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Best Am Writing Fantasy podcasts we could find (updated May 2020)
Best Am Writing Fantasy podcasts we could find
Updated May 2020
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Ink to Film is a show for readers and film aficionados alike. We read and discuss a novel in a granular way, then move to the film adaptation and talk about all the ways it relates to the book, and how it stands on its own. Hosts Luke and James have studied writing and film respectively, and bring an insider's insight into the show. Whether merely curious about the source material or an avid fan, Ink to Film should appeal to you!
 
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936) has been called the “prince of paradox.” Time magazine observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.” His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction. The title of Chesteron’s 1910 collection of essays was inspired by a title given to him two years earlie ...
 
Reality becomes fantasy, or is that imagination turns into real life experience? I am fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy is crossed in my writing practice. Writing romance novels and podcasting is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun, playful and perhaps a bit twisted. How amusing it is to be able to take an idea and turn it into something real like a living character. My characters all experience real life joy ...
 
"The Birth of Propaganda" is poetic adaptation of the essay "Propaganda in a Democratic Society," by Aldous Huxley, which expresses his warnings about the manipulation of language by totalitarian governments and corporations. The original essay is interpreted as a poem, written and voiced by Jabez L. Van Cleef. From a review on Garageband.com by Nicolas Walls: "Well spoken... this is a piece that sounds like it was written in a different time. The voice is clear and punctuated very well. It ...
 
The Daniel Mignault Show Welcome to The Daniel Mignault show with your host Daniel Mignault. This Podcast is the new raw no secrets held back show on everything and anything with brands, authors, artists, actors, investors, clients, speakers, social media influencers and so much more! Every Thursday Night with nothing held back. About the Host: Daniel Mignault: Texas native Daniel Mignault is the CEO of DM Productions and a social media marketing expert. He is an influencer with over 100k fo ...
 
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Have you thought about writing in a different genre and weighed the option of using a pen name or no? Get the tips to decide if your current author platform will encompass something new or if, and how, you should start a new author platform under a pen name with guest host author Kirsten Oliphant! Check out Kirsten's other great tips and wonderful …
 
The Magic Trip comes to an end with the second half of Ken Kesey’s novel, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST—but how the experience hold up? In episode 137, Luke & James unpack the messages behind the novel that went on to inspire a classic film. Topics include: Ken Kesey’s writing career after his famous escapades, what makes the book postmodern, equ…
 
The beginning of a novel - especially the first chapter - is what will decide if the reader goes on to read more or ditches the story right then and there. The ability to write a first chapter that hooks the reader is massively important. But how do you accomplish such a feat? In episode 73 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Autumn and Jesper share…
 
Ken Kesey is an author with a far-reaching legacy, but it all began with the publication and immediate success of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. In episode 136, Luke & James take a psychedelic trip on a school bus across time as they explore Ken Kesey’s effect on the counterculture movement of the 1960s in America before discussing the first half…
 
Maybe we should have made this two episodes because it is a doozy! Jesper and Autumn cover a ton of tips and steps to launch your book, starting from 12 weeks out from your book release until 5 weeks after. After? Yes! Discover why there are actually steps to your book launch strategy that take place AFTER the actual release! Check out Publisher Ro…
 
Richard Matheson’s original post-apocalyptic tale I AM LEGEND laid the foundation for the zombie fiction of today in a book that some regard as the “first modern horror novel.” But how does Frances Lawrence’s film adaptation hold up by comparison? In episode 135, things get a little too real as Luke & James discuss fictional pandemics while living …
 
Killing characters in a novel is fine, but there is a right way to go about it. In Episode 71 of The Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Autumn and Jesper draw their swords and magical wands to discuss how to handle the killing of a fictional character. Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST! Please tell a fell…
 
