Writing Is Hard Work
By Roger Colby
Writing Is Hard WorkMar 07, 2021
12 Things I've Learned In 12 Years of Indie Writing
Are you new to the independent author game? Are you an old salt? On this 12th anniversary of my first self-published novel, I thought I'd take the time to list twelve things I've learned throughout this process. I hope they are some things that will save you a lot of time and money.
A Turning Point
Have you ever been writing a work in progress and hear the call to write something else right away? What about writing outside your genre? Currently I've had an epiphany and I'd like to share it with you on this very short episode.
Author Ian Primeaux
I was honored to interview author Ian Primeaux about his new book Emi and discuss with him about his writing process, how he goes about editing his work and who inspires him. You can find his book HERE!
Author Erik Buchanan
I had the privilege to interview the amazing and very knowledgeable Erik Buchanan this week. He was delightful and very helpful. This is one of those podcast episodes you shouldn't skip, as his advice is very informative and necessary in this game of being your own publisher. We talk writing process, marketing, and various other indie publisher topics. You shouldn't stop there, though, because he's written a few books. His latest, The Trials of Abyowith is a page turner for sure, and you can get it FOR FREE by going to his website and signing up on the mailing list.
Jason Meuschke - Author of "Nine Mile Bridge" and "A Novel Idea"
On this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Meuschke (pronounced "my-ski") about his new book "A Novel Idea" and just about the writing process. Jason and I go way back, as he was, and still is, a fan of my old podcast "Fanboys on Fiction" so many years ago. Jason has been on a long journey with writing, and we discuss everything from coming up with a great story to creating characters and book marketing.
CLICK HERE to go to Jason's website where you can find out all about him, his books, and his love of sports fishing.
What Makes a Great Story with Trey Cabler
I was able to sit down and interview my former student teacher about story. What you have in this podcast is two English teachers who have studied fiction for most of our lives providing observations about what makes a great story. Trey Cabler also has a wonderful podcast called "Teacher's Pet" where he interviews average teachers about their thoughts on the state of education in the United States. You should check it out!
Creating Quirky Characters
What are the ingredients for compelling and interesting characters? How do you create characters that are not cliche or which follow overused tropes? Tune in to this episode where I give you some tips about creating characters with interesting quirks which cause readers to hang on to them.
5 Ways to Break Writer's Block
In this episode I discuss how I break writer's block, one of the worst problems a writer can face. I also touch on a 6th method not discussed on my latest blog post. You can check out a host of blog posts about writing on my blog "Writing Is Hard Work", found at my website: http://www.rogerdcolby.com
I'm Back! Planning with Mind Node
I am back after a long hiatus. I know. It's been a year. Hopefully I will be recording weekly podcasts from here on out. I talk specifically about a planning and mind-mapping software I use called "Mind Node". It helps me plan out novels like the one I'm working on right now. You can find it in the App store or the Google Play store.
Find my article on this subject here: https://rogerdcolby.medium.com/why-i-use-mind-node-for-planning-writing-projects-85912fe369ae