Writing Excuses

By Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler

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Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.


Episode Date
19.21: Language as a Tool (A Close Reading on Worldbuilding)
May 26, 2024
19.20: How to Make Worlds Feel Big Without Overwhelming the Reader (A Close Reading on Worldbuilding: Focusing on Scale)
May 19, 2024
19.19: A Close Reading on Worldbuilding: An Overview and why A Memory Called Empire
May 12, 2024
19.18: How to Build Fictional Economies
May 05, 2024
19.17: Novellas- the Goldilocks of Publishing
Apr 28, 2024
19.16: An Interview with Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar
Apr 21, 2024
19.15: A Close Reading on Voice: Tying It All Together
Apr 14, 2024
19.14: A Close Reading on Voice- Epistolary Storytelling Through Voice
Apr 07, 2024
19.13: A Close Reading on Voice: Blue's Perspective - Confidence and Vulnerability
Mar 31, 2024
19.12: A Close Reading on Voice - Red's Perspective - Muscular Prose
Mar 24, 2024
19.11: A Close Reading on Voice- An Overview, and Why Time War
Mar 17, 2024
19.10: Introducing Our Close Readings Series
Mar 10, 2024
19.09: LIVE Recording - Rituals, Rites, and Traditions
Mar 03, 2024
19.08: NaNoWriMo Revision with Ali Fisher: Working with an Editor
Feb 25, 2024
19.07: NaNoWriMo Revision with Ali Fisher: Intention
Feb 18, 2024
19.06: NaNoWriMo Revision with Ali Fisher: Length
Feb 11, 2024
19.05: LIVE Recording - Revisions with Mahtab Narsimhan
Feb 04, 2024
19.04: LIVE Recording - Pacing with Guest Fonda Lee
Jan 28, 2024
19.03: Behind The Scenes with our Producer and Recording Engineer
Jan 21, 2024
19.02: Q&A Episode with WX Core Cast
Jan 14, 2024
19.01: Interview with Abraham Verghese
Jan 07, 2024
18.53: Funding the Writing Life
Dec 31, 2023
18.52: Writing Inside The Box
Dec 24, 2023
18.51: So You Wanna Play With Format?
Dec 17, 2023
18.50: The Unreliable Narrator
Dec 10, 2023
18.49: Giving Your Story A Voice
Dec 03, 2023
18.48: NaNoWriMo Week 5 - Writing Endings
Nov 26, 2023
18.47: NaNoWriMo Week 4 - Climaxes, or OH MY GOD NO
Nov 19, 2023
18.46: NaNoWriMo Week 3 - Raising the Stakes
Nov 12, 2023
18.45: NaNoWriMo Week 2 - Inciting Incident
Nov 05, 2023
18.44: NaNoWriMo Week 1- Getting Started
Oct 29, 2023
18.43: Worldbuilding in Miniature
Oct 22, 2023
18.42: Creating Magic Outside of a System
Oct 15, 2023
18.41: Deep Dive: Erin's Short Fiction Extravaganza
Oct 08, 2023
18.40: How To Make Money From Your Hobby (with special guest Sandra Tayler!)
Oct 01, 2023
18.39: How To Write An Ending
Sep 24, 2023
18.38: How Do You Write A Series With Books That Stand Alone?
Sep 17, 2023
18.37: Mandatory Failure
Sep 10, 2023
18.36: The Soggy Middle Pays the Rent (or, "Stand Alone With Series Potential")
Sep 03, 2023
18.35: How to Organize Your Writing, or Managing the Mega-Arc
Aug 27, 2023
18.34: Seventeen Years of Foreshadowing
Aug 20, 2023
18.33.5: State Of The Podcast
Aug 16, 2023
18.33: Deep Dive: The Schlock Mercenary Finale
Aug 13, 2023
18.32: The Kirsten Vangsness Expansion Pack
Aug 06, 2023
18.31: Getting Personal: Mining Your Life for Themes
Jul 30, 2023
18.30: Planting Supernatural Seeds
Jul 23, 2023
18.29: Collaboration And Partnership
Jul 16, 2023
18.28: Writing Conversational Dialogue
Jul 09, 2023
18.27: Framing Stories
Jul 02, 2023
18.26: Broadening Your Writing Wheelhouse: Video Game Dialogue, RPG Adventures, & More
Jun 25, 2023
18.25: To Narrator or Not to Narrator
Jun 18, 2023
18.24: “Dark One: Forgotten” Deep Dive
Jun 11, 2023
18.23: Our Advice on Giving Advice
Jun 04, 2023
18.22: On Mentorship: Sending the Elevator Back Down
May 28, 2023
18.21: The Empathy Gap: How to Understand What Your Publisher is Telling You
May 21, 2023
18.20: So You Want To Work In Publishing?
May 14, 2023
18.19: What is Publishing For, Anyway?
May 07, 2023
18.18: Launching an Author Newsletter
Apr 30, 2023
18.17: Build Your Author Brand, 2023 Edition
Apr 23, 2023
18.16: Deep Dive: Publishing is Hard, by DongWon Song
Apr 16, 2023
18.15: Building a Mystery, Now With More Tools
Apr 09, 2023
18.14: Heavy Lifting with Microtension
Apr 02, 2023
18.13: Finding the Core Conflict
Mar 26, 2023
18.12: The Long Shadow of Unanswered Questions
Mar 19, 2023
18.11: Turning Up the Contrast With Juxtaposition
Mar 12, 2023
18.10: Anticipation is More Than Just Making Us Wait
Mar 05, 2023
18.09: Unpacking the Tension
Feb 26, 2023
18.08: Building a Mystery
Feb 19, 2023
18.07: Deep Dive into THE SPARE MAN
Feb 12, 2023
18.06: An Interview With Howard Tayler
Feb 05, 2023
18.05: An Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal
Jan 29, 2023
18.04: An Interview With Dan Wells
Jan 22, 2023
18.03: An Interview With Erin Roberts
Jan 15, 2023
18.02: An Interview with DongWon Song
Jan 08, 2023
18.01: Twenty Twenty-Three, By Way of Introduction
Jan 01, 2023
17.52: The WXR 2022 Q&A
Dec 25, 2022
17.51: Feel The Burn
Dec 18, 2022
17.50: Consistency, Inconsistency, and the Crushing Weight of Expectations
Dec 11, 2022
17.49: Bodies Are Magical
Dec 04, 2022
17.48: Bodies, Why? (Part III)
Nov 27, 2022
17.47: The Linguistics of Disability
Nov 20, 2022
17.46: Monstrous Awakening
Nov 13, 2022
17.45: Bodies, Tech, and Character
Nov 06, 2022
17.44: Bodies, Why? (Part II: Working Through Disability)
Oct 30, 2022
17.43: Bodies. Why? (Depicting Disability)
Oct 23, 2022
17.42: Eight Embodied Episodes About Disability
Oct 16, 2022
17.41: Picture Books are Books Too, with Special Guest Seth Fishman
Oct 09, 2022
17.40: Questions & Answers About Structure, with Special Guest Peng Shepherd
Oct 02, 2022
17.39: Writing Bodies and Intimacy, with K.M. Szpara
Sep 25, 2022
17.38: Oh No I Lost The Thread
Sep 18, 2022
17.37: Science and Fiction—It’s Not Just Science Fiction
Sep 11, 2022
17.36: Space for Everyone
Sep 04, 2022
17.35: Nuances of Dialog
Aug 28, 2022
17.34: Developing Subtext
Aug 21, 2022
17.33: Building Tension
Aug 14, 2022
17.32: Everything is About Conflict
Aug 07, 2022
17.31: Everyone Has an Agenda
Jul 31, 2022
17.30: Know Your Characters
Jul 24, 2022
17.29: The Job of Dialogue
Jul 17, 2022
17.28: Keys to Writing Dialog
Jul 10, 2022
17.27: Ensembles Behind the Scenes
Jul 03, 2022
17.26: Hanging Separately
Jun 26, 2022
17.25: Archetypes, Ensembles, and Expectations
Jun 19, 2022
17.24: Ensembles and Genre
Jun 12, 2022
17.23: Are We Stronger Together?
