“Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge” Podcast – Episode 3

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

In this episode, Josh interviews series detective author Jeffrey McGraw embarking on his third year on the 85K Writing Challenge.

Topics (in no particular order):

  • You can’t edit a blank page
  • Lessons learned from previous 85K Writing Challenges
  • The need to stay disciplined
  • Starting a new series from scratch
  • NY State laws regarding calling yourself a private detective
  • Writing routines, writing longhand vs computer, time of day
  • Advice about word count goals
  • Approach the challenge as you would a marathon
  • Tips from Spenser detective series writer Robert B. Parker
  • Special letter received from Sue Grafton
  • Completing a novel is an accomplishment no one can take away from you


Bonus feature: Read the “Third Time’s A Charm” by Jeffrey McGraw post on the 85K Writing Challenge.

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Recorded on January 1, 2018
Length: 14 minutes
Intro and outro music: “The Strategy”

Join us every Wednesday as Josh follows 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.

About Jeffrey McGraw

Jeffrey McGraw’s first writing success of note came in print form in the Ross Malone debut story in the iconic Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine. His next success was an audiobook of the first Ross Malone novel. Currently, Jeff numbers among his successes two completed 85K Writing Challenges. He hopes 2018 will be success number three. Novels by Jeffrey McGraw.

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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