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Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells discuss writing techniques in a fast-paced, 15-minute format.

Writing Excuses Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler

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    • 4.8, 55 Ratings

Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells discuss writing techniques in a fast-paced, 15-minute format.

    15.31: The Agent in the Room

    15.31: The Agent in the Room

    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

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

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

    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 which we want to be able to write about.

    Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson

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

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

    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 that we love it.

    Credits: this episode was recorded live at NASFIC by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson

     

    • 16 min
    15.28: Small Evils

    15.28: Small Evils

    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 described is something he mentioned on Twitter as well. If you need a concrete example of a small evil and/or an external cost, there it is!

    Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson

    • 16 min
    15.27: Alternate History, with Eric Flint

    15.27: Alternate History, with Eric Flint

    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 of a peek behind the scenes, and a lot of great information about writing alternate histories of our own.

    Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson

    • 22 min
    15.26: Taking the Chance, with David Weber

    15.26: Taking the Chance, with David Weber

    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 been imagining.

    If you’re currently feeling the need to be out of excuses, this episode might be exactly what you’re looking for.

    Credits: This episode was recorded live at NASFIC by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

dmax61 ,

Brilliant

Great show, great content, very informative.
The panel and guests are a pleasure to listen to.

Beatrlovr ,

Listen to this.

I owe much of what I know about writing to this podcast. I have a PhD in YA literature but I am new to actually writing fiction and needed help from people who take their audience seriously, take their material seriously, and know their craft to a level of expertise I can respect. I needed them to respect me, as a listener, and found what I was looking for in spades. Each episode also manages to fit in humour, fun and laughs! Guests are experts who are fascinating and engaging. The format is punchy and yet allows for depth of topic. If they run out of time, they make another episode! I have been introduced to other formats, genres and styles and each time my writer’s world widens. They tackle the hard parts of writing, current issues, and mental health with a gentle hand, yet never hold back.

Follow them all on Twitter too, because it’s fun 😁. Thanks, and please don’t stop recording!

DouglasWTSmith ,

Worth every minute

Writing Excuses is fascinatin and educational. The dynamics and opposing opinions between the different authors are captivating and at times humorous. Definitely worth downloading and listening too each week.

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