With 222 episodes under its belt, Tell The Damn Story, a podcast for aspiring and emerging writers, is not only going strong, it is improving, if I do say so myself.
Full disclosure, I am one of the co-hosts of the podcast/YouTube show, with comics legend and all-around writer guy Alex Simmons. Twice a month we discuss some aspect of the writing process, the trials and tribulations of getting traditionally published, or the challenges of independent publishing. All of it is served up with a side order of humor.
Guest interviews have included Executive Producer of all things Batman, Michael Ulsan, artist Julie Bell, authors Teel James Glenn, Carol Gyzander, James Chambers, Joe R. Lansdale, Don McGregor, Caseen Gaines, Omar Holman, Alex Segura, and Jesse J. Holland, among so many more,
When it is just Alex and I, we’ve mined pop culture for lessons in writing, discussed how to submit stories, listed best practices for rewriting, suggested how to finish what you start, gave advice on pushing beyond doubt, and so much more.
Episode length has varied over the years as we seek the perfect format, but it seems an hour is about average for us. We open with what’s new, then set up our topic for the episode and dive in, pretty simple and direct. We are told that our 30-plus year friendship fuels the approachability of the show and provides warmth and humor. I’ll add that other attractive elements that have earned us compliments include our passion for writing, for serving the story, and for encouraging creatives.
Perhaps the best feature of this positive, encouraging show is that listeners or viewers can jump in at any point, engaging with any episodes that offer topics you want to learn about no matter where in the show’s history it appears.
Tell The Damn Story is available wherever you listen to podcasts and on YouTube. New listeners are welcome. Comments are embraced warmly.