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Award-winning fantasy author L. Penelope shares perspectives on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.

My Imaginary Friends with L. Penelope L. Penelope

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    • 4.9 • 26 Ratings

Award-winning fantasy author L. Penelope shares perspectives on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.

    Events, Ads & Promo

    Events, Ads & Promo

    Mentioned:

    - Apollycon - https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/apollycon/

    - Try This: Beat Yourself Up Or Write Yourself Upbeat - 
    Chuck Palahniuk: https://chuckpalahniuk.substack.com/p/try-this-beat-yourself-up-or-write

    - Ran Walker - https://www.ranwalker.com/

    - The Monsters We Defy - https://lpenelope.com/monsters-preorder

    The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a weekly, behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.

    Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter - http://lpen.co/footnotes

    Support the show - http://frolic.media/podcasts!

    Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

    Music credit:

    Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM

    Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    • 20 min
    Considering Success & Failure

    Considering Success & Failure

    Mentioned:

    - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever teaser - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlOB3UALvrQ

    - How to use a comptometer? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf4nYUXJHnk

    - America’s Next Great Author - https://writerbeware.blog/2022/07/15/americas-next-great-author-the-author-reality-show-idea-rides-again/

    - The Hot Sheet - https://hotsheetpub.com/

    - Paul Bogaards Substack - https://paulbogaards.substack.com/p/introducing-kill-your-darlings-oh

    - Deadline City podcast - https://deadlinecity.com/

    - Africa Brooke interview https://youtu.be/q6KGsI6QzD4?t=5080

    - Apollycon - https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/apollycon/

     

    The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a weekly, behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.

    Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter - http://lpen.co/footnotes

    Support the show - http://frolic.media/podcasts!

    Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

    Music credit:

    Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM

    Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    • 23 min
    Scene Planning

    Scene Planning

    Mentioned:

    - Plottr software - https://plottr.com?ref=136 (affiliate link)

    - The Story Grid - https://storygrid.com/

    - Scene and Sequel chart

    - Scene turning points - https://leeallenhoward.com/2020/06/04/scene-structure-understanding-turning-points/

    - Writing Excuses Podcast - https://writingexcuses.com/

    - Save the Cat - https://savethecat.com/

    - One Stop for Writers Character Builder - https://onestopforwriters.com/about_cbt

    - Enneagram relationships - https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/types

    - Leftie Aubé’s Writing podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/leftie-aubes-writing-podcast/id1634709729

    - Authortube Writing Conference - check out the replays - https://www.authortubewritingconference.com/schedule2022

    - Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher - https://amzn.to/3cqEqDy

    - Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher - https://amzn.to/3oeEn0C

    - Alice Coldbreath Vawdrey Brothers series - https://amzn.to/3aQbWTt

    - An Inconvenient Vow by Alice Coldbreath - https://amzn.to/3zcCbNm

    - The Hating Game by Sally Thorne - https://amzn.to/3zbJrsO

    The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a weekly, behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.

    Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter - http://lpen.co/footnotes

    Support the show - http://frolic.media/podcasts!

    Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

    Music credit:

    Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM

    Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    • 22 min
    Structure vs. ”Formula”

    Structure vs. ”Formula”

    Mentioned:

    - Plottr - https://plottr.com?ref=136 (affiliate link)

    - Scrivener -  https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview

    - Romancing the Beat - https://www.romancingthebeat.com/

    - The Story Grid - https://storygrid.com/

    - Whimsical - http://whimsical.com/

    - Miro - https://miro.com/

    - My board - https://lpenelope.com/wp-content/uploads/MiroBoard2.png

    - Save the Cat by Blake Snyder - https://amzn.to/3yrCEK1

    - The Hero's Journey - https://www.masterclass.com/articles/writing-101-what-is-the-heros-journey

    - Jami Gold spreadsheets - https://jamigold.com/for-writers/worksheets-for-writers/

