Write Away

By Crys Cain and JP Rindfleisch

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Ditch traditional measures of success and pursue a life of freedom with your writing.

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One Month Break Announcement
2:49
Crys and JP announce that they are taking a break to refuel and reset. Crys: Hello, friends. It’s the Write Away Podcast with Crys and JP. JP: Hello. Crys: I screwed you up by doing it differently. I knew I would. JP: You did. You ruined everything. Crys: I ruined everything. But as our listeners […]
Oct 27, 2022
Episode 114: Writing with Marketing in Mind
27:50
This week, Crys and JP continue their Season of Marketing by discussing the different methods they use to keep marketing in mind while writing. Question of the week: What do you struggle with in marketing? And how can we help you? Share your answer here. Show Notes Support us on Patreon! Transcript Crys: Hello, friends. Welcome […]
Oct 20, 2022
Episode 113: Season Marketing – What are our goals?
12:07
This week, Crys and JP discuss the new format of their upcoming season and what they are hoping to get out of it for their listeners and for themselves. Show Notes Support us on Patreon! Transcript JP: Hello, friends. This is episode number 113 of the Write Away Podcast, and it is October 7th, 2022 […]
Oct 13, 2022
Episode 112: How to use tarot with intuitive writing?
20:37
This week, Crys and JP discuss what intuitive writing is and how they use tarot to guide their writing process. Question of the week: What have you used for writing inspiration? Share your answer here. Show Notes Support us on Patreon! Transcript Crys: Hello friends, and welcome to the Write Away Podcast. It is October 1st, […]
Oct 06, 2022
We’re Not Dead
43
Hello, friends. This is JP from the Write Away Podcast, and I just wanted to hop into your feed to let you know that we are still on break due to some illness and travel over the last few weeks. We are still in the process of recording our first set of Focused topic podcast […]
Sep 29, 2022
Episode 111: What’s next?
8:25
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys discuss what they have planned for the show going forward now that their Journey through Tarot is complete. Question of the week: What topics would you like us to cover? Share your answer here. Show Notes Support us on Patreon! Transcript JP: Hello, friends. This is episode 111 of […]
Sep 15, 2022
Episode 110: Do you pay attention to reader reviews?
15:35
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The World card to guide their discussion. They discuss when they find reader reviews helpful and when they avoid them. Question of the week: Can you pay attention to reviews? Share your answer here. Show Notes Support us on Patreon! […]
Sep 08, 2022
Episode 109: How do we leave our characters at the end?
14:16
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using the Judgement card to guide their discussion. They discuss how they leave their characters at the end of a story to leave their readers with a sense of satisfaction. Question of the week: How do you approach writing effective endings? Share your […]
Sep 01, 2022
Episode 108: How do you wrap up story threads satisfactorily?
19:12
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Sun card to guide their discussion. They discuss what the MICE Quotient is and how to utilize it to improve your writing. Question of the week: How do you resolve the loops that you opened? Do you follow the MICE […]
Aug 25, 2022
Episode 107: Book Club – Newsletter Ninja 2
25:44
This month, Alicia and Valerie join Crys and JP for another book club, this time reading Newsletter Ninja 2 by Tammi Labrecque. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their writing craft. Question of the week: Have you written a reader magnet or a cookie? And what has […]
Aug 18, 2022
Episode 106: What are mirror characters?
16:05
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Moon card to guide their discussion. They discuss what mirror characters are and how you can utilize them in your writing to improve your story. Question of the week: How do you develop mirror characters? Share your answer here. Show […]
Aug 11, 2022
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16:07
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Star card to guide their discussion. This time they’re talking about pacing, and the tools they use to keep things on track! Question of the week: What kind of pacing do you enjoy reading and writing? Share your answer here. Show […]
Aug 04, 2022
Episode 104: How do you write a dark night of the soul?
16:13
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Tower card to guide their discussion. They discuss how to write the dark night of the soul, whether you’re writing high stakes or low stakes fiction. Question of the week: How do you approach the dark night of the soul? Share […]
Jul 28, 2022
Episode 103: How do you write complex characters?
15:22
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Devil card to guide their discussion. They discuss how to write complex characters based on their strengths and weaknesses and the balance between the two. Question of the week: how do you write complex characters and flawed characters? Share your answer […]
Jul 21, 2022
Episode 102: Writing What You Love vs. Writing to Market
20:20
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Temperance card to guide their discussion. They discuss how they find the balance between writing to market and writing for personal enjoyment. Question of the week: how do you balance writing what you want and writing to market? Share your […]
Jul 14, 2022
Episode 101: How to craft character arcs
14:20
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Death card to guide their discussion. They discuss the different tips and tricks they use to craft character arcs and show us detailed examples from famous works. Question of the week: how do you look at character change and arc, […]
Jul 07, 2022
Episode 100: How do you deal with writer’s block?
