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Lex Out Loud is a podcast for writers, readers and all lovers of speculative fiction. I’m writing my third novel, and I’m taking you along for the journey. Whether you’re a writer or game master, or you’re just curious about the creative writing process, this show is for you! I discuss my writing process, and I share the insights I learn, as my experience grows.
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Game Master’s Journey is a discussion podcast for GMs and players of Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop RPGs hosted by Lex Starwalker. The show explores strategies players and GMs can use to enhance the gaming experience for everyone at the table. Lex also discusses the creation of his homebrew D&D setting, Primordia, providing a valuable worldbuilding resource for DMs creating their own setting.
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This week I share a method I’ve come up with to help me write every day that I’m calling a story sketch. It’s also a great way to practice as a writer, experiment, and try out new techniques. I also talk a bit about how writing longhand is very different than typing when writing and some distinct advantages it has. Even though it’s not how I would …
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This week I discuss the differences between writing and storytelling. If you’re like me, you may have spent a lot of time and energy focusing on your writing while giving little thought to the art of telling a good story. I illustrate how point-of-view violations are anathema to good storytelling. Finally I explain how whichever path you’re taking—…
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This week I catch you up to what I’ve been doing writing-wise. I discuss protagonist flaws and problems. I also explore the limitations I’ve found in the misbelief concept. I think these limitations are overcome by realizing a misbelief is just a type of flaw. Links Lex Out Loud is now on Spotify. Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliat…
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This week I share some of what I learned at a local writing conference I attended recently. I also share some decent writing craft books I’ve discovered that I’ll likely be talking some more about in future episodes. Links Lex Out Loud is now on Spotify. Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatti…
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This week I share some of what I’ve learned about independent publishing compared to traditional publishing. I also give some of my thoughts on The Wheel of Time TV show thus far. Links Lex Out Loud is now on Spotify. Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word. Join my Book Club. How to…
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I discuss my thoughts on Starlink, Starship, and the colonization of Mars. Will we really use chemical rockets to get to Mars? Will we ever have cities on the surface of Mars? Links Lex Out Loud is now on Spotify. Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word. Join my Book Club. How to get…
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I discuss what I’ve learned about how the creative process works in the human brain and how I’ve used this to revise and improve my daily writing goal. I also talk a bit about the nested cylinders of Union City and growing trees in space. Links Lex Out Loud is now on Spotify. Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my G…
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This week I talk about why I’ve decided to put my space Odyssey idea on the backburner and return to writing a sequel to Critical Balance. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word. Join my Book Club. How to get free ebooks & audiobooks from your library. Support the show. Join m…
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This week I explain why the novel I’m writing is allowed to suck. I also talk a bit about why it's best to focus on a genre & subgenre in the beginning of your writing career. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word. Join my Book Club. How to get free ebooks & audiobooks from y…
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This week I share an example of how not to receive a critique. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word. Join my Book Club. How to get free ebooks & audiobooks from your library. Support the show. Join my Discord server. Call My Voicemail: 951-465-5391 Episode on Receiving Negat…
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Today I talk about why I now think writing Critical Balance for mainstream readers was a mistake. I also talk a bit about beginning the first draft of my new novel. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word. Join my Book Club. How to get free ebooks & audiobooks from your library…
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This week I discuss some of the interesting things I’ve learned about the Saturn system in my research and how I’ll be using them in the novel. I also share some thoughts and revelations I’ve had recently about writing in first person perspective. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formattin…
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Today I talk about the importance of the first page and the first chapter in a book. I also share a recent realization I’ve had as to differentiating the great and not-so-great books I read. I’ve realized all my favorite books all have a key element in common. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to No…
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This week I talk about theoretical propulsion systems and travel times through the solar system. I also talk about how I’ve recently changed my mind about writing down ideas. I am now an idea collector and an idea curator. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word. Join my Book C…
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The rejections have been piling up, so this week I talk about dealing with disappointment and avoiding discouragement. I also talk a bit about the new Orbit Works imprint. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word. Join my Book Club. How to get free ebooks & audiobooks from your …
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I’ve come up with a completely new and different idea for my next novel, and I’m really excited to share it with you today. I discuss how the first idea you have is often far from the best idea, and how this has been true for this book I’m working on. I also talk a bit about new discoveries about the geysers on Enceladus. Links Get a free 30 day tr…
