Writing Excuses 5.32: Urban Fantasy

We begin our discussion of Urban Fantasy with a discussion of definitions, which quickly devolves into an argument over what we are actually supposed to be talking about. Moving right along, we explore what sorts of things we find in an Urban Fantasy, and what sorts of rules these stories usually abide by. Dan tells … Continue reading Writing Excuses 5.32: Urban Fantasy


Writing Excuses 13.10: Handling a Large Cast From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2018/03/11/13-10-handling-a-large-cast/ Key Points: The length of the story often influences the size of the cast. When you have an ensemble cast, you may need to give them all weight. Name, distinguishing characteristics, backstory, motivation? But with short stories, you often want bit players who come in, do … Continue reading 13.10


Writing Excuses 13.2: Writing Active Characters From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2018/01/14/13-2-writing-active-characters/ Key points: Active characters. Some characters seem to just observe events, are very passive. How can we move them to making decisions, be a part of events, be active? First, go and do things! Second, make sure your characters make plans and attempt to act on those … Continue reading 13.2

Maurice Broaddus

A community organizer and teacher, Maurice Broaddus‘ work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. Some of his stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He wrote the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas … Continue reading Maurice Broaddus


Writing Excuses 12.53: Writing Excuses True Confessions From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2017/12/31/12-53-writing-excuses-true-confessions/ Key Points: True Confessions! Projects that didn’t work, or what do we learn when we fail. Trying to tell the origin story of a side character that everyone loves. Killing a novel because it would hurt the community you were writing about. Just because you’ve spent … Continue reading 12.53