Dowsett

Justine Alley Dowsett is the author of eight novels and one of the founders of Mirror World Publishing. Her books, which she often co-writes with her sister, Murandy Damodred, range from young adult science fiction to dark fantasy/romance. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Windsor, honed her skills as an entrepreneur by tackling video game production, and now she dedicates her time to writing, publishing, and occasionally roleplaying with her friends.

Say hello to Justine on her 85K Writing Challenge Member Profile Page.

About Murandy Damodred

Murandy Damodred has had five books published which she co-wrote with her sister Justine Dowsett. She is the mother of a beautiful little boy and another currently on the way. She has an education in Drama and Communications and a diploma in Medical Laboratory Technician. She enjoys her free time and writing as much as she is able.

About Josh Cane

Josh Cane (pen name J.P. Cane) is a long-time reader and first-time writer of vampire stories. His debut novel, Shadows Within, begins The Shadowless series, mostly set in his hometown of Philadelphia. He hosts a podcast on writing and enjoys supporting fellow writers. He and his wife live in Virginia.

To listen to more Working Title podcasts, visit jpcane.com. Follow Josh Cane on Twitter @jpcane. Subscribe to J.P. Cane’s newsletter.

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Julie Valerie

Julie Valerie

85K Writing Challenge: Embracing the writing life by advancing the practice of productive writing from the first word to the first reader.

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