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

    16.02: Publishers Are Not Your Friends

    16.02: Publishers Are Not Your Friends

    Your Hosts: Dan, Mary Robinette, Howard, and Brandon

    It sounds like a mean thing to say, but it’s not a wrong thing to say. A publisher is a corporation, and a corporation doesn’t have friends. It has contractual relationships. We can make friends with people who work for publishers, but those are not the same thing.

    Liner Notes: here is an archived copy of Dave Brady’s essay about “company loyalty”

    Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, and mastered by Alex Jackson

     

    • 19 min
    16.01: Your Career is Your Business

    16.01: Your Career is Your Business

    Your Hosts: Dan, Mary Robinette, and Brandon

    Welcome to 2021, and Season 16 of Writing Excuses. 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!

    So… your career is your business. In this episode we’ll talk about how that mindset—this is a business—informs our other activities, and how valuable it can be to get our heads in the right place early on.

    Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, and mastered by Alex Jackson

    • 21 min
    15.52: Economy of Phrase, Being the Concentrated Concatenation of Complex Thoughts in Just a Very Few Words Which Must Fit In A Very Very Small Box, With Patrick Rothfuss

    15.52: Economy of Phrase, Being the Concentrated Concatenation of Complex Thoughts in Just a Very Few Words Which Must Fit In A Very Very Small Box, With Patrick Rothfuss

    Your Hosts: Howard, Mary Robinette, and Dan, with special guest Patrick Rothfuss

    Did we have too much fun applying ironic humor to the title of this episode? Possibly! Patrick Rothfuss joins us to talk about economy of phrase, and the ways in which big ideas can be expressed with a few of the exactly-right words.

    Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson

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    15.51: Feedback—When to Listen, and When to Ignore, with special guest Mahtab Narsimhan

    15.51: Feedback—When to Listen, and When to Ignore, with special guest Mahtab Narsimhan

    Your Hosts: Dan, Howard, Mahtab, and Brandon

    We’re often taught that the best critique group feedback is reactions to the writing, rather than  advice for fixing it. But prescriptive feedback—critiques that include suggestions for you how to might rewrite something—is an important part of the process.

    In this episode we discuss how we curate our critique groups and filter their feedback to improve our writing, and our experiences with these groups.

    Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, and mastered by Alex Jackson

    • 21 min
    15.50: Juggling Ensembles

    15.50: Juggling Ensembles

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Victoria, Dan, and Howard

    Our listeners have asked about how we handle managing a large cast of characters. This is something we’ve all struggled with, and sometimes we’ve failed at it pretty spectacularly. In this episode we talk about how we turned our failures into learning, and what we do today to keep our ensembles in line and our stories on track.

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

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    15.49: Maintaining Passion for a Story, with special guest Mahtab Narsimhan

    15.49: Maintaining Passion for a Story, with special guest Mahtab Narsimhan

    Your Hosts: Dan, Howard, Mahtab, and Brandon

    This episode comes from a question we’re often asked: “how do you stay excited about a story you’re working on?” We talk about how we maintain our passion for the stories we’re working on, and how that’s not the same as being super excited to write every time we sit down at the keyboard

    Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, and mastered by Alex Jackson

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

NR.ZR ,

Love. Love. Love

Just amazing tips for writing and so much useful information about the process. One of the only writing podcasts that’s not marketing or interviews

Gsauve ,

A must-listen for all serious authors.

Most of the other writing podcasts I listen to are either marketing or interview podcasts. This is the only podcast I listen to that discusses craft. I also love the fact that the episodes are short enough that I can listen to them in 15-20 mins.

Arcquizitorh ,

We’re not that smart either.

It’s wonderful to listen to these writers give their 15 cents on writing because we don’t often get a spotlight on the backstage.
It helps me with my own writing too.

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