Watch it, and take notes of the things that define their relationship, and how it progresses. 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. There are a plethora of reasons writers give for letting excuses take over their work. Modesitt, Jr. joined us at LTUE for a world building discussion centered around the way the environment informs the story. 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. This week we talk about why side characters are important, and how to do them well. Make note of where and why, and consider what the story would have been like without that element present. Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by … Continue reading 11.12: Idea as Subgenre, With Nancy Fulda →. Credits: This episode was … Continue reading 11.25: Elemental Mystery is Everywhere →. Modesitt, Jr, narrated by Robert Fass, Let’s be adventurous. The word “genre” has a lot of weight to it. Some of these questions are answered in this episode while others are better left unexplained. This time around he’s talking about placing your product in the hand of your customer, the reader. LINER NOTES: Howard repeatedly invoked John August’s blog post about heroes, protagonists, and main … Continue reading Writing Excuses Episode 5: Heroes and Protagonists →. Take one big idea from each of two of your favorite books, and mash them up for something new. What is your personal line between horror and “gore-nography?” … Continue reading 11.21: Q&A on Elemental Horror, with Steve Diamond →. Season Six Index Season Seven Index Season Eight Index Season Nine Index Season Ten Index. Season 14: Worldbuilding! People get drawn in to a book because of the first line. Part 1 was Viewpoint. It adds interest, emotion, and lots of plot possibilities to everything from sense of wonder to the hard-hitting issue. Complete Season 3 of Writing Excuses.I take no credit for this work. 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. Strip away the “bookshelf” genre, and try to identify for yourself the core elements that make those stories work. 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. Sanderson variation: Every word you write is worthwhile. Writing Excuses Retreat 2019 Scholarships! Sign Up, it unlocks many cool features! Credits: This episode was recorded aboard Oasis of the Seas … Continue reading 11.51: Ensemble as a Sub-Genre, with Lynne M. Thomas →. Man City won last season's semi-final 3-2 on aggregate. ... 4-11 - Brainstorming From Headlines Whether you write from a solid outline or discover your plot as you go, we’ve got tricks and tools for you. And how lovable can a group of mercenaries be? Think back to your own childhood, and write up one of your young fears into a story. Take something you’ve written, and gender-swap it. Ghost Talkers, by Mary Robinette Kowal, and also narrated by Mary, Humor is present as an element, at least to some degree, in a substantial amount of the media we consume. It is an educational podcast that helps novelists/writers. : Lightspeed Magazine Special Issue, edited by Christie Yant, Mystery may well be the most common element in use, at least in some form or another, across the many bookshelf genres comprising “fiction.” We discuss the driving force of elemental mystery, how to evoke those feelings in the reader, and the importance of being able to write mystery effectively. What types of mysteries can fit well as sub-plots? 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! Season 8. Now, how do you balance your life so that you can make the jump to writing full-time? Season 5. Take your notes from the rom-com homework two weeks ago, and build a different relationship onto those beats. Howard: I’m Howard. We tackle questions from the audience again (except for when Brandon throws a question AT the audience, which still had Mike Stackpole in it.) ... A subreddit to discuss and share everything relating to the Writing Excuses podcast. The word “genre” has a lot of weight to it. Write a character sketch of them. Bluescreen, by Dan Wells, narrated by Roxanne Hernandez, Steve Diamond joins us again to talk horror, this time about using elemental horror as part of our stories’ elemental ensemble. [[quoteright:350:]] 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 →. Are flaws necessary for villains? Page updated. How do you balance between two mysteries in the same story? What makes a good hero? If you’re new to Writing Excuses, or if you’re just curious about some of the terminology we use, let us break it down for you. What do you do when beta readers figure out the mystery really early? Season 13: Character. Brainstorm some story ideas, looking at  what happens to them when you mix those genres up with the ensemble element.