Jun 05, 2022
17.22: Establishing the Ensemble
May 29, 2022
17.21: Casting Your Story With Character Voice
May 22, 2022
17.20: Basics of Ensemble Characterization
May 15, 2022
17.19: Working in a Collaborative Environment
May 08, 2022
17.18: How to be Funny, with Jody Lynn Nye
May 01, 2022
17.17: Writing in the Public Domain
Apr 24, 2022
17.16: Miscellaneous Structures
Apr 17, 2022
17.15: Storytelling in the Footnotes
Apr 10, 2022
17.14: Structuring for Disordered or Order-less Reading Order
Apr 03, 2022
17.13: Structuring Around a Thing
Mar 27, 2022
17.12: Structuring a Story Within a Story
Mar 20, 2022
17.11: Structuring with Multiple Timelines
Mar 13, 2022
17.10: Structuring with Multiple POVs
Mar 06, 2022
17.9: Let’s Talk About Structure
Feb 27, 2022
17.8: The Alchemy of Creativity
Feb 20, 2022
17.7: Dissecting Influence
Feb 13, 2022
17.6: Hitting Reset Without Getting Hit Back
Feb 06, 2022
17.5: The Promise of the Brand
Jan 30, 2022
17.4: The Gun on the Mantel is Actually a Fish
Jan 23, 2022
17.3: Chekov’s Surprising Yet Inevitable Inverted Gun
Jan 16, 2022
17.2: It Was a Promise of Three Parts
Jan 09, 2022
17.1: Genre and Media are Promises
Jan 02, 2022
16.52: Structure is a Promise
Dec 26, 2021
16.51: Promises are a Structure
Dec 19, 2021
16.50: Worldbuilding Finale: Making Deliberate Choices
Dec 12, 2021
16.49: Magic and Technology: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Dec 05, 2021
16.48: Believable Worlds Part 2: Creating Texture
Nov 28, 2021
16.47: Believable Worlds Part 1: The Illusion of Real
Nov 21, 2021
16.46: World and Plot: The Only Constant is Change
Nov 14, 2021
16.45: World and Character Part 2: Moral Frame
Nov 07, 2021
16.44: World and Character Part 1: All Your Characters Are Biased
Oct 31, 2021
16.43: The Narrative Holy Trinity of World, Character, and Plot, with Fonda Lee
Oct 24, 2021
16.42: M.I.C.E. Quotient, After the Fact
Oct 17, 2021
16.41: Middles and Conflicts with M.I.C.E. Structure
Oct 10, 2021
16.40: Nesting Threads in the M.I.C.E. Quotient
Oct 03, 2021
16.39: Deep Dive into “Event”
Sep 26, 2021
16.38: Deep Dive into “Character”
Sep 19, 2021
16.37: Deep Dive Into “Inquiry”
Sep 12, 2021
16.36: Deep Dive into “Milieu”
Sep 05, 2021
16.35: What is the M.I.C.E. Quotient?
Aug 29, 2021
16.34: Novels Are Layer Cakes
Aug 22, 2021
16.33: Tell, Don’t Show
Aug 15, 2021
16.32: First Page Fundamentals—THE KILLING FLOOR, by Lee Childs
Aug 08, 2021
16.31: First Page Fundamentals—MOBY DICK
Aug 01, 2021
16.30: First Page Fundamentals—THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE
Jul 25, 2021
16.29: Building Trust
Jul 18, 2021
16.28: Common First-Page Mistakes
Jul 11, 2021
16.27: Nobody Wants to Read a Book
Jul 04, 2021
16.26: Working With Teams
Jun 27, 2021
16.25: Breaking Into Game Writing
Jun 20, 2021
16.24: Worldbuilding for Games
Jun 13, 2021
BONUS EPISODE! 2021 WXR Early-Bird Announcement
Jun 10, 2021
16.23: Rules and Mechanics
Jun 06, 2021
16.22: Scenes and Set Pieces
May 30, 2021
16.21: Player Characters
May 23, 2021
16.20: Branching Narratives
May 16, 2021
16.19: Intro to Roleplaying Games
May 09, 2021
16.18: Poetry and the Fantastic
May 02, 2021
16.17: The Time To Rhyme
Apr 25, 2021
16.16: Poetic Structure: Part II
Apr 18, 2021
16.15: Poetic Structure, Part I
Apr 11, 2021
16.14: Poetic Language
Apr 04, 2021
16.13: Day Brain vs. Night Brain
Mar 28, 2021
16.12 : Singing Versus Speaking
Mar 21, 2021
16.11: What is Poetry?
