Writing Excuses 12.24: Creating Great Outlines From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2017/06/11/12-24-creating-great-outlines/ Key points: This episode is about outlines to help you write, not sales tools. People like structure, it is comforting. Mix a familiar structure with a bit of strange, and you can relish the oddity. First, the Kevin J. Anderson: pitch, expand to 5 pages, 20 pages, … Continue reading 12.24


Writing Excuses 11.52: Elemental Ensemble Q&A, with Claudia Gray From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/12/24/11-52-elemental-ensemble-qa-with-claudia-gray/ Q&A Summary: Q: Can you fit an ensemble into a short story? A: Every character adds 500 to 1000 words. Make it concise. Use character types more than individuals. Squeeze! Q: Is there a minimum length? Is there a perfect number? A: Seven. Three … Continue reading 11.52


Writing Excuses 11.44: Project in Depth, GHOST TALKERS, by Mary Robinette Kowal From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/10/30/11-44-project-in-depth-ghost-talkers-by-mary-robinette-kowal/ Key Points: Catalog pitch and sales pitch are often different. Catalog pitch is to get readers, sales pitch is the emotional core of the story, with spoilers. Even though you know an event is coming, when it happens can still be … Continue reading 11.44


Writing Excuses 11.38: The Elemental Relationship As a Sub-Genre From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/09/18/11-38-the-elemental-relationship-as-a-sub-genre/ Key Points: Relationship is often the number two thing in a book. Often the main plot, the driver, is another elemental genre, but relationship adds, either throughout the book or in smaller sections. Relationship often helps make a main character more sympathetic. How do … Continue reading 11.38


Writing Excuses 11.36: The Elemental Relationship From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/09/04/11-36-the-elemental-relationship/ Key Points: Relationship stories where readers are driven to turn pages to find out how the relationship develops. Often denial, reluctance, exploration, acceptance. Braiding roses — show us the roses, show us the thorns, then show us how they fit together. The Act 2 disaster, where the … Continue reading 11.36