18:11
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Hanged Man to guide their discussion. They discuss the different tips and tricks they use to deal with writer’s block, whether that’s pushing through or allowing rest. Question of the week: how do you handle writer’s block? Share your answer […]
Jun 30, 2022
Episode 99: How do you capture your reader’s attention?
18:30
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using the Justice card to guide their discussion. They discuss the different tips and tricks they use to capture the reader’s attention and keep them engaged. Question of the week: what do you do to capture your reader’s attention? Do you do […]
Jun 23, 2022
Episode 98: Book Club – Three Story Method: Writing Scenes
25:25
This month, Alicia, Janet, Valerie, Marianne, and Lon join Crys and JP for another book club, this time reading Three Story Method: Writing Scenes by J Thorn.They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their writing craft. Show Notes Three Story Method: Writing Scenes by J Thorn Craft […]
Jun 16, 2022
Episode 97: How do you write the midpoint of your story?
14:15
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using the card The Wheel of Fortune to guide their discussion. They discuss the different methods they use to write the midpoint of their story and how midpoints vary across genres. Question of the week: What tools do you use to reach […]
Jun 09, 2022
Episode 96: How to make time to put words on the page
14:39
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using the card The Hermit to guide their discussion. They discuss the different methods they use to make time to put words on the page, even when it is a struggle. Question of the week: How do you get to the writing […]
Jun 02, 2022
Episode 95: Book Club – Fast-Draft Your Memoir
20:43
This month, Janet and Valerie join Crys and JP for another book club, this time reading Fast-Draft Your Memoir by Rachael Herron. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their writing craft. Question of the week: What were your hot takes from Fast-Draft Your Memoir? Share your answer […]
May 26, 2022
Bonus Business Episode: How do you start new projects?
17:01
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys the use the tarot card, The Fool, to answer the business question: how do you come into new projects and set yourself up for success? Show Notes Fast-Draft Your Memoir by Rachael Herron Support us on Patreon! Transcript Crys: Hello, friends. Welcome to the Write Away Podcast. This […]
May 19, 2022
Episode 94: How do you use fear to drive the story?
12:32
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using the card Strength to guide their discussion. They discuss how they use fear to guide their story and what fear can look like in different genres. Question of the week: How do you find that fear shows up in your stories? […]
May 12, 2022
Episode 93: How do you get to the finish line of your draft?
14:07
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Chariot to guide their discussion. They discuss the different tips and tricks they use to finish their first drafts and final drafts and the steps they take along the way. Question of the week: Do you struggle with getting to […]
May 05, 2022
Episode 92: How do you create believable relationships between characters?
10:49
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Lover to guide their discussion. They discuss the different tips and tricks they use to create believable relationships between their characters, whether that’s love, friendship or animosity. Question of the week: How do you write believable characters relationships? Share your […]
Apr 28, 2022
Episode 91: Book Club – Editing Your Novel’s Structure
23:23
This month, Janet joins Crys and JP for another book club, this time reading Editing Your Novel Structure: Tips, Tricks, and Checklists to Get You From Start to Finish by Bethany A. Tucker. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their writing craft. Question of the week: What […]
Apr 21, 2022
Episode 90: How to use obligatory scenes to guide your writing
17:05
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Hierophant to guide their discussion. They discuss the different tips and tricks they use to discover the obligatory scenes of their genre and how they use them to develop their stories. Question of the week: What are the obligatory scenes […]
Apr 14, 2022
Episode 89: How do you create rich societies and governments within your speculative fiction?
17:04
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Emperor to guide their discussion. They discuss the different tips and tricks they use to create rich societies and governments in their writing. Question of the week: What’s an aspect that you focus on to develop your governments and societies? Share […]
Apr 07, 2022
Episode 88: How do you create a rich setting and stick to it?
17:41
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Empress to guide their discussion. They discuss the different tips and tricks they use to create richer settings in their stories. Question of the week: How do you create rich settings? Share your answer here. Show Notes Id List  Episode 84: […]
Mar 31, 2022
Episode 87: Book Club – Write Your Novel from the Middle
28:47
This month, Alicia, Janet, Lon and Marianne join JP for another book club, this time reading Write Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their writing craft. Question of the week: Have you ever written from the middle? If […]
Mar 24, 2022
Episode 86: How do you layer secrets to create depth in your story?
24:56
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The High Priestess to guide their discussion. They talk about how they use the layering of secrets to write a better story. Question of the week: What books use secrets really well to create depth in the story? What tips and […]
Mar 17, 2022
Episode 85: What scenes does your character need to reach their end goal?
