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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!

    Larry Correia AMA, Ep. 3.29

    Larry Correia AMA, Ep. 3.29

    Science fiction writer, Merchant of Death (retired), and valiant leader of the Monster Hunter Nation, Larry Correia, joins us to talk all things writing. Get ready to ASK HIM ANYTHING on this next episode of The Writer's Journey.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep 6.27 - LIVE! Let‘s Talk About Writing - Part 2 w/ KC Ezell

    Ep 6.27 - LIVE! Let‘s Talk About Writing - Part 2 w/ KC Ezell

    Let's talk about writing! Anything and everything is on the table! https://amzn.to/3zCsBRP


    Hosts: Josh Hayes, C. Steven Manley, Scott Moon Special Guest: Kacey Ezell


    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


    05:00 Weekly update—Fix My Stupid Edition


    Kacey: Cartwright’s Cavaliers is out now! Still working in the Four Horsemen universe on a couple of projects, including Salvage Mother by Kevin Steverson and KC Ezell, out in September!


    Chuck: Working to finish Jack Dark #2. Extensively outlined Jack Dark #3. Finishing the last book of the Brace Cordova series.


    Josh: Started a new job last week which is ruining writing schedule. Skunks in cages. Has to change the name of the Sentinels name AGAIN! Got some feedback on a trad pub pitch.


    20:30 Main Event— LIVE! Let's Talk About Writing - Part 2 w/ KC Ezell


    -Writers write, so you have to write. -Do the work!


    -Throwing away writing vs. putting away writing to find where the idea can be resolved.


    -POV choices and writing third person as first person to reduce filtering.


    -Delving into the emotion of writing.


    -Scott arrives!


    -Chuck’s ‘Roll Tide’ story. -What’s a K pot?


    -Why write? -How to shape and form a critique group.


    -The best kind of feedback is ‘how you felt’ vs ‘how it was written’


    -Writers conferences!


    1:03:37 Closing remarks

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Cut the Fluff | Ellen Campbell, Ep. 3.28

    Cut the Fluff | Ellen Campbell, Ep. 3.28

    Delete, replace, enhance--that's right, folks! It's time for another Live Editing Showdown, with the one, the only, the cutteriest of the slicers, Ellen the Cutter Campbell! Can you handle the true power of editing? Find out LIVE! on The Writer's Journey.


    Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guests: Ellen Campbell


    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


    01:36 Main Event – Cut the Fluff | Ellen Campbell


    -Entry #1 (Cory Gilliam – space opera) -Removing filters and stage direction. -Contractions are okay!


    -Entry #2 (Kristy McClellan – fantasy) -Proper nouns/names. -An entry with no filters and stage direction. Bravo!


    57:50 Closing remarks


    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


    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!

    • 1 hr
    Ep 6.26 - LIVE! So You Want To Be A Writer? -- 2021 edition

    Ep 6.26 - LIVE! So You Want To Be A Writer? -- 2021 edition

    Anything and everything is one the table!


    Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon Special Guest: James S. Aaron


    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


    02:58 Weekly update—We Live in the Same Town Edition


    James: Deep into Space Vagabond series. Editing, writing, and doing dication all at the same time. Getting the toddler into daycare!


    Scott: Writing like crazy. Working on Reaper #11 and loving it. Working on Blue Sun Armada series, using Plottr!


    Josh: First day of school! Added words to the KeyStroWriMo document! Working on Sentinel series and Tranquility #3. Accepted into a new anthology.


    18:00 Main Event— LIVE! So You Want To Be A Writer? -- 2021 edition


    -Advice for new writers. -The analogy of writing to creating art (it takes time to improve your creativity).


    -The crucible of finishing your first novel. -The old path of writing short stories before writing novels.


    -Write all the time. -Self publishing gives you the opportunity to get reader feedback to improve your story and your writing.


    -Break out of the cycle of reworking that first novel. -Thoughts on ghost writing.


    -There are easier ways to make money than writing.


    -Co-writing mentorship thoughts. -Focus on your writing and avoid side quests.


    -The benefits and pitfalls of critique groups. Join/create one in favor of your goals.


    -Writing is networking. -Red flags in publishing (money flows TO the author, not FROM)


    -Being okay with ‘no’ as a writer.


    -When to pivot away from a series that’s not selling well/well received.


    -The work of writing.


    1:04:00 Closing remarks


    ***


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


    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


    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 5 min
    Plot Enough to Write, Ep. 3.27

    Plot Enough to Write, Ep. 3.27

    Space Opera author C.Steven Manley is back to talk plot writing. Whether you're a pantser like Poppa Chuck or plotters like K & L, there's something to learn on this next step of The Writer's Journey.


    Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guests: C. Steven Manley


    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


    02:02 Main Event – Plot Enough to Write


    -The genesis of Plottr.


    -Refresher on the Urban Fantasy story concept from 6/18 (Idea to Plot) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INKzvP1XG64&t=3s


    -The advantages of a serrated knife.


    -Chuck goes through his custom template.


    -Rocky the cat visits.


    -Moving beyond the template and plotting out the novel.


    -Ways to put it down and get it out of your head.


    -Plotting vs. Pantsing vs. Hybrid (Plantsing).


    26:05 Spotlight: Try Aethon Books, an Indie Publishing company! https://www.aethonbooks.com/


    28:08 Main Event — Plot Enough to Write, Continued!


    -How far to get into an outline before writing.


    -Moving the template forward into an outline.


    -‘Casting’ your characters. -Working out the ‘voice’ of each character.


    -Digging into the details. -‘Figure out how much you need to start writing.’


    -Words of wisdom.


    1:03:45 Closing remarks


    ***


    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


    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!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ellen Cuts Again! Ep. 3.26

    Ellen Cuts Again! Ep. 3.26

    We asked, and you delivered. Today on TWJ, Ellen the Cutter Campbell is back for more live editing! Who will face the chopping block? Prepare yourselves! Because when the Fates get their hands on a manuscript, there are No Safe Words!


    Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guests: Ellen Campbell


    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


    02:40 Main Event – Ellen Cuts Again!


    -Entry #1 (some space opera)


    24:00 Spotlight: No Safe Words for your editing needs! https://nosafewordsllc.com


    24:52 Main Event — Ellen Cuts Again, Continued!


    -Entry #2 (some sci-fi thriller) -Entry #3 (some milSF) -Entry #4 (something different)


    1:00:40 Closing remarks


    ***


    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


    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!

    • 1 hr 2 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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