The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture—Informative and Fun, and Everyone Should Read This

The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger is about the ancient mythic Heroine’s Journey, what it is, how it differs from the more studied Hero’s Journey, and why it’s important for both writers and readers/pop culture consumers to know about, all told in a witty and snarky manner.

Gail Carriger is one of my very favorite fiction authors and in The Heroine’s Journey she goes into what makes her books, and many other stories, so popular and beloved. Topics include The Heroine’s Journey itself, of course, some of it’s foundational myths, it’s messages and themes; why the Heroine’s Journey is important; specific points in how and where it differs from the Hero’s Journey; how the Gothics got involved and what effect they had; how to play with archetypes and tropes (neither of which make a story bad—they’re just patterns); and a practical guide to How To Write Like A Heroine.

The Heroine’s Journey is written not just for writers, but also for readers/watchers/listeners, so people can recognize better what they like and crave out of a story. It’s an easy, fast, informative, and fun read. I’m going to re-read The Heroine’s Journey several times, after my sister gets done reading it. I also bought a copy for my best friend. Go read it and enrich your life.

Podcasts on the Business of Writing

I’m still working my way through my new book, so here’s a collection of podcasts that focus more on the business side of being a writer—important for both indies and traditionally published authors to know, since either way, being a published author means being a small business owner. Also, I’ve posted about most these podcasts somewhere before, but not in in a collection with this focus, so I’m doing it anyway.

1—The Creative Penn

The Creative Penn is hosted by Joanna Penn, a veteran of indie publishing. Her podcasts interview other authors, both fiction and non-fiction, and they discuss everything. Continue reading “Podcasts on the Business of Writing”

A New Podcast for Authors

Ask the Bards is a podcast for writers by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson, both New York Times bestselling authors. I’ve read and loved their jointly authored Tales of Pell series, so I decided to check out the podcast. It’s only two episodes in, as of this writing, but I’m enjoying it. They cover both the writing and business sides of being an author, with the advice—at least so far—being geared for beginning authors. If you want to ask them a question, you can hit them up on Twitter with the hashtag #askthebards .

UPDATE: Ask the Bards has stopped at 14 episodes, but if you want to hear authors plot a book live, in real time, they do that for three episodes and those especially are worth the listen.

More Podcasts for Writers

I’m about a quarter of the way through Dracula (the original book by Bram Stoker)—it’s longer than I remembered—and hope to review that next week or the week after. So in the meantime, here’s some more podcasts for writers.

1—I Should Be Writing

I Should Be Writing, a podcast by Mur Lafferty for beginning writers. It consists of Mur’s observations, interviews with other authors, and her own journey as a writer. It’s a clean podcast—no swearing—and only the backlist from episode 264 onward (at time of this writing) is available for free. If you want to go further back than that, you need to subscribe to Mur’s Patreon. But it’s a long running podcast, up to 414 episodes (again, as of this writing), so there’s a lot to sink your teeth into. Continue reading “More Podcasts for Writers”

Stuff For Writers

I’ve been into more non-fiction than fiction lately, so for those of you who are or who’d like to become writers, here are some resources.

1—Write Through the Roof

Write Through the Roof is a podcast where Australian author Madeleine D’Este interviews authors of all sorts and asks them questions, with the primary question being: what one thing took your writing to the next level? Continue reading “Stuff For Writers”

More Tangential Links

These are some of my favorite writing advice blogs.

1—Janice Hardy’s Fiction University

Janice Hardy’s Fiction University is a great place to get writing advice, with a nice list of subjects in the lefthand column, as well as a list of most popular posts. There are plenty of guest posts, and she also does a mini-series called Real Life Diagnostics where she diagnoses a real work in progress and answers the submitter’s questions. Continue reading “More Tangential Links”