13:43
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their Author’s Tarot Journey, this time using The Magician to guide their discussion. They talk about what tools and resources they use to determine the scenes and trials their characters need to reach their end goals. Question of the week: How do you plan out the scenes that […]
Mar 10, 2022
Episode 84: How do you introduce your story world without overwhelming the reader?
15:55
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys decide to try something new and guide their question using tarot, making this episode 0 in The Author’s Tarot Journey: The Fool. They use this card to analyze how to introduce your story world without overwhelming their reader.  Question of the week:  Do you have tips for introducing […]
Mar 03, 2022
Episode 83: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
24:33
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP rant about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and offer alternatives to use in character creation. Question of the week:  How do you develop your characters in terms of wants and needs? Do you use any other methods that we may not have mentioned? Share your answer here. Show Notes […]
Feb 24, 2022
Episode 82: Book Club – Everything Is Figureoutable
23:11
This month, Janet and Lon join JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their author business and writing craft. Question of the week: What were your hot takes from Everything is Figureoutable […]
Feb 17, 2022
Episode 81: How do you find theme in existing works?
21:10
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys continue their conversation from last week about finding your theme. They discuss how to go about digging into existing work to figure out what themes you have included. Question of the week: Tell us about your themes! Share your answer here. Show Notes Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo  Support us […]
Feb 10, 2022
Episode 80: How do you figure out your theme?
25:05
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys discuss different ways to figure out the theme/armature of your book.  Question of the week: Tell us about your themes! Share your answer here. Show Notes Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo  Support us on Patreon! Transcript JP: Hello friends. This is episode number 80 of the Write Away […]
Feb 03, 2022
Episode 79: How do you co-write?
39:50
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about all things co-writing. They discuss the pros of co-writing, how to find a co-writer, contracts, how to split up work, how to split royalties, and more.   Question of the week: Do you have more questions about co-writing? Share your answer here! Show Notes JP’s Goodreads Author Page  […]
Jan 27, 2022
Episode 78: Book Club – How to Write Funny Characters
37:47
This month, Crys is joined by Janet, Marianne, and J Thorn for another book club, this time reading How To Write Funny Characters by Scott Dikkers. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their writing craft. Question of the week: What were your hot takes from How […]
Jan 20, 2022
Episode 77: How do we get to the root of burnout?
29:10
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk all about burnout, what can cause it, how to avoid it, and how to recover from it. Question of the week: Have you been dealing with burnout recently? Share your answer here! Show Notes Support us on Patreon! Transcript Crys: Hello, friends. Welcome to the Write Away Podcast. […]
Jan 13, 2022
Episode 76: How to plan for 2022
21:34
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk all about their goals and intentions for 2022 and their different methods of planning for the year.  Question of the week: What are your goals or intentions for the new year? Share your answer here! Show Notes How To Write Funny Characters by Scott Dikkers Support us […]
Jan 06, 2022
Episode 75: How to write to genre but still be unique
19:56
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk about how to write to a specific genre while still creating a unique story.  Question of the week: How do you write the ‘same but different’ within your genre? Share your answer here! Show Notes How To Write Funny Characters by Scott Dikkers Support us on Patreon! […]
Dec 30, 2021
Episode 74: Our year in review
22:28
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk all about 2021. They discuss goals completed, goals they’ll continue to work towards, and accomplishments they hadn’t even planned for! Question of the week: What goals did you accomplish in 2021? Share your answer here! Show Notes Support us on Patreon! Transcript JP: Hello friends. This is episode […]
Dec 23, 2021
Episode 73: Book Club – The Emotional Craft of Fiction
43:02
This month, Janet and Marianne join JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald J. Maass. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their writing craft. Question of the week: What were your hot takes from The Emotional […]
Dec 16, 2021
Episode 72: How to write to different story lengths
23:36
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk all about writing to different story lengths and the different things you need for that. Whether its short stories, novels or series, they discuss how to reach your writing goals.  Question of the week: If you write one type of story, whether it’s series or whether it’s […]
Dec 09, 2021
Episode 71: What is the Pixar Pitch and how is it useful?
33:31
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys go into detail about what Pixar Pitches are, how they use them, and why they are helpful in their writing.  Question of the week: If you have a story that you’re working on, what is your Pixar Pitch? What was weird about it, what was hard, what was […]
Dec 02, 2021
Episode 70: How to figure out your author brand?
46:16
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk to special guest, Dana Kaye, all about figuring out your author brand. From social media, newsletters, websites and more, they discuss the ins and outs of what they find works for them. Question of the week: What confuses or scares you the most about figuring out your […]
Nov 25, 2021
Episode 69: Book Club – Your Book, Your Brand
23:32
This month, Janet joins JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading Your Book, Your Brand by Dana Kaye. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their author business. Question of the week: What were your hot takes from Your Book, Your Brand by Dana Kaye? […]
Nov 18, 2021
Episode 68: How do you come back to a project?
