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Welcome to the Many Worlds Writing Podcast! The show that’s all about how to brainstorm, write, edit, publish, and sell a powerful speculative fiction novel… and maybe just change the world too. I'm your host, Heather Davis. I’m a seasoned book coach, developmental editor, and fellow storyteller. In my work with writers, I always see the same problems and roadblocks standing in their way and preventing them from achieving their dream of becoming a published author. So it’s my mission to be 1 ...
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→Sign up for my free workshop Create a Dynamic Character Arc For Your Protagonist. This workshop, which includes live coaching, will help you develop the foundation elements of your novel and bridge the gap between plot and character arc! https://resources.manyworldswriting.com/workshop You might have heard of Goal, Motivation, Stakes, and Conflict…
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Space exploration, space opera, and space Jesuits! Support the network and gain access to over fifty bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon. Want more science fiction in your life? Check out The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast. Love Neil Gaiman? Join us on Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast. Lovecraft? Poe? Check out Elder S…
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Snag my FREE workbook: resources.manyworldswriting.com/AI Everyone in the writing world is talking about AI, but should you really buy into the buzz? In this episode I’m going to explore what it’s okay to use AI for in your writing and what I believe you should never use AI for. In this episode you’ll learn: 3 tasks it’s okay to use AI for. 3 tasks…
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With me today to read the novelette category for the Nebulas are Allen Dyen-Shapiro, Leigh Harlen, and Brent Lambert. Allan Dyen-Shapiro is a Ph.D. biochemist who enjoyed a 19-year research career. He now teaches in high-poverty schools in Southwest Florida and recently ramped up his union activism. He's sold short fiction to venues including Dark …
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Snag my FREE workbook: resources.manyworldswriting.com/edit Almost every writer wants to get better at self-editing their work. But how? And which techniques improve your work the most dramatically? In this episode I’m going to talk about the self-editing hacks that will help you rapidly improve your work as you write and edit. In this episode you’…
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Hello and welcome to Shining Moon, Episode 40. With me today are A.P. Howell, Sam W. Pisciotta, A.T. Sayre, and Risa Wolf. The voting for the Nebulas has just concluded, and we’re here to talk about the contenders on the ballot before the winners are revealed. Let’s get started with some introductions! A. P. Howell For information on published work…
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More horror for children. Support the network and gain access to over fifty bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon. Want more science fiction in your life? Check out The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast. Love Neil Gaiman? Join us on Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast. Lovecraft? Poe? Check out Elder Sign: A Weird Fiction Podc…
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Snag my FREE workbook: https://resources.manyworldswriting.com/truth Ever wondered why your favorite novels feel so authentic and cohesive? It’s not about all the surface level editing you’ve been driving yourself crazy with. Instead, it’s about the deeper stuff. The bones of the narrative. In this episode I’m going to talk about the subtle parts o…
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Zach Welhouse is a librarian and game designer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. He enjoys hot drinks and meeting dogs who look like goblins. His work has appeared in the Costume Fairy Adventures and Deadlands RPGs, and Strange Beast: A Tarot Zine. Cerebos: The Crystal City, a game about crossing a surreal desert by train, is available through Pe…
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon: A Speculative Fiction Podcast, Episode 38. Today we’ll continue our series by asking questions about writing games, particularly roleplaying games. This is a subject dear to my heart, because I’ve spent twenty years of my life playing RPGs, mostly in written form, in play-by-post games. I am a big proponent of ho…
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Daniel Ausema is an educator and stay-at-home dad. His poems have appeared in Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, Dreams & Nightmares, and many other places and have been nominated for the Rhysling Award. He is also the author of the Arcist Chronicles and the creator of the Spire City series, as well as the writer of many short stories, roughly a h…
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Welcome to Shining Moon Episode 36, Writing Real World Religions. Priya Chand is a California transplant living in the Midwest, where she regularly cuts down trees and sets them on fire (as a certified volunteer forest steward). When she's not reading, writing, or eating, she enjoys swimming, martial arts, and naps. Her current big project is co-ed…
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Snag my FREE workbook: resources.manyworldswriting.com/magic Ever wondered how to create an interesting and compelling magic system that readers will love? In this episode I’m breaking down exactly how to create a magic system that works. In this episode you’ll learn: The crucial importance of weaving an engaging magic system into your fantasy worl…
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Glenn and Jay talk medievalism in Narnia. Support the network and gain access to over fifty bonus episodes by becoming a patron on ⁠Patreon⁠. Want more science fiction in your life? Check out ⁠The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast⁠. Love Neil Gaiman? Join us on ⁠Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast⁠. Lovecraft? Poe? Check out ⁠Elder Sig…
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Samantha Mills is a Nebula, Locus, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winning author from Southern California. You can find her short fiction in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, and others, as well as the best-of anthologies The New Voices of Science Fiction and The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2023. Her debut novel, The W…
