Credits: This episode was … Continue reading 11.25: Elemental Mystery is Everywhere →. So this is what you wanted to know! How do you balance between two mysteries in the same story? It’s not just for heists. Finding the right voices has not been easy, but it has been worth it. Check your bookshelf, and the first book that catches your eye is your genre. Practice your cliffhangers! The Shootout Solution (Genrenauts Episode 1), by Michael R. Underwood, Lynne M. Thomas joins us to continue our discussion of the Elemental Ensemble, which is one of our favorite elemental tools. Howard: Because you’re in a hurry, Dan: and we’re not that smart. “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay,” by Alyssa Wong, which is available to read here. Home. The Internal Editor. Brandon: I’m Brandon. Here’s the last episode of Writing Excuses Season 6! Writing Excuses The Transcripts. Take your notes from the rom-com homework two weeks ago, and build a different relationship onto those beats. Your homework, then: Write a monologue from the POV of a member of that magazine’s target audience. Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by … Continue reading 11.12: Idea as Subgenre, With Nancy Fulda →. Pull some of your favorite books down, examine the dialog itself, without tags, and determine what tricks the writer has used to differentiate the character voices. We find the elemental relationship in all kinds of stories that are not fundamentally about relationships. Give us an adventure while the exposition happens. Writing Excuses Talks to an Astronaut, with Special Guest Kjell Lindgren : Grow sideways! Homework: Research conventions and conferences in your area. A word count in motion tends to remain in motion. Take one of your favorite triumphant moments from a something you’ve read or watched, and rewrite it so that this triumph is the false victory that makes everything worse. This year we’re dividing the year into “master classes” or “intensive courses.” We’re kicking it off with Brandon’s episodes, which are all about the business of writing, and the first of those is this one! Take a book or film that you enjoy, and write down every mystery you see. LINER NOTES: Howard repeatedly invoked John August’s blog post about heroes, protagonists, and main … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 5: Heroes and Protagonists →. The questions are from the attendees at the Writing Excuses Workshop and Retreat: Rather than having a protagonist change themselves, can elemental drama have the protagonist change others? Steve Diamond joins us to kick off our month on the elemental genre of horror. Brandon, Howard and Dan talk about how to start a book and what’s important about the first line. Grab a romantic comedy of some kind. This is an index of my transcripts of the Writing Excuses podcasts. [Brandon] I've been in one of her anthologies. As Napoleon Bonaparte is rumored to have said prior … Continue reading 11.Bonus-03: Some Books Have Maps in the Front, with Maurice Broaddus, Mur Lafferty, and James Sutter →. Here they are! Schwab, joined us in Phoenix to talk about crossover fiction—in this context the term means books that target a given demographic but which have a much broader appeal, or books which straddle the line between age demographics. What makes each writer’s voice unique? As it happens, tracking Navah’s wish list as you write is … Continue reading 11.41: The Editor’s Wish List, with Navah Wolfe →. We talk about “surprising yet inevitable,” the fine art of making … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 19: Plot Twists →, Writer Eric James Stone joins the Writing Excuses crew for our third Conduit installment. Why is it scary? And why does Howard-with-a-chest-cold start to sound like Barry White? Why does this work? How do you use each appropriately in your writing? Write a character sketch of them. Three days late for the beginning of NaNoWriMo 2016, here’s a bonus episode about maps. Take the “yes, but; no, and” approach on one of your try-fail cycles. Wonder as Subgenre. The Shootout Solution: Genrenauts Episode 1, by Michael R. Underwood, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal, You may still have questions about how to apply elemental adventure in your work. In this this episode we talk about why to write humor, how to write humor, how to recognize humor in others, how to steal from learn from what they do, and, in the end, what makes things funny in the … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 21: Humor →, As a writer it’s sometimes difficult to decide between doing things the readers want, and things that are right for the story. Listen closely and … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 24: Research →, We are pleased to present the second half of “Viewpoint and Tense,”  which, as we all know, is Tense. Season 7. Complete Season 3 of Writing Excuses.I take no credit for this work. Season 5. How do you manage your time? We begin with the difference … Continue reading 11.44: Project in Depth, GHOST TALKERS, by Mary Robinette Kowal →, (and because we’ve mentioned that one recently…), Your Psychic Powers, and How to Develop Them (1920), by Hereward Carrington. Cast your book! Pick a dialogue scene and try to take each piece of dialogue up a half of a notch, evoking a little more character. The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, edited by Navah Wolfe (available October 18th, 2016. Frasier (/ ˈ f r eɪ ʒ ər /) is an American television sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for 11 seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. You are going to descend into madness, your writing will become gibberish or something horrible will happen, and then Brandon will scream. Solar Express, by L.E. The landscape continues to change, and Collings is fully engaged in it. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley, narrated by Thomas Judd, This is a Q&A about ideas that does NOT include the question “Where do you get your ideas?”