Speculative.Work: A Science Fiction Author Diary
SW 021 - Refining Plotting and Some Big News

SW 021 - Refining Plotting and Some Big News

August 26, 2019

What do you do when the baby eats your work space? You prop your laptop on the dresser and record anyway.

I'm back with a quick update, some notes on the current book, and some more big changes in my life that should mean positive things for my writing.

I also talk a bit about writing on deadline and how I refine my outlining process as I write to make sure I'm always heading in the right direction and not wasting words.

Thanks for listening!

 

SW 017 - Use Your Hobby to Strengthen Your Writing

SW 017 - Use Your Hobby to Strengthen Your Writing

May 11, 2019

I've been working on Eve of Destruction (kickass cover, right?) for six months now, which is like GRRM time in indie publishing. In the midst of grinding through edits, I've been working on several other hobby projects as well. While Steven Pressfield might call this resistance, it got me thinking about the benefits of allowing your mind to wander, absorb and learn from your hobbies, and how you can fold those skills into your writing. I'm a DIY nerd, so my hobbies are building things, but the points I talk about could easily apply to team sports, travel or any other hobby.

Other notes:

Create If Writing with Kirsten Oliphant

Self Publishing Journeys by Paul Teague

Deep Work by Cal Newport

The Awkward Thoughts of Kamau Bell

On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee

AuthorLife by J Thorn

Thanks for listening!

SW 016 - Abundance Mentality for Authors

SW 016 - Abundance Mentality for Authors

April 19, 2019

In this episode I talk about some changes in the SF short fiction market, new opportunities for short fiction in Kindle Unlimited anthologies, and how to push yourself to grow as an author by saying yes... but also having a plan so you don't get overwhelmed.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Tim Ferris Interviews Neal Gaiman

Thanks for listening!

 

SW 006 - Should You Join a Writing Group?

SW 006 - Should You Join a Writing Group?

January 6, 2019

In this episode I talk about some things I wish I had known when I first joined a critique group. Should I have joined an accountability or mastermind group instead? How do critique groups work and what are some common pitfalls you might need to look out for?

Mentioned in this episode:

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Keystroke Medium Podcast

Quick Sips Reviews

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClaNJoAeDQoAY56qFOPo7SQ

Thanks for listening! See you next week.

The Speculative.Work Podcast 005 - Goals for 2019 and Atomic Habits

The Speculative.Work Podcast 005 - Goals for 2019 and Atomic Habits

December 31, 2018

Everybody loves a goals show! Let's throw down the gauntlet for 2019 so I can look back and either be pleased with my progress or shed tears in my beer.

I talk about production, health and financial goals for 2019, as well establishing a strong author brand.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Word Count Tracker (excel doc download)

Thanks for listening!

Speculative.Work Episode 003 - Feeling Overwhelmed as a Creative

Speculative.Work Episode 003 - Feeling Overwhelmed as a Creative

December 16, 2018

Episode 3 - In this episode I talk about some strategies I've used to not feel so overwhelmed when taking on a new project. I focus mostly on writing a novel, but these techniques apply to any project.

As always, if you have any questions, shoot me an email at james@jamesaaron.net. Thanks for listening!