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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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    • 4.7, 685 Ratings

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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
685 Ratings

685 Ratings

Rogan A. Gray ,

Simply the Best

I’ve been listening for years. I feel like all the changes have brought the casters and the cast into its own.

The complaints in the reviews compelled me to write one. If you’re worried this podcast isn’t for you, don’t go by the reviews. Listen to it yourself and form an opinion. It’s only 15 minutes an episode. I promise you won’t forget it.

The latter seasons going more into the atomic structure of writing and being a writer. I would suggest starting with season 10 and working hour way current. Or trying to start from the beginning.

At the end of the day, the team are trying to create a conversation, to encourage critical thinking. No one can teach a person how to write, we come of it ourselves based on an internal drive. The casters want to encourage that drive, and give you the tools to turn your words into a standardized and viable product.

And if you’re not the type of person who wants to sell their writing, their perspectives help you to think about your work in different ways. If you take their advice, you might find that the art you’ve produce gives you a stronger sense of satisfaction.

Lots of people also complaining about the political agenda. As a writer you need to engage with the world. Art is the soul of our culture and if we don’t form opinions about our society, then we as people go out of touch. You don’t want your work to be un-relatable. And part of having an opinion means respecting other opinions even if they conflict with your own. In that conflict there is learning and appreciation. Practice that. Because if you want to be a professional writer, you’ll have to deal with your peers. If you don’t, then you’re probably better off avoiding this podcast, because it can be pretty liberal. My only hope is that you give it a chance. You’re not wrong—other people have different ideas, and I hope you find the value in the podcast aside from where its contrariness bothers you.

Tron0603 ,

I gave it a shot.

I tried, but a show about building one's technical writing skills doesn't need a political agenda. It's a shame they can't discuss their topics without it. I get enough of that as it is, I'm not going to opt into it.

Tradecraft Design ,

Best Genre Fiction Podcast

C’mon, there’s nothing more interesting, entertaining and informative than Writing Excuses. The ideas and the consistent execution make it the best.

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