The EpiCast is back -- with a special episode looking forward to our annual writing marathon, Web Serial Writing Month (WeSeWriMo). In our seventh episode, we take a break from the past and focus on the future: webserial previews for the rest of the summer, where you'll get some hints and teasers for some exciting storylines in the weeks ahead.
But the lion's share of the podcast is devoted to WeSeWriMo, the only marathon dedicated to the unique world of web-based writing, from webserials to video and audio webseries to serialized novels, webcomics and beyond. And as far as we know, it's also the only writing challenge that lets the writers choose their own goal. With registration open through August 1, that leaves just over a week as of this writing for you to take part.
For this supersized edition, co-host Kira Lerner interviewed six very different writers of very different forms of web entertainment series, and in our discussion about WeSeWriMo with them you'll learn about the project itself, how the writers choose their ambitious goals, what obstacles they've faced over the years, how successful they've been, and their own tips on how to cross the finish line with your all your goals triumphantly met. Kira and fellow co-host Michael also discuss the history of how WeSeWriMo came about, and share their own thoughts on what this challenge means to them--and the entire webserial writing community.
We apologize in advance for some differences in quality of the interviews, which were conducted over Skype but with different technical set-ups on each end of the conversations. Edits in the interviews have been made for time purposes, but all interviewees' words are their own. Over the next couple of days we'll be posting the full versions of these interviews, which contain much more information and let you hear some fascinating tidbits we couldn't include due to time or content constraints (Kira, being the inquisitive type, asked the authors questions about their serials and other aspects of their writing process that didn't involve WeSeWriMo; those didn't make it into the podcast, but were so interesting we wanted you to get a chance to listen in).
Recording date: This episode was recorded on July 19, 2012; the interviews were conducted from July 9 - 15.
00:00 - 01:58: Opening pleasantries, teasers for the episode ahead
01:59 - 16:00: The Future Soon: summer storyline previews
16:00 - 16:37: Music break!
16:38 - 20:55: Introduction to WeSeWriMo
20:56 - 59:23: The Writers' Challenge: interviews and discussion with eight writers on Web Serial Writing Month
59:24 - 01:01:20: Closing thoughts, information on signing up, and a final quote from one of our interviees
Thanks & Invitation: We're grateful to everyone who submitted previews and interview questions by email or through Skype conversations. We haven't scheduled our next month's edition yet, but keep an eye out over at the EpiGuide for a Call for Submissions where we'll be asking for webserial recaps and news, listener questions, and topic ideas.
Music credits: "Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance" (EpiCast opening theme), "The Future Soon" (Preview intro), "A Laptop Like You" (Music break / WeSeWriMo intro), "I Feel Fantastic" (closing theme), all by the brilliant Jonathan Coulton. These tracks are licensed Creative Commons by-nc.
Technical notes: We used Skype for the conversation and interviews, Replay Recorder for recording, Audacity for editing, and Podbean for hosting.If you have any suggestions, questions, comments or brickbats you want to throw at us regarding this episode, please let us know!