We write to share our stories and sometimes our darker sides come to the fore. How can we stop self-censoring and deal with the fear of judgment? How do we write our truth without drowning in what arises from within? I discuss this and more with David Wright in today's interview.
In the intro, I talk about Findaway Voices adding keywords for audiobooks; the next level GPT-2 AI text generator has been released, check it out at TalkToTransformer.com and I also discuss why we need to face our discomfort at this kind of tech; plus Kris Rusch on the paradigm shift from powerless writer to powerful owner of IP; and my personal update on NaNoWriMo and more.
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David Wright is the co-author of 30+ novels spanning horror, thriller, and sci-fi. He's also a podcaster at the Story Studio podcast and one of the three co-founders of Sterling and Stone Story Studio with Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. both of whom have been on this show several times. Dave has a nonfiction book out: Into the Darkness: Hook Your Readers Without Getting Lost in the Dark, which I am super excited about.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and the full transcript below.
- Teaching by sharing personal experiences
- Why writing matters, especially as an outlet for our feelings
- What is the definition of horror and darkness?
- Writing about dark subjects without glamorizing them
- How the fears of a culture or a generation come up out in horror
- Researching dark subjects without getting pulled into the darkness
- Leaving the darkness behind after finishing writing a book
- Making sure there are rays of hope in dark books
- On the current environment for mature indie authors