Writing Excuses

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

Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler Every character in your ensemble needs to matter to the team, or they probably don't belong in the ensemble. Zoraida Cordova leads us into this discussion of how we build our ensembles, how we introduce the characters, and how we ensure that all of them are important to the group. Liner Notes: The article about Superman's very first line of dialog is here. Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.

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Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler - Every member of your ensemble has a reason to be there, but they also have their own voice. Zoraida Cordova joins us for a discussion of how we make our ensemble characters dist...
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,
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,
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.
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!
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,
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,
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard Tayler - Guest host Peng Shepherd leads our discussion of "order-less reading order" (after we get past the business of "having too much fun with the episode title").
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard Tayler - Our exploration of sub- and micro-structures continues with guest host Peng Shepherd. This week we're talking about how a story can be structured around a "thing.
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard Tayler - One common structure—both macro and micro—is the "story within a story," or "framing story" structure, and yet somehow we've never really explored it on Writing Excuses.
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard Tayler - Guest host Peng Shepherd continues to lead our exploration of sub- and micro-structures by taking us into the scaffolding of in media res, flashbacks,
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard Tayler - In our second micro-structure episode, Peng Shepherd leads us into an exploration of the ways in which the use of multiple point-of-view characters can create a framework ...
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard Tayler - We're beginning another eight-episode deep-dive series, and this time it's a fresh approach to story structure, led by our guest host Peng Shepherd. -
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan Lloyd - How do you translate things from the spark of inspiration into a work that someone else can consume? Like, instead of turning a movie into a book,
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Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan Lloyd - Oh no! You're in the middle of a thing (a novel, a series, a career) and you suddenly realize that the expectations you set early on are not the expectations you'll be meeting.
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan Lloyd - Your brand—your name, the cover art for your book, and even the typeface for the title—set expectations for the book's contents. That advice about not judging a book by its cove...
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan Lloyd - In the previous episode we discussed how to ensure that your surprise feels inevitable. In this episode we're covering how to make inevitability feel surprising.
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan Lloyd - This week we're talking about giving inevitability to our intended surprise, and we open with a discussion of Chekov's Gun, which, as a writing rule,