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Writers! Want to get you excited about writing? Our guests share insights and experiences from their own writing journey that will motivate you in yours!
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Keystroke Medium Josh Hayes and Scott Moon

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    • 4.8 • 15 Ratings

Writers! Want to get you excited about writing? Our guests share insights and experiences from their own writing journey that will motivate you in yours!
Readers! Want to learn more about your favorite authors? Listen and learn about your favorite characters, stories and more!

    Ep 7.13 - LIVE! Writing Space Opera with Rachel Aukles

    Ep 7.13 - LIVE! Writing Space Opera with Rachel Aukles

    The first book in Rachel's brand-new Waymaker Wars series, Space Junk, launches tomorrow (3 May 2022) and we wanted to sit down and chat with her about it! Come join the conversation!

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    Coffee and Concepts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRuoHj6opw0

    Keystroke Medium Live! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1qSwdjsN9Q

    The Writer’s Journey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydLaFFntB4Q

    Storytelling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYRzwuQeK9Q

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    Keystroke Medium Anthologies

    Kingdoms of Iron and Stone – https://amzn.to/2GjbE6I

    Horizons Beyond – https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

    Farthest Reach – https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

    The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

    If you enjoy this podcast, please leave us a review and rate the show on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever else you found us! 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Write-to-Publish in a New Genre | Jeffrey H. Haskell, Ep. 4.05

    Write-to-Publish in a New Genre | Jeffrey H. Haskell, Ep. 4.05

    Sci-fi, Fantasy, Thriller, Romance, and all the other genres in-between--there are a lot to choose from. But what does that mean for us writers? Sticking with one genre can help solidify your brand in a reader’s mind. But what if you want to stretch your wings and try something new? We have Jeffrey H. Haskell on today to discuss writing in a new genre. So get your questions ready, because we're going live!

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    Check out Jeff Haskell's, Against All Odds - Book 1, Published by Aethon Books https://amzn.to/3734uma

    Find more great reads from Aethon! https://aethonbooks.com/ 

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    Coffee and Concepts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRuoHj6opw0

    Keystroke Medium Live! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1qSwdjsN9Q

    The Writer’s Journey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydLaFFntB4Q

    Storytelling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYRzwuQeK9Q

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    Try out Rob McClellan’s Mod Farm for your website building needs. Use the link for a KSM discount! https://modfarmdesign.com/keystroke/

    Become a Medium today! https://keystrokemedium.com/mediums/

    Don't forget to Like and Subscribe and get involved with the mayhem and shenanigans in the live chat! http://www.youtube.com/c/keystrokemedium

    If you have any thoughts or ideas for show topics or if you have authors you'd like to see on the show, let us know. Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KeystrokeMedium

    For all the latest and greatest KSM Gear, check out our store at: https://keystrokemedium.com/ksm-store/

    Also, subscribe to Sci Fi Explorations for the best discounted and free books we come across through our contacts: http://www.scifiexplorations.com

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    Keystroke Medium Anthologies

    Kingdoms of Iron and Stone – https://amzn.to/2GjbE6I

    Horizons Beyond – https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

    Farthest Reach – https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

    The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

    If you enjoy this podcast, please leave us a review and rate the show on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever else you found us! 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep 7.12 - LIVE! Writer’s Roundtable - Subverting Expectations

    Ep 7.12 - LIVE! Writer’s Roundtable - Subverting Expectations

    Done well, subverting the expectations of your audience can dramatically enhance your story. Done poorly... well... then you get GoT Season 8. What is your favorite --or worst-- example of this?

    Hosts: Josh Hayes, C. Steven Manley

    00:00 Opening remarks

    -Discord server is up! https://discord.com/invite/t96CVRD

    -Keystroke Coffee is live! https://keystrokemedium.com/product/keystroke-coffee/

    -Use Plottr! https://plottr.com?ref=190

    04:37 Weekly update— Gave the Clap Away Edition

    Josh: Wrote a short story for submission/unsubmission. Finished Tranquility #3 and back into Weaponized #1. Finished the outline for Aspect War, a new fantasy series. Lots of Brandon Sanderson reading. Saw The Batman movie. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1877830/

    Chuck: Working on Jack Darque #3. Finally finished softball season! Watched a show called Severance. Reading some Stephen King. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11280740/  Love for Superman and Lois. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11192306/

    19:10 Main Event— LIVE! Writer's Roundtable - Subverting Expectations

    -The results of the flash fiction competition! Thoughts on Outer Range. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11685912/

    -Twist vs. Subversion.

    -The death of Ned Stark is both in the books vs. the final season of Game of Thrones. https://amzn.to/373Rxsh

    -Bad twists and subversions ruin both story and enjoyment for the reader/viewer.

