Welcome to the sixteenth episode of a special podcast series: Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge, produced by author Josh Cane (pen name J.P. Cane). This 12-week podcast series runs during the 90-Day Write (January, February, March), making today’s episode the third episode of the 2019 season.
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Series Recorded: January 2019
Intro and outro music: “The Strategy”
In this episode, listen as Josh interviews Anne Westrick (pen name A.B. Westrick) as she embarks on the first month of the 85K Writing Challenge 90-Day Write cycle.
A few of the topics discussed (in no particular order):
- Methods for pushing yourself to write when you don’t feel like it.
- Drafting two novels during the 85K Writing Challenge.
- Collaborating with another writer on a project.
- Anne’s process for getting words written.
- Adjusting daily word count to allow for days off.
- Metadata and organizational structure in Scrivener; benefits, tips, and process.
- How to overcome writer’s block.
- When a writer “detaches” from the writing.
- Techniques used to reenter the story after detaching or a block.
- Process and steps taken with a collaborator to discover plot through writing scenes.
- Anne surprises Josh.
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Enjoyed this podcast? Want to hear more? Listen to the thirteen episodes produced in 2018 featuring writing duo Murandy Damodred and Justine Alley Dowsett, as well as Jeffrey McGraw, E.J. Runyon, and Josh Cane, by visiting the master list of all “Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge” podcasts by J.P. Cane.
About Josh Cane (producer)
J. P. Cane is a long-time reader and first-time writer of vampire stories. His debut novel, Shadows Within, begins The Shadowless series and is largely set in his hometown of Philadelphia. He hosts a podcast on writing and, as a member of James River Writers, enjoys supporting fellow writers. Learn more and subscribe to his monthly newsletter at jpcane.com. To listen to more of Josh’s podcasts, visit jpcane.com/podcasts. Follow Josh on Twitter at @jpcane. Subscribe to J.P. Cane’s newsletter.
About Anne Westrick (featured)
Anne (A.B.) Westrick is the author of Brotherhood (Viking/Penguin Random House). In 2011 she finished her MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and now blogs monthly at ABWestrick.com on the craft and process of writing. She and her family live near Richmond, Virginia, where she is hard at work on a new novel for upper-middle-grade readers.