Mar 14, 2021
16.10: Paying it Forward, with Kevin J. Anderson
Mar 07, 2021
16.9: Crossing The Revenue Streams
Feb 28, 2021
16.8: Smart Promotion
Feb 21, 2021
16.7: To Series, or Not to Series
Feb 14, 2021
16.6: Building Your Brand
Feb 07, 2021
16.5: Pros and Contracts
Jan 31, 2021
16.4: Networking
Jan 24, 2021
16.3: Publishing Pitfalls
Jan 17, 2021
16.02: Publishers Are Not Your Friends
Jan 10, 2021
16.01: Your Career is Your Business
Jan 03, 2021
15.52: Economy of Phrase, Being the Concentrated Concatenation of Complex Thoughts in Just a Very Few Words Which Must Fit In A Very Very Small Box, With Patrick Rothfuss
Dec 27, 2020
15.51: Feedback—When to Listen, and When to Ignore, with special guest Mahtab Narsimhan
Dec 20, 2020
15.50: Juggling Ensembles
Dec 13, 2020
15.49: Maintaining Passion for a Story, with special guest Mahtab Narsimhan
Dec 06, 2020
15.48: Deliberate Discomfort, Part Two
Nov 29, 2020
15.47: Worldbuilding Science Fiction, with Cory Doctorow
Nov 22, 2020
15.46: Crafting Chinese-American Characters
Nov 15, 2020
15.45: Worldbuilding Fantasy, with Patrick Rothfuss
Nov 08, 2020
15.44: Rebooting a Career
Nov 01, 2020
15.43: Audiobook Narration, with Bruce D Richardson
Oct 25, 2020
15.42: Writing The End
Oct 18, 2020
15.41: Researching the FCK out of Things, with Cory Doctorow
Oct 11, 2020
15.40: Researching for Writing the Other
Oct 04, 2020
15.39: Translation, with special guest Alex Shvartsman
Sep 27, 2020
15.38: Depicting Religions That Are Not Your Own
Sep 20, 2020
15.37: Writing Under Deadlines
Sep 13, 2020
15.36: Collaboration, with Shannon and Dean Hale
Sep 06, 2020
15.35: Tools for Writing and Worldbuilding, with Erin Roberts
Aug 30, 2020
15.34: Writing Deliberate Discomfort
Aug 23, 2020
15.33: The Long, Dark Second Act of the Soul
Aug 16, 2020
15.32: Short Story Markets
Aug 09, 2020
15.31: The Agent in the Room
Aug 02, 2020
15.30: Write What You Want To Know, with Laurell K. Hamilton
Jul 26, 2020
15.29: Barbie Pre-Writing, with Janci Patterson and Megan Walker
Jul 19, 2020
15.28: Small Evils
Jul 12, 2020
15.27: Alternate History, with Eric Flint
Jul 05, 2020
15.26: Taking the Chance, with David Weber
Jun 28, 2020
15.25: Using the MICE Quotient for Conflict
Jun 21, 2020
15.24: Keeping it Fresh, with Jim Butcher
Jun 14, 2020
15.23: Serialization
Jun 07, 2020
15.22 Writing For Children, with Shannon and Dean Hale
May 31, 2020
15.21: Writing About Children, with Shannon and Dean Hale
May 24, 2020
15.20: Mental Wellness and Writing
May 17, 2020
15.19: As You Know, This Episode Is About Exposition
May 10, 2020
15.18: Finding a Community, with Shauna Hoffman
May 03, 2020
15.17: Asexual Representation
Apr 26, 2020
15.16: Balancing Plot and Character
Apr 19, 2020
15.15: Dialog
Apr 12, 2020
15.14: Agent Query Trenches
Apr 05, 2020
15.13: Using Elections in Stories
Mar 29, 2020
15.12: Writing the Other—Being an Ally
Mar 22, 2020
15.11: Digital is Different, with Cory Doctorow
Mar 15, 2020
15.10: Evaluating Ideas
Mar 08, 2020
15.09: Choose Your Own Adventurous Publishing Path
Mar 01, 2020
15.08: Q&A on a Ship
Feb 23, 2020
15.07: Creating Chapters
Feb 16, 2020
15.06: Prose and Cons, with Patrick Rothfuss
Feb 09, 2020
15.05: Setting Goals for Your Career
Feb 02, 2020
15.04: Revision, with Patrick Rothfuss
Jan 26, 2020
15.03: Self Publishing
Jan 19, 2020
15.02: Writing Between the Lines
Jan 12, 2020
15.01: Evolution of a Career
Jan 05, 2020
14.52: Game Mastering and Collaborative Storytelling, with Natasha Ence
Dec 29, 2019
14.51: A Farewell to Worldbuilding
Dec 22, 2019
14.50: Write What You… No.
Dec 15, 2019
14.49: Customs and Mores
Dec 08, 2019
14.48: How to Practice Worldbuilding
Dec 01, 2019
14.47: Writing Characters With Physical Disabilities
Nov 24, 2019
14.46: Unusual Resources
Nov 17, 2019
14.45: Economics
Nov 10, 2019
14.44: Realism vs. Rule-of-Cool
Nov 03, 2019
14.43: Sequencing Your Career Genome
Oct 27, 2019
14.42: Alternate History
Oct 20, 2019
14.41: History
Oct 13, 2019
14.40: Deep vs. Wide
Oct 06, 2019
14.39: Positioning Your Book in the Marketplace
Sep 29, 2019
14.38: Volunteer Opportunities for Writers, with Jared Quan
Sep 22, 2019
14.37: Outlandish Impossibilities
Sep 15, 2019
14.36: Languages and Naming
Sep 08, 2019
14.35: What You Leave Out
Sep 01, 2019
14.34: Author Branding
Aug 25, 2019
14.33: Writing Imperfect Worlds
Aug 18, 2019
Worldbuilding Gender Roles
Aug 11, 2019
14.31: Cultural Setting as Conflict
Aug 06, 2019
14.30: Eating Your Way to Better Worldbuilding
Jul 28, 2019
14.29: Field Research
Jul 21, 2019
14.28: Warfare and Weaponry
Jul 14, 2019
14.27: Natural Setting as Conflict
Jul 07, 2019
14.26: Lessons from Aristotle, with Rob Kimbro
Jun 30, 2019
14.25: Choosing Your Agent
Jun 23, 2019
14.24: Political Intrigue
Jun 16, 2019
14.23: Governments Large and Small
Jun 09, 2019
14.22: Characters out of Their Depth
Jun 02, 2019
14.21: Writing The Other — Yes, You Can!
May 26, 2019
14.20: Allegory in Fiction
May 19, 2019
14.19: Religion and Ritual
May 12, 2019
14.18: Setting as Theme
May 05, 2019
14.17: It’s Like “Car Talk” meets “Welcome To Nightvale”
Apr 28, 2019
14.16: Your Setting is a Telegraph
Apr 21, 2019
14.15: Technology
Apr 14, 2019
14.14: When To Tell
Apr 07, 2019
WX 14.13: Obstacles vs. Complications
Mar 31, 2019
14.12: Writing The Other — Latinx Representation
Mar 24, 2019
14.11: Magic Without Rules
Mar 17, 2019
14.10: Magic Systems
Mar 10, 2019
14.9: Showing Off
Mar 03, 2019
14.8: Worldbuilding Q&A #1
Feb 24, 2019
14.7: How Weird is Too Weird?
Feb 17, 2019
14.6: Fantasy and Science Fiction Races
Feb 10, 2019
14.5: Viewpoint as Worldbuilding
Feb 03, 2019
14.04: Writing the Other—Bisexual Characters
Jan 27, 2019
14.03: World of Hats
Jan 20, 2019
14.02: Geography and Biomes
Jan 13, 2019
14.01: Worldbuilding Begins! Up Front, or On the Fly?
