The Internal Editor. [Mary] I'm Mary. Often we categorize the distinctions as flaws or quirks, and in this discussion we use those as our starting points. Notes: the MICE quotient is Milieu, Idea, Character, and Event. A challenge! Or maybe it’s three elephants. Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Amal, and Maurice What are our favorite techniques for managing large casts of characters, and how do our processes differ from when we’re writing small casts? I merely upload it, so that I can embed the episodes into my podcast app. Nancy Drew and Conan the Barbarian are iconic, but Leia Organa and Aragorn are epic. Yang J.Y. Tell a new story with them in those roles. Writing Excuses Season Four Episode 13: Juggling Multiple Viewpoints But, y’know, if you want to flip through the homework you’ve done this year and consider what you’ve improved at, and where you might need more practice, that would be awesome. The class was just that good. Writing Excuses Season Four Episode 13: Juggling Multiple Viewpoints Read “The Listeners” by Walter de la Mare (it’s just 250 words). She is also the parent of three, one of whom suffers from mental illness. Hertzler, Your Hosts: Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard You had questions. Your Hosts: Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard The term “iconic hero” allows us to differentiate between different kinds of heroes who appear in series. Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson, Your Hosts: Howard and Dan, with special guest Lawrence Schoen Lawrence Schoen, clinical psychologist, cognitive hypnotist, small press publisher, Klingon language expert, and novelist, joined us at GenCon Indy for a bonus episode about elephants and death. Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Amal, and Maurice Narration is that stuff which tells your story, but isn’t dialog. * How well should characters understand their own motivations? We have answers! raw download clone embed report print. [Mary] Season 13, Episode 13. Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson and mastered by Alex Jackson. An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon, Your Hosts: Piper Drake, Aliette de Bodard, and Wesley Chu, with special guest Ken Liu Our hosts for this episode are experts in a great many different things. a guest . Here are some notes I took after listening to Writing Excuses. How do you fairly and even-handedly write a deeply compelling character you deeply dislike? The topic is about submitting to editors. You are likely to find reasons like toddler trouble, age, illness, time, little knowledge, to creativity blocks still making headlines in the writing community as the biggest launchers to writing excuses. Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard Our characters become far more interesting when they begin interacting with each other. Here are the questions: How do you fix character voices when you find out that two of them are too similar? Notes: Elizabeth Boyle‘s DREAM tool for plotting character change is easier to remember when written out. How do you subvert character tropes without betraying the reader? By lizbusby, April 2, 2018. Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm and mastered by Alex Jackson, Your Hosts: Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard We begin by making a useful distinction between alpha and beta reader: the alpha reader is an industry professional, while the beta reader is a stand-in for the eventual audience of readers. Yang. We also keep saying “protag” as a verb, which to us means “doing proactive protagonist things.” Howard may have made up this word, but its true provenance has been lost to the mists of anxiety of influence. [Amal] Because you're in a hurry. I'm not sure if it's the new format of different hosts, or the hosts themselves, but I am underwhelmed this season. This is the first of a three-part series in which Brandon, Dan, and Howard tell each other (and you, of course) about the most important thing each of them has learned in the past year. How much needs to be in the manuscript … Continue reading 13.19: Backstories →. Aliette de Bodard will be co-hosting several of these week-three episodes, but this week her role is “subject matter expert.” She has several fields of expertise, and among the hats she expertly wears which writers often fail to correctly describe is a hat labeled “motherhood” (note: not an actual hat.) 2018 had more applicants than 2017, which had more applicants than 2016, and so on–and the quality goes up every year as well. Fat Angie, by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo, narrated by Angela Dawe, Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard Tropes, archetypes, and even cliches are tools in our toolboxes. This season's focus will acting like a classroom for their master class format. Later, when I am stuck, when I need to figure out how the characters could have gotten to this point, then I figure things out and write a dossier. Jan 3, 2017 #1. Season 2. 13.4: Protagonists Who Aren’t Sympathetic, 13.7: What Writers Get Wrong, with Lou Perry, 13.18: Naturally Revealing Character Motivation, Read “The Listeners” by Walter de la Mare, Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle, 13.41: Fixing Character Problems, Part II, Fires of Invention: The Mysteries of Cove, Book 1, A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, Project in Depth (“The Mother of All Crunchy”), 8.42: The Internal Heckler vs. BONUS: NASA invited us back to be on THEIR show, Houston We Have a Podcast, and that episode went live about three days before this did. In this episode we talk about foils, offering examples, and our approaches for writing foils in our own work. In this episode we go into great depth on Mary’s novel with the expert technical help of NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, who was one of Mary’s consulting readers. Liner Notes: No, Howard was not in the room. For now: 1. ... Bonus2 - The Rules of Writing Excuses . We begin in Houston, TX, on September 13; we’ll visit Cozumel, Georgetown, and Falmouth, and end up back in Houston again on September 22. Often we categorize the distinctions as flaws or quirks, and in this discussion we