19:10
On this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk all about returning to projects that they have set to the side, how they restart them, and what changes they tend to make. Question of the week: What have you done to revitalize past projects? What does your process look like? Share your answer here! Don’t miss […]
Nov 11, 2021
Episode 67: How do you keep track of progress?
23:29
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk all about the tools they use to track progress and how their methods change as their workload does.  Question of the week: How do you track your progress? What can we steal from you? Share your answer here! Don’t miss our weekly check in on Patreon (it’s public!) where […]
Nov 04, 2021
Episode 66: What the F do I do with my website?
23:53
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk all about the dos and don’ts of author websites. They discuss website must-haves, goals of your author website, reaching your target audience, and different tools to help you get there. Question of the week: have you set up your website yet? And if not, what’s keeping you […]
Oct 28, 2021
Episode 65: Book Club – Take Off Your Pants!
30:27
This month, Lon, Janet and Marianne join JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their writing.  Question of the week: What were your hot takes from Take Off Your Pants! […]
Oct 21, 2021
Episode 64: Which is more difficult—starting a story or ending it?
27:55
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk about what they find more difficult—starting a story or ending it—and why. They discuss the methods they use to craft their beginnings and endings, and how those methods have changed as they have grown as writers.  Question of the week: What’s difficult for you, beginnings or endings? […]
Oct 14, 2021
Episode 63: How does it feel to be a published author?
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about JP’s newly published serial fiction and all the feels that come along with it! Question of the week: If you have released a book, how did you feel afterward? And if you haven’t, when do you hope to? Share your answer here! Don’t miss our weekly check in […]
Oct 07, 2021
Episode 62: How do you use Three Story Method?
24:32
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys have another special guest! Zach Bohannon, author of the Dead South series and co-author of the craft book, Three Story Method, with J Thorn. As members of The Author Success Mastermind, JP and Crys have had plenty of opportunity to grill J and his personal approach, but this […]
Sep 30, 2021
Episode 61: How has travel influenced your writing?
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys are joined by special guest Kevin Tumlinson from Draft2Digital to discuss all things travel and writing.  Show Notes Patreon Draft2Digital  Stuff That’s Real Podcast  Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker Transcript Crys: Hello friends. Welcome to the Write Away Podcast. This is episode 61 and it is […]
Sep 23, 2021
Episode 60- Book Club: Story or Die
This month, Lon, Janet and Marianne join JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading Story or Die by Lisa Cron. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into not only their author business, but their lives. Show Notes Patreon Story or Die by Lisa Cron […]
Sep 16, 2021
Episode 59: How do you manage different seasons of being an author?
34:29
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk about the different seasons that come with being an author and how they navigate through them or plan to navigate through them in the future.  Show Notes Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee The Serial Fiction Show Story or […]
Sep 09, 2021
Episode 58- Book Club: How to Write Manga
37:32
This month, Lon and Alicia join JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading How to Write Manga: Your Complete Guide to the Secrets of Japanese Comic Book Storytelling by RA Paterson. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their publishing process. Show Notes How […]
Sep 02, 2021
Episode 57: What Do You Do When You Hit A Story Wall?
33:00
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about the different roads they take when they hit a story wall. Show Notes Patreon The Author Success Mastermind How to Write Manga: Your Complete Guide to the Secrets of Japanese Comic Book Storytelling by RA Paterson Story or Die by Lisa Cron Transcript Crys: Hello, friends […]
Aug 26, 2021
Episode 56: How do you track worldbuilding?
34:27
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk all about the different ways to track worldbuilding. They discuss the different apps and tools available and how they find the method that works best for them and their genre.  Show Notes How to Write Manga: Your Complete Guide to the Secrets of Japanese Comic Book Storytelling […]
Aug 19, 2021
Episode 55: How do you write memorable characters?
33:12
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk all about writing memorable characters. They discuss side characters, main characters, and their methods to creating both. Show Notes 8 Steps to Side Characters: How to Craft Supporting Roles with Intention, Purpose, and Power by Sacha Black How to Write Manga: Your Complete Guide to the Secrets […]
Aug 12, 2021
Episode 54: How does community make me a better author?
33:10
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk all about the benefits of finding your author community.  Show Notes Write Away Podcast Patreon Take Back Your Book by Katlyn Duncan How to Write Manga: Your Complete Guide to the Secrets of Japanese Comic Book Storytelling by RA Paterson Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo Body […]
Aug 05, 2021
Episode 53: What is your editing process?