Jan 06, 2019
13.52: Working Dad is a Spaceman
Dec 30, 2018
13.51: Wrap-up on the Year of Character
Dec 25, 2018
13.50: What Writers Get Wrong, with Zoraida Córdova
Dec 16, 2018
13.49: How to Finish
Dec 09, 2018
13.48: Character Death and Plot Armor
Dec 02, 2018
13.47: Q&A on Fixing Characters
Nov 25, 2018
13.46: The Unsexy Side of Space, with Bart Smith and Ben Hewett
Nov 18, 2018
NaNoWriMo 2018 Bonus Episode, with Mercedes Lackey
Nov 15, 2018
13.45: Next Level Narration
Nov 11, 2018
NaNoWriMo 2018 Mini-Episode 2
Nov 07, 2018
13.44: Alien Characters
Nov 04, 2018
NaNoWriMo 2018 Mini-Episode 1
Oct 31, 2018
13.43: Characters Who Are Smarter Than You Are
Oct 28, 2018
13.42: Writing Excuses Talks to an Astronaut, with Special Guest Kjell Lindgren
Oct 21, 2018
13.41: Fixing Character Problems, Part II
Oct 14, 2018
13.40: Fixing Character Problems, Part I
Oct 07, 2018
13.39: What Writers Get Wrong, With Wendy Tolliver
Sep 30, 2018
13.38: How to Find and Use Alpha Readers
Sep 23, 2018
13.37: What Writers Get Wrong, with J.Y. Yang
Sep 16, 2018
13.36: Confronting the Default
Sep 09, 2018
13.35: Cliché vs. Archetype
Sep 02, 2018
13.34: Q&A on Character Arcs
Aug 26, 2018
13.b1: Bonus Episode — Elephants and Death, with Lawrence Schoen
Aug 22, 2018
13.33: Reading Outside the Box
Aug 19, 2018
13.32: How To Handle Weighty Topics
Aug 12, 2018
13.31: Learning to Listen as a Writer
Aug 05, 2018
13.30: Project in Depth, THE CALCULATING STARS, with Kjell Lindgren
Jul 29, 2018
13.29: Iconic Heroes
Jul 22, 2018
13.28: What Writers Get Wrong, with Wildstyle
Jul 15, 2018
13.27: Characters as Foils
Jul 08, 2018
13.26: Character Relationships
Jul 01, 2018
13.25: Our Journey With Character
Jun 24, 2018
13.24: What Writers Get Wrong, with Piper, Aliette, and Wesley, with special guest Ken Liu
Jun 17, 2018
13.23: Internal Conflicts
Jun 10, 2018
13.22: Character Arcs
Jun 03, 2018
13.21: Q&A on Character Depth and Motivation
May 27, 2018
13.20: Fear and Writing, with Emma Newman
May 20, 2018
13.19: Backstories
May 13, 2018
13.18: Naturally Revealing Character Motivation
May 06, 2018
13.17: What Writers Get Wrong, with Jamahl Crouch
Apr 29, 2018
13.16: Avoiding Flat Characters
Apr 22, 2018
13.15: What Writers Get Wrong, with Mike Stop Continues
Apr 15, 2018
13.14: Character Nuance
Apr 08, 2018
13.13: Character Voice
Apr 01, 2018
13.12: Q&A on Heroes, Villains, and Main Characters
Mar 25, 2018
13.11: Writing Secondary Characters, with Charlaine Harris
Mar 18, 2018
13.10: Handling a Large Cast
Mar 11, 2018
13.9: Quick Characterization
Mar 04, 2018
13.8: Making Characters Distinctive
Feb 25, 2018
13.7: What Writers Get Wrong, with Lou Perry
Feb 18, 2018
13.6: External Conflicts for Characters
Feb 11, 2018
13.5: Villain, Antagonist, Obstacle
Feb 04, 2018
13.4: Protagonists Who Aren’t Sympathetic
Jan 28, 2018
13.3: What Writers Get Wrong, with Aliette de Bodard
Jan 21, 2018
13.2: Writing Active Characters
Jan 14, 2018
13.1: Hero, Protagonist, Main Character
Jan 07, 2018
12.53: Writing Excuses True Confessions
Dec 31, 2017
12.52: Cross-Genres as Gateways
Dec 24, 2017
12.51: Constructed Languages, with Dirk Elzinga
Dec 17, 2017
12.50: Form and Function
Dec 10, 2017
12.49: Non-linear Narratives
Dec 03, 2017
12.48: Q&A on Novels and Series, with Brian McClellan
Nov 26, 2017
12.47: Screenwriting and the Writers Room, with JD Payne
Nov 19, 2017
12.46: Reinventing Yourself
Nov 12, 2017
12.45: Structuring a Series
Nov 05, 2017
12.44: NaNoWriMo 2017 Primer
Oct 29, 2017
12.43: Serialized Storytelling
Oct 22, 2017
12.42: Adapting Your Stories for Game Play, with Alan Bahr
Oct 15, 2017
12.41: Raising the Stakes
Oct 08, 2017
12.40: Structuring a Novel
Oct 01, 2017
12.39: Q&A on Short(er) Fiction
Sep 24, 2017
12.38: What Do Editors Really Want, with Toni Weisskopf and Cat Rambo
Sep 17, 2017
12.37: Subplots
Sep 10, 2017
12.36: Structuring a Mid-Length Piece
Sep 03, 2017
12.35: Short Fiction Markets, with Spencer Ellsworth and guest host Beth Meacham
Aug 27, 2017
12.34: Fulfilling the Reader’s Fantasy, with Brian McClellan
Aug 20, 2017
12.33: How to be Brief, Yet Powerful
Aug 13, 2017
12.32: Structuring a Short Piece
Aug 06, 2017
12.31: What Makes a Good Monster, with Courtney Alameda
Jul 30, 2017
12.30: Tools for Writers
Jul 23, 2017
12.29: “Oh Crap, the Cops are Here!” with Joe McKinney
Jul 16, 2017
12.28: Trimming and Expanding
Jul 09, 2017
12.27: Choosing a Length
Jul 02, 2017
12.26: Q&A on Outlining and Discovery Writing
Jun 25, 2017
12.25: Hiring an Editor, with Callie Stoker
Jun 18, 2017
12.24: Creating Great Outlines
Jun 11, 2017
12.23: Proposals, Pitches, and Queries
Jun 04, 2017
12.22: Hybrid Outlining and Discovery Writing
May 28, 2017
12.21: Narrative Bumper Pool, with Bill Fawcett and Carrie Patel
May 21, 2017
12.20: Retrofitting Structure into a First Draft
May 14, 2017
12.19: Structure on the Fly
May 07, 2017
12.18: Gendered Dialect, with J.R. Johansson
Apr 30, 2017
12.17: Q&A on Style, Diction, and Paragraphing
Apr 23, 2017
12.16: Writing Crime Fiction with Brian Keene
Apr 16, 2017
12.15: Pacing With Chapters
Apr 09, 2017
12.14: Controlling Pacing with Structure
Apr 03, 2017
12.13: Beautiful Prose, Purple Prose
Mar 26, 2017
12.12: Words as Words, with Linda Addison
Mar 19, 2017
12.11: Diction
Mar 12, 2017
12.10: Developing Your Own, Personal Style
Mar 05, 2017
12.9: Q&A on Viewpoint
Feb 26, 2017
12.8 Short Stories as Exploration, with Tananarive Due
Feb 19, 2017
12.7: Description Through the Third Person Lens
Feb 12, 2017
12.6: Variations on Third Person
Feb 05, 2017
12.5: Literary Fiction
Jan 29, 2017
12.4: Hybrid Viewpoints
Jan 22, 2017
12.3: Project in Depth, “Risk Assessment,” by Sandra Tayler
Jan 15, 2017
12.2: How to Nail Character Voice in First Person
Jan 08, 2017
12.1: Variations on First Person
Jan 01, 2017
11.52: Elemental Ensemble Q&A, With Claudia Gray
Dec 24, 2016
11.51: Ensemble as a Sub-Genre, with Lynne M. Thomas
Dec 18, 2016
11.50: Hand-Selling Your Book to Potential Readers, with Michael R. Underwood
Dec 11, 2016
11.49: Elemental Ensemble, with Michael Damien Thomas
Dec 04, 2016
11.Bonus-04: Fantasy Food, with Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch
Nov 29, 2016
11.48: Elemental Issue Q&A, with DongWon Song
Nov 27, 2016
11.47: Issue as a Subgenre, with Steven Barnes
Nov 20, 2016
11.46: Colonialism, with Steven Barnes, Tempest Bradford, DongWon Song, and Shveta Thakrar
Nov 13, 2016
11.45: Elemental Issue, with Desiree Burch
Nov 06, 2016
11.Bonus-03: Some Books Have Maps in the Front, with Maurice Broaddus, Mur Lafferty, and James Sutter
Nov 03, 2016
11.Bonus-02: Horrifying the Children, with Darren Shan
Nov 01, 2016
11.44: Project in Depth, GHOST TALKERS, by Mary Robinette Kowal
Oct 30, 2016
11.43: Elemental Drama Q&A, with Tananarive Due
Oct 23, 2016
11.42: Elemental Drama as a Sub-Genre
Oct 16, 2016
11.Bonus-01: Characterization and Differentiation, with Robin Hobb
Oct 13, 2016
11.41: The Editor’s Wish List, with Navah Wolfe
Oct 09, 2016
