#038: Drew Starling – The power of short stories, real-time feedback, and emotionally insulating yourself.

Drew Starling is an Amazon bestselling author of horror and dark fiction, a husband and dog dad who loves strong female leads, martial arts, and long walks in the woods with canine companions. He would like to think his plots are better than his prose, but strives to make his words sound both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. He listens to Beethoven, Megadeth, and Enya when he writes. 

His only rule of writing: the dog never dies.


In this episode we go deep into:

  • Why the dog never dies
  • Drew’s writing journey and how he’s gotten to where he is
  • How beneficial author communities are online
  • Why short stories are a great way create emotional insulation
  • The incredible influence of Stephen King
  • Whether the TV series of “The Outsider” was better or worse than the book
  • The power of the short story submission loop
  • Why short stories are a great way to build an author reputation
  • How to maximize your chances of getting short stories submitted and published
  • The benefits of real-time feedback in author communities
  • Using StoryGrid to edit your novel
  • Why something must happen in a scene
  • Drew’s writing process
  • Why you shouldn’t measure success in words written
  • Finding a relationship that complements your writing career
  • Why Drew writes


Drew answers questions from Patrons:

Ian J Middleton: what Must Read books would you put on a horror writers reading list?


This week’s question:

What systems do you use to gain real-time feedback?


Find out more about Drew:

Get your free story https://www.drewstarling.com/dan


Links from the show:

Https://www.patreon.com/greatwritersshare

Https://books2read.com/anatomyofprose

https://www.doesthedogdie.com/

https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/

https://www.cormacmccarthy.com/

https://www.amazon.com/N-K-Jemisin/e/B0028OIVC0/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8550800/

“Guts” by Chuck Palahniuk http://readfulltext.blogspot.com/2013/10/guts-by-chuck-palahniuk.html

https://storygrid.com/

The Shining https://www.amazon.com/Shining-Stephen-King/dp/0345806786/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+shining&qid=1591020355&s=books&sr=1-1

It https://www.amazon.com/Novel-Stephen-King/dp/1982127791/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=it&qid=1591020343&s=books&sr=1-1

The Stand

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