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Snag my FREE interiority workbook: https://resources.manyworldswriting.com/interiority Have you ever wondered how to ensure your readers are so engrossed in your protagonist that they can put your novel down? In this episode I'm peeling back the layers of protagonist interiority and revealing how to create your protagonist's inner world and make yo…
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 34, Writing Media Tie-Ins. With me today are Marie Brennan, Kate Heartfield, and Caitlin J. Starling. Let’s get started with some introductions! Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly leans on her academic fields for inspiration. In addition to her tie-in work for Legend of…
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Epsidoe 33: Food and Foodways in Fiction. With me today are Beth Cato, P.A. Cornell, Amelia Gorman, Nibedita Sen, and D.A. Xiaolin Spires. Let’s get started with some introductions! Nebula Award-nominated Beth Cato is the author of A THOUSAND RECIPES FOR REVENGE and A FEAST FOR STARVING STONE from 47North. Follow …
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What makes a protagonist memorable and unique? What makes readers fall in love with them enough to follow them around for 300-500 pages? Knowing the answers to those questions is the difference between creating a flat, dull protagonist and having a magnetic protagonist that readers can’t get enough of! In this episode you’ll learn: Why every novel …
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Bendi Barrett is a queer Black creator of speculative work in both fiction and interactive game narratives. His debut novella, Empire of the Feast, was a 2023 Ignyte award finalist for Best Novella. His work has appeared in Baffling Mag, PANK magazine, and several anthologies including the BSFA awards long-listed Luminescent Machinations. He also w…
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If you're a writer, you've likely encountered the timeless advice: "Show Don't Tell." While intended to enhance scene creation by encouraging vivid depiction over mere narration, this guidance has been misunderstood, leading to detrimental effects on otherwise strong novels. If you've questioned the validity of this advice, stay tuned as I debunk m…
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Hello and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 31, Non-Western Fantasy! With me today are Tina Zhu, Osahon Ize-iyamu, and Liza Wemakor. Let’s get started with some introductions! We had some audio problems with Osahon's feed in places. Please be patient with the technology. Osahon Ize-Iyamu is a Nigerian writer of speculative fiction. A graduate of the …
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The most important skill you can have as a writer is the ability to write a compelling scene, but it’s a skill that few writers have actually mastered. So in this episode we are going to do a deep dive into scene structure and learn: 1) How to know if an event in your novel actually needs to be a scene 2) the structure of a great scene 3) the 6 ele…
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Glenn and Jay talk Ishiguro's dreamy Arthurian fantasy. Support the network and gain access to over fifty bonus episodes by becoming a patron on ⁠Patreon⁠. Want more science fiction in your life? Check out ⁠The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast⁠. Love Neil Gaiman? Join us on ⁠Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast⁠. Lovecraft? Poe? Check …
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Tara Campbell : www.taracampbell.com. Kat Day writes regular flash for her blog, thefictionphial.wordpress.com. Lindz McLeod: https://lindzmcleod.co.uk/ Suzan Palumbo: suzanpalumbo.wordpress.com. Sam W. Pisciotta: www.silo34.com or @Silo34 on X and Instagram. Stories on this episode Tara Campbell “Spencer,” Speculative City #7. https://speculativec…
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Note: There are some audio problems in this episode that I have been unable to correct. My apologies. David Anaxagoras is a writer and former teacher from southern California. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed and The Dread Machine. He is the creator and co-executive producer of the Amazon series Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, …
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The most important skill you can have as a writer is the ability to write a great scene... but, unfortunately, it’s a skill that few writers have actually mastered. You need to understand: 1) What a scene is. 2) Whether a given event in your novel needs to be a scene. 3) The structure of a great scene. If you’re ready to learn all about how kick*ss…
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon episode 28, Cozy Fantasy and Hopepunk. I’m your host, Deborah L. Davitt. This week we’ll be having a conversation with M. E. (Mary) Garber, Susan Kaye Quinn, and John Wiswell. Itinerant writer M. E. Garber currently lives halfway between the Kennedy Space Center and Disney World, an ideal place for writing specula…
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 27, Shared Visions: Writing with a co-author. With me today are writing partners Kathy Bailey and Kurt Pankau as well as Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms, who write together as M.A. Carrick. Let’s get started with some introductions! Kathy Bailey writes romance, poetry, science fiction, and women's kaiju. She'…
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Backstory is an essential part of every novel. Without it, your protagonist doesn’t have a meaningful character arc and your story lacks depth. But writers are (understandably) scared to put backstory in their novel because they’re afraid of info dumping. Well, there is a way to strike a perfect balance. You CAN include valuable backstory AND avoid…
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Teleportation, the Second World War, and H.P. Lovecraft. Support the network and gain access to over fifty bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon. Want more science fiction in your life? Check out The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast. Love Neil Gaiman? Join us on Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast. Lovecraft? Poe? Check out E…
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Amanda Helms (she/her) is a biracial Black/white fantasy, science fiction, and sometimes horror writer whose stories have appeared in FIYAH, Lightspeed, Nature: Futures, and other fine venues. She lives with her family in Colorado. Though all of them are natives, none ski or snowboard, proving that such creatures indeed exist. Find her at amandahel…
