20 Minutes with J. Daniel Sawyer


J. Daniel Sawyer

Brion and I are delighted to have Dan Sawyer as our premiere guest on this Literary Alchemist Showcase.  The 20 minutes went by far too quickly, but we covered some serious ground… enjoy! (And don’t miss Dan’s Workshop Episode)

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with J. Daniel Sawyer

[warning: contains mature language]


Listen to this episode on iTunes

Episode Breakdown…

01:50 Character Development and Dialog

02:54 Stealing from people I know

03:37 Pushing the Bizarre

04:31 Finding the baseline character

06:00 Flipping the archetype

08:39 Is this character working?

09:37 Falling in love with your characters

10:06 Getting past the cartoon

11:57 How do you steal from other people?

14:48 Planning or plunging?

15:47 Beta readers

17:37 No beta suggestions, please

19:16 Not a fan of writers’ groups

20:41 Are you a genre writer?

23:22 Off on Literary Fiction

24:51 Do you write for an audience or do you write for yourself?

27:21 Outro


About Author

Dave Robison has indulged in creative pursuits his entire life. His CV includes writing Curious George fan-fiction at the age of eight, improv theater at age ten, playing trumpet at age twelve, as well as a theater degree, creating magazine cover art, writing audio scripts, designing websites, creating board games, hosting mythological roundtables and generally savoring the sweet drought of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.


  1. Great chatting with you guys last night. Are you aware that your link to listen to itunes sends people to a blog post instead?

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      GLEEP! That’s so weird… thanks for the catch, Tim. Fixed!

      Brion and I had a blast during the interview. Thank you so much for having us on. We’ll totally blog and tweet it when it goes up (March 14th, right?)

  2. It was fascinating to crawl around inside the mind of an author for a while. Looking forward to more of the same!