Category: Episodes

The Write Approach, Episode 63: Using a Four-Act Story Structure for Your Novel with Kimberly G. Giarratano

For Episode 63, Kimberly G. Giarratano joins us to talk about writing mystery novels in a four-act structure. Giarratano gives insights into using Scrivener to set up your story templates and even gives ideas to panters/non-plotters/discovery writers about applying structure after drafting to make sure your novel has the appropriate pacing and hits the right plot points.

Listen to the episode here on the website. Or tune in to The Write Approach on your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

The Write Approach, Episode 63: Using a Four-Act Story Structure for Your Novel with Kimberly G. Giarratano

The Write Approach, Episode 63: Using a Four-Act Story Structure for Your Novel with Kimberly G. Giarratano

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Kimberly G. Giarratano’s website: https://www.kimberlyggiarratano.com/

Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/

J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 62: Letting Your Dreams Guide Your Writing with Tzivia Gover

Dreams don’t have to be the strange things that live at the outer rim of your consciousness after you wake up in the mornings. You can use them to inspire you, to guide your writing, and to help you answer questions. Tzivia Gover joins us with practical ideas for incorporating dreams into your writing process and implementing methods that will enable you to capture and utilize your dreams.

Listen to the episode here on the website. Or tune in to The Write Approach on your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

The Write Approach, Episode 62: Letting Your Dreams Guide Your Writing with Tzivia Gover

The Write Approach, Episode 62: Letting Your Dreams Guide Your Writing with Tzivia Gover

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Tzivia Gover’s website: https://thirdhousemoon.com/
Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 61: Researching the Right Literary Agent for Your Work with Christopher Hoffman

In Episode 61, Christopher Hoffman joins J. W. Judge and Barbara Hinske to discuss methods of researching literary agents to find those who represent authors in your genre and who you may want to query. The group also talks about the business decisions that go into query selections and whether to accept an offer of representation if one finds its way to your inbox.

Listen to the episode here on the website. Or tune in to The Write Approach on your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

The Write Approach, Episode 61: Researching the Right Literary Agent for Your Work with Christopher Hoffman

The Write Approach, Episode 61: Researching the Right Literary Agent for Your Work with Christopher Hoffman

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Christopher Hoffman’s website: https://copywriteconsultants.com/
Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 60: The Importance of Scenes in Novel Writing with Margaret Lucke

Great scenes are the foundation upon which modern novels are built. In Episode 60, we talk with Margaret Lucke about writing compelling scenes and avoiding unnecessary exposition or explanation.

Listen to the episode here on the website. Or tune in to The Write Approach on your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

The Write Approach, Episode 60: The Importance of Scenes in Novel Writing with Margaret Lucke

The Write Approach, Episode 60: The Importance of Scenes in Novel Writing with Margaret Lucke

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Margaret Lucke’s website: https://www.margaretlucke.com/
Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 59: Creating and Holding Tension in Your Novels with Susanne Dunlap

We talk a lot on this podcast about maintaining reader interest. One of the keys to doing that is setting the right stakes for your novel. Susanne Dunlap joins us for Episode 59 to discuss how to set and maintain tension in our novels to keep the reader engaged and drive the story forward.

You can read more of Dunlap’s perspective on this topic in her article “How High Stakes Keep Readers (and Viewers) Invested,” which is where we first encountered her work.

Listen to the episode here on the website. Or tune in to The Write Approach on your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

The Write Approach, Episode 59: Creating and Holding Tension in Your Novels with Susanne Dunlap

The Write Approach, Episode 59: Creating and Holding Tension in Your Novels with Susanne Dunlap

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Susanne Dunlap’s website: https://www.susanne-dunlap.com/
Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com

The Write Approach, Episode 58: The Intrinsic Connection between Humor and Humanity with Joni B. Cole

Writing is hard. Writing humor is even more so. In Episode 58, Joni B. Cole visits to give us tips for writing humor more effectively and with more consistency. It’s important to note that you don’t have to be a “humor writer” to have funny lines, scenes, or characters. Humor is an intrinsic part of the human experience. For writing of any ilk to feel authentic to our humanity, humor is a natural component.

