Episode 306 – Social/Political Commentary

Join the Robots as they look at how to do social and political commentary. And how not to do it.

They mentioned an article on symbolism by authors that you can read here.

They also mentioned how author Philip Roth wasn’t considered a credible source by Wikipedia about a novel he wrote. Read the article here.


Episode 297 – Where To Start And Stop Your Story

Join the Robots as they mull where a story starts and ends, as well as how to know where to put what falls in between.


Episode 296 – Writing Holiday Themed And Niche Fiction

The holiday season is upon us! Come join the Robots as they discuss writing seasonal fiction and for niche markets.


Episode 289 – It’s A Thriller Night


This week’s episode is brought to you by the Loft Literary Center. The Loft Literary Center, located in Minneapolis, is one of the nation’s leading literary nonprofits and offers a wide array of online and in-person creative writing classes for all levels and genres. Online classes are offered seasonally, so all you need is Wi-Fi to learn from experienced writers and go from blank page to completed story.

Tonight the Robots talk about thrillers. Is it a genre or a style, what are the elements you have to have, and should you plan or can you pants it? We hope you enjoy the conversation.

And make sure to pick up your copy of Paul’s GC: ANCIENTS today! You get a beautiful hardback book, PLUS the ebook, PLUS the audiobook, all for $35! You can’t beat that deal with a baseball bat! Go now!



Episode 284 – Writin’ 2: Podcast Boogaloo

This week the Robots sit down and chat about writing a sequel/prequel. Should locations be reused, should characters’ fate change to keep them around, and how much previous info should be retold. Enjoy!

This week:s promo:



Episode 267 – The Robots Get Genderfied


This week the Robots are joined by Lauren “Scribe” Harris to talk about writing to and for the opposite gender. What stereotypes should be avoided, which are true, and how should it affect your writing? Enjoy!

Lauren’s Blog
Pendragon Variety Podcast
Lauren’s Twitter
Lauren’s Facebook

In this episode Lauren mentioned Writing the Other, a writing workshop by Cynthia Ward

This week’s promo – Alibi Jones


Episode 266 – Back Cover Blurbs

This week the Robots talk about back cover blurbs. These are important marketing tools that no author should ignore.

This week’s promo – Garaaga’s Children: Ancients by Paul Elard Cooley

Also mentioned is the Five Guys In A Limo video. The dialog may be cheesy, but the example of how to use active voice is critically important for back cover copy.

Finally, I mentioned a new publishing distribution site simialar to Smashwords, but (in my opinion) much, much better. I incorrectly called it Direct 2 Digital. It is in fact Draft2Digital.com



Episode 265 – The First Draft Is Only The Beginning

This week the Robots talk about all the work that has to be done once the first draft is finished. You’ve reached THE END, and that’s great, but it’s only the beginning. There’s so much more to do.

This week’s promo – HAYWIRE by Justin R. Macumber


Episode 258 – Taking The Drama To 11

This week the Robots talk about different ways to increase drama and tension in a story. There are lots of ways to do it, some working better than others. We hope you enjoy!

This week’s promo – A MINOR MAGIC by Justin R. Macumber


Episode 257 – Setting The Scene

This week the Robots talk about description and setting the scene. How much description is too much, how much is not enough, and how do you know when to stop? We hope you enjoy the conversation.

We mention Stephen King quite a bit in this episode, so I’d be doing you and him a disservice if I didn’t put in a link for his magnificent book ON WRITING.


This week’s promo – The Secret Worlds Chronicle


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