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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.

    15.48: Deliberate Discomfort, Part Two

    15.48: Deliberate Discomfort, Part Two

    Your Hosts: Dan, Mahtab, Howard, and Brandon

    We’ve talked about deliberately making our readers uncomfortable. In this episode we discuss writing things that make us uncomfortable. Maybe it’s writing strong language, or sex scenes. Perhaps it’s a personal narrative that is painful to relive. Whatever it might be, as writers we need to prepare ourselves to embrace that pain, soak up that discomfort, and put the words on the page.

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

    Liner Notes:

    “No, I’m Fine.” by Howard Tayler

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    • 22 min
    15.47: Worldbuilding Science Fiction, with Cory Doctorow

    15.47: Worldbuilding Science Fiction, with Cory Doctorow

    Your Hosts: Mary Robinette, Piper, and Howard, with Cory Doctorow

    Worldbuilding is something you do to some degree in everything you write. Cory Doctorow  writes (among many other things) near-future SF, and he joins us for a discussion of extrapolative worldbuilding.

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

    • 21 min
    15.46: Crafting Chinese-American Characters

    15.46: Crafting Chinese-American Characters

    Your Hosts: Dan, Piper, and Tempest, with special guest Yang Yang Wang

    Yang Yang Wang, an author, actor, and director (among many other things) joins us for a discussion of language, food, and a whole raft of other cultural elements critical to crafting Chinese-American characters.

    Credits: this episode was recorded by Ross Smith and mastered by Alex Jackson

    • 17 min
    15.45: Worldbuilding Fantasy, with Patrick Rothfuss

    15.45: Worldbuilding Fantasy, with Patrick Rothfuss

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

    Pat joins us for a discussion of worldbuilding, in which we field a couple of challenging questions from readers. Here are the questions!



    * How do you create timeless urban fantasy?

    * How do you create a compelling secondary world fantasy without leaning on a complex magic system?



    We ran a bit long with this one, but we have no regrets. Because compelling. And maybe timeless.

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

     

    • 31 min
    15.44: Rebooting a Career

    15.44: Rebooting a Career

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

    What do you do when some of the key foundations of your authorial (or otherwise creative) livelihood are kicked away? How do you go about repairing, rebuilding, or rebooting your career?

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

     

    • 23 min
    15.43: Audiobook Narration, with Bruce D Richardson

    15.43: Audiobook Narration, with Bruce D Richardson

    Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, Mary Robinette, and Howard, with special guest Bruce D Richardson

    Bruce D Richardson, who is often credited as BDR, or BD Richardson, is a voice-over actor and audiobook narrator. He joins us for a discussion of reading out loud for an audience, including some mic techniques and best practices for recording.

    Liner Notes:

    https://www.accenthelp.com/

    “I never said she stole my money.”

    • 19 min

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