Brandon, Dan, and Howard brainstorm an urban fantasy set in a big-box store in Park City, Utah.
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 11.30: Elemental Thriller Q&A From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/07/24/11-30-elemental-thriller-qa/ Q&A Summary Q: How do I build tension consistently through my story? As opposed to having little batches of it here and there? A: Shorten sequel time, or overlap it with another piece of action. Raise stakes consistently. Set the stakes in the beginning, then just remind … Continue reading 11.30
Writing Excuses 11.18: Elemental Horror From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/05/01/11-18-elemental-horror/ Key Points: What is horror? Visceral fear. Your reaction to something bad that has already happened, the sense of dread that your world has changed for the worse and you have to deal with it. The protagonist did something to catalyze it. The reader has to worry that … Continue reading 11.18
Writing Excuses 10.51: Q&A On Sharing Your Work, with Daniel Jose Older From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/12/20/writing-excuses-10-51-qa-on-showing-your-work-with-daniel-jose-older/ Q&A Summary: Q: What’s the best way to meet editors and agents at conventions? A: Hang out at the bar. Panels! Listen, then talk. Let them bring up business. Ask what they are working on. Do your homework first — find … Continue reading 10.51
Writing Excuses 10.50: How to Hand-Sell Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors with Michael Underwood and Marco Palmieri From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/12/13/writing-excuses-10-50-how-to-hand-sell-your-manuscript-to-agents-and-editors-with-michael-underwood-and-marco-palmieri/ Key Points: Don’t try to pitch unless you have read the instructions! Also, know the market. Don’t compare your book to things it has nothing to do with. Don’t interrupt a conversation to pitch your … Continue reading 10.50