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The world's greatest adventurers tell their best story from the road. Each episode is cut documentary style and set to music and cinematic effects to create an immersive storytelling experience. 'Best travel podcasts 2020'- The Guardian, 'Thrilling Stuff'-Sunday Times, 'Ear Candy for Listeners' - Washington Post
 
The adventure doesn't stop when you have kids; it's just the beginning. Brought to you by Family Traveller magazine, the global voice of authority on family travel, each episode offers in-depth expert advice and all the know-how family travellers like you need to make the most of your time away. Let us help you go further. Like travel? Have kids? You’re in the right place. Hosted by Katie Bowman, mum and editor of Family Traveller magazine, and Aaron Millar, award-winning travel writer and d ...
 
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In this episode, Laura Humm and Alicia McCalla edit a piece together. Laura breaks down for Alicia the steps and techniques she uses to edit dialogue. This podcast is a window into the editing process of a talented exceptional editor. For more on dialogue, check out https://dialoguedoctor.com/ To register for the upcoming master class, go to https:…
 
This episode we are exploring a fun and unique family travel destination: the capital of Canada – Ottawa. We sleep with wolves, go on a hunt for the best ice-cream (and an escaped skunk), zip-line between two provinces and skate on the longest skating rink in the world. Mama Knows Best We join Julie Findlay, writer of award-winning blog ‘Momma in t…
 
Follow acclaimed travel writer Nick Hunt on a journey to walk Europe’s outlands – a piece of arctic tundra in Scotland, a primeval forest in Poland, a desert in Spain, the vast grasslands of the Hungarian steppe. These are outlandish places; wild, remote and untamed; places that shouldn’t exist, but they do. Like portals in our imagination, these a…
 
This week, Jeff and the Dialoggers take a look at She who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan. We talk about the ways the author uses gender, our expectations of the plot, bringing new perspectives to history, and the author's use of dialogue. To buy She Who Became the Sun and find more work by Shelley Parker-Chan, check out https://shelleyparker…
 
Roland and Jeff look at a piece together and discuss getting rid of summaries, building bridges to the reader's imaginations, and the different parts of dialogue. Together they get deep into how to use dialogue to get the results you want out of your writing. To engage with Roland's work, go to https://indestructibleauthor.com/author/roland/ For mo…
 
In this episode, Jeff and Laura celebrate the Dialogue Doctor's 2-year anniversary with a Q&A. The questions they discuss are below: 1) Introductory nonsense 2:05-8:05 2) What do you wish you would have explained better in the last two years? 8:05 3) How do you plot a novella/novel with the conversations that need to occur per chapter? 18:33 4) How…
 
In this episode, Jeff and author Dillon Mesquitta talk about removing burdens from the reader. After discussing the great things Dillon is doing with his dialogue, he and Jeff talk about making character interactions clear, using descriptions to show emotional context, and making sure names aren't confusing. For more on writing dialogue, check out …
 
In this Grand Rounds episode, Jeff interviews Claire Taylor from FFS media about the enneagram. They discuss their experience with the personality typing system, how writers can use the enneagram to create diverse casts, how writers can build character voices from the enneagram, and Claire's new Kickstarter project. To find more about Claire's serv…
 
In this episode, Jeff and Aaron get nitty-gritty about how dialogue works on the page. They talk about keeping a lone wolf talking, using text messages as a device in the narrative, picking settings to write, organizing descriptions, talking to rats (having conversations with things you notice in the text), making sure the dots are connected in the…
 
In this episode, Jeff sits down with Three Story Method Editors JP Rindfleisch, Miss Catherine Hernadez, and V.E. (Aaron) Griffith to talk about world-building. They discuss what makes a good world, what frustrates them about world-building, and they give practical tips for getting it done in your novel. We also discover that Jeff has no idea how t…
 
Shane (SW) Millar returns to the podcast to do a cast-building session with Jeff. After reading a chapter by Share, Jeff realized Shane wasn't connecting with one of his characters. Jeff and Shane break down the cast to try and discover who the character needs to be. They discuss how understanding your characters will make your plot come together w…
 
Sean Paul Murphy joins Jeff to talk about the difference between writing screenplays and writing novels. Bringing a perspective from traditional publishing and movie production, Sean talks about how he got screenplays produced, the difference between novels and screenplays, the importance of character, and how to create an emotional read. Sean Paul…
 
