Sinopsis

Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

Episodios

  • 15.38: Depicting Religions That Are Not Your Own

    15.38: Depicting Religions That Are Not Your Own

    20/09/2020 Duración: 16min

    Your Hosts: Piper, Dan, and Tempest, with special guest Nisi Shawl Whether you’re writing about a real-world religion, or one you’ve created for your setting, there are numerous factors to be aware of. In this episode we discuss a few good and bad examples of depictions of religions, and the ways in which these examples … Continue reading 15.38: Depicting Religions That Are Not Your Own →

  • 15.37: Writing Under Deadlines

    15.37: Writing Under Deadlines

    13/09/2020 Duración: 19min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Victoria, Dan, and Howard What’s it like to write under a deadline which has been set for your project by someone else? What strategies might help you bring the writing in under the deadline?  Can you train yourself to be ready for this? Those are all good questions. Hopefully we won’t run … Continue reading 15.37: Writing Under Deadlines →

  • 15.36: Collaboration, with Shannon and Dean Hale

    15.36: Collaboration, with Shannon and Dean Hale

    06/09/2020 Duración: 15min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, and Dan, with special guests Shannon and Dean Hale We’ve had several discussions about collaboration, and we’ve learned that the answer to “how do you collaborate with other authors” is different with each collaboration team we talk to. Shannon and Dean Hale have written fifteen books together, and in this … Continue reading 15.36: Collaboration, with Shannon and Dean Hale →

  • 15.35: Tools for Writing and Worldbuilding, with Erin Roberts

    15.35: Tools for Writing and Worldbuilding, with Erin Roberts

    30/08/2020 Duración: 21min

    Your Hosts: Dan, Mary Robinette, Lari, and special guest Erin Roberts We’ve received a number of questions about the ‘tools of the trade’ for organizing our work, especially with regard to worldbuilding. In this episode we talk about what we use, including some old-school analog tools like sticky notes and ballpoint pens. Credits: this episode … Continue reading 15.35: Tools for Writing and Worldbuilding, with Erin Roberts →

  • 15.34: Writing Deliberate Discomfort

    15.34: Writing Deliberate Discomfort

    23/08/2020 Duración: 15min

    Your Hosts: Dan, Mary Robinette, Lari, and Erin How do you proceed when the story you want to write includes elements that make you personally uncomfortable?  In this episode we step out of our own comfort zones to examine this challenge, and to offer some strategies to you. Credits: This episode was recorded remotely, and … Continue reading 15.34: Writing Deliberate Discomfort →

  • 15.33: The Long, Dark Second Act of the Soul

    15.33: The Long, Dark Second Act of the Soul

    16/08/2020 Duración: 18min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Victoria, Dan, and Howard Many Writing Excuses listeners have asked us how we muscle through writing second acts, those big, chonky “middles” of our stories. In this episode we attempt to provide answers. Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson. The title of this episode is … Continue reading 15.33: The Long, Dark Second Act of the Soul →

  • 15.32: Short Story Markets

    15.32: Short Story Markets

    09/08/2020 Duración: 16min

    Your Hosts: Dan, Mary Robinette, and Lari, with special guest Erin Roberts Erin Roberts joins us for a discussion of short story markets—a topic which is very susceptible to “churn” because of the way short story markets come and go. We cover how to research and evaluate the various markets based on what you need from … Continue reading 15.32: Short Story Markets →

  • 15.31: The Agent in the Room

    15.31: The Agent in the Room

    02/08/2020 Duración: 19min

    Your Hosts: Dan, Dongwon, Piper, and Howard You had questions for agents, Dongwon has answers! How do you go about becoming an agent? How do an agent and author work together? At what point do agent and author talk about the “sticky stuff?” Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson

  • 15.30: Write What You Want To Know, with Laurell K. Hamilton

    15.30: Write What You Want To Know, with Laurell K. Hamilton

    26/07/2020 Duración: 18min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, and Howard, with special guest Laurell K. Hamilton We’ve all heard the “write what you know” rule. Laurell K. Hamilton joined us to talk about how she got started by writing what she wanted to know. In this episode we discuss our various paths to learning the things that fascinate us, and … Continue reading 15.30: Write What You Want To Know, with Laurell K. Hamilton →

  • 15.29: Barbie Pre-Writing, with Janci Patterson and Megan Walker

    15.29: Barbie Pre-Writing, with Janci Patterson and Megan Walker

    19/07/2020 Duración: 16min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, and Howard, with special guests Janci Patterson and Megan Walker Janci Patterson and Megan Walker joined us to talk about their pre-writing process, which involves role-playing in a room full of dioramas with Barbie dolls. As pre-writing processes go, this one was completely new to us, and we very quickly decided … Continue reading 15.29: Barbie Pre-Writing, with Janci Patterson and Megan Walker →