You can also check out Joni B. Cole’s article, “Find the Funny: 8 Tips on Writing Humor“.

Listen to the episode here on the website. Or tune in to The Write Approach on your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

The Write Approach, Episode 58: The Intrinsic Connection between Humor and Humanity with Joni B. Cole

The Write Approach, Episode 58: The Intrinsic Connection between Humor and Humanity with Joni B. Cole

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Joni B. Cole’s website: https://www.jonibcole.com/
Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 57: Coping with the Volatility of an Author Career with Kyra Davis

Sometimes podcast episodes choose us. As J. W. Judge was scrolling through Threads, he came across a statement by author Kyra Davis that was simultaneously honest and encouraging and disconcerting:

“I’ve been relatively successful as an author. “Relatively” because I’ve occasionally struck gold but it has frequently been a struggle. I’ve made the NYT list, there have been yrs when my royalties have been 150-350k, & yrs when they’ve been 10-20k. There have been times when my publishers have literally toasted me with champagne & others when they’ve declined to give me a new contract.The lowest advance I’ve ever accepted ended up being for my highest grossing book. The publishing industry is rife with uncertainty, but uncertainty is the price we pay for possibility.So to my fellow authors, struggling, successful or in between the two, hang in there with me. As long as you keep writing your possibilities are boundless.”

This episode of The Write Approach, which touches on humor and hope and hard times was born out of that social media post.

Listen to the episode here on the website. Or tune in to The Write Approach on your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

The Write Approach, Episode 57: Coping with the Volatility of an Author Career with Kyra Davis

The Write Approach, Episode 57: Coping with the Volatility of an Author Career with Kyra Davis

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Kyra Davis’ website: https://kyradavis.com/
Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 56: Making Your Story Relatable with Deborah Williams

The Write Approach returns in 2024 with more practical discussions for authors. We start with interviewing Deborah Williams about making your story relatable to readers. You protagonist is likely going to bring different experiences to the table than your readers have ever experienced. Still, it is imperative that the reader is able to make an emotional connection with the protagonist, which you achieve through relatability. In Episode 56, Deborah Williams gets into the weeds about things authors can do to achieve that. It’s also important to note that being relatable is not the same as being likable.

We first encountered Deborah Williams by reading her article, What It Means to Make Your Story Relatable.

Listen to the episode here on the website. Or tune in to The Write Approach on your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

The Write Approach, Episode 56: Making Your Story Relatable with Deborah Williams

The Write Approach, Episode 56: Making Your Story Relatable with Deborah Williams

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Deborah Williams’ website: https://mannahattamamma.net/
Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 55: Tackling Insidious Discrimination and Using Foreshadowing

In Episode 55, Barbara Hinske and J. W. Judge talk about their works in progress. After waffling between three different ideas, Judge made a business decision for writing his sixth novel. Hinske is taking on the issues discrimination and solitude that affect the visually impaired in her fifth Guiding Emily novel. They also talk about using foreshadowing to delight readers.

Listen to the episode here on the website. Or tune in to The Write Approach on your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

The Write Approach, Episode 55: Tackling Insidious Discrimination and Using Foreshadowing

The Write Approach, Episode 55: Tackling Insidious Discrimination and Using Foreshadowing

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 54: Seven Ways to Strengthen Your Sentences with Erin P.T. Canning

In Episode 54, editor, author, and podcaster Erin P.T. Canning joins us for a practical and implementable topic — strengthening your sentences. Canning shares seven ideas for ensuring that your writing has more dynamic sentences that will better engage readers and drive your story forward with more vivid language.

Listen to the episode here on the website. Or tune in to The Write Approach on your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

The Write Approach, Episode 54: Seven Ways to Strengthen Your Sentences with Erin P.T. Canning

The Write Approach, Episode 54: Seven Ways to Strengthen Your Sentences with Erin P.T. Canning

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Erin P.T. Canning’s website: https://erinptcanning.com/
Erin’s podcast, Parents Who Write: https://parentswhowrite.com/
Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com/