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Today I update you on my progress and talk about I finally found a succinct definition of the difference between science-fiction and fantasy that’s simple, easy to remember & understand, and is accurate in most situations. I’ve also received some insight into why sci-fi is so popular in TV and movies, but when it comes to books, not so much. Finall…
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Today I update you on my progress and talk about how I’m building a reading list to stay apprised on the latest & greatest sci-fi novels being published. I also talk a bit about how, for me at least, social media is largely a waste of time. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Wo…
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I finally broke down and wrote a two-page synopsis of my novel, and guess what? It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be! I know, you’re shocked. Things not being as bad as we think seems to be a recurring theme on this show, doesn’t it? I also give my rankings of the various Star Trek shows and movies. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audi…
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This week I talk about my experiences querying agents so far, and I’ve got some good news for you! It’s not nearly as bad as a lot of people make it sound. You’ve got this! Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word. Follow me on Mastodon! Join my Book Club. Query Shark blog. Quer…
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I’ve received my first form rejection from a literary agent! This is an important milestone in my journey as a writer. I ponder its importance, and I also talk a bit why short sentences are an important tool in your writer’s toolbox. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Get 10% off your next purchase at Metallic Dice Gam…
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I kick off season 4 with a discussion of using simple sentences in writing. I also talk about my experiences so far querying agents and give an update on my novels. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Get 10% off your next purchase at Metallic Dice Games. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word Follow me on Masto…
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Today I wrap up 2022 and season 3 of the show with ponderings on the writer’s voice. I also muse on the various phases in creating a novel. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Get 10% off your next purchase at Metallic Dice Games. Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word Follow me on Mastodon! Join my Book Club. N…
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A couple companies that scam writers are being promoted by NaNoWriMo. I take this opportunity to discuss how, as writers, we need to be wary of con artists and others looking to exploit our hard work for their own ends. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Get 10% off your next purchase at Metallic Dice Games. Check out …
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Today I discuss what I find difficult and easy about drafting and revising. I find there are aspects to each that I love, and aspects of each that are more challenging. I also talk a little about journaling my journey as a writer. Links Get 10% off your next purchase at Metallic Dice Games. Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link.…
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I’ve finished the 4th and 5th drafts of Critical Balance. I talk about my struggles and journey with these two drafts, and I share some of the changes I made. I also discuss my thoughts about, and struggles with, my word count through the revision process. Finally I wonder about the odds of getting published that are often floated around. There are…
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This week I give an update on my progress and talk a bit about how managing the flow of information to the reader may be the most challenging aspect of writing a novel. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Manuscript Format Blog Post. Become a Beta Reader! Check out my Guide to Novel Formatting in Word Query Shark blog S…
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I talk a bit about a new hobby of mine—crossword puzzles. I think solving crosswords on the regular has quite a few benefits for writers. I also give some tips for getting started in this hobby. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Manuscript Format Blog Post. Become a Beta Reader! Support the show. Join my Discord serve…
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I give an update on my progress with version 4 of Critical Balance. I also share some struggles I’ve been having that have been impacting my productivity. Finally, an unexpected bonus: an example of why you really don’t want to screw up the ending of a story. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Manuscript Format Blog Po…
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I continue my overview of Vampire: the Masquerade by White Wolf Games. This week I talk about the virtues and humanity, backgrounds, diablerie, frenzy, rotschrek, and awarding and spending experience points. Check Out my NEW PODCAST - Lex Out Loud Get 10% off your next purchase at Metallic Dice Games. Interested in Beta Reading for my new novel, Cr…
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I continue my overview of Vampire: the Masquerade by White Wolf Games. This week I go over the Disciplines—the various vampiric powers—as well as the clans of vampires. I also talk about generation and how the blood pool mechanics work. Check Out my NEW PODCAST - Lex Out Loud Get 10% off your next purchase at Metallic Dice Games. Interested in Beta…
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I give an overview of Vampire: The Masquerade RPG by White Wolf Games. In this first part I talk about some of the things I’ve learned from Vampire that have made me the GM I am today. I discuss how the prelude concept from Vampire changed my games forever, and I’ll go over nature, demeanor, and personality archetypes in more detail. Check Out my N…
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This week I give a brief introduction to the Storyteller RPG system by White Wolf. This is the system used for the World of Darkness games, including Vampire: the Masquerade, Werewolf: the Apocalypse, Changeling: the Dreaming, Mage: the Ascension, and Wraith: the Oblivion. This versatile system is easy to learn, easy to teach, and easy to run, and …