. Adherence to a fifteen minute limit is not absolute, and Writing Excuses frequently runs to about 20 minutes. Only you can let go of all e… Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there will be "no excuses" if his team lose their fourth semi-final in 12 months. Stacy also … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 12: Submitting to Editors Part 1 →, In part two of our chat with editor Stacy Whitman, we discuss more about how to interact with editors: how to approach them at cons, how to inquire about work you’ve already submitted, and how to butter them up by asking about their current projects. Beware! The intimate interaction between characters is part of how we define the characters, how we understand who they are as they go on to do the stuff that the story is about. The first line of any story is the most important. Take some of the humor types, and rewrite a scene several times. We’ve already talked about the process of submitting to an editor; today we talk about the millions of vital things that happen after an editor says “I want to buy your book.” Not only that, but we get to hear it all straight from the mouth of … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 29: Talking Publishing with Lou Anders →, Last week we talked to an editor, this week we talk to OUR editor: Brandon’s and Dan’s editor at Tor, Moshe Feder. Patriot Games, by Tom Clancy, narrated by Scott Brick, Alyssa Wong, Campbell Award nominee and Nebula Award winner, joins us to talk about impostor syndrome. Before I posted this I had attached an image of a chimp wearing a tux. We talk about our various approaches to this, many … ... A subreddit to discuss and share everything relating to the Writing Excuses podcast. Here’s a hint: as with pretty much everything … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 26: Horror →. Focusing on elemental drama can be tricky. Some of these questions are answered in this episode while others are better left unexplained. Modesitt, Jr, narrated by Robert Fass, Let’s be adventurous. Find an element that perhaps you’ve taken for granted, and turn it into something fascinating. The Elemental Issue is similar to the Elemental Idea, but the type of idea being explored is a point of social conflict, like racism, teen pregnancy, or corporate greed. Create a story that focuses on the behind-the-scenes folks. How do I give … Continue reading 11.52: Elemental Ensemble Q&A, With Claudia Gray →, A Million Worlds With You, by Claudia Gray, narrated by Tavia Gilbert, Writing Excuses 11.1: Introduction to Elemental Genre, 11.11: Self Publishing in 2016, with Michaelbrent Collings, 11.12: Idea as Subgenre, With Nancy Fulda. To cap it off, we ask Stacy about her current … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 13: Submitting to Editors Part 2 →, Does magic need rules? … Continue reading 11.17: Elemental Adventure Q&A →. … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 10: Pacing →, So… you’re ready for the big-time. What’s the difference between a conference and a convention? Last modified: 9/16/11. We talk economics, logistics, sensory engagement, and we goof off quite a bit in the process. Mary: I’m Mary. How do you make … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 20: More Q&A from Conduit →, Enough of this highbrow literary crap–make with the funny! Announcing (…drum roll…) the 2016 Scholarship Winners! The word “genre” has a lot of weight to it. You can find all the other info, including our incredible guest list, here. It adds interest, emotion, and lots of plot possibilities to everything from sense of wonder to the hard-hitting issue. Writing Excuses Season 10, the podcasted master-class, continues with this exploration of that critical second step: what do do once you’ve got an idea that has story-legs. Season 2. Our unconscious biases are not just the things that we consider to be “just the way things are,” or “common sense.” They’re the things we don’t even see, much … Continue reading 11.22: Examining Unconscious Biases, with Shannon Hale →. The word “drama” gets thrown around a lot. How do you recover when a relationship starts to feel forced? We begin in Houston, TX, on September 22; we’ll visit Roatan, Belize City, and Cozumel; and then we’ll end up back in Houston again on September 30. Brandon: This is Writing Excuses! Bring a side character from the future, bring them back to the past and write a story about them. Writing is its own reward. Develop a religion where people worship something that no one would ever worship in our world. It is an educational podcast that helps novelists/writers. We start by covering some “don’ts”  – including the essay, the police-artist sketch, and the thesis statement. Someone has to make a pitch when they are very, very drunk. Arguments about whether a particular work is, or is not, part of a given genre are long, and tedious. What are the … Continue reading 11.43: Elemental Drama Q&A, with Tananarive Due →. How do you manage your time? In preparation for next month, and Elemental Issue, define both sides of an issue about which you’re passionate. Find a cool idea, and then brainstorm twenty stories you could tell, using that idea as the core element. Here are the questions we selected from your submissions: If I want to make peanut butter terrifying without being silly, how do I do that? What do you do when beta readers figure out the mystery really early? Season One Index Season Two Index Season Three Index Season Four Index Season Five Index. There are a plethora of reasons writers give for letting excuses take over their work. When we say “stakes,” we’re referring to the things that keep our characters involved in the conflict, rather than just walking away and doing something else. Liner Notes: We mentioned some resources for … Continue reading 11.19: Fashion for Writers, with Rebecca McKinney →. How do I move beyond the “Dad jokes” and into properly funny writing? It was a super experience. and with that out of the way… What is the driving