11.40: Elemental Drama
Oct 02, 2016
11.39: Elemental Relationship Q&A, with Greg van Eekhout
Sep 25, 2016
11.38: The Elemental Relationship as a Sub-Genre
Sep 18, 2016
11.37: Casting Your Book, with Gama Martinez
Sep 11, 2016
11.36: The Elemental Relationship
Sep 04, 2016
11.35: Elemental Humor Q&A with Victoria Schwab
Aug 28, 2016
11.34: Humor as a Sub-Genre
Aug 21, 2016
11.33: Crossover Fiction, with Victoria Schwab
Aug 14, 2016
11.32: The Element of Humor
Aug 07, 2016
11.31: Futurism, with Trina Marie Phillips
Jul 31, 2016
11.30: Elemental Thriller Q&A
Jul 24, 2016
11.29: Elemental Thriller as a Subgenre
Jul 17, 2016
11.28: Impostor Syndrome, with Alyssa Wong
Jul 10, 2016
11.27: The Elemental Thriller
Jul 03, 2016
11.26: Elemental Mystery Q&A
Jun 26, 2016
11.25: Elemental Mystery is Everywhere
Jun 19, 2016
11.24: Stakes!
Jun 12, 2016
11.23: The Element of Mystery
Jun 05, 2016
11.22: Examining Unconscious Biases, with Shannon Hale
May 29, 2016
11.21: Q&A on Elemental Horror, with Steve Diamond
May 22, 2016
11.20: Horror as a Subgenre
May 15, 2016
11.19: Fashion for Writers, with Rebecca McKinney
May 08, 2016
11.18: Elemental Horror
May 01, 2016
11.17: Elemental Adventure Q&A
Apr 24, 2016
11.16: Adventure as a Subgenre
Apr 17, 2016
11.15: The Environment, with L.E. Modessit, Jr.
Apr 10, 2016
11.14: The Element of Adventure
Apr 03, 2016
11.13: Elemental Idea Q&A
Mar 27, 2016
11.12: Idea as Subgenre, With Nancy Fulda
Mar 20, 2016
11.11: Self Publishing in 2016, with Michaelbrent Collings
Mar 13, 2016
11.10: Idea, as Genre, with Nancy Fulda
Mar 06, 2016
11.09: Q&A on the Element of Wonder
Feb 28, 2016
11.08: Wonder as a Subgenre
Feb 21, 2016
11.07: The Convention Survival Kit, with Gail Carriger
Feb 14, 2016
11.06: The Element of Wonder
Feb 07, 2016
11.05: Writing and World Building for Role Playing Games
Jan 31, 2016
11.04: Newton’s Laws of Writing
Jan 24, 2016
11.03: Layering The Elemental Genres
Jan 17, 2016
11.2: How To Get The Most Out Of A Conference, with Kathy Chung
Jan 10, 2016
Writing Excuses 11.1: Introduction to Elemental Genre
Jan 03, 2016
Writing Excuses 10.52: Moving On, with Ellen Kushner
Dec 27, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.51: Q&A on Showing Your Work, with Daniel José Older
Dec 20, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.50: How to Hand-Sell Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors, with Michael Underwood and Marco Palmieri
Dec 13, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.49: What Do I Do With This Thing Now?
Dec 06, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.48: Project in Depth, The Devil’s Only Friend
Nov 29, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.47: Q&A on Revision
Nov 22, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.46: How Do I Make This Pretty?
Nov 15, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.45: Q&A at the GenCon Writing Symposium, with Kameron Hurley, James L. Sutter, and Michael Underwood
Nov 08, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.44: How Do I Fix What is Broken?
Nov 01, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.43: Q&A on Endings, with Delia Sherman
Oct 25, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.42: How In The World Do I Tie All This Together?
Oct 18, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.41: Your Character’s Moral Pendulum
Oct 11, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.40: What’s the Difference Between Ending and Stopping?
Oct 04, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.39: Q&A on Plot Twists with Kevin J. Anderson
Sep 27, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.38: How Does Context Shape Dialog?
Sep 20, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.37: Being a Good Panelist and a Great Moderator, with Susan J. Morris and Marc Tassin
Sep 13, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.36: How Does Context Shape Plot Twists?
Sep 06, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.35: Breaking In, With Charlie N. Holmberg
Aug 30, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.34: Q&A on Pacing
Aug 23, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.33: Combat, with Marie Brennan
Aug 16, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.32: How Do I Control the Speed of the Story?
Aug 09, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.31: How Do I Control the Reader’s Sense of Progress?
Aug 02, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.30: Q&A on Middles, with Marie Brennan
Jul 26, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.29: Why Should My Characters Fail Spectacularly?
Jul 19, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.28: Polytheism in Fiction, with Marie Brennan
Jul 12, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.27: Why Can’t I Just Jump to the Ending?
Jul 05, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.26: Q&A on Scenes and Description
Jun 28, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.25: What Makes a Scene?
Jun 21, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.24: Hooking Younger Readers
Jun 14, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.23: Can You Tell Me How To Show?
Jun 07, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.22: Project-in-Depth—Of Noble Family
May 31, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.21: Q&A on World Building
May 24, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.20: How Do I Write a Story, Not an Encyclopedia?
May 17, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.19: Intrigue
May 10, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.18: Build an Entire World? Are You Crazy?
May 03, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.17: Q&A on Beginnings
Apr 26, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.16: What Do I Do With All This Blank Space?
Apr 19, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.15: Worldbuilding Wilderness with Wes Chu
Apr 12, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.14: How Much of the Beginning Needs to Come First?
Apr 05, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.13: Where is My Story Going?
Mar 30, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.12: Story structure Q&A, with Special Guest Wesley Chu
Mar 23, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.11: Project In Depth: “Parallel Perspectives”
Mar 15, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.10: Q&A with the I Ching
Mar 08, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.9: Where is My Story Coming From?
Mar 02, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.8: Q&A on Character
Feb 22, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.7: Who Are All These People?
Feb 16, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.6: The Worldbuilding Revolves Around Me (“The Magical 1%”)
Feb 09, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.5: What Do You Mean My Main Character is Boring?
