TIH 108: Michaelbrent Collings on Outlining, Stoker Awards and Story Ideas

TIH 108 Michaelbrent Collings on Outlining, Stoker Awards and Story Ideas

In this podcast Michaelbrent Collings talks about outlining stories, story ideas, the Stoker Awards and much more.

About Michaelbrent Collings

Michaelbrent Collings is a novelist and screenwriter. He has written numerous bestsellers, including Apparition, The Haunted, The Loon, Rising Fears, and the bestselling YA fantasy series The Billy Saga, beginning with Billy: Messenger of Powers.

Show Notes

  • [02:45] Interview start/determining whether a story idea is commercially viable
  • [14:15] Plotting vs pansing and outlining
  • [20:00] Stoker Awards 2015
  • [23:35] Self-publishing stigma
  • [25:45] Bob reveals his age and Michaelbrent practically falls off his chair
  • [26:00] Distinction between vanity press and self-publishing
  • [31:30] Paula Limbaugh, via Patreon, asks about prompt for writing a YA series
  • [34:00] Dean Koontz
  • [39:10] Advice to eighteen-year-old self
  • [41:00] White whales and career aspirations
  • [42:50] Good starting point to Michaelbrent’s fiction
  • [43:45] Connect with Michaelbrent
  • [44:50] Final thoughts

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  1. Nice to hear good things about Dean Koontz! Enjoyed hearing this podcast and I too, believe in a justice in the end way of things.

  2. Liked the little bit of something extra you added, Michael! I use journals for developing my stories. A snippet here, a snippet there, it all adds up!

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