Author Caitlin Starling joins to discuss "The Silence of the Lambs" and cast her vote for which was better: the film directed by Jonathan Demme or Thomas Harris’s novel. In episode 134, Luke, James, and Caitlin discuss one of history’s most notable horror films and the introduction of the iconic Dr. Hannibal Lector as portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopki…
 
How do productive authors stay on track, even during a crisis (like, um, a global pandemic)? Goals are one tool you can use and in this episode, Autumn talks to author H. B. Lyne about how to set writing goals that are SMART (and what that actually means). Plus, expect discussions on why you might want to re-cover your books, the importance of ment…
 
Thomas Harris introduced readers to Dr. Hannibal Lecter in his novel RED DRAGON, but the world at large met one of cinema’s greatest killers with the release of "The Silence of the Lambs" by Jonathan Demme. Join Luke & James in episode 133 as they go back to the source for the iconic movie and see what horrors are lurking in its pages. Topics: Dinn…
 
Becoming an indie author is an amazing opportunity, full of highs and more than a few lows. Jesper and Autumn share their self-publishing journey with a few answers that might surprise you! Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST! Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast a…
 
“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” Every journey has an end, and at long last, they’ve come to it with Peter Jackson’s THE RETURN OF THE KING. In episode 132, after many hours reading the book, watching the expanded films, and discussing the adaptations for the podcast, it is time to decide once and for all which was bett…
 
Writing a novel is difficult enough, but where do you even begin? Autumn and Jesper share thoughts on this very topic in episode 68 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, together with some personal horror stories of what went wrong when they first started out writing. Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST…
 
A return to the Shire. The final chapter. The end of all things “Lord of the Rings” …well, except for the film, which they are covering next week! Join Luke & James in episode 131 as they say goodbye to one of the most beloved fantasy series of all time, yet debate whether it truly deserves the high praise it often receives. Also discussed: Michael…
 
Hardbacks, personalized paperbacks, and distribution to bookstores, why wouldn't you want to publish with IngramSpark? Jesper and Autumn cover what IngramSpark is, the many, many options it offers, and, of course, the cons of why this platform might not be for you. Plus, a discussion on if IngramSpark is an alternative to KDP - can you choose one o…
 
During these times of self-quarantine, many of us are stuck at home (probably watching way too much Netflix, or something like that 😊). So, we thought that this would be an excellent time to learn new things. We were thinking to put a short course together for you. Asking in the Facebook group which topic would be the most interesting, it turned ou…
 
What is the greatest line in all of “The Lord of the Rings” and therefore a contender for the greatest line in all of fantasy? In episode 130, Luke proposes one possibility. Also discussed: Sauron’s presence felt in some unexpected places, living day to day with a drawn sword, Aragorn’s fulfilment of prophecy, dabbling in some allegory, a questions…
 
In episode 66 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Jesper is joined by one of the most influential voices within the indie-author space. That's Joanna Penn. Joanna and Jesper discuss whether you should be publishing your books wide or choose exclusivity with Amazon (Kindle Unlimited). They also cover multiple streams of income. Hosting author events.…
 
“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.” Tolkien speaks to us from another age, when the world had just begun to recover from a terrible darkness. Join Luke & James as they look for a little hope of their own as they kick off the final installment of their Lord of the Rings trilogy of projects with the first 6 chapters of THE RETURN OF THE KING. In …
 
Should you edit while writing? The advice is just to write, but is that the best thing for novice authors? How about after finishing your first trilogy or once you've hit your professional stride? Autumn and Jesper delve into what they've been told — and the advice they've given! — to tease out the realities, when editing while you write might be a…
 
It’s time to explore the original adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel as directed by François Truffaut. James takes this opportunity to educate Luke about the “French New Wave” movement in cinema. They also discuss reality TV, the role of genre fiction, and more in this former patron-exclusive episode. The 2018 HBO adaptation also comes up—s…
 