use those as our starting points. Season 15, Episode 13. Writing Excuses Season 10, the podcasted master-class, continues with this exploration of that critical second step: what do do once you’ve got an idea that has story-legs. If you find problems with this index or the transcripts, please let me know at mbarker at computer dot org! DEC 13, 2015; Writing Excuses 10.50: How to Hand-Sell Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors, with Michael Underwood and Marco Palmieri Writing Excuses 10.50: How to Hand-Sell Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors, with Michael Underwood and Marco Palmieri Writing Excuses The Transcripts. The Usual Suspects, by Maurice Broaddus Liner Notes: We referenced The Hollywood Formula, which was introduced to us by Lou Anders in Episode 6.18. What’s the best way to discuss a character’s underlying motivations without expressly stating them in narrative or dialog? Sitemap. mbarker. #1. How much backstory needs to be written before you start in on the manuscript? Season 14: Worldbuilding! Select a Supreme Court opinion. Take something you’ve written to a targeted beta reader. Season 9. Nancy Drew and Conan the Barbarian are iconic, but Leia Organa and Aragorn are epic. Who are you? Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Amal, and Maurice Narration is that stuff which tells your story, but isn’t dialog. Your Hosts: Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard What do we do to make our characters distinctive? Season 6. We look at the shapes of these arcs, how they progress in our narratives, … Continue reading 13.22: Character Arcs →. Answer that, and then go on to read  things by and about people who are not you. And most importantly, how can we use this information to write effective opposition to our heroes, protagonists, and main characters? Season 10 – Writing Excuses . Note: The apology strips Howard mentioned begin with this strip. There’s no quiz. Follow links. Your Hosts: Dan, Mary, Aliette, and Howard This year’s third-week episodes will all follow a common theme: “what writers get wrong.” Each of these episodes will feature an expert guest who will help us understand what writers get wrong about something in which they have expertise. Dan: And I’m Dan. Season 13 – Writing Excuses. Season 14: Worldbuilding! Fifth Sundays are our “wildcards,” and something wild seems like a nice way to round out the year. Season 4. Message the mods. [Brandon] I'm Brandon. 13 DEC 2015; Writing Excuses 10.50: How to Hand-Sell Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors, with Michael Underwood and Marco Palmieri Writing Excuses 10.50: How to Hand-Sell Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors, with Michael Underwood and Marco Palmieri a guest Nov 9th, 2015 855 Never Not a member of Pastebin yet? Your Hosts: Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard We decided to wrap up this year on character by letting Brandon ask us some deep questions. In particular, we’re looking at writing interesting characters by listening to real people. Credits: This episode was recorded live at FanX Salt Lake (formerly “Salt Lake Comic-Con”) by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson Liner Notes: * The comic book Howard referenced is Guardians of Infinity #3, (2016), which features a back-up story entitled “Yo Soy Groot.” * Peggy Whitson is the astronaut Mary referenced. And how much backstory is too much? Season 5. * Does your story have to have a villain? Writing Excuses Season 1 Notes. Their fine work was obscured from public view by the careless hands of Howard Tayler. Liner Notes: Mary references her interviewing of rocket scientists and astronauts, which we just talked about last week. Credits: This episode was recorded by Andrew Twiss, and mastered by Alex Jackson. (Note: When we say “two weeks ago” over and over, that’s just bad math. 13.52: Working Dad is a Spaceman. Season 4. Season 5. Life Inside My Mind, by Maureen Johnson, Robison Wells, Wendy Tolliver, and 28 others. I merely upload it, so that I can embed the episodes into my podcast app. Update: 2009-05-03. What are the tricks for quickly establishing someone’s individuality within your story? Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson. Wonder as Subgenre. WritingExcusesIndex. Read it, and then read the dissent. TVTropes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Writing Excuses Season 1 Notes. Take two characters from another of your stories, and combine them into one. They are part of a story that begins here. [Mary] 15 minutes long. Season 13: Character. Who are the five people you know best? These interactions—these relationships—are often how our stories get told. Then determine how each of these creates conflict with the one following it in the list. * How do you know whether or not a character’s voice is working? Here are the questions: * How do you fix character voices when you find out that two of them are too similar? Your Hosts: Brandon, Amal, Mary, and Maurice This is the second of our pair of episodes in which we talk about how we, your hosts, fix the problems we’ve identified with the characters in our work. What really motivates us? Between the time this episode was recorded and its air date the book’s publication date got pushed into May of 2019), Your Hosts: Howard, Mary Robinette, and Dan, with special guests Bart Smith and Ben Hewett When we talk about space travel we’re usually talking about rocket scientists and astronauts. Your Hosts: Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard For our purposes, the term “flat character” refers to a character who lacks the depth required to maintain reader interest. Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard What motivates us? Check out what Ken Liu will be attending at Writing Excuses Workshop and Retreat 2017. 9th, 2010 10:05 pm. * How many side characters can you reasonably juggle in a novel? Episode: Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 13: Dialects and In-World Jargon. … Continue reading 13.51: Wrap-up on the Year of Character →. It’s the voice of your narrator, and it might be multiple voices depending on how you’re handling point of view. Now research birds and find birds that don’t fit your template. The topic is about submitting to editors. This is our year on character, so we’ll approach this with a focus on character creation, depiction, and dialog? PvE rather than PvP, if you will. Writing Excuses, Season One. This is the conflict between your default and the rest of the world, and in this episode we’ll talk about confronting your default. Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson and engineered by Alex Jackson. Season 2. Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard How do you go about defining a character for your readers when you don’t have many words to devote to the project? Series: Archive Seasons 1-6 – Writing Excuses Episode: Writing Excuses 4.1: Types of Humor. Here are the questions: How do you make planned power increases not seem like an ass-pull¹? Perhaps even rewrite it as a scene, or a story. Season 15: Topics You Asked About! It is an educational podcast that helps novelists/writers. It is an educational podcast that helps novelists/writers. Season 9. Season 16: ??? It’s a difficult question to answer, and a very soulful sort of thing to answer in front of other people. (NOTE: currently available for preorder. Now write the backstory. Here it is, should you need visual reference. Howard: Because you’re in a hurry, Dan: and we’re not that smart. a guest . Season 8. Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson. Season 8. Hint for latest book in 13.13? Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone, by G.S. Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan … Continue reading 13.35: Cliché vs. Archetype →, With your life-jacket securely fastened, you may now go to tvtropes.com  and follow a trope like “boy meets girl” down the rabbit hole. Here are the questions: * How do you make planned power increases not seem like an ass-pull¹? There’s no avoiding them, but there are definitely ways to use them incorrectly. Or maybe it’s three elephants. Liner Notes: you’ll be hearing … Continue reading 13.2: Writing Active Characters →. “Eastern Conference,” by Pope Adrian Blessed, Ares, and Wildstyle (link will autoplay at Soundcloud. There’s no avoiding them, but there are definitely ways to use them incorrectly. You’ll have to do some reading in order to figure out how you fit in. Your homework: do some research! Online. (note: Between the time we recorded and the time this episode aired the publication date was pushed back. 15.04: Revision, with Patrick Rothfuss. Credits: this episode was recorded by Dan Thompson and mastered by Alex Jackson. This was the final season in my self-assigned Writing Excuses course. Season 3. Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Amal, and Maurice What are our favorite techniques for managing large casts of characters, and how do our processes differ from when we’re writing small casts? Credits: This episode was recorded by Benjamin Hewett, and mastered by Alex Jackson. Writing Excuses, Season One. Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 13: Dialects and In-World Jargon In this episode we’ll talk about how we shake off our fear of using tropes through understanding how they work. Writing Excuses Retreat 2019 Scholarships! Listen to some hip-hop music. Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson and mastered by Alex Jackson. If there’s just one technical term worth bringing home from this episode, it’s “expeditionary behavior.” It’s the sort of thing that can make us all richer for the experience. Take a flat character from media you’ve consumed and write a backstory to make them less flat. The Blood Rose Rebellion, by Rosalind Eaves, Your Mini-Episode Hosts: Amal El-Mohtar and Maurice Broaddus, with Special Asides from Mary Robinette Kowal We’re a week in to NaNoWriMo. Write a likable character, but write them in such a way that the reader does not want them to succeed. This topic is, in and of itself, weighty. 1. Credits: this episode was recorded by Dan Thompson and mastered by Alex Jackson. Credits: This episode was recorded live by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Andrew Jackson. We’re at the end of our Season Ten Master Class, and if you’ve been diligent about the homework, you may very well have a … Series: Archive Seasons 7-10 – Writing Excuses “El is a Spaceship Melody,” by Maurice Broaddus. Random Access Memorabilia, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, with colors by Travis Walton Forward Tilt 13 - Look for Excuses to Write Thank You Notes Praxis. a guest . Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard How do you go about defining a character for your readers when you don’t have many words to devote to the project? For audio quality purposes the studio contained zero elephants. In this episode we talk about foils, offering examples, … Continue reading 13.27: Characters as Foils →. ), Your Hosts: Howard, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Amal Many of us write characters who know more than we know, and/or who think faster than we do. Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson, Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard, with special guest Wendy Tolliver Wendy skis, and snowboards, and writes YA novels. Take those grammar rules and apply them to dialog from one of your characters. Myths and Monsters, narrated by Nicholas Day (currently available on Netflix), Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Howard The characters we create are not all destined for long lives. Your Hosts: Brandon, Amal, Mary, and Maurice If you live in the northern hemisphere, inland, perhaps above the 40th parallel, you are probably quite sure that there are four distinct seasons. The Murders of Molly Southbourne, by Tade Thompson, Your Hosts: Dan, Mary, Aliette, and Howard with special guest J.Y. We’re discussing protagonists who, per writer intent, do not engender audience sympathy. The Ten Cent Plague, by David Hajdu, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Amal, and Maurice Character backstories: these are the tales that describe how the characters in your story became who they are by the time they arrive in the book. From media you ’ ll update this link with more recent information soon ways in which a person is... 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