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TIH 029: Stephen Graham Jones on Writing Fiction, Dialogue and Personal Development

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In this podcast Stephen Graham Jones talks about dialogue, what to and what not to do when writing, creating vs editing mode, daily habits and how fitness helps facilitate the creative process.

You can listen to Stephen Graham Jones’ short story ‘Thirteen’ in Episode 28. 

Listen to our first podcast interview with Stephen Graham Jones back in Episode 17 from May 2014.

About Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen and a half novels, six story collections, one standalone novella, one chapbook, and more than two hundred stories, many of them selected for best of year annuals. Stephen’s been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Colorado Book Award, and he’s won the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for Fiction, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, and an NEA Fellowship in Fiction. Stephen earned his PhD from Florida State University and now teaches in the MFA programs at CU Boulder and UCR-Palm Desert.

Show notes

  • [01:38] The genesis of ‘Thirteen’ by Stephen Graham Jones
  • [06:50] Standout movies of 2014
  • [08:20] Why ‘Thirteen’ was the opener of After The People Lights Have Gone Off
  • [15:05] Creating vs Editing Mode
  • [17:08] Self-development
  • [21:35] Top takeaways from writing seminars last year
  • [26:30] Dialogue
  • [35:25] Daily habits and morning routine
  • [39:00] Fitness and creativity
  • [44:22] What’s coming up for Stephen in 2015
  • [52:15] Changing literary agents
  • [01:02:30] Live readings
  • [01:05:15] What not to do when writing
  • [01:12:09] Targets for 2015
  • [01:13:10] Recommendation from 2014

Resources

Buy The Elvis Room by Stephen Graham Jones (UK)
Buy The Elvis Room by Stephen Graham Jones (US)
Stephen Graham Jones fiction (UK)
Stephen Graham Jones fiction (US)
After The People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones (UK)
After The People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones (US)
The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker (UK)
The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker (US)
The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud
The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing by Richard Hugo (UK)
The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing by Richard Hugo (US)
Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway (UK)
Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway (US)
The Rhetoric of Fiction by Wayne C. Booth (UK)
The Rhetoric of Fiction by Wayne C. Booth (US)
The Art & Craft of the Short Story by Rick DeMarinis (UK)
The Art & Craft of the Short Story by Rick DeMarinis (US)
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (UK)
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (US)

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