Have you ever wondering how much it actually costs to produce a novel when taking into account editing, cover design, book formatting and everything else? Or are you an experienced author, looking for a benchmark to evaluate if you're paying too much? In episode 64 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Autumn and Jesper, gives you the complete overvie…
 
The hunt is on for the monster in both the second half of Stephen King’s novel and the last five episodes of the HBO series, and things are changing because of it—for better or worse. In episode 128, Luke and James compare the adaptation to the source before deciding once and for all which version was better: the book or the show! Episodes covered:…
 
The advice goes "To be a writer, you need to read." That's great, but how much should you be reading while writing and exactly what sorts of things? Autumn and Jesper break down this sage advice with some practical tips, a bit of insight, and even a dose of statistics! Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY POD…
 
The Doppelgänger, the Evil Twin, el Coco, Bogeyman, Vardyger, the Sack Man, and on the list goes outlining this mirror self. The twin stranger is a long-standing myth and fear, and The Outsider on HBO has brought that terror to life. In episode 127, Luke and James discuss how Stephen King’s work is in good hands with Richard Price, who is crafting …
 
Fantasy map making is one of Autumn and Jesper's favorite topics. In episode 62 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, they discuss where to start when creating maps, how important realism and immersion is and how maps benefit your writing. Map making tools are also on the agenda, as well as, discussing why some authors might avoid map creation and how…
 
The King proves he still has it (as if anyone doubted) with a doppelgänger tale like no other. He blends True Crime with the supernatural to create something that feels fresh yet remains solidly Stephen King. In episode 126, Luke and James return to the master of horror with the first half of the novel--the beginning of a 3-week excursion into the …
 
Do women authors face unique challenges? Autumn and special guest, Alexa Bigwarfe, delve into this topic as well as ways to support women authors. Alexa is a USA Today bestselling author, runs Write, Publish, Sell and is the organizer of the Women in Publishing Summit. This episode has tips not just for women, but for anyone who is busy or feels to…
 
Where did the prequel to John Carpenter’s 80s classic go right and where did it go wrong? How does Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s film hold up? Does it have anything in common with the original source novella, “Who Goes There?” Give this (former patron-exclusive) episode a try as Ink to Film experiments with their first adaptation-adjacent coverage!…
 
Did you know there are three different types of edits and editors? It's true! And in today's episode, we go into different types of edits, how and WHEN to use each yourself or when hiring an editor. Plus, a brief foray into costs of editors and a discussion on if you really have to pay that much. Watch the video on how to find an editor that we men…
 
Former Ringling Bros. circus clown, writer, and co-host of the "Writing Easy" podcast Mary Mascari joins the show to give some important context to all-things circus for Frances Lawrence’s adaptation of Sara Gruen’s novel! In episode 125, Mary, Luke, and James cast their votes to determine once and for all which was better, the book or the movie? T…
 
Dictation and how to use it for writing is a topic that has come up on multiple past episodes, so Autumn and Jesper decided to make it into a full length episode. In episode 59 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, you'll learn what benefits there are in using dictation. What equipment you need. And how to go about the actual dictation; especially how…
 
Sara Gruen’s historical romance about running away to join the circus was a bestseller for a reason, but does it connect with readers new to the genre? In episode 124, Luke & James ride the rails into parts unknown. Spoilers begin: 19:10 Topics include: a NaNoWriMo success story, the “rules” of romances, emotional resonance with Jacob Jankowski, th…
 
Have you ever thought about sharing the writing on a book or short story with a collaboration partner? Autumn and Jesper discuss not only tips on why authors team up but also layout steps on how to find someone to write with, including how they ended up as writing and business partners (which is quite a story!). There are definitely some hurdles to…
 
Philip K. Dick’s short story “The Minority Report” led eventually to a Steven Spielberg adaptation nearly 50 years after it was written, but was the adaptation an improvement on the original? In episode 123, Luke & James discuss both versions before coming to a consensus on which was the superior telling of this Sci-Fi thriller of precognition and …
 
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