Feb 02, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.4: Q&A on Ideas
Jan 25, 2015
2015 Hugo Award Eligibility – SHADOWS BENEATH
Jan 21, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.3: Lovecraftian Horror
Jan 20, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.2: I Have an Idea; What Do I Do Now?
Jan 12, 2015
Writing Excuses 10.1: Seriously, Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
Jan 05, 2015
Writing Excuses 9.54: Capstone to Season 9
Dec 29, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.53: Writing For Fun
Dec 22, 2014
Writing Excuses Season 9.52: From the Page to the Stage
Dec 15, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.51: Q&A At The Retreat
Dec 08, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.50: Writing for the Enfranchised Reader
Dec 04, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.48: Neurobolics of Characters
Dec 01, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.49: Hiding the Open Grave
Nov 24, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.47: Conversation With a Bookseller
Nov 18, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.46: Disability in Narrative
Nov 09, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.45: Tools for Writing from Oral Storytelling
Nov 03, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.44: Getting in the Writer’s Mindset with Peter Beagle
Oct 27, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.43: Writing Mysteries
Oct 20, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.42: The Convention-Author Relationship, with Deirdre Saoirse Moen
Oct 12, 2014
Registration is open for the 2015 Out of Excuses Writing Workshop and Retreat
Oct 09, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.41: Fan Writing, with Christopher J. Garcia
Oct 05, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.40: Understanding Royalties, with Paul Stevens
Sep 28, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.39: Publicity for Books
Sep 22, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.38: Q&A at Westercon
Sep 15, 2014
9.37: Training A Critique Group, with Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
Sep 08, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.36: Writing Instruction
Sep 01, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.35: What to do when you disagree with your editor
Aug 24, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.34: Science Fiction as Science Education
Aug 17, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.33: Microcasting
Aug 10, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.32: Adjusting Character Proactivity
Aug 03, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.31: Critiquing “An Honest Death”
Jul 27, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.30: Critiquing A Fire in the Heavens
Jul 20, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.29: Part 2 of 2, Critiquing Sixth of the Dusk
Jul 13, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.28: Part 1 of 2, Critiquing Sixth of the Dusk
Jul 06, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.27: Pre-writing
Jun 30, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.26: Adjusting Character Competence
Jun 23, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.25: Adjusting Character Sympathy
Jun 16, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.24: Side Quests
Jun 09, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.23: World Building Without Breaking Viewpoint
Jun 02, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.22: Microcasting
May 26, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.21: Sanderson’s 3rd Law
May 19, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.20: Creator vs Creation
May 12, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.19: Showing Emotion
May 05, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.18: Microcasting
Apr 28, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.17: Microcasting
Apr 21, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.16: Coming up with a New Ending Halfway Through
Apr 16, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.15: Becoming a Writer—Full Disclosure
Apr 07, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.14: How to have an Opinion as a Public Figure
Apr 04, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.13: Three Pronged Character Development
Mar 30, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.12: Microcasting! Twice in a row!
Mar 24, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.11: Microcasting
Mar 17, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.10: Engaging Characters
Mar 10, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.9: What to do When Truth is Stranger than Fiction
Mar 03, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.8: When is your Handwavium Good Enough?
Feb 24, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.7: Last Pass Revisions with Eric James Stone
Feb 16, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.6: The Experience of Time
Feb 10, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.5: Hijacking the Knowledge You Already Have, with Mette Ivie Harrison
Feb 03, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.4: Artificial Intelligence with Nancy Fulda
Jan 27, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.3: Character Perception vs. Narrative Perception with Nancy Fulda
Jan 19, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.2: Hard Science Fiction with Eric James Stone
Jan 13, 2014
Writing Excuses 9.1: Chronology of a Book Deal with Eric James Stone
Jan 06, 2014
Writing Excuses 8.52: You Think You Don’t Have Time to Write, with Mette Ivie Harrison
Dec 30, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.51: Creative non-fiction with Mette Ivie Harrison
Dec 23, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.50: Q&A with Mercedes Lackey
Dec 15, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.49: Hard Social Science Fiction with Joel Shepherd
Dec 08, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.48: Long-Form Storytelling with Sam Logan
Dec 01, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.47: Roguishness with Scott Lynch
Nov 25, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.46: Editing with Aeryn Rudel
Nov 17, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.45: Gencon Q&A With Wesley Chu
Nov 11, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.44: Talking Publishing with Tom Doherty
Nov 03, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.43: Realistic Melee Fighting with Wesley Chu
Oct 27, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.42: The Internal Heckler vs. The Internal Editor
Oct 20, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.41: Out of Excuses Retreat Microcasting
Oct 14, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.40: Publishing with Bill Schafer
Oct 07, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.39: Dystopian Fiction with Cherie Priest
Sep 30, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.38:Out of Excuses Retreat Q&A #2
Sep 23, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.37: When Fail Happens in Your Career
Sep 16, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.36: Transitioning Characters in Prominence
Sep 08, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.35: Digging Yourself Out of Holes with Jeph Jacques
Sep 01, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.34: Survivorship Bias
Aug 26, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.33: Making Non-Human Characters Relatable
Aug 18, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.32: Microcasting
Aug 11, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.31: Combining Dialogue, Blocking, and Description
Aug 04, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.30: Writing Reluctant Characters
Jul 29, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.29: Out of Excuses Retreat Q&A #1
Jul 22, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.28: Your First Contract
Jul 14, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.27: Chapter Breakdowns
Jul 07, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.26: Space Opera
Jun 30, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.25: Middle Grade with E.J. Patten
Jun 23, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.24: Project in Depth–Kiss Me Twice
Jun 16, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.23: Microcasting
Jun 09, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.22: Pre-writing with E.J. Patten
Jun 02, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.21: What the Avengers did Right
May 26, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.20: The Short Story, with Mary Robinette Kowal
May 19, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.19: Writing and Convention Culture
May 12, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.18: Blocking
May 06, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.17: Microcasting
Apr 28, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.16: Brainstorming with Brandon Again
Apr 22, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.15: Narrative Rhythm
Apr 15, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.14: Brainstorming with Brandon
Apr 07, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.13: Fake It Till You Make it
Apr 01, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.12: Project in Depth — Deus ex Nauseum
Mar 24, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.11: Abnormal Psychology
Mar 18, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.10: Brainstorming With Howard Again
Mar 11, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.9: Brainstorming with Howard
Mar 04, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.8: Writing and Personal Health
Feb 25, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.7: Cliffhangers and Icebergs with Robison Wells
Feb 17, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.6: Retellings and Adaptations
Feb 11, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.5: Breaking the Rules
Feb 04, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.4: Side-Character Arcs
Jan 28, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.3: Pets
Jan 21, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.2: Hero’s Journey
Jan 13, 2013
Writing Excuses 8.1: Microcasting
Jan 06, 2013
Writing Excuses 7.54: Four Ways the Industry is Changing
Dec 31, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.53: Secret History
Dec 26, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.52: Microcasting
Dec 17, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.51: Brainstorming with Mary
Dec 12, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.50: Outlining the Mary Way
Dec 10, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.49: Beginnings Revisited
Dec 03, 2012
NaNoWriMo 2012: Bonus Episode 4, with Mary & Brandon
Nov 29, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.48: Pixar Rules for Writing a Compelling Story
Nov 26, 2012
NaNoWriMo 2012: Bonus Episode 3, with Howard
Nov 23, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.47: Raising the Stakes
Nov 19, 2012
NaNoWriMo 2012: Bonus Mini-Episode 2, with Dan & Rob
Nov 15, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.46: Project in Depth The Emperor’s Soul
Nov 12, 2012
NaNoWriMo 2012: Bonus Mini-Episode 1, with Brandon & Mary
Nov 08, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.45: Microcasting
Nov 05, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.44: Writing for Comics with Jim Zub
Oct 29, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.43: Tie-in Fantasy Fiction with James L Sutter
Oct 22, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.42: Contemporary YA Fiction
Oct 15, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.41: Seven-Point Story Structure
Oct 07, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.40: Writing the Other
Oct 01, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.39: Death
Sep 23, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.38: Writing Love Scenes
Sep 16, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.37: Pantsing
Sep 10, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.35: Brainstorming with Dan
Sep 02, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.36: Writing Gaming Fiction with Monte Cook
Aug 27, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.34: How to Start the Next One
Aug 19, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.33: Authentic Emotion
Aug 13, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.32: Astronomy 101 for Writers
Aug 06, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.31: Project in Depth — Hollow City
Jul 30, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.30: Micocasting…Again!
