On the Writership Podcast, professional book editors Leslie Watts critiques five pages of fiction from writers who are, or soon hope to be, traditionally or independently published. The submissions come from actual authors who understand they may need help seeing the flaws in their stories and are brave enough to share this experience so that you might improve your writing too.
Ep. 138 World Building
In this episode, Story Grid certified editor Leslie Watts takes a small detour from the usual format to discuss World Building, the way you craft the domain your characters inhabit. She offers several exercises to help improve your story by strengthening your world.
Ep. 137 Strengthen Your Setting
In this episode, Story Grid certified editor Leslie Watts takes a small detour from the usual format to discuss story settings, the place and time where your character gets into and hopefully out of trouble. She offered three exercises to help strengthen your setting and story.
Ep. 136 Resolutions
We all have some idea of what a resolution is, but what are these scene- and story-enders meant to do? In this episode, Story Grid certified editor Leslie Watts explores scene and story resolutions in the context of C. Gabriel Wright’s LBGTQ love story, “Someone.” The editorial mission encourages you to collect resolutions by reading and watching stories—and from your own life.
Ep. 135 Scene and Story Climaxes
What are story and scene climaxes? Why do you need them? In this episode, Story Grid certified editor Leslie Watts discusses the decisions your characters make, as well as the actions they take, when faced with a dilemma. You’ll hear Matt Bizzel’s horror story, A Window Out: Or, the Accidental Death of Frank Ortiz and Leslie’s analysis of the scene. The editorial mission encourages you to collect examples of these critical decisions and actions by reading and watching stories—and from your own life.
Ep. 134 Crisis Questions for Your Scenes
What are crisis questions? Why do our stories and scenes need them? In this episode, Story Grid certified editor Leslie Watts discusses the dilemmas your characters face on the way to scene and story resolutions in the context of the opening of Jerry Dawson’s science fiction story, Meteor. The editorial mission encourages you to collect crisis questions by reading and watching stories—and from your own life.
Ep. 133 Progressive Complications for Your Scenes
What are progressive complications? Why do our stories and scenes need them? This week, Story Grid Certified editor Leslie Watts discusses the people, places, things, and events that stand between your characters and their goals within the context of the opening of Anna Ferguson’s YA science fiction novel, The Empire of Saffron.
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Excellent and engaging
Fantastic podcast that delves into editing. It is in-depth, engaging and interesting.
It makes you worry about making any grammar mistakes,
Had to stop listening
I really wanted to like this as it's hard to find podcasts on fiction writing rather than screenwriting but I just couldn't listen. It felt very amateurish, the presenters seem to spend a lot of time saying "ummm" and "uhhh" and generally sounding like they haven't planned the show well or don't really know what to say. Unlike some that sound very polished and the presenters sound confident, this sounded the very opposite. What good information there may have been I could not gleam because I was too distracted by the manner in which it was delivered. So much potential but sadly a let down.
Top Editing Investigators
Fantastic podcast that delves deep in to the techniques used by writers and how to apply the best ones to your own manuscript.
Each episode the two lovely hosts take us into the heart of a intrepid writer's mindset and show us all how to better our own writing.