Writing Excuses 14.24: Political Intrigue From https://writingexcuses.com/2019/06/16/14-24-political-intrigue/ Key points: Political intrigue? The fun of not knowing all the answers and having a character who doesn’t know who they can trust. Shifting the dynamics or balance of power. Am I looking for the answer (aka mystery) or am I trying to find out why this is … Continue reading 14.24


Writing Excuses 12.49: Non-Linear Narratives From https://writingexcuses.com/2017/12/03/12-49-non-linear-narratives/ Key Points: Nonlinear structure just means not in chronological order. Flashbacks are a common example of this! Sometimes scenes or viewpoints are taken out of order for an effect. Each piece should be enjoyable and contain its own reward, even if the reader doesn’t know where they are … Continue reading 12.49


Writing Excuses 11.18: Elemental Horror From https://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 would not be possible without our guests, whose expertise and perspectives are a critical part of the podcast. This page attempts to list every guest who has appeared on the podcast, with links to the episodes they were in, and to their home pages. It is made of hope, ambition, and many edits. Also, … Continue reading Guests