In this episode, Jeff sits down with author Maggie Menane to go through a piece she wrote. They talk about writing comedy, emotional transitions, creating different voices, making summaries into scenes, how to use inner monologue, and kicking off a sequel. To learn more about writing dialogue, head over to DialogueDoctor.com.…
 
Follow travel writer Shafik Meghji from the Andes to the Amazon on a journey across one of Latin America’s most spectacular countries – Bolivia. We’re going to travel from the stark white plains of the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, to the most biodiverse place in the entire amazon rainforest, we’re going to discover a lost cit…
 
This episode we are exploring one of our favourite family travel destinations: the Sunshine State of Florida, USA. Five local experts give us the lowdown on five Florida destinations, from exposes on lesser-known gems like Destin Fort Walton Beach (home to some of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the state) to in-depth guides to popular plac…
 
In this episode, Dialogue Doctor Coach Laura Humm sits down with author Susan Campbell to work through a piece Susan wrote. They discuss getting details into the dialogue. They look at how moving world-building details into dialogue makes the information more engaging. They talk about putting backstory into dialogue to increase connection with char…
 
In this episode, Jeff is joined by Three Story Method Editor Catherine Hernandez to talk about taking your reader on an emotional journey. They work to define the phrase "emotional tone," they talk about how the character's emotional journey connects to the reader's emotional journey, and they give tips and tricks for writing and editing a characte…
 
Follow best-selling travel author Brian Thacker on a unique, mad-cap adventure to three of the remotest countries on Earth. Inspired by the intrepid spirit of explorers of old, Brian decided to tear up the guidebook, switch off the phone and turn up to a country knowing absolutely nothing about it in advance. He picked three countries at random: th…
 
In this episode, Eric Heuser returns to look at another piece with Jeff. Eric also appeared in episodes 35, 65, and 82. Together they look at using dialogue in action scenes, transitioning from one setting to the next, and maintaining urgency throughout the piece. For more on dialogue, head over to https://dialoguedoctor.com/…
 
In this episode, Jeff and Laura tackle several questions together that all revolve around writing and understanding character voice. Topics in this episode include: 1) Jeff rambling about his upcoming novel - 3:00 minute mark 2) What is happening in the community this week? - 5:00 minute mark 3) If you were a cake, what kind of cake would you be an…
 
This episode we discover the best city breaks for families, summer getaways for all budgets and why jeep camping may just be the ultimate outdoor break for adventurous kids. Behind The Page Family Traveller magazine’s city break expert, Ellen Himelfarb, gives us all her recommendations for the best urban destinations for families and how to get the…
 
In this episode, Laura and Lisa looked at a scene from Lisa's current science fiction novel. Among other things, they discuss pacing a scene so the reader can experience the emotional flow, limiting the number of characters to allow the reader to focus on plot movements, and getting the reader to the most important aspects of the scene as possible.…
 
In this episode, SW Milar returns to the podcast. He and Jeff look at a piece together and talk about removing the burden from the reader, talking to inanimate objects, bringing back repeated conversations to show character growth, and placing prose between segments. For more on dialogue, check out https://dialoguedoctor.com/. To find more of SW Mi…
 
In this special bonus episode I share a new podcast I am producing and co-presenting. It's called Wanderlust: Off the Page, which is the audio addition to one of my favorite travel magazine on the planet. Wanderlust is all about intrepid destinations, authentic cultural experiences and taking the road less traveled ... which I know you guys love to…
 
In the first solo episode of 2022, Jeff answers questions posed by the Dialogue Doctor Community - the Dialoggers. The topics covered include: defining what dialogue is, using body language in dialogue, suggestions on using inner thoughts, what to do when your character is alone, and how to redeem unlikable characters. For more on dialogue, go to h…
 
In this episode, Jeff sits down with writer Angela Haas to look over a space opera scene Angela has written. They discuss lining your character's voice up with their personality, including inner thoughts as part of your character's voice, contrasting characters to increase the intensity of the scene, and when to modulate a character's voice. For mo…
 
Follow travel writer Aaron Millar and his family on a Wild West adventure through one of the Colorado Rockies' most beautiful mountain towns. Glenwood Springs is, perhaps, Colorado's best-kept secret. Located in a dramatic valley, in the heart of the Rockies, this mountain town is home to the largest hot springs pool in the world, an ancient Native…
 
In this episode, Jeff and Laura and joined by Dialoggers to discuss The Network Effect by Martha Wells. They talk about writing amazing character voices in science fiction, putting in backstory and info-dumping, using unique point-of-views, writing in a way that sucks the reader into a character voice, and using punctuation tools to make a narrativ…
 
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