    -Good examples: Shutter Island https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130884/  Dean Koonz’s Servants of Twilight https://amzn.to/3s0P35i  Ozark https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5071412/

    -Writing subversion. Se7en https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114369/

    -Subversion against tropes, twists against plot. 8mm https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134273/  Fight Club https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/  Unbreakable https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0217869/

    -M. Knight Shyamalan’s twists. -Deconstruction vs. Subversion.

    1:01:43 Closing remarks

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    Coffee and Concepts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRuoHj6opw0

    Keystroke Medium Live! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1qSwdjsN9Q

    The Writer’s Journey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydLaFFntB4Q

    Storytelling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYRzwuQeK9Q

    ***

    Try out Rob McClellan’s Mod Farm for your website building needs. Use the link for a KSM discount! https://modfarmdesign.com/keystroke/

    Become a Medium today! https://keystrokemedium.com/mediums/

    Don't forget to Like and Subscribe and get involved with the mayhem and shenanigans in the live chat! http://www.youtube.com/c/keystrokemedium

    If you have any thoughts or ideas for show topics or if you have authors you'd like to see on the show, let us know. Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KeystrokeMedium

    For all the latest and greatest KSM Gear, check out our store at: https://keystrokemedium.com/ksm-store/

    Also, subscribe to Sci Fi Explorations for the best discounted and free books we come across through our contacts: http://www.scifiexplorations.com

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    Keystroke Medium Anthologies

    Kingdoms of Iron and Stone – https://amzn.to/2GjbE6I

    Horizons Beyond – https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

    Farthest Reach – https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

    The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

    If you enjoy this podcast, please leave us a review and rate the show on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever else you found us! 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 7.11 - LIVE! Grimm’s War - Military Sci-fi w/ Jeffery H Haskell

    Ep 7.11 - LIVE! Grimm’s War - Military Sci-fi w/ Jeffery H Haskell

    With his latest series, Grimm's War, Jeffery H Haskell dives head-long into a brand new universe with a refreshing new take on military science fiction. A take a lot of people are comparing to classic David Weber's Honorverse. https://amzn.to/390igXj

    Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon Guest: Jeffery H Haskell

    00:00 Opening remarks

    -Discord server is up! https://discord.com/invite/t96CVRD

    -Keystroke Coffee is live! https://keystrokemedium.com/product/keystroke-coffee/

    -Use Plottr! https://plottr.com?ref=190

    04:37 Weekly update—

    Double Moon Edition Scott: Trying to play guitar. Finished Reaper #14 and outlining Reaper #15.

    Jeff: Lots and lots of editing. Listening to the audiobook version of his new novel. Yumi vs. Yuki

    Josh: It takes a village to edit a short story. Reading Jeff’s new series and more Sanderson’s Warbreaker.

    20:13 Main Event— LIVE! Grimm's War - Military Sci-fi w/ Jeffery H Haskell

    -Love for David Weber’s Honorverse https://amzn.to/38EsNam

    -And Horatio Hornblower https://amzn.to/3kuDHSP

    -Jeff’s new series is inspired by Rick Partlow and Jack Campbell.

    -Using the snowflake method (Randy Ingermanson’s How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing Book 1) https://amzn.to/3OMaLnh

    -The challenge of writing military science fiction.

    -Battle fatigue from a writing perspective.

    -Building tension vs. opening with action.

    -Action vs. intrigue. -The importance of building tension.

    -Always open your first novel with the main character.

    1:05:50 Closing remarks

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    Coffee and Concepts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRuoHj6opw0

    Keystroke Medium Live! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1qSwdjsN9Q

    The Writer’s Journey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydLaFFntB4Q

    Storytelling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYRzwuQeK9Q

    ***

    Try out Rob McClellan’s Mod Farm for your website building needs. Use the link for a KSM discount! https://modfarmdesign.com/keystroke/

    Become a Medium today! https://keystrokemedium.com/mediums/

    Don't forget to Like and Subscribe and get involved with the mayhem and shenanigans in the live chat! http://www.youtube.com/c/keystrokemedium

    If you have any thoughts or ideas for show topics or if you have authors you'd like to see on the show, let us know. Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KeystrokeMedium

    For all the latest and greatest KSM Gear, check out our store at: https://keystrokemedium.com/ksm-store/

    Also, subscribe to Sci Fi Explorations for the best discounted and free books we come across through our contacts: http://www.scifiexplorations.com

    ***

    Keystroke Medium Anthologies

    Kingdoms of Iron and Stone – https://amzn.to/2GjbE6I

    Horizons Beyond – https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

    Farthest Reach – https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

    The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

    If you enjoy this podcast, please leave us a review and rate the show on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever else you found us! 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Craft of Writing | Tara C. Allred, Ep. 4.04

    The Craft of Writing | Tara C. Allred, Ep. 4.04

    Here we are, weaving words and spinning tales so readers the world over can join us for the ride. Because writing isn't just about outlines, edits, and deadlines. It's a craft. A craft that is its own special art form. On this episode of Writer's Journey, we've beamed in Tara Allred to chat about the Craft as an Art. She’s going to break down the five elements of story, help us think through our story’s central conflict, and explain how we can get the most out of our setting. If you’ve got questions, be sure to join us LIVE. Tune in and let's get our craft on!

    Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guest: Tara Allred

    00:00 Opening remarks and introductions

    -Discord server is up! https://discord.com/invite/t96CVRD

    -Keystroke Coffee is live! https://keystrokemedium.com/product/keystroke-coffee/

    -Use Plottr! https://plottr.com?ref=190

    01:00 Weekly Updates

    Lauren: Lots of editing on Galaxy’s Edge.

    Kalene: Editing and spending time with her daughter.

    Tara: lots and lots of edits.

    03:00 Main Event – The Craft of Writing | Tara C. Allred

    -The five elements of storytelling. -The element that gets left behind often is Theme.

    -‘First draft is for the writer, all drafts after are for the reader.’

    -Find out your theme and then give yourself permission to fix and change.

    -Some activities to uncover your theme and story.

    -Interviewing your character.

    29:00 Sponsor Tara C. Allred’s BEYOND THE END: BOOK ONE OF THE EXISTENCE SERIES https://amzn.to/3jGuarc

    30:00 Main Event

    – The Craft of Writing | Tara C. Allred, Continued!

    -Encapsulating the five elements in your blurb.

    -Using metaphors to heighten the story.

    -Wrapping your story in setting details.

    -Giving you characters their own voices.

    -Raising stakes and tension.

    -Using opposites to drive tension and story.

    57:00 Closing remarks

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    Try out Rob McClellan’s Mod Farm for your website building needs. Use the link for a KSM discount! https://modfarmdesign.com/keystroke/

    Coffee and Concepts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRuoHj6opw0

    Keystroke Medium Live! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1qSwdjsN9Q

    The Writer’s Journey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydLaFFntB4Q

    Storytelling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYRzwuQeK9Q

    ***

    Become a Medium today! https://keystrokemedium.com/mediums/

    Don't forget to Like and Subscribe and get involved with the mayhem and shenanigans in the live chat! http://www.youtube.com/c/keystrokemedium

    If you have any thoughts or ideas for show topics or if you have authors you'd like to see on the show, let us know. Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KeystrokeMedium

    For all the latest and greatest KSM Gear, check out our store at: https://keystrokemedium.com/ksm-store/

    Also, subscribe to Sci Fi Explorations for the best discounted and free books we come across through our contacts: http://www.scifiexplorations.com

    ***

    Keystroke Medium Anthologies

    Kingdoms of Iron and Stone – https://amzn.to/2GjbE6I

    Horizons Beyond – https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

    Farthest Reach – https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

    The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

    If you enjoy this podcast, please leave us a review and rate the show on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever else you found us! 

    • 59 min
    Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 75 - With Jeff Haskel

    Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 75 - With Jeff Haskel

    We're sitting with Jeff to talk about space explody space ships and all the adventure to be had when you learn from your mistakes.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Cameron.mickey ,

Informative and entertaining

This podcast is extremely well put together. Every episode has its own spin and nuance. I could sit a listen to fifteen episodes in a row and not get bored due to the fact that every episode is so different from last but also conveys similar information. For a young inexperienced writer, I love listening to the podcast.

Crotalus1 ,

Great podcast, fun and informative!

These guys do an incredible job of balancing humor, insight, and information. Their guests range from beginning writers to widely known pros; traditionally published authors, indies, and everything in between. The recent podcast with David Weber was especially interesting and served up tons of good advice-not a dull moment during the entire episode! Likewise the one with Michael Andersen was was outstanding. And the lesser known authors are just as intriguing. Great format and great job. Kudos, Scott and Josh, you guys have an awesome podcast!
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C.Steven Manley ,

Relaxed, Fun, Informative

Scott Moon and Josh Hayes have put together an author interview format that's heavy on conversation and casual laughs but still do a good job of getting their guests to share what they know about writing and the indie publishing scene with well placed questions and an active live chat community that they go to for additional conversation starters. It's always a good time both in the interview and in the live chat. Full disclosure; I was a guest on the show but had been enjoying it for quite a few months before getting the invitation so I would reccommend checking it out even if I'd never been asked on. So, go on, check it out.

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