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: Mary Robinette Kowal, Dongwon Song, Piper J. Drake, & Howard Tayler, with special guest K. M. Szpara CONTENT WARNING: this episode is about adult acts and adult bodies, and we won't be using euphemisms. K.M. Szpara joined us at WXR 2022 for this discussion of writing bodies and intimacy, with a particular focus on which kinds of words to use for things. Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr. before a live audience aboard Liberty of the Seas. It was mastered by Alex Jackson.

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17 17.38: Oh No I Lost The Thread Sept. 18, 2022
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, C.L. Polk, Marshall Carr, Jr., and Mary Robinette Kowal - Oh no! You've put the project down for long enough that you've lost your place in it! Whatever will you do? - For starters, you can listen to this episode.
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Cady Coleman - The fictional side of science and the scientific side of fiction are part of the discipline of science communication, often called SciComm. In this episode Cady Coleman joins us to talk a...
17 17.36: Space for Everyone Sept. 4, 2022
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Cady Coleman - Chemist, USAF Colonel, and NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman joins us to talk about actual travel to actual space, and how that's a thing which is increasingly available to people who are not i...
17 17.35: Nuances of Dialog Aug. 28, 2022
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler - We wrap up our eight-episode dialog master class with a discussion of nuance, which is difficult to describe in a blurb because it's... well, nuanced.
17 17.34: Developing Subtext Aug. 21, 2022
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler - We begin this episode with a quick exploration of the terminology, and what we mean when we say "text," "context," and "subtext.
17 17.33: Building Tension Aug. 14, 2022
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler - Tension! In this episode we discuss the ways dialog can build and/or maintain tension, especially when placed in context with the rest of the scene. -
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler - Everything is about conflict? Really? Well, yes. Maybe not in the action-movie sense, but conflict is everywhere, even among people whose goals, objectives,
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler - We've mentioned "area of intention" earlier in this dialog master class, but now the concept gets the spotlight. If all of your characters have their own agendas,
17 17.30: Know Your Characters July 24, 2022
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler - How well do you know your characters? Sure, you might know their age, nationality, and perhaps wardrobe, but how well do you know their internal characteristics?
17 17.29: The Job of Dialogue July 17, 2022
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler - We're back with Maurice Broaddus for the second in our eight-episode mini-master-class on writing dialogue. This time around we're addressing the question of dialogue's...
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler - Writer, teacher, and community organizer Maurice Broaddus joins us for an eight-episode mini-master-class on writing dialogue.
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler - In this, our final "ensemble masterclass" episode, we discuss the nuts-and-bolts, the tips and tricks, the tools of the trade. In short,
17 17.26: Hanging Separately June 26, 2022
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler - Our episode title comes to us across two and a half centuries: "We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." —Benjamin Franklin
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler - We've talked about making every member of the ensemble meaningful. In this episode we're discussing who, in archetype terms, everybody is.
17 17.24: Ensembles and Genre June 12, 2022
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler - This week we're talking about how our genre choice influences the structure of our ensemble. How is a heist ensemble different from a superhero team?
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler - Sometimes we have to look at our ensemble of characters and ask ourselves what kind of story we're trying to tell? If the story works with a single protagonist and one POV,
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 en...
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,