27:10
In this weeks episode, Crys and JP talk all about the editing process. They discuss how their process changes depending on which genre they are writing and who they are writing with. Show Notes serialfictionshow.com Patreon Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction by J. Thorn and Zach 5 Commandments of Storytelling on Story Grid The […]
Jul 29, 2021
Episode 52- Book Club: Wide for the Win
37:55
This month, Janet joins JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading Wide for the Win by Mark Leslie Lefebvre. They discuss hot takes, useful advice, and how they will incorporate this book’s lessons into their publishing process. Show Notes Patreon Wide for the Win by Mark Leslie Lefebvre JP’s new podcast: The […]
Jul 22, 2021
Episode 51: How do you recover from an author event?
23:09
In this weeks episode, Crys and JP talk all about the recent author event that they attended. As introverts, they discuss how they prepare and recover from events. Show Notes Patreon The Career Author Transcript Crys: Hello, friends. Welcome to the Write Away Podcast. This is episode 51, and we are recording on a Saturday. […]
Jul 15, 2021
Episode 50: How do you deal with under- and over-writing?
23:56
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk all about under- and over-writing. They discuss how this varies across genres and specific ways they find themselves doing both. Show Notes Wide for the Win by Mark Leslie Lefebvre How to Write Manga Your Complete Guide to the Secrets of Japanese Comic Book Storytelling by RA […]
Jul 08, 2021
Episode 49: What is work life balance?
35:07
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk all about work life balance. From balancing day jobs, partners, kiddos, vacations, and everything in between, they discuss what methods they use to still find time to write. Show Notes Wide for the Win by Mark Leslie Lefebvre Patreon Transcript Crys: Hello, friends, and welcome to the […]
Jul 01, 2021
Episode 48: How do you write scenes and chapters?
31:49
In this week’s episode, JP and Crys talk all about the difference between scenes and chapters and the methods they use to write both.  Show Notes Next Level Authors Podcast The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan You are a Storyteller Podcast Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction by J. Thorn and Zach 5 Commandments […]
Jun 24, 2021
Episode 47: Book Club — Save the Cat! Writes A Novel
29:01
This month, Janet and Lon join JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading Save the Cat! Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody. They discuss hot takes, how it compares to other methods, and what they liked and disliked about the book. Show Notes Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody  […]
Jun 17, 2021
Episode 46: What is a cash grab?
20:39
In this weeks episode, Crys and JP talk all about cash grabs, what they are, when you might want to use them, and how to successfully use them to make some extra cash fast. Show Notes Wide for the Win by Mark Leslie Lefebvre Write Away Podcast Patreon Transcript Crys: Welcome to the Write Away […]
Jun 10, 2021
Episode 45: How do you plan a series?
35:04
In this weeks episode, Crys and JP talk all about how to plan a series. They discuss how to anchor your characters, the different type of series, and the difference between series and serials. Show Notes J’s Diagnostic Abhorsen by Garth Nix The Secret School by Avi Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger Transcript JP: Hello, […]
Jun 03, 2021
Episode 44: How do you worldbuild?
23:39
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk all about how they worldbuild, including what tools they find helpful to begin worldbuilding and tips to help along the way. Show Notes Patreon Azgaar’s Fantasy Map Generator Dungeons and Dragons Invisible Sun Numanera Cypher System Transcript Crys: Hello friends. Welcome to Write Away. It is May […]
May 27, 2021
Episode 43: Book Club — Your Brand Should Be Gay
35:57
This month, Janet, Marianne, Lon and Ran join JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading Your Brand Should Be Gay (Even if You’re Not) by Re Perez. They discuss hot takes, useful tips and how they’ll incorporate this book’s teachings into their own brands Show Notes Patreon Your Brand Should be Gay (Even […]
May 20, 2021
Episode 42: How To Write Villains
31:06
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about their continued deep dive into writing villains. They discuss who villains actually are in your story, tips on writing them, and things to avoid. Show Notes 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains by Sacha Black Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked […]
May 13, 2021
Episode 41: How many ways can we deliver stories?
25:48
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about different ways to deliver stories beyond the normal trifecta of eBooks, print books, and audiobooks that indie authors typically use. From serialized platforms, to social media stories, they cover lesser known methods that get your story out there. Show Notes You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Story by […]
May 06, 2021
Episode 40: Tarot Story Part 2
30:08
In this week’s episode, Crys and JP catch up on how their Tarot stories are coming along. They also talk about some other tools and techniques they use to help form their stories. Show Notes The Nutshell Technique by Jill Chamberlain Pixar Pitch Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction by J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon The Emotional […]
Apr 29, 2021
Episode 39: How Do You Write Trauma?