  • 15.28: Small Evils

    15.28: Small Evils

    12/07/2020 Duración: 16min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Victoria, Dan, and Howard Small evils? Yes, please! This episode isn’t about writing the big villainy of world domination, but about focusing on the more relatable villainy of small evils—the little crimes, the minor antagonisms—which can be the key to connecting the reader to the book. Liner Notes: The deadly nightshade incident Howard … Continue reading 15.28: Small Evils →

  • 15.27: Alternate History, with Eric Flint

    15.27: Alternate History, with Eric Flint

    05/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, and Howard, with special guest Eric Flint Eric Flint joined us at SpikeCon (host of the 2019 NASFIC) to talk about creating  alternate histories. His Ring of Fire book series is enormous in scope, and has many, many more people working on it than just Eric Flint. We get a bit … Continue reading 15.27: Alternate History, with Eric Flint →

  • 15.26: Taking the Chance, with David Weber

    15.26: Taking the Chance, with David Weber

    28/06/2020 Duración: 25min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Howard, and Dan with special guest David Weber David Weber joined us at NASFIC to talk about the importance of risking failure on any path (especially a writer’s path) to success–whether you’re risking rejection in the submission process, or the possibility that the book you write won’t be the amazing thing you’ve … Continue reading 15.26: Taking the Chance, with David Weber →

  • 15.25: Using the MICE Quotient for Conflict

    15.25: Using the MICE Quotient for Conflict

    21/06/2020 Duración: 20min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Howard The MICE quotient is a tool for categorizing story elements—Milieu, Idea, Character, and Event—and we’ve talked about it quite a bit in the past. When a listener asked how we might use the MICE quotient to create, inform, manage, and otherwise help us “do” conflict in our stories, … Continue reading 15.25: Using the MICE Quotient for Conflict →

  • 15.24: Keeping it Fresh, with Jim Butcher

    15.24: Keeping it Fresh, with Jim Butcher

    14/06/2020 Duración: 17min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Howard, and Dan, with special guest Jim Butcher Jim Butcher joined us at NASFIC for a discussion about how we can keep long-running serials engaging after numerous books. Credits: this episode was recorded before a live audience by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson

  • 15.23: Serialization

    15.23: Serialization

    07/06/2020 Duración: 17min

    Your Hosts: Mary Robinette, Lari, and Dan, with special guest Jenn Court Let’s talk about serials. Jenn Court, whose work includes lots of  writing for TV (IMDB link), joins us for the discussion. What are the elements that get us, as readers or viewers, to come back for episode after episode, and how do we, … Continue reading 15.23: Serialization →

  • 15.22 Writing For Children, with Shannon and Dean Hale

    15.22 Writing For Children, with Shannon and Dean Hale

    31/05/2020 Duración: 23min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, and Dan, with Shannon and Dean Hale Shannon and Dean Hale join us again, this time to discuss how to effectively and convincingly write for¹ children. Children have their own unique sets of expectations for the books they read (as do their parents), and in this episode we talk about … Continue reading 15.22 Writing For Children, with Shannon and Dean Hale →

  • 15.21: Writing About Children, with Shannon and Dean Hale

    15.21: Writing About Children, with Shannon and Dean Hale

    24/05/2020 Duración: 18min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, and Dan, with Shannon and Dean Hale Shannon and Dean Hale join us to discuss how to effectively and convincingly write about¹ children. We cover dialog tools, point-of-view elements, stakes, and character ‘quirks’ that can help signal to the reader that a character is a child. Credits: This episode was recorded … Continue reading 15.21: Writing About Children, with Shannon and Dean Hale →

  • 15.20: Mental Wellness and Writing

    15.20: Mental Wellness and Writing

    17/05/2020 Duración: 23min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Victoria, Dan, and Howard In this episode we’ll be talking about the things we do to stay creative, productive, healthy, and happy. For the purposes of this discussion, “mental wellness” is not about coping with mental illness, it’s about self-care. Liner Notes: Here’s the gridded lifestyle tracker for the homework, lifted directly from … Continue reading 15.20: Mental Wellness and Writing →

  • 15.19: As You Know, This Episode Is About Exposition

    15.19: As You Know, This Episode Is About Exposition

    10/05/2020 Duración: 17min

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Victoria, Dan, and Howard “As you know, Bob…” is the trope-tastic line we use to refer to expository dialog which has no function beyond exposition. We get lots of listener questions about how to use dialog for exposition without making it feel like we’re using dialog for exposition. And as Bob already … Continue reading 15.19: As You Know, This Episode Is About Exposition →

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