Episodes

The Write Approach, Episode 53: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place with Susan DeFreitas

There’s a lot the opening pages of your novel need to accomplish so readers are completely engaged and to ensure you hit the benchmarks readers are subconsciously expecting. Susan DeFreitas shares some practical advice for making sure you are starting your novel in the right place and what elements of story you need to establish to keep the reader to pages and not putting your book in the DNF pile.

Susan DeFreitas is another in a growing line of Jane Freidman alums (along with Tiffany Yates Martin and Allison K Williams); check out her article, How Can You Tell If You’re Starting Your Story in the Right Place?, which served as the base for our conversation.

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 53: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place with Susan DeFreitas

The Write Approach, Episode 53: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place with Susan DeFreitas

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


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

The Write Approach, Episode 52: Telling the Stories of the First Nations with Angie Elita Newell

In Episode 52, author Angie Elita Newell joins us to talk about her experience as an indigenous person trying to bring her novel All I See Is Violence into the world. We discuss how Newell researched for her novel by interviewing elders who share the oral histories of their people and coupled her lyrical storytelling with the magical realism that is intrinsic to the worldview of many indigenous people.

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 52: Telling the Stories of the First Nations with Angie Elita Newell

The Write Approach, Episode 52: Telling the Stories of the First Nations with Angie Elita Newell

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Angie Elita Newell’s website: https://www.angieelitanewell.com/

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

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

The Write Approach, Episode 51: How to Handle Conflicting Writing Advice with Allison K Williams

When you’re writing there are plenty of people willing to offer their opinions about your work. Some of them are even qualified to do so. However, among professional editors there will be differing ideas, and the writing may receiving conflicting suggestions about revisions they should make to their work. When this conflict arises, how should the writer decide what to do? We walk about this with author and writing coach, Allison K Williams.

Allison K Williams is a journalist, editor, and writing coach. She is also the author of the book Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro From Blank Page to Book.

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 51: How to Handle Conflicting Writing Advice with Allison K Williams

The Write Approach, Episode 51: How to Handle Conflicting Writing Advice with Allison K Williams

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Allison K Williams’ website: https://idowords.net/
Allison K Williams’ article, I Received Conflicting Advice on My Query Letter. What Now?
Barbara Hinske’s website: https://barbarahinske.com/
J. W. Judge’s website: https://jwjudge.com/

The Write Approach, Episode 50: Lessons Learned in 50 Episodes of The Write Approach

In Episode 50, Barbara Hinske and J. W. Judge discuss the lessons they’ve learned over the past 49 episodes and how they’ve incorporated that into both their author businesses and their writing.

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 50: Lessons Learned in 50 Episodes of The Write Approach

The Write Approach, Episode 50: Lessons Learned in 50 Episodes of The Write Approach

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


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

The Write Approach, Episode 49: Rapid Release and Writing Connected Series with Tammy L. Grace

Tammy L. Grace joins us to talk about her experience writing and releasing six books consecutively in 2023 in her Sisters of the Heart series. Tammy discusses her motivation for publishing this as a rapid release series and whether she would embark on a similar endeavor again. She and Barb discuss collaborating on connected series with other authors (like their series, The Wishing Tree), including both the benefits and pitfalls.

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 49: Rapid Release and Writing Connected Series with Tammy L. Grace

The Write Approach, Episode 49: Rapid Release and Writing Connected Series with Tammy L. Grace

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Tammy L. Grace’s author website: https://www.tammylgrace.com/
Barbara Hinske’s author website: https://barbarahinske.com
J. W. Judge’s author website: https://jwjudge.com

The Write Approach, Episode 48: The Value of Editors in Writing and Publishing with donalee Moulton

In Episode 48, we talk with author and editor donalee Moulton about the role of an editor in the writing process, and how to have an effective (and positive) relationship with your editor. There are different ways to approach working with an editor — either throughout the writing process or once the work is completed. Find what works for you and run with it.

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 48: The Value of Editors in Writing and Publishing with donalee Moulton

The Write Approach, Episode 48: The Value of Editors in Writing and Publishing with donalee Moulton

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


donalee Moulton’s website: https://donaleemoulton.com/

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

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

The Write Approach, Episode 47: Writing Influences and Developing Your Author Voice

Who we read affects how we write. But the more we write and the more intentional we are about language choices, character decisions, and prose styles, the more definitively we establish our own voice from which we are telling our stories. In Episode 47 of The Write Approach, Barbara Hinske and J. W. Judge talk about the authors who have influenced (and continue to influence) their writing and they’ve cultivated their voices as authors.

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 47: Writing Influences and Developing Your Author Voice

The Write Approach, Episode 47: Writing Influences and Developing Your Author Voice

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


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

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

The Write Approach, Episode 46: Being on Movie Sets and Finishing Energy for Novels

In Episode 46 of The Write Approach, Barbara Hinske talks about being on set for the filming of Guiding Emily (Amazon link), the second of her novels that has been converted to a movie by The Hallmark Channel. Guiding Emily is set to air for the first time on September 8. Barbara was on set for the filming of the movie in Canada, and shares her experience of watching her written work transformed into scenes being acted out in front of her. Meanwhile, J. W. Judge talks about the energy that went into writing the last leg of his fifth novel and putting it through several rounds of revisions.

Listen to the episode here on the website.

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The Write Approach Episode 46 Being on Movie Sets and Finishing Energy for Novels

The Write Approach, Episode 46: Being on Movie Sets and Finishing Energy for Novels

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


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

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

The Write Approach, Episode 45: The Upshots and Pitfalls of Writing in First Person with Amy L. Bernstein

Writing in first person has both its advantages and disadvantages. It opens up the interiority of your protagonist for unfiltered and unfettered exploration, but constrains you to only the things they know. In Episode 45, we talk with author and editor Amy L. Bernstein when to use write in first-person POV and how to make the most out of it.

I reached out to Amy after first reading her article, The Peril and Promise of Writing in First-Person POV.

Listen to the episode here on the website.

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The Write Approach, Episode 45: The Upshots and Pitfalls of Writing in First Person with Amy L. Bernstein

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


Amy L. Bernstein’s website: https://amywrites.live/
Barbara Hinske’s author website: https://barbarahinske.com
J. W. Judge’s author website: https://jwjudge.com

The Write Approach, Episode 44: Screenwriting Your Way to Better Fiction with D.R. Ransdell

D.R. Ransdell has been writing fiction for years. She has done writing workshops and worked on her novel-writing craft along the way. But it wasn’t until she got serious about screenwriting that she obtained transferable skills with writing dialogue and quickly diving into a story that improved all of her fiction writing.

Listen to the episode here on the website.

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The Write Approach, Episode 44: Screenwriting Your Way to Better Fiction with D.R. Ransdell

Watch Screenwriting Your Way to Better Fiction with D.R. Ransdell

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel.


D.R. Ransdell’s author website: https://www.dr-ransdell.com/

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

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