Category Archives: Research Tips

Questions 433: Podcast Recs and the Future of Publishing

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Melissa asks: Where do you think the indie publishing industry is going in the next 5-10 years? And what are your favorite podcasts?

Resources Mentioned:

Stackpole The Secrets
Writing Excuses
You Should Be Writing
Decoder Ring Theater
Lowell’s Morning Walk
NPR’s Planet Money
NPR’s Freakanomics
NPR’s Marketplace
Creative Futurism
Geopolitical Futures
Bible Geek
Lovecraft Geek
Waking Up
Hardcore History
Common Sense
Benzinga Strategies
Peter Diamandis’ Exponential Wisdom

YouTube Channels
UT Liberal Arts
Naval War College
WGBH Forum
Yale Courses
Center For Fiction

Questions 416: Rhetorical Devices

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Ian asks: “Would studying rhetoric help with pacing and craft in fiction?”

Resources Mentioned:

The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays (CS Lewis)
Monsters and Critics and Other Essays (JRR Tolkien)
John Milton
Edward Allen Poe
Raymond Chandler
Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. A Treatise of Human Nature, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
The Portable Nietzsche
Book of Proverbs
John Steinbeck
John D McDonald
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
William Blake
Percy Blythe Shelley
Mary Shelley
Lord Byron
Mary Wollstonecraft
Essays of EB White
Mark Twain Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches and Essays
Speeches That Changed The World
Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Questions 398: Concise Mythopoetics

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Ian asks:  “I’m enjoying a previously mentioned resource for mythopoetics, but find it a bit rambling. Are there other, more concise sources on the topic?”

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Resources Mentioned

The Golden Bough
Mircea Elliade
Tryggve Mettinger
Creative Mythology
Hero With a Thousand Faces

Questions 344: Historically Accurate Childhoods

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Chris asks “When writing historical fiction with children, how should one treat the aspects of childhood that are less than stellar by today’s standards?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Alienist
The Angel of Darkness