Writer Syndrome

Writer Syndrome is a podcast about writing – from start to finish. Russ and Tim chat about writing and their process as they work towards publishing their first books. Learn with them in this unscripted podcast navigating the absolute sh**show that is writing.

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Episodes

Backstory

7 days ago

7 days ago

Backstory is essential to establishing who your characters are and the decisions they'll make in your story, but how much is too much? In this episode, Russ and Tim discuss backstory, how they approached it for their first novels, and how they plan on using it in their new works.

Where To Begin, Again

Tuesday Jul 02, 2024

Tuesday Jul 02, 2024

Writing your first novel is hard, but is writing a second novel any easier? In this episode, Russ and Tim chat about how to plan a new project, when to stop researching and start writing, and why their approaches have changed since completing their first works.

Humor

Tuesday Jun 18, 2024

Tuesday Jun 18, 2024

Knock, knock... no, we won't do that to you. In this episode, Russ and Tim discuss writing with humor, how they approach it in their works, the different types of humor authors can use, and when to use it.

Special Guest - Michael Bahler

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

In this episode, Russ and Tim are joined by Michael Bahler, a New Jersey-based writer whose short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, Glimmer Train, Nerve, and many others, including the Brooklyn Rail. He joins us to chat about the publishing industry, writing short stories, and his jump from short to long-form writing.

Act III Pitfalls

Wednesday May 22, 2024

Wednesday May 22, 2024

Have you ever read a book and thought the end wasn't particularly satisfying? Well, you're not alone! In this episode, Russ and Tim explore common Act III pitfalls, why they can make your final act fall flat, and how to avoid them.

Scene Transitions

Wednesday May 08, 2024

Wednesday May 08, 2024

Why are scene transitions important? Not ony to they ground the reader in POV, setting, and time. They can change mood and create pacing that keeps a reader engaged. In this episode Russ and Tim get into their own approaches to scene transitions and if they were intentional from the start.

Tuesday Apr 23, 2024

50th episode! We made it! Russ and Tim do a pulse check on their projects, how far they've come, and the path ahead. Here's to fifty more!

Structuring Chapters

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

Structure is a good thing, right? In this episode, Russ and Tim discuss chapter structure and how a well-structured chapter can impact pacing and tension and influence the reader to keep turning pages.

Video Game Narratives

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

Are video games art? What elevates a video game narrative to make it memorable? Will Russ and Tim ever stop playing and get back to writing their second novels? In this special video game-themed episode, we tackle these questions and more.

Tuesday Mar 12, 2024

Author Geoffrey Morrison joins us again for a great chat about his new nonfiction book, Budget Travel for Dummies. We discuss his move from fiction to nonfiction, hostels, deadlines, editing, and more.

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