Category: Episodes

The Write Approach, Episode 25: Pirates, Scams, and Copyright Issues with Dave Chesson

In Episode 25 of The Write Approach, Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur talks with us about current trends on Amazon, scams that are prevalent on the Amazon platform and in the author community, problems with pirates, and dealing with copyright issues.

The Write Approach, Episode 25: Pirates, Scams, and Copyright Issues with Dave Chesson

The Write Approach, Episode 25: Pirates, Scams, and Copyright Issues with Dave Chesson

Listen to the audio:

Find The Write Approach on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

You can also watch it on YouTube.


Dave Chesson’s website — https://kindlepreneur.com/

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

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

The Write Approach, Episode 24: Developing Strong Female Characters with Laurie Fagen

In Episode 24 of The Write Approach, Laurie Fagen talks about writing novels with strong female leads, how to avoid harmful stereotypes, using news headlines to generate story ideas, and the role her career in journalism played in helping her find her voice as a novelist.

The Write Approach, Episode 24: Developing Strong Female Characters with Laurie Fagen

The Write Approach, Episode 24: Developing Strong Female Characters with Laurie Fagen

Listen to the audio:

Find The Write Approach on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

You can also watch it on YouTube.


Laurie Fagen’s website — http://www.readlauriefagen.com/

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

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

The Write Approach, Episode 23: How to Make Your Side Characters Sizzle with Karen Odden

Karen Odden returns to talk about how we can make our secondary and side characters memorable to readers. Secondary characters help give our stories shape and our often the characters who readers fall in love with. Think Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter. Han Solo from Star Wars. They add depth and color. And if writers don’t keep their side characters in check, they can try to take over.

Karen first came on the show in Episode 15, when we discussed the research and effort she put into finding the right literary agent for her Victorian-era historical novels; the benefits of writing to a niche market; and the significant role the research plays in her writing.

The Write Approach, Episode 23: How to Make Your Side Characters Sizzle with Karen Odden

The Write Approach, Episode 23: How to Make Your Side Characters Sizzle with Karen Odden

Listen to the audio:

Find The Write Approach on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

You can also watch it on YouTube.


Karen Odden’s website — https://karenodden.com/

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

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

J. W. Judge’s writing blog — https://expectantwriter.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 22: Deciding Which Characters Get a Point of View

In Episode 22, we focus on how we decide which characters get points of view in the novels we’re writing. We discuss in detail how J. W. Judge’s work-in-progress has evolved from his expectation of having multiple viewpoint characters to deciding on only one. Barbara Hinske sheds light on how we can use viewpoint characters as accent pieces to make a story lighter or darker. We also talk about choosing between first-person and third-person narratives.

The Write Approach, Episode 22: Deciding Which Characters Get a Point of View

The Write Approach, Episode 22: Deciding Which Characters Get a Point of View

Listen to the audio:

Find The Write Approach on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

You can also watch it on YouTube.


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

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

J. W. Judge’s writing blog — https://expectantwriter.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 21: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Being a Badass with Claire Parsons

In our interview with Claire Parsons, we talk about how mindfulness and self-compassion combine forces to make her a badass lawyer. Claire discusses how, through establishing a regular writing practice, she overcame doubts about whether she had enough to say to write a book. We also discuss dealing with fear.

Be sure to check out Claire Parsons’ book, How to be a Badass Lawyer, as well as her website.

The Write Approach, Episode 21: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Being a Badass with Claire Parsons

The Write Approach, Episode 21: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Being a Badass with Claire Parsons

Listen to the audio:

Find The Write Approach on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

You can also watch it on YouTube.


Claire Parson’s website — https://brilliantlegalmind.com/
How to be a Badass Lawyer by Claire Parsons
Barbara Hinske’s  author website — https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s author website — https://jwjudge.com/
J. W. Judge’s writing blog — https://expectantwriter.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 20: What To Do after You Finish the First Draft of Your Novel

We frequently see writers on social media and other forums ask, “I’ve finished my novel. Now what do I do?” In Episode 20, Barbara Hinske and J. W. Judge discuss how they approach editing and editing and editing again the drafts of their completed manuscripts. We even give you takeaway spoilers: while there is no one-size-fits-all approach for what to do after you finish the first draft of your novel, you have to find what works for you, implement and hone it with consistency, and don’t be afraid to evolve.

