Monthly Archives: August 2015


Dialogue Follow-Up

Listener Christian recently commented on our Dialogue Show. In an interview, Harlan Ellison said that he watched Judge Judy to get hear how real people speak. We talk about this, reality tv, how that impacts writing, and our own speaking and listening styles… in our giant Dialogue Follow-Up show.

Jon mentioned and recommends John Green’s Paper Towns in this show.

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q. (Amazon Link)

He also mentioned and recommends the unedited version of the podcast On Being with Krista Tippett.


Games Writers Play

Killing Orphans…
Recycling Letters…
Counting Words…
Cutting Fingernails…
Jon shares a few of the games that he plays while writing.

And then we discuss writer Dale Bailey and a 2012 post on his blog about how a version of a writer’s game turned dark.

Although not mentioned in the show, Jon has been reading and learning much from author Sarah Dessen. He recommends her YA novels Just Listen and This Lullaby.

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