Episode 110- “Your Questions And Book Covers”

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Damien and Catherine, 

I have a few questions that I would love to hear discussed on the podcast. I have been writing a novel and the characters seem to have a mind of their own, and are making things happen sooner than they should. How does a writer control the characters? How should I slow down the way things are happening? I just started this novel, and am only on page eight. I have several writer friends who have this very same problem, and listen to your podcast, so I would love if this was discussed on an episode. I always enjoy hearing your podcast and love getting tips from it every single week.


Courtney Killian

Thanks Courtney. If anyone has a question about writing, reading or the podcast, please email me: podcast@newbiewriters.com


 Book Cover Discussion.

As Catharine decides on her book cover, we talk about what is involved.

Catharine: I have said this before, but it bears repeating only because I’m the biggest offender and tend to ignore my own advice.

Eternal Press artist Dawne Dominique struggled to create a cover from my design ideas.  I sent the design she created according to my specifications  to a few of the Beta Readers who were less than enthusiastic, at least far less enthusiastic that I was about my own ideas.

This is based on my ideas.

I had three chances to chose a cover.  The first two looked like this.  But my Beta readers said no.  So I sent in some suggestions that apparently were excellent because it gave Dawne the opportunity to head in the opposite direction.  She took matters into her own hands and created a completely different cover which is completely excellent.

Which means:

  • My Beta Readers were right
  • The Graphic Artist was right

Authors should stick to writing. At least I should.
This is what professional help can do for a book cover.


Half face closeup portrait of beautiful blond girl with peachy makeup


Also, what did Damien discover at the writing festival?

Discuss the NaNo Process. What does “winning” NaNo Mean?

Winning NaNoWriMo is no easy feat: more than 300,000 people signed up for NaNo, but just 41,940 writers had the creative chutzpah, derring-do, and outright stamina to cross the finish line. 



Word of the Week:





noun: Excess or redundancy.



From Latin nimius (too much). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ne (not), which also gave us nil, null, not, never, nothing, nihilism, annihilate, and naughty. Earliest documented use: 1542.




Now is the season to focus on the holidays. Do you have a favorite ritual? Can you write a story around it? How about an object that delivers an avalanche of memories and ideas? Write about that. The point, during this busy time, is to write something.




Tortured sentences:


One thing I like about China is they execute people regularly.



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