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Criticism is one of the hardest things for writers to process and it sometimes leads to writers giving up on the craft or refusing to share their work with the world. If you’re ready explore the 7 key understandings that will help you reframe criticism for a healthier relationship with it, access the FREE workbook right here: https://www.manyworlds…
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 25, Flash Fiction: When the Fic is Quick. I’m your host, Deborah L. Davitt. With me today are Kat Day and Michael Haynes as we’ll discuss the art of writing flash fiction—stories that are under 1,000 words in length. Let’s get started with some introductions. Kat Day is an editor and writer who lives in Ox…
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Nothing grabs readers’ attention like dialogue. That’s why it’s absolutely imperative to make sure that the dialogue in your novel is serving the story and making readers hungry for more. Ready to learn more about dialogue? Don’t forget to access the FREE dialogue checklist right here: https://www.manyworldswriting.com/dialoguechecklist If you’re r…
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Spoiler alert—there’s a whole lot more to POV than just first person, second person, and third person. There are actually 4 layers that you need to master if you want readers and agents to love your novel! So if you’re ready to master POV in 2024, dive into the episode and don’t forget to access the FREE workbook right here: https://www.manyworldsw…
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📘Access the FREE workbook right here: https://www.manyworldswriting.com/better📘 ✨Fill out an application to my Powerful Writers, Powerful Novels Mentorship Program: manyworldswriting.com/mentorship ✨ Join the Many Worlds Writing Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1012106499677937/?mibextid=oMANbw Do you want to hone your writing sk…
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 24. Today we’ll return to the themes of environmental fiction, cli-fi, and solarpunk, on what will be our last episode for the year. Joining me today are Priya Chand, Amelia Gorman, Floris Kleijne, and Tehnuka. Let’s get started with some introductions. Priya Chand is a California transplant living in the …
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Are you overwhelmed and frustrated by the complexity of worldbuilding for your fantasy and science fiction novel? Are things getting too complicated, too bloated, and too scattered? Are you worried that all those complex worldbuilding documents you found on Google aren’t really serving the core of the story you want to tell? Well, guess what? I’ve …
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 23. Today we’ll be talking about mythology, folklore, and prehistoric fiction. My guests today are Robin Duncan, Jelena Dunato, Sam W. Pisciotta. Let’s start with some introductions. R. K. Duncan is a fat queer polyamorous wizard and author of fantasy, horror, and occasional sci-fi. He writes from a few ro…
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 22. Today we’ll be talking about environmental science fiction, cli-fi, solarpunk, and maybe even hopepunk. My guests today are Renan Bernado, Cecile Cristofari, and Susan Kaye Quinn. Stories featured in this episode: Renan Berando: "A Shoreline of Oil and Infinity," Escape Pod #863, https://escapepod.org/…
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Access the FREE workbook right here: https://www.manyworldswriting.com/likable Are you worried that your protagonist might not be likable? Often as writers, we love our protagonists deeply, but readers might not be able to connect with them, which could sabotage your entire novel! In this episode, learn the 4 keys to making any protagonist likable …
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Access the FREE workbook right here: https://www.manyworldswriting.com/storytelling Ever found yourself wondering if your novel might be missing a key ingredient, one that could keep readers and agents from fully connecting with your story? It's a common concern among writers – that sense that something's absent, leaving us scratching our heads in …
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Access the FREE workbook right here: https://www.manyworldswriting.com/point Are you worried that something important is missing from your novel? Something that might lock readers and agents out of the narrative and prevent them from falling in love with your work? Often, we writers recognize that something is missing, but we have no idea what. It’…
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon: A Speculative Fiction Podcast, Episode 21. Today we’ll continue our series by asking what it takes to be a magazine editor in this day and age—particularly when your magazine has a message and a role to play in the world at large. We’ll discover the process that takes hold of your story from the moment you click …
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Horror for children! Support the network and gain access to over fifty bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon. Want more science fiction in your life? Check out The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast. Love Neil Gaiman? Join us on Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast. Lovecraft? Poe? Check out Elder Sign: A Weird Fiction Podcast. …
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 20. Today we’ll turn away from genre concerns to get into the nuts and bolts of independent publishing. Joining me today are science fiction writer Abby Goldsmith, and dark erotica author Cassie Alexander. Abby Goldsmith: https://AbbyGoldsmith.com/majority Cassie Alexander: https://cassiealexander.com "Don…
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Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 19. With me today are Alicia Hilton, Kenneth Hite, and Dawn Vogel to discuss the topic of Lovecraftian and Weird Fiction. Do you have to be Lovecraftian to be weird? What *is* weird, and how do we go beyond the tropes that Lovecraft and his immediate successors set for us. Let’s get started with some intro…
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Hello and welcome to Shining Moon episode Number 18. Today we’ll once again turn our attention to the topic of speculative poetry with guests Rebecca Buchannan, Alicia Hilton, Lorraine Schein. Let’s get started with some introductions. Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary ezine, Eternal Haunted Summer. She has released two collectio…
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