Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 16: Non-Human Races

The Writing Excuses crew returns to world-building, this time to discuss the creation of non-human races. Why do genre-fiction writers use aliens and monsters, short folk, tusked folk, or any other variation on “people” who aren’t human? Can new writers successfully recycle the classic Tolkien races and use dwarves, elves, orcs, goblins, and trolls? If … Continue reading Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 16: Non-Human Races

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Writing Excuses 12.43: Serialized Storytelling From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2017/10/22/12-43-serialized-storytelling/ Key Points: Character progression in the long run, or don’t bore the reader with arcs? First, beware of breaking relationships or character to make an arc. Try changing character focus to get an interesting character arc in each story. Separate your iconic heroes, who don’t have character development, … Continue reading 12.43

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Writing Excuses 11.27: the Elemental Thriller From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/07/03/11-27-the-elemental-thriller/ Key Points:  Thriller! In danger, being chased, someone is trying to kill you, if you don’t stop the bomb from exploding, millions will die. Anxiety! If horror is fear of the unknown, thriller is fear of what is coming. Tension! Short chapters, with cliffhangers. Races and chases! … Continue reading 11.27

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Writing Excuses 10.45: Q&A at the GenCon Writing Symposium with Kameron Hurley, James L. Sutter, and Michael Underwood From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/11/08/writing-excuses-10-45-qa-at-the-gencon-writing-symposium-with-kameron-hurley-james-l-sutter-and-michael-underwood/ Q&A Summary: Q: Can you give a tip or tips on how to incorporate successfully characters or societies that are from less represented sexualities or genders or races in science fiction and fantasy when you’re … Continue reading 10.45

Writing Excuses 10.45: Q&A at the GenCon Writing Symposium, with Kameron Hurley, James L. Sutter, and Michael Underwood

Dan and Howard are joined by Kameron Hurley, James L. Sutter, and Michael Underwood for an anything-goes Q&A at the GenCon Indy Writing Symposium. We had reached the end of our two-hour block, but the audience hungered for the chance to ask their questions of these guests, so the Symposium gave us an extra half hour … Continue reading Writing Excuses 10.45: Q&A at the GenCon Writing Symposium, with Kameron Hurley, James L. Sutter, and Michael Underwood

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Writing Excuses 10.17: Q&A on Beginnings From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/26/writing-excuses-10-17-qa-on-beginnings/ Questions and Answers: Q: Are there differences in beginnings between forms, novels versus short stories, genres? A: YA: get into the character and plot faster. Engage the reader within the first page. List the events, identify the inciting incident, and decide what back story is needed. Start … Continue reading 10.17