Jul 23, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.29: The Villain Problem
Jul 15, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.28: Project in Depth– Glamour in Glass
Jul 09, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.27: The Problem of Originality
Jul 02, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.26: Q&A at UVU part 2
Jun 25, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.25: Writing Capers
Jun 17, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.24: Project in Depth — Way of Kings
Jun 10, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.23: Time Travel
Jun 03, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.22: Microcasting
May 27, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.21: Project In Depth — Force Multiplication
May 21, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.20: Cathartic Horror
May 14, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.19: Q&A at UVU
May 07, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.18: Discovering your Voice
Apr 30, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.17: Guns and Fiction
Apr 23, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.16: Continuing with Mary’s Outline
Apr 16, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.15: Editing Mary’s Outline
Apr 09, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.14: Writing Excuses
Apr 01, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.13: Man Vs. Nature
Mar 25, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.12: Writing the Omniscient Viewpoint
Mar 18, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.11: More Microcasting
Mar 12, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.10: Importance of Criticism, with David Brin
Mar 05, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.9: Microcasting
Feb 27, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.8: The City as a Character
Feb 20, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.7: Historical Fantasy
Feb 13, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.6: Behind the Marshmallow
Feb 06, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.5: Sensory Writing
Jan 30, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.4: Brevity
Jan 23, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.3: Fauna and Flora
Jan 16, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.2: World Building Flora and Fauna
Jan 09, 2012
Writing Excuses 7.1 When Good Characters Go Bad
Jan 02, 2012
Writing Excuses 6.30: Help! I Can’t End My Book!
Dec 26, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.29: Character Foils
Dec 19, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.28: Interstitial Art
Dec 12, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.27: Fantasy Setting Yard Sale
Dec 04, 2011
NaNoWriMo Pep-talk from Howard
Nov 30, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.26: Mystery Plotting
Nov 28, 2011
NaNoWriMo Pep-Talk from Dan
Nov 23, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.25: When Characters do Dumb Things
Nov 21, 2011
NaNoWriMo Pep-Talk from Mary
Nov 17, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.24: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime
Nov 14, 2011
NaNoWriMo Pep-Talk from Brandon
Nov 09, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.23: Pigeon Holes
Nov 07, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.22: Continuing Education for Writers
Oct 31, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.21: Brainstorming From Story Seeds
Oct 24, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.20: Endings
Oct 17, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.19: Pitching
Oct 10, 2011
6.18: The Hollywood Formula, with Lou Anders
Oct 02, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.17: Writing Assistants
Sep 25, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.16: Gender Roles–Black, White, and Gray
Sep 19, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.15: Writing Other Cultures
Sep 12, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.14: Suspension of Disbelief
Sep 05, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.13: World Building Communications Technology
Aug 29, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.12: Revising For Description
Aug 22, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.11: Making Your Descriptions Do More Than One Thing
Aug 15, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.10: Scott Card’s M.I.C.E. Quotient
Aug 08, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.9: Microcasting 2 Electric Boogaloo
Jul 31, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.8: What an Agent Does
Jul 25, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.7: Brainstorming a Cyberpunk Story
Jul 18, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.6: Cyberpunk
Jul 11, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.5: Query Letters
Jul 04, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.4: Microcasting
Jun 27, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.3: Professional Organizations
Jun 20, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.2: Internal Motivations
Jun 13, 2011
Writing Excuses 6.1: Can Creativity be Taught?
Jun 06, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.39: Filking and Writing Music with Tom Smith
May 30, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.38: Dialog with John Scalzi
May 23, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.37: Parody and Satire with Jim Hines
May 16, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.36: Non-Traditional Settings with Saladin Ahmed
May 09, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.35: Brainstorming Urban Fantasy
May 02, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.34: Story Bibles
Apr 24, 2011
Writing Excuses on the 2011 Hugo Ballot
Apr 24, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.33: Alpha Readers
Apr 17, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.32: Urban Fantasy
Apr 10, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.31: Writing Romance
Apr 04, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.30: Writing Action
Mar 28, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.29: Rewriting
Mar 21, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.28: E-publishing
Mar 14, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.27: Perseverance, with Sherrilyn Kenyon
Mar 07, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.26: Scared for the Characters
Feb 28, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.25: Writing in Other People’s Universes
Feb 21, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.24: The Author’s Responsibility to the Reader
Feb 14, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.23: Life Day!
Feb 07, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.22: Film Considerations
Jan 31, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.21: Alternate History
Jan 24, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.20: More Dialog Exercises
Jan 17, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.19: Fulfilling Promises to Your Readers
Jan 10, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.18: Offending Your Readers
Jan 03, 2011
Writing Excuses 5.17: Dialog Exercises
Dec 28, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.16: Critiquing Dan’s First Novel
Dec 20, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.12: Time Travel!
