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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

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 84 Ratings

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

    18.05: An Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal

    18.05: An Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal

    Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler



    In this episode Howard Tayler conducts our interview with Mary Robinette Kowal, leading with a wide-open question: "Where did you even?" Mary Robinette talks to us about how she came to the world of writing, and some of the amazing things she picked up along the way.



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

    • 21 min
    18.04: An Interview With Dan Wells

    18.04: An Interview With Dan Wells

    Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler



    In this episode Erin Roberts very enthusiastically launches our interview with "OG" Dan Wells with a delightfully difficult question, paraphrased thusly: "is there advice you gave back in the early days that you still stand by today?"



    There are lots of other questions, including one about bacon!



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

    • 21 min
    18.03: An Interview With Erin Roberts

    18.03: An Interview With Erin Roberts

    Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler



    As we announced in the first episode of the year (and in this press release),  DongWon Song and Erin Roberts are joining us as permanent cast members. Today we're conducting an interview with Erin Roberts. She is newer to career writing than any of the rest of us, but her contributions to Writing Excuses have already been invaluable.  In this episode we'll learn a bit more about why, and about what Erin will bring to the program going forward.



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

    • 17 min
    18.02: An Interview with DongWon Song

    18.02: An Interview with DongWon Song

    Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler



    As we announced in last week's episode (and in this press release),  DongWon Song and Erin Roberts are joining us as permanent cast members. In this episode we conduct an interview with DongWon Song, plumbing a few depths, and learning a bit more about what they can teach all of us.



    Liner Notes: DongWon Song's newsletter, Publishing is Hard, can be found at publishingishard.com. It's free, but paid subscriptions are available.



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

    • 23 min
    18.01: Twenty Twenty-Three, By Way of Introduction

    18.01: Twenty Twenty-Three, By Way of Introduction

    Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler



    We begin 2023 with some big changes, and in this episode we'll discuss those, starting with some changes to the core cast. DongWon Song and Erin Roberts are joining us as permanent cast members, and Brandon Sanderson is stepping aside with "emeritus" status.



    But the episode isn't just announcements. We each talk about where we are career-wise, what we're working on, and what we're excited to bring to the podcast this year.



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



     

    • 24 min
    17.52: The WXR 2022 Q&A

    17.52: The WXR 2022 Q&A

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



    This Q&A session was recorded before a live audience aboard ship at WXR 2022,



    Here are some paraphrasings of the questions our attendees asked:



    * How do you make your world feel big without infodumping?

    * How do you balance a sense of progress with an unreliable narrator?

    * How can I make two magic systems work in the same setting when one is underpowered, and the protagonist uses the weaker one?

    * Have you ever based characters on yourself, or on people you know?

    * What does the process of book adaptation look like

    * Do you have any good convention recommendations?

    * What are some methods for determining how much scientific detail you go into?

    * How do you interact with an audience in order to grow it?



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

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

generousgardener ,

Brilliant

This is my favourite writing podcast: there are so many episodes; they cover so many topics and ideas; they always have interesting guest writers; they all write different types of fiction so there is always variety and range in their discussions. This is the perfect podcast for every type of writer.

InkleDoodle ,

Not what it was…

Was a huge fan and avid listener of this once excellent and informative podcast. Absolute gold in the first 10-11 seasons but once Brandon’s involvement seems to wane it becomes less informative and a lot less useful as a teaching tool. Later seasons are more politically charged and sadly no longer as useful a tool for an aspiring writer. More recently I have found myself turning off mid episode and they are only 15 minutes long! Hopefully there will be a return to form because this was a fantastically useful and very well put together podcast previously.

Anne On E-mouse ,

Second binge listen-through

I’ve listened to all the episodes twice. Not only are they informative, but I find so much inspiration as the presenters talk. Their collective experience is awesome, and the guest panelists always add to the mix. One day I want to get on one of the cruises!!

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