    - How Rocky Debunks Save the Cat -  https://screencraft.org/blog/how-rocky-debunks-save-the-cat/

    - Rocky: Why You Don't Need Writing Formulas -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TGwjiBV2w8

    - On Writing - Rocky and Why You Need A Formula - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy59b-qCVjA

    - Story by Robert McKee - https://amzn.to/3moY8AW

    - Write Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell – https://amzn.to/35eBwLu

    - Thor Love and Thunder

    - Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

    - Star Trek: Picard

    - Star Treck: Lower Decks

    - The Woman King film - https://www.thewomanking.movie/

     

    The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a weekly, behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.

    Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter - http://lpen.co/footnotes

    Support the show - http://frolic.media/podcasts!

    Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

    Music credit:

    Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM

    Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    • 25 min
    Morning Routines & Powering Through

    Morning Routines & Powering Through

    Mentioned:

    - The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne – https://amzn.to/2Yw6Elx

     Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody – https://amzn.to/3xf7TFV

    - Sarah Beth Yoga - https://www.youtube.com/c/sarahbethyoga

    - Yoga with Kassandra - https://www.youtube.com/c/yogawithkassandra

    - Yoga with Bird - https://www.youtube.com/c/YogaWithBird

    - A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA - https://www.theoldglobe.org/pdp/22-season/a-midsummer-nights-dream

     

    The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a weekly, behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.

    Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter - http://lpen.co/footnotes

    Support the show - http://frolic.media/podcasts!

    Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

    Music credit:

    Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM

    Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    • 17 min
    Life, Dictation and Everything

    Life, Dictation and Everything

    - Freewrite Traveler - https://getfreewrite.com/products/freewrite-traveler

    - Spoke transcription app - https://landing.spoke.app/en

    - Otter meeting transcription app - https://otter.ai/

    - Dragon dictation software - https://www.nuance.com/index.html

    - Galaxy's Edge magazine - https://www.galaxysedge.com/

    - One Stop for Writers, character profile builder - https://onestopforwriters.com/

    - 4 Ways to Write a More Cathartic Story -  https://mystorydoctor.com/4-ways-to-write-a-more-cathartic-story/

    - The Heir and the Spare by Kate Stradling - https://amzn.to/3xYCZnd

    - The Heir and the Spare - Author's note part 1 of 4 - https://katestradling.com/2022/05/31/iona-of-wessett-author-notes-part-1/ 

    - Author Margaret Pinard - http://www.margaretpinard.com & https://www.youtube.com/c/MargaretPinard

    - My Events - https://lpenelope.com/calendar/

    - Everything Everywhere All at Once - good review: https://www.indiewire.com/2022/03/everything-everywhere-all-at-once-review-1234707051/

    - Authortube Writing Conference - https://www.authortubewritingconference.com/

     

    The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a weekly, behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.

    Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter - http://lpen.co/footnotes

    Support the show - http://frolic.media/podcasts!

    Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

    Music credit:

    Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
    Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM

    Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

RebeccaA1973 ,

Excellent chronicle of author life

This podcast follows L. Penelope’s weekly thoughts, plans and experiences on her writing life. She gives lots of great insight into the nuances of writing a book, which I really enjoy.

hippadodo ,

Highly enjoyable

I really enjoy this podcast.
L. Penelope has a lot of knowledge plus experience as both an Indie and Traditionally published author.
She is honest about the pros and cons of each type of publishing while being optimistic about both.
The presentation style is great, like listening to a friend chat about their life, craft and thoughts.

paradisoDX ,

Excellent Podcast on Writing

This is the best podcast I have encountered on the process of writing, publishing, and editing by one of our best contemporary writers. L Penelope pulls back the curtain on everything from world building to drafting to pitching. Rooted in her own processes and experiences, she nonetheless provides innumerable references to other authors, approaches, and resources. It’s also fun, with plenty of pop culture nods and observations on everything from film to politics.

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