At the time this podcast airs, Jeph Jacques’ Permanence project on Kickstarter has just nine days left. Jeph joined us at GenCon Indy to talk discovery writing with Brandon, Mary, and Howard, and yes, we totally agreed to plug his rock-and-roll side-gig in exchange.
Jeph Jacques is best known for Questionable Content, and by way of disclosure, Brandon has been a QC fan for years. He’s a discovery writer, and he has written himself into more than one corner. We ask him how far ahead he works, how he develops an idea, and especially how he fixes things if his discovery writing has taken him someplace he needs to get back out of.
His first step is to admit that he is, in fact, stuck in a corner. One of his tricks is a tool any of you can use in any project, Oblique Strategies, in which a random phrase (drawn from a deck of cards, or generated for you on the web) challenges you to rethink the spot that your story is in.
Obviously there’s more to it than that, but this? This is not where you’ll find the transcript. Transcripts end up here.
Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: The Player of Games, by Iain M. Banks, narrated by Peter Kenny
Writing Prompt: Go back to whatever you wrote most recently and come up with a different solution for the scene, changing the emotional beat of the scene.
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