“Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge” Podcast – Episode 13

Welcome to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series: Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge. This podcast series is produced by author Josh Cane (pen name J.P. Cane).

In this episode, it is Josh who is being interviewed.

Listen as 85K Writing Challenge co-founder Julie Valerie interviews Josh Cane as he finishes the month of March during the 90-Day Write on his first year on the 85K Writing Challenge.

Topics (in no particular order):

  • Final week of the 90-Day Write (Jan – Mar challenge to write 85,000 words in 90 days)
  • Cars make great recording studios
  • Benefits of developing the discipline to report twice per week
  • The panic felt in March at the end of the 90-day challenge
  • Using April’s 30-Day Finish cycle
  • The excitement of watching participants finish their novels
  • Forums on the website – the initial reason for moving the community from Fb to the website
  • Word Count Reports – the importance of honesty, staying disciplined, holding yourself accountable
  • Reporting when you haven’t written
  • Accountability leads to changes in habit
  • Timeline in reader’s life vs the timeline within the fiction
  • Remember the “bad guy” has motivation and is still pursuing the “good guy”
  • Function of the “bad guy”
  • Issues to address as you approach the end of your story
  • Character arcs at the end of a story
  • How “pantsers” vs outliners will approach the 60-Day Edit cycle
  • Reordering events in a story during a revision and how it interferes with the internal logic of the story
  • Scappel software (by the makers of Scrivener)
  • Write your darlings now then kill your darlings in May and June
  • Elements required for writing a satisfying ending
  • Monitoring “voice” at the end of the story
  • Reviewing elements of craft at the end of a story
  • Words of wisdom and congratulations from Josh at the end of his first 90-Day Write cycle on the 85K Writing Challenge


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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.

About Julie Valerie

Julie Valerie, an avid Scrabble player who once played QWERTY on a triple word, writes humorous women’s fiction and is developing a series set in the idyllic Village of Primm. She is the co-founder of the 85K Writing Challenge and serves on the board of directors as communications chair for James River Writers, a multi-faceted non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that serves as central Virginia’s literary hub.

Deepening her love of the written word, Julie earned a certificate in editing from the University of Chicago Graham School and is constantly humbled by the nuances of language and the nitty-gritty of grammar while strengthening her proficiencies in the Chicago Manual of Style. With a master’s degree in education and a certification in wilderness first aid, Julie enjoys reading, the study of wine, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, and travel. Visit julievalerie.com, or, better yet, subscribe to her once-monthly newsletter. On Twitter: @Julie_Valerie. On Facebook: JulieValerieAuthor.

Julie Valerie

Julie Valerie

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