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Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

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Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

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Hwhat a great show!

By massremoval - May 12 2019
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Hwhen you are looking for great writing advice, look no further ;)

Love the show

By Remy Lebeau 310 - Sep 19 2018
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All the hosts are amazing. Especially Mary!

iTunes Ratings

647 Ratings
Average Ratings
534
79
13
9
12

Hwhat a great show!

By massremoval - May 12 2019
Read more
Hwhen you are looking for great writing advice, look no further ;)

Love the show

By Remy Lebeau 310 - Sep 19 2018
Read more
All the hosts are amazing. Especially Mary!
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Writing Excuses

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Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

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Rank #1: 14.29: Field Research

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Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Margaret, and Howard So, you’re going to go someplace and learn something you can’t learn in any other way. Maybe it’s location research for setting. Maybe you’re off to interview an expert. Whatever you’re planning, you need to be planning it well. In this episode we discuss the field research … Continue reading 14.29: Field Research →
Jul 14 2019
19 mins
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Rank #2: 14.27: Natural Setting as Conflict

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Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Howard In this episode we stories with the “Person-vs-Setting” structure. These are stories where nature fills the role of antagonist, and may also be what governs the pacing, and the delivery of key emotional beats. Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson
Jul 07 2019
19 mins
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Rank #3: 14.26: Lessons from Aristotle, with Rob Kimbro

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Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, and Dan, with special guest Rob Kimbro Rob Kimbro joins us this week to talk about Aristotle’s elements of tragedy, and how they might be applied to our writing. The six elements are (in Aristotle’s order of descending importance): plot, character, idea, dialog, music, and spectacle.  We discuss this tool … Continue reading 14.26: Lessons from Aristotle, with Rob Kimbro →
Jun 30 2019
17 mins
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Rank #4: 14.25: Choosing Your Agent

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Your Hosts: Howard, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Dongwon Guest-host Dongwon Song joined us at WXR 2018 as an instructor, and gave great advice regarding the business side of working as an author. In this episode he takes us through a conversation about choosing an agent. Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered … Continue reading 14.25: Choosing Your Agent →
Jun 23 2019
22 mins
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Rank #5: 14.24: Political Intrigue

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Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Margaret, and Howard Political Intrigue stories are less about “politics” (as colloquially defined by pop culture) and more about mysteries. Per Mary Robinette, they’re often like heists of information. The word “politics” here is used in its purest sense: POWER. In this episode we talk about how we worldbuild for … Continue reading 14.24: Political Intrigue →
Jun 16 2019
17 mins
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Rank #6: 14.23: Governments Large and Small

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Answering questions about the power structures you live within can help you with the worldbuilding of politics in the fiction you write.
Jun 09 2019
18 mins
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Rank #7: 14.22: Characters out of Their Depth

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Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Howard Sherlock Holmes has his Watson for a reason. Readers need a character to whom some things must be explained. In this episode we talk about how we create these gateway characters without delivering “maid and butler” dialog, or talking down to the reader. Credits: This episode was … Continue reading 14.22: Characters out of Their Depth →
Jun 02 2019
17 mins
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Rank #8: 14.21: Writing The Other — Yes, You Can!

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Your Hosts: Dan, Tempest, and Dongwon The single most asked question we get on the subject of writing cultures other than our own is some variation on “can we even DO this anymore?” Short answer: YES, YOU CAN. Our objective with this episode is to encourage you to put in the work, do the research, … Continue reading 14.21: Writing The Other — Yes, You Can! →
May 26 2019
22 mins
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Rank #9: 14.20: Allegory in Fiction

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Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Margaret, and Howard What is an allegory, anyway? This episode probably won’t settle that question, but we did manage a discussion on how to use our stories to teach things, or be stand-ins for things, and to do it in the ways that allegories and/or parables might. We talk about … Continue reading 14.20: Allegory in Fiction →
May 19 2019
17 mins
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Rank #10: 14.19: Religion and Ritual

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Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mahtab We often worldbuild religions and rituals for the stories we create. In this episode we discuss the decisions surrounding this, and our approaches for doing it well. Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson
May 12 2019
18 mins
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