ThinkingOutLoud 28: Finding that Spark

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about finding what you love to do and making it work for you. They talk about the end of Camp Nano and whether not meeting their goals impacted their view of self. They also talk about how important it is to find passions that are hobbies and carving out your personal time and preserving your escapes for hobbies and not professions. They talk about finding those things that make you spark and making sure they are a part of your life whether as jobs or professions.

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What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 27: The Promise of All You Can Eat

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Elisabeth and Merianna discuss whether as an author you should love or hate Amazon. They talk about the new Kindle Unlimited and its impact on authors and publishers. They wonder whether it is more like an all you can eat buffet in which you can’t ever eat enough to get your money’s worth. They also discuss the business of selling books and how companies and publishers scale up and often lose who they are.

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What Elisabeth is Reading 

What Merianna is Reading 

 

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ThinkingOutLoud 26: Change, Change, Change

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about changing routines and whether quitting coffee impact the quality of your writing. They talk about find time to write and whether once you find that time you can change the routine or not. They also talk about writers who branch out with new work on beloved characters and whether those writings work or not.

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What Elisabeth is Reading 

What Merianna is Reading 

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ThinkingOutLoud 25: Mental Monsters

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the mental monsters that start to creep in when you are trying to write every day and you have set a goal for yourself. The talk about slaying the monsters that say it has to be perfect on the first draft and the monsters who say you can’t be a writer. They talk about big brackety notes as part of writing the first draft. They also talk about how the writing process can be a lot more like a rodeo rather than a pleasant ride through the countryside.

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What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 24: Pantsing It

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their experience as writers in Camp NanoWrimo. They talk about how to sit down, buckle down, and make yourself write. They talk about tools they use, and muses they use. They talk about spaces and places to write. They also talk about whether pets are going to appear in their novels.

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What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 23: A Tapping on Shoulder

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their plans to join in Camp Nano as well as the cabin they’re joining. They also talk about characters who wake you up in the middle of the night, tapping you on the shoulder, waiting for you to write their stories. They also talk about visiting dogs and tractor driving. They also talk about how hard it is to keep writing at times.

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ThinkingOutLoud 22: Tied to the Desk

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about to unusual nature of their work schedules and how sometimes people don’t understand exactly what they do. They also talk about the self-publishing culture and how it has changed writing and writers to think that the project is complete before an outside edit or formatting. They ponder how they happened upon what they do know and the process by which they determined their skills and how those skills fit into the current marketplace.

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What Elisabeth is Reading

What the Girls are Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 21: A Little Bit of Personality

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about group texting, and how difficult it is to teach parents the ins and outs of cell phone etiquette. They also talk about how to handle technology in writing and how technology gives an indication of era whether we like to admit it or not. Then, the discuss the difference between a personal presence on social media and a professional persona, and how to make that professional persona help you sell books. They also chase the rabbit of where the future of publishing is headed and whether ninja gigs are the next version of author signings.

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What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 20: The Ideas are True, Not the Events

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Elisabeth and Merianna are joined this week by Molly, a college sophomore who is working at Harrelson Press this summer. In their usual fashion, they talk about books, publishing, and chase a Cold Water Challenge rabbit. Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their summer writing challenge and what it takes to commit to writing or revising a novel. They also discussion the statuary limits on novels and the Amazon/Hachette debate.

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What Elizabeth is Reading

What Molly is Reading

What Merianna is Reading 

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ThinkingOutLoud 19: Exotic Fruit Night

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about exotic fruit night, and what it means to try new things. They also talk about their writing tunnels and writing barricades and what it means to be a professional writer. They talk about the risks and the bravery it takes to step out and believe in yourself.

Show Notes

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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