force that gets readers to turn pages in a book that is primarily a work of humor? Also, you probably won’t get as much out of it. Credits: This episode was recorded by … Continue reading 11.Bonus-01: Characterization and Differentiation, with Robin Hobb →. In this episode we expand upon the … Continue reading 11.06: The Element of Wonder →. Podcast: Writing Excuses Tagline: “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” Format: Generally, four published writers discuss a topic about the writing craft or industry in fifteen minutes, more or less. Mrs Roosevelt’s Confidante, by Susan Elijah McNeil, narrated by Susan Duerden, We talk a lot about “raising the stakes” in our writing. How might their story play out independently from the story told by the players? Credits: This episode was recorded aboard Oasis of the Seas by Bert … Continue reading 11.47: Issue as a Subgenre, with Steven Barnes →. Liner Notes Elantris Mad Prince Deleted Scenes Dan’s … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 33: Side Characters →. Season 3. [Whoo!] Thrillers are, by their very nature, page-turners. Season 11: Elemental Genres. We might have been hungry at the time. This list of notes is your “beat chart,” and it’s going to teach you neat things about your story. We discuss how the sense of dread can be a page-turning motivation, and how it can complement the other “keep on reading” motivations we set out to invoke. Become a patron of Writing Excuses today: Get access to exclusive content and experiences on the world’s largest membership platform for artists and creators. Look at some of the elemental genres we’ve already discussed. Take an ensemble cast, and write each member’s position on a given issue. Describe it using those cool point-of-view tools that evoke wonder in the reader. Here are some notes I took after listening to Writing Excuses. Applications Are Open for the 2018 Writing Excuses Retreat Scholarship. I knew to finish on time I’d need to wring every ounce of writing … Or at least, … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 15: Costs and Ramifications of Magic →, Howard kicks this off with his own sure-fire cure for Writers’ Block, “BIC HOK:” Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard. How do you make your novel better? Everfair, by Nisi Shawl, narrated by Allyson Johnson, Steven Barnes joins us to tackle Elemental Issue, round two, in which we look at how to address it as a sub-element. Revolutionary Writing, a course from Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, DongWon Song, literary agent with HMLA, joins us for a Q&A on the elemental genre of “Issue.” Here are the questions, which were submitted by the attendees at WXR ’16: Can only certain people tackle certain issues in certain stories? Writing Excuses Retreat 2019 Scholarships! And I Darken, by Kiersten White, narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Greg van Eekhout joined us at Phoenix Comic Con for a live-audience Q&A session about Elemental Relationship writing. Season 13: Character. Mary: 15 minutes long. Whether or not your magic system has internally-consistent rules your readers can follow (per Sanderson’s First Law and last week’s ‘cast) you need to consider the ramifications of using magic in the worlds you create. This week’s episode is a Project in Depth discussion focusing on Ghost Talkers, by Mary Robinette Kowal. Season 5. What’s the difference between Sauron and Gollum? It comes from Season 1, Episode 12 and Season 1, Episode 13. What do they fear? Writer and editor extraordinaire. Take something you’ve written, and gender-swap it. Season 15: Topics You Asked About! Season 15: Topics You Asked About! Season 14: Worldbuilding! Members. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about how an author and editor work together to help make a book the best it can possibly be. He begins by stressing the importance of truly understanding the craft of writing—every professional writer needs this—and then talks turkey about Kindle Direct, Bookbub, formats and lengths, output, available resources, publicity activities, … Continue reading 11.11: Self Publishing in 2016, with Michaelbrent Collings →. Take a fun, sci-fictional technological idea, and ask yourself who stands the most to gain, and the most to lose if it comes to pass. Sitemap. Season Eleven will not be engaging in those arguments. Google Sites. Take the first line from any book, and turn it into a scary line. How do you know when your setting of high school kids solve supernatural mysteries becomes cliché? Make note of where and why, and consider what the story would have been like without that element present. Brandon, Dan, and Howard are joined by Phil and Kaja Foglio, and we discuss writing for webcomics… no, wait… writing for “sequential picture-assisted storytelling.” Phil and Kaja are the creators of Girl Genius, the web’s … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 28: Writing for Webcomics with Phil and Kaja Foglio →, So what exactly does an editor, do, anyway? Welcome to 2021, and Season 16 of Writing Excuses. This is the frame of mind that many successful writers suffer from, in which they worry that they’re not really good enough at writing to be enjoying their success. Write about a non-player, non-heroic character (say, the NPC who cleans the alley behind the tavern) in your setting. →, Steve Diamond joins us for our third and final Elemental Horror episode as we field your questions about this particular building block. Pick your favorite idea from the brainstorming exercise, and then work your way forward, plotting out the consequences, and work your way backward, plotting the reasons. Force Multiplication: Schlock Mercenary Book 12, by Howard Tayler, Travis Walton, Sandra Tayler, and Natalie Barahona, with an introduction by Mary Robinette Kowal, For our third Elemental Humor episode Victoria Schwab joins us as we field questions taken from our audience at Phoenix Comic-Con. 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