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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.

    17.20: Basics of Ensemble Characterization

    17.20: Basics of Ensemble Characterization

    Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler



    What's the difference between an ensemble story, and a story the has a lot of characters in it? Zoraida Cordova joins us for this episode, kicking off an eight-episode mini-master-class about ensembles. In this episode we discuss what makes ensembles work, and how we distinguish the "pro-protagonist" from the "co-protagonist" as we create character arcs.



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

    • 15 min
    17.19: Working in a Collaborative Environment

    17.19: Working in a Collaborative Environment

    Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, and Megan Lloyd



    Megan Lloyd returns to the podcast to talk us through the process of creating something in a collaborative environment, whether it's a pair of authors working together, or a dozen people working to write, storyboard, and animate a television series.



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

    • 17 min
    17.18: How to be Funny, with Jody Lynn Nye

    17.18: How to be Funny, with Jody Lynn Nye

    Your Hosts: Dan Wells and Brandon Sanderson, with special guest Jody Lynn Nye



    So, you've decided you want something to be funny. How do you go about making that happen? Jody Lynn Nye joined Dan and Brandon at LTUE, and pitched this topic to them. And yes, it's much more than just "delivery, delivery, delivery."



    Liner Notes: "It's always more funny when Howard's not here." —Brandon Sanderson at LTUE 2022 (posted here for posterity)





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



     

    • 17 min
    17.17: Writing in the Public Domain

    17.17: Writing in the Public Domain

    Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, and Gama Martinez



    Did you know that there are some famous intellectual properties which have entered the public domain, and which you can therefore use to create your own stories? It's true! Gama Martinez (whose God of Neverland novel features Peter Pan) joined Dan and Brandon at LTUE to talk about how cool this is, and (more importantly) what kinds of things authors need to do in order to make sure they're only using the public domain bits of the properties in question.



    Liner Notes: Need a list of things that entered the public domain in 2022? Here you go!



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

    • 13 min
    17.16: Miscellaneous Structures

    17.16: Miscellaneous Structures

    Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard Tayler



    Thus far we've attempted to organize our discussion of sub-, micro-, and other alternative structures  with specific categories, but this domain is a lot larger than that. This final episode with our guest host Peng Shepherd has been titled "Miscellaneous Structures" because, y'know, sometimes the last bucket in your row of carefully, taxonomically-labeled buckets needs to be "miscellaneous."



    Liner Notes: Howard mentions "LTUE" during the episode. Hey, guess what! The next few episodes following this one were (will have been?) recorded at LTUE!



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

    • 18 min
    17.15: Storytelling in the Footnotes

    17.15: Storytelling in the Footnotes

    Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard Tayler



    You probably already know what footnotes are¹, but have you ever seen a story told through the footnotes²?  It's similar to the story-within-a-story structure, but there's more to it than that. In this episode our guest host Peng Shepherd explores footnote storytelling³ with us.



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



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    ¹ This is an example of a footnote.

    ² This is not an example of footnote storytelling.

    ³ With the addition of a third footnote, maaaybe there's a beginning, middle, and end, and therefore a story?

    • 21 min

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Oraxis ,

Nuggets of Wisdom

It’s hard not to love this fun show — “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry and we’re not that smart.” The hosts all bring their own unique spin to their subject matter, and their spur-of-the-moment banter keeps the show fresh. They do a great job of talking about theory and then providing examples of how to apply that theory to practice.

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I got questions

* I don’t know how to give questions for the mircocast’s. So I’ll just put them on here, and also thank you for the show, it really helps.
- what’s your writing schedule on the weekends?
- how would you write fight scenes that were a unique fighting form you came up with?
- what are some tips to guarantee your idea doesn’t sound similar to another?
- should write the next book before sending the one before to the publishers?
- For Mary: How do balance three creative based jobs?
- If you take out editing and publishing, how long do you have to write the book?

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Love

I just recently started listening to this but love most everything I’ve heard. The humor and relationships are great. The advice is impeccable!

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