The Write Approach, Episode 20: What To Do after You Finish the First Draft of Your Novel

The Write Approach, Episode 20: What To Do after You Finish the First Draft of Your Novel

Listen to the audio:

Find The Write Approach on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

You can also watch it on YouTube.


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

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

J. W. Judge’s writing blog — https://expectantwriter.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 19: Move Your Writing Career Forward with Goal Setting

Barbara Hinske and J. W. Judge have been using goal setting for years to motivate themselves and drive their work forward. In this episode, they look back at the goals they set for 2022, and discuss their business and writing goals for 2023.

The Write Approach, Episode 19: Move Your Writing Career Forward with Goal Setting

The Write Approach, Episode 19: Move Your Writing Career Forward with Goal Setting

Listen to the audio:

Find The Write Approach on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

You can also watch it on YouTube.


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

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

J. W. Judge’s writing blog — https://expectantwriter.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 18: Writing and Selling Novels in New Genres with Robert Dugoni

When you’re already a bestselling author known for your legal thrillers and police procedurals, how do your agent and publisher respond when you tell them you tell them your new book is in a new genre. Your mileage may vary, but for Robert Dugoni, his team couldn’t have been more supportive. We also talk with Dugoni about his journey to getting published, the myth of the overnights sucess, and the writing process that enables him to publish two books a year.

For more from Robert Dugoni, check out J. W. Judge’s non-fiction book Write Your Novel One Day at a Time, which contains interviews with Robert Dugoni and other best-selling novelists.

For more from lawyers who became best-selling novelists, check out Episode 3 with Scott Turow and Episode 5 with David Ellis.

The Write Approach Episode 19 Writing and Selling Novels in New Genres with Robert Dugoni

The Write Approach, Episode 19: Writing and Selling Novels in New Genres with Robert Dugoni

Listen to the audio:

Find The Write Approach on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

You can also watch it on YouTube.


Robert Dugoni’s website — https://www.robertdugonibooks.com/

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

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

J. W. Judge’s writing blog — https://expectantwriter.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 17: Once Upon a Trope with Jennifer Hilt

In Episode 17 of The Write Approach, we talk with Jennifer Hilt about the importance of genre tropes and how they color the works that we read, write, and watch. Jennifer is the author of The Trope Thesaurus and a paranormal mystery series about an undead detective.

The Write Approach, Episode 17: Once Upon a Trope with Jennifer Hilt

The Write Approach, Episode 17: Once Upon a Trope with Jennifer Hilt

Listen to the audio:

Find The Write Approach on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

You can also watch it on YouTube.


Jennifer Hilt’s website — https://www.jenniferhilt.com/

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

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

J. W. Judge’s writing blog — https://expectantwriter.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 16: Writing and Podcasting about the Holidays with Brian Earl

Christmas is nearly upon us, but for Brian Earl, Christmas is a year-round endeavor. In Episode 16 of The Write Approach, we talk with Brian Earl about Christmas Past, the title for both his popular podcast and his book about the traditions and stories that make Christmas such a central occasion to so many people’s lives. Brian talks about how he started his podcast because it’s the kind of thing he wanted to listen to, and he couldn’t find it in the market. He tells us about its growth and evolution, and the encouraging feedback he receives from listeners (and now readers).

For more about writing to niche markets, make sure to check out our prior episode with Karen Odden.

The Write Approach Episode 16 Writing and Podcasting about the Holidays with Brian Earl

The Write Approach, Episode 16: Writing and Podcasting about the Holidays with Brian Earl

Listen to the audio:

Find The Write Approach on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, and Audible.

You can also watch it on YouTube.


Brian Earl’s website — https://christmaspastpodcast.com/

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

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

J. W. Judge’s writing blog — https://expectantwriter.com/