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Craig joins me again today to continue our discussion of his Mage chronicle. We talk more about the open-ended magic system of Mage and how, to a large degree, the biggest limitation is the players’ own imaginations. We also talk about Pathfinder’s Adventure Paths and how vignettes and preludes can add depth to the tabletop RPG experience. Check Ou…
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Craig joins me to discuss his Mage chronicle he’s running. What is it like running a game where the player characters can do just about anything they can imagine? We also talk about the differences between more mechanics-focused games and more narrative-focused games. Check Out my NEW PODCAST - Lex Out Loud Get 10% off your next purchase at Metalli…
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I discuss how a fundamentally important element of my setting is barely mentioned in the novel that takes place in that setting. I also give an update on my writing life and talk a bit about why so many trees are grown in Union City. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Manuscript Format Blog Post. Become a Beta Reader! …
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Today I talk about how naming your chapters can help you when it comes time to summarize your novel for an agent or editor. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Manuscript Format Blog Post. Become a Beta Reader! Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers. Support the show. Join my Discord server. Call My Voicemail: 951-465-…
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I share 15 writing tips from Stephen King’s book, On Writing. I discuss my experiences and how these tips have helped me as a writer. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Episode on Alpha & Beta Readers. Episode on Setting the Right Writing Goal for You. Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers. Support the show. Join my …
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I’m often asked if I’ve ever considered creating my own RPG system, and the answer is Yes! Today I talk about some of the features that my ideal RPG system would have. Check Out my NEW PODCAST - Lex Out Loud Get 10% off your next purchase at Metallic Dice Games. Interested in Beta Reading for my new novel, Critical Balance? Find out more here. Get …
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I share some thoughts on novel pacing and the common approaches to pacing I often see in the novels I really like. I also discuss some of the things I like and dislike about thrillers and relate them to the pacing discussion. Also included is a discussion of how I rank the importance of character, setting, and plot in a story. I talk about a couple…
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This week I share an important lesson I learned from being wrong about the serial comma. I go over the big three style guides used for writing in American English, including the one most important to we novelists—The Chicago Manual of Style. Before that, I share some frustrations I have as a creator on YouTube. I also talk about the merits of appen…
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I field some questions from listener-GM Matt Yancik on topics of game mastering: my GM philosophy, managing the table & players, and GMing compared to playing. I then talk a bit about the new Mage: the Ascension campaign I’m playing in and reminisce about my time with the old World of Darkness games Changeling: the Dreaming & Vampire: the Masquerad…
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This week I answer a variety of questions submitted by listener Matt Yancik. I cover a variety of writing-related topics including comparing writing and game mastering, comparing discovery writing and outlining, and the kinds of appendices I’d like to put in my book. I’m Looking for Alpha & Beta Readers Interested in being an alpha or beta reader f…
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This week I discuss how being a successful writer requires a careful balance of self-confidence and humility. I also consider the downside of ignoring negative and/or nasty reviews and give a more productive alternative. I’m Looking for Alpha & Beta Readers Interested in being an alpha or beta reader for my novel? Head here for more information. Li…
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Sometimes I get the impression people think commercial is a bad word—commercial as in commercial fiction. It’s not, and today I’ll tell you why. I’m Looking for Alpha & Beta Readers Interested in being an alpha or beta reader for my novel? Head here for more information. Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Big Picture S…
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Today I bring you up to date on what I’ve been working on. I talk a bit about how if you don’t use it, you lose it and how I’m really loving crosswords to keep my vocabulary sharp. Finally, I discuss receiving my first alpha feedback, titling the book, and how I’m adjusting my strategy going forward. I’m Looking for Alpha & Beta Readers Interested …
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Whether you’re doing research for your novel or looking for information of the craft of writing, it’s always a good idea to look into where the information is coming from. Does the information come from a reputable and reliable source, or not? I’m Looking for Alpha & Beta Readers Interested in being an alpha or beta reader for my novel? Head here f…
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This week I resurrect the show to discuss how problem solving can be a refreshing alternative to combat in your RPG. Get 10% off your next purchase at Metallic Dice Games. Check Out Lex’s NEW PODCAST - Lex Out Loud Call the Game Master's Journey voice mail: 951-GMJ-LEX1 (951-465-5391). If you’re a new listener, and you’d like to go back to the begi…
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Today I share my love of fountain pens with you. I used to hate writing longhand. Now I love it, and it’s all because of fountain pens (and the inks, of course!). Links Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Becoming a Writer, Staying a Writer by J. Michael Straczysnki Goulet Pens website Goulet Pens YouTube channel Support the …
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