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What does it take to succeed as a writer? Hosts J.D. Barker, J. Thorn, and Zach Bohannon pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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David Koepp knows the importance of correctly approaching a new story or project. By consistently outlining his thoughts, writing in a workspace that suits his style, and setting specific targets and goals, he keeps his writing process both efficient and personal. Koepp is a legendary screenwriter who has worked on movies like Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones and is the ninth most successful screenwriter of all time. To purchase his latest novel, Aurora, follow the link below.

From Amazon.com:

 David Koepp is a celebrated American screenwriter who’s written more than two dozen feature films. He’s written with success in a wide variety of genres, including the first two “Jurassic Park” films, “Death Becomes Her,” “Carlito’s Way,” “The Paper,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Spider-Man,” “Panic Room,” “War of the Worlds,” “Angels and Demons,” and “Inferno.” Some of the films he’s both written and directed are “Stir of Echoes,” “Secret Window,” “Ghost Town,” and “Premium Rush.” “Cold Storage” is his first novel. Koepp grew up in the small town of Pewaukee, Wisconsin. He went to a variety of colleges over a leisurely-paced academic career, and recounts his junior year as being “three of the happiest years of my life.” He cites the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the film school at UCLA as particular highlights.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How David became a screenwriter
  • How he transitioned to writing novels
  • How to avoid internet distractions
  • How to write with a narrow setting
  • How to adapt across mediums


J. D. Barker – http://jdbarker.com/

J. Thorn – https://theauthorlife.com/

Zach Bohannon – https://zachbohannon.com/

David Koepp (Instagram) – https://www.instagram.com/dgkoepp/

David Koepp – https://davidkoepp.com/


Three Story Method: Writing Scenes – https://books2read.com/threestorymethodws

Best of BookTook – https://bestofbooktok.com/

The Carbon Almanac – https://books2read.com/carbonalmanac

Story Rubric – http://storyrubric.com 

Nonfic Rubric – http://nonficrubric.com 

Scene Rubric – http://scenerubric.com

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Voice Over by Rick Ganley – http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio – http://www.millpondstudio.com

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  1. Christopher Wills

    6 months ago  

    Interesting interview today. I love his story about the evils of the internet; it’s super to see someone so successful at scribbling sometimes succumbs to squandering spells on something so senseless as cyberspace.
    My takeaway from this is good writing is good writing, doesn’t matter what format. So David appears able to write great screenplays and great novels. I’ve watched and love some of his films
    Wow. So Postapoc may be about to rise up in popularity. I think I might put in 20 minutes a day to finishing my own postapoc novel – it’s a standalone I started after AOT 2018. It’s been resting in my TBD pile but I’m a better writer now. If I can finish it in time, I may be able to catch the next big wave.
    Great interview.

    1. J. Thorn

      6 months ago  

      You can never be too soon for the end of the world 🙂 Thanks for listening!

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