52:15
Content Warning: JP and Crys do discuss sexual assault in the context of writing trauma in this episode. In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about how they incorporate trauma into their writing and the challenges that come along with it. They discuss big and little trauma, different types of traumatic events, and the […]
Apr 22, 2021
Episode 38: Book Club — The Heroine’s Journey
31:58
This month, Janet, Marianne and Christine join JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger. They discuss hot takes, useful tips and how they’ll incorporate this book’s teachings into their own works. Show Notes The Virgin’s Promise by Kim Hudson The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph […]
Apr 15, 2021
Episode 37: Be More Gay
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In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about the do’s and don’ts of writing gay characters. They give some great, and not so great, examples of how gay characters have been portrayed in books and shows. Show Notes Official video for “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” by Lil Nas X Get episodes early at […]
Apr 08, 2021
Episode 36: What Skills Do You Lack?
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In this weeks episode, Crys and JP talk all about what skills they lack in the realm of publishing. From marketing to project managing, they open up about what they need to work on. And of course, they end on a positive note with sharing what they’re really fricking good at. Show Notes Techniques of […]
Apr 01, 2021
Episode 35: How do I set up for success with self publishing?
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In this weeks episode, Crys and JP talk all about setting yourself up for success with self publishing. They discuss how to connect with other authors, successfully use social media, and the importance of mailing lists. Show Notes Episode 27: How Do I Build an Audience? The Author Success Mastermind Podcast Newsletter Ninja by Tammi […]
Mar 25, 2021
Episode 34: Book Club–You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Story
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This month, Lon, Janet and Marianne join JP and Crys for another book club, this time reading You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Story by Howard Houston. Beware Furbies and butt boosting pants as we talk about how to maximize your IP and utilize different mediums as authors. Show Notes You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Story by Howard Houston […]
Mar 18, 2021
Episode 33: How To Write a Story With Tarot Part 1
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In this week’s episode, Crys and JP pull the tarot cards they will use to write their stories. They discuss the meaning of different cards and how to apply them to your story. Show Notes How to Write a Scene course with J. Thorn Biddy Tarot Galaxy Tarot Transcript Crys: Hello, friends. This is episode […]
Mar 15, 2021
Episode 32: Surviving vs Thriving
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In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about the differences between surviving and thriving. They discuss how their mindsets and actions change based on whether they are in survival mode or are thriving. Show Notes You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Story by Houston Howard Transcript JP: Hello, friends. This is episode number 32 of the Write […]
Mar 04, 2021
Episode 31: Do you journal?
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In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about their relationship with journaling. They discuss when they journal, why they journal, what they journal about, and their favorite types of journals. Show Notes Leave your comments at www.writeawaypodcast.com Subscribe to Substack at writeaway.substack.com Panda Planner The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod Transcript Crys: Hello, friends. This is […]
Feb 25, 2021
Episode 30: How do I balance short term gains with long term goals?
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In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about their short-term gains and long-term goals. They discuss how they balance the two to keep themselves healthy and financially stable. Show Notes Comments: https://writeawaypodcast.com/episode-30-how-do-i-balance-short-term-gains-with-long-term-goals/ Substack: https://writeaway.substack.com Transcript JP: Hello, friends. This is episode 30 of the Write Away Podcast, and it is the 11th of February, […]
Feb 18, 2021
Episode 29: Book Club – I Give You My Body…
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In this week’s book club episode, we talk about “I Give You My Body…”: How I Write Sex Scenes by Diana Gabaldon. We discuss how to use her methods to write realistic sex scenes, and how these tips translate to other types of writing as well. Show Notes “I Give You My Body…”: How I […]
Feb 11, 2021
Episode 28: How Do I Write Realistically Flawed Characters?
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In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about what flaws are, how to use flaws in your writing, and problematic representation of flaws in writing and media. Show Notes: Books: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer: https://amzn.to/2MHYSmT Chime by Franny Billingsley: https://amzn.to/36wgJnR The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive, Book 1 by Brandon Sanderson: https://amzn.to/2MrvcKT […]
Feb 04, 2021
Episode 27: How Do I Build My Audience?
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In this week’s episode, Crys and JP talk about the different platforms they use to build their audience. From Facebook groups to newsletter campaigns, they discuss the pros and cons of each and what works for them. Show Notes: Substack: https://writeaway.substack.com/subscribe Transcript: JP: Hello, friends. This is episode number 27 of the Write Away Podcast, […]
Jan 28, 2021
Episode 26: Book Club: Dear Writer Are You In Burnout
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In this week’s book club episode, we talk with our friends about Becca Syme’s book, Dear Writer, Are You In Burnout? We discuss what methods we found useful in identifying burnout, avoiding burnout, and getting out of burnout. Show Notes I Give You My Body https://amzn.to/39PytLs Dear Writer, Are You In Burnout https://amzn.to/38VVrRV Transcript Crys: […]
Jan 21, 2021
Episode 25: How do I Gender Map my Characters?
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Last weekend, we were invited to take part of a great conversation on gender, sexuality, and exploring diversity in our writing. Dr. Paz Galupo introduced us to a gender map, which JP and Crys discuss in this episode. We highly recommend you go listen to or watch the entire conversation here: https://dialoguedoctor.com/2021/01/10/episode-24-gender-mapping-and-understanding-gender-diversity/ Show Notes Many […]
Jan 14, 2021
Episode 24: When to Say Yes and When to Say No
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This week, Crys and JP talk about yes brain and no brain. They discuss methods to use to help you decide when to say yes and when to say no to avoid burnout while still learning new things. Show Notes The Author Success Mastermind: www.theauthorsuccessmastermind.com Transcript JP: Hello, friends. This is episode 24 of the […]
Jan 07, 2021
Episode 23: End of Year Review
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This week, Crys and JP talk about their top three accomplishments of 2020, their top five media that they’ve enjoyed in 2020, and about goals and plans for 2021. Show Notes Movies and TV The MagiciansUmbrella AcademyLovecraft CountryOnwardHow to Train Your DragonI’ll Be Gone in the Dark.PicardThe Good PlaceThe Queen’s Gambit Books The Techniques of […]
Dec 30, 2020
Episode 22: How do you handle distractions?
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This week, Crys and JP talk about writing distractions and their tips, tricks, and tactics to manage them. Show Notes Becca Syme’s Dear Writer, Are You In Burnout? https://amzn.to/3mJyIfC The Social Dilemma https://www.netflix.com/title/81254224 Getting Things Done https://amzn.to/3rmvrXh Zen to Done https://amzn.to/37J2v3S The Motivation Myth https://amzn.to/37G8IgV www.4thewords.com https://writeordie.com Atmosphere App https://peakpocketstudios.com Brain.fm Links provided may be […]
Dec 24, 2020
Episode 21: Book Club–Invisible Ink
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This week, we talk about Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald. What we loved about it, what we hated (there’s a few rants), and what we’re going to be using moving forward. Show Notes Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald The Story Spine/Pixar Pitch Three Story Method by J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon You Are a Storyteller […]
Dec 17, 2020
Episode 20: Alicia McCalla on Direct Sales and Merchandising
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This week, Crys talks to author Alicia McCalla on building her own online store and using it as an avenue of marketing as well as a way to draw her readers deeper into her worlds. They discuss when you should consider direct sales of your ebooks and audios, when you should consider developing merchandise, and […]
Dec 14, 2020
Episode 19: How do I write different genders?
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This week, Crys and JP talk about writing characters along the gender spectrum and give examples to familiarize yourself with them. Crys: Hello, friends. This is Episode 19 of the Write Away podcast and it is December 8th, 2020, as we are recording. I’m Crys Cain with my cohost… JP: JP Rindfleisch. Crys: So how […]
Dec 10, 2020
Episode 18: Should I Rapid Release?
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This week, we talk about JP’s release plans for his first book, why you might choose to rapid release, and why you might not. Notes JA Huss’s You Tube series: The Perfect Year https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjkn6USRCoELiHM5_pR2t5SwHDQD2XBzL You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Story https://amzn.to/39vYt06 This post contains affiliate links.
Dec 03, 2020
Episode 17: Using RPGs to level up as a writer
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Crys has only just started playing RPGs (role playing games) and thought it would be easy, since she’s a writer. (Spoiler, she’s having a hard time with it.) JP has been playing and managing games for years. In this episode, they talk about the skills authors can develop using RPGs as a tool. Show Notes […]
Nov 26, 2020
Episode 16: Do You Have a Plan B?
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Show Notes RevolutionFI https://revolutionfi.com/ The Author Success Mastermind https://www.theauthorsuccessmastermind.com Notion https://notion.so
Nov 19, 2020
Episode 15: Book Club—Money Honey
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Show Notes Money Honey by Rachel Richardson https://amzn.to/394qmMH Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald https://amzn.to/3nsNpEw
Nov 12, 2020
Episode 14: Sacha Black on Big Goals
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Show Notes Sacha’s Website: https://www.sachablack.co.uk Sacha’s Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rebelauthors/ Sacha’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sachablackauthor/
Oct 29, 2020
Episode 13: Book Club: Techniques of the Selling Writer
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Show Notes Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain https://amzn.to/3nOQOOX Money Honey by Rachel Richards https://amzn.to/3iPSeVW Story Engineering by Larry Brooks https://amzn.to/315d6m2 The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird https://amzn.to/2GYr8Pn The Author Success Mastermind https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/ Join the Grow Your Writing Business Bookclub! https://writeawaypodcast.com/bookclub/ This post contains affiliate links.
Oct 14, 2020
Episode 12: Talking About Community with Janet Kitto
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Show Notes Janet Kitto https://janetkitto.com/ Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain https://amzn.to/2EKQOhl The Author Success Mastermind https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/ The Unemployable Initiative https://members.unemployable.com/ Join the Grow Your Writing Business Bookclub! https://writeawaypodcast.com/bookclub/ This post contains affiliate linkes.
Sep 30, 2020
Episode 11: JP Douglas Interviews Crys Cain
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Notes Join the Grow Your Writing Business Bookclub! https://writeawaypodcast.com/bookclub/ JP Douglas http://www.jpdouglas.org
Sep 16, 2020
Episode 10: Managing Chaos
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Show Notes: 9 Things Career Authors Don’t Do https://amzn.to/3hsbjxF Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking https://amzn.to/3lfxZ6o This post contains affiliate links.
Aug 26, 2020
Episode 9: Permission to Play
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Show Notes: Dean Wesley Smith’s Depth in Writing https://wmg-publishing-workshops-and-lectures.teachable.com/courses?query=Depth Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain https://amzn.to/2WJBM1d Intro to Scene and Sequel https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/writing-the-perfect-scene/ The War of Art by Steven Pressfield https://amzn.to/2CygEE8 This post contains affiliate links.
Jul 22, 2020
Episode 8: Setting Goals
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Show Notes: Career Author Events https://www.thecareerauthor.com/events Karen Docter’s W Plot http://www.karendocter.com/workshop.php Passion Roadmap https://passionplanner.com/products/passion-roadmap Clifton Strengths https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/252137/home.aspx Atomic Habits https://amzn.to/3err3yl This post contains affiliate links
Jul 15, 2020
Episode 7: Becca Syme’s Write Better Faster 1.0
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Show Notes: Fascinate: How to Make Your Brand Impossible to Resist by Sally Hogshead https://amzn.to/2ZQ3Pgf Dear Writer, You Need to Quit by Becca Syme https://amzn.to/38zKsMi Becca Symes’ Write Better Faster 1.0 https://betterfasteracademy.com/wbf-beginners/ This post contains affiliate links.
Jul 08, 2020
Episode 6: The “Right” Way vs the Healthy Way
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Show Notes: Krisp.ai https://krisp.ai/get-krisp-now/?ref=cryscain The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden https://amzn.to/38d0LhQ Becca Symes’ Write Better Faster 1.0 https://betterfasteracademy.com/wbf-beginners/ Tami Veldura https://www.tamiveldura.com/ This post contains affiliate links.
Jul 01, 2020
Episode 5: Jeremy Flagg on preparing to escape to Scotland
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Notes Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal https://amzn.to/2ZmBLCE Jeremy’s Author site www.remyflagg.com Children of Nostradamus www.childrenofnostradamus.com Superhero Fiction www.superhero-fiction.com Geekorama https://superherofiction.podbean.com/ I use affiliate links on this site and may earn a commission from purchases.
May 20, 2020
Episode 4: Malorie Cooper on Loving Yourself
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Notes Malorie’s website https://www.aeon14.com/ Help! My Facebook Ads Suck https://amzn.to/2WLhB28 How Wearing Leggings Changed My Life https://amzn.to/3dDjLrm Reader Response questions: http://maryrobinettekowal.com/journal/how-and-why-i-use-online-alpha-readers-while-writing-novels/ Reader Response guideline: https://lachristensen.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/alpha-reading/
May 13, 2020
Episode 3: Rachel Amphlett on Freedom and Trust
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Notes: https://www.rachelamphlett.com/ Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins https://amzn.to/2xBWozb None the Wiser, book 1 of the new series Rachel mentions https://amzn.to/2YzGX5C Nick Adams’ sci-fi series https://amzn.to/2YBrKAR Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Katherine Rusch’s workshops https://wmgworkshops.com/
May 06, 2020
Episode 2: J Thorn on Building Freedom with Systems
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Notes Atomic Habits by James Clear https://amzn.to/3eVanRo Three Story Method by J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon https://amzn.to/3cWgYt8 The Career Author https://thecareerauthor.com/ The Writers Well https://thewriterswell.org/ The Author Life https://theauthorlife.com/ Writers, Ink https://writersinkpodcast.com/ This post contains affiliate links.
Apr 29, 2020
Episode 1: Intro
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Notes If you want to support the podcast, visit: https://ko-fi.com/cryscain
Apr 23, 2020