Dec 13, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.15: Steampunk with Scott Westerfeld
Dec 06, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.14: Visual Components of Novels with Scott Westerfeld
Nov 29, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.13: Writing the Second Book
Nov 22, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.12: The Secret of Lincoln’s Gold
Nov 22, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.11: MicroPodcasting 2
Nov 15, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.10: John Brown and the Creative Process
Nov 08, 2010
Writing Excuses Bonus Episode! Voting in the Service of a Dark God
Nov 02, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.9: Character Arcs
Nov 01, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.8: The Excuses You’re Out Of
Oct 25, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.7: Avoiding Melodrama
Oct 17, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.6.01: Flash Fiction
Oct 12, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.6: MicroPodcasts
Oct 10, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.5: Writing the Unfamiliar
Oct 04, 2010
Parsec Acceptance Speech 2010
Sep 28, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.4: Creating Suspense
Sep 27, 2010
Writing Excuses 5.3: First Person Viewpoint
Sep 19, 2010
WE 5.2: Character Quirks
Sep 12, 2010
WE 5.1: Third Person Limited
Sep 07, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.34: Q&A at Dragons & Fairy Tales
Aug 29, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.33: Trunk Novels
Aug 23, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.32: First Paragraphs
Aug 16, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.31: Line Editing Dialog
Aug 09, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.30: Worldbuilding the Future
Aug 02, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.29: Line Editing
Jul 26, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.28: Brainstorming The End and Working Backwards
Jul 19, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.27: Major Overhauls to Broken Stories
Jul 12, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.26: Avoiding Stilted Dialog
Jul 05, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.25: Mating Plumage
Jun 27, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.24: Random Storytelling
Jun 20, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.23: How to Break In to the Young Adult Market
Jun 13, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.22: Q&A with L.E. Modesitt, Jr
Jun 07, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.21: Writing Practical Fantasy
May 31, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.20: Strategies for Getting Published
May 24, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.19: Discovery Writing
May 17, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.18: How to Steal for Fun and Profit
May 10, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.17: Living with the Artist
May 03, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.16: Breaking the Fourth Wall
Apr 26, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.15: Visual Components of Storytelling
Apr 19, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.14: Brainstorming Science Ideas
Apr 12, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.13: Juggling Multiple Viewpoints
Apr 05, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.12: Writing An Epic
Mar 29, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.11: Brainstorming From Headlines
Mar 22, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.10: Writing for Young Adults
Mar 14, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.9: How to Write Men, with Jessica Day George
Mar 08, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.8: Working with Editors
Mar 01, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.7: Q&A with James Dashner
Feb 22, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.6: Pacing with James Dashner
Feb 15, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.5: Roleplaying Games as Tools for Story Telling
Feb 08, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.4: Agents. Do you need one?
Feb 01, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.3: How to Manage Your Influences
Jan 25, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.2: Heroism
Jan 17, 2010
Writing Excuses 4.1: Types of Humor
Jan 11, 2010
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 32: Collaboration
Jan 04, 2010
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 31: Tragedy
Dec 28, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 29: Antiheroes
Dec 20, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 30: Unreliable Narrators
Dec 14, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 28: World-Building Gender Roles
Dec 07, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 27: Mixing Humor with Drama and Horror
Dec 01, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 26: NaNoWriMo
Nov 23, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 25: The Business of Writing Comics
Nov 16, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 24: Writing Comics with Jake Black
Nov 09, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 23: How to Write Without Twists
Nov 02, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 22: Idea to Story
Oct 25, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 21: Pitfalls of Self Publishing with Larry Correia
Oct 19, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 20: Plot- vs. Character-Driven Fiction
Oct 12, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 19: Emotion in Fiction with John Brown
Oct 05, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 18: How To Not Repeat Yourself
Sep 28, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 17: Characters & Worldbuilding Q&A with Mary Robinette Kowal
Sep 21, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 16: The Anti-Mary Sue Episode
Sep 13, 2009
Writing Excuses: Parsec Award Acceptance Speech
Sep 13, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 15: Writing Process Q&A, with Mary Robinette Kowal
Sep 06, 2009
3.14: The Four Principles of Puppetry, with Mary Robinette Kowal
Aug 31, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 13: Dialects and In-World Jargon
Aug 24, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 12: Subplots
Aug 17, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 11: Trimming
Aug 09, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 10: The Dos and Don’ts of Attending Cons
Aug 03, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 9: Conventions You Should Be Attending
Jul 27, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 8: What Star Trek Did Right
Jul 20, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 7: Genre Blending
Jul 13, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 6: Dramatic Breaks
Jul 07, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 5: How to Take Criticism
Jun 29, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 3: Stumping Howard at Conduit
Jun 22, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 2: Keeping it Real with Aprilynne Pike
Jun 15, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 4: Non Linear Story Telling
Jun 08, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 1: World-Building History
Jun 01, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 33: How To Not Be Overwhelmed
May 25, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 32: The Most Important Thing Dan Learned In The Last Year
May 18, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 31: The Most Important Thing Brandon Learned In The Last Year
May 11, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 30: The Most Important Thing Howard Learned In The Last Year
May 03, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 29: How not to end your book
Apr 27, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 28: Applying Critical Reading: “Watchmen”
Apr 20, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 27: Reading Critically
Apr 13, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 26: How Publishing is Changing in the new Century
Apr 06, 2009
Writing Excuses Episode 632: Now that we’ve got time travel what do we do with it?
Apr 01, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 25: The Seven Deadly Sins of Slush Stories
Mar 30, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 24: Writing Habits and Q&A with Tracy Hickman
Mar 24, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 23: Avoiding the Cliché with Tracy Hickman
Mar 16, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 22: Marketing 201, Branding for Authors
Mar 09, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 21: Fight Scenes
Mar 02, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 20: Marketing 101 for Creators
Feb 23, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 19: Do Creative Writing Classes Help
Feb 16, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 18: World Building Governments
Feb 09, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 17: Website Marketing for Authors
Feb 02, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 16: Non-Human Races
Jan 26, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 15: Knowing When To Begin
Jan 19, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 14: Writing Habits
Jan 12, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 13: Violence
Jan 05, 2009
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 12: Theme
Dec 29, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 11: Talking Publishing and Writing with Dave Wolverton
Dec 22, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 10: The Boring Parts
Dec 15, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 9: Romance, with Dave Wolverton
Dec 08, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 8: The Three Act Structure with Bob Defendi
Dec 01, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 7: Using Writing Formulas with Bob Defendi
Nov 24, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 6: Endings
Nov 17, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 5: Writing Groups
Nov 11, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 4:View point, Plot Twists and Being a Part-Time Writer with Eric James Stone
Nov 03, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 3: Characters with Brandon Mull
Oct 27, 2008
Writing Season 2 Episode 2: How to Write for Children with Brandon Mull
Oct 20, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Bonus Episode 1: Live at the Mistborn 3 Release
Oct 17, 2008
Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 1: Q&A on Setting and Characters at Mountain Con with John Brown
Oct 13, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 35: Voice, Tone and Style
Oct 06, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 34: What The Dark Knight Did Right
Sep 29, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 33: Side Characters
Sep 22, 2008
Writing Excuses Episodes 32: Talking Exposition with Patrick Rothfuss
Sep 15, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 31: Talking RPG and Game Writing with Steve Jackson
Sep 08, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 30: Talking Revision with Moshe Feder
Sep 02, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 29: Talking Publishing with Lou Anders
Aug 25, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 28: Writing for Webcomics with Phil and Kaja Foglio
Aug 18, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 27: World-Building Religion
Aug 11, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 26: Horror
Aug 05, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 25: Viewpoint and Tense Part 2
Jul 28, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 24: Research
Jul 21, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 23: Viewpoint
Jul 15, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 22: Doing The Unpopular
Jul 07, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 21: Humor
Jun 30, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 20: More Q&A from Conduit
Jun 23, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 19: Plot Twists
Jun 16, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 18: Q&A at Conduit
Jun 09, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 17: This Sucks and I’m a Horrible Writer
Jun 02, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 16: Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard
May 26, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 15: Costs and Ramifications of Magic
May 19, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 14: Magic Systems and their Rules
May 12, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 13: Submitting to Editors Part 2
May 05, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 12: Submitting to Editors Part 1
Apr 28, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 11: The Business of Writing
Apr 21, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 10: Pacing
Apr 14, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 9: Sci-Fi Sub-Genre
Apr 07, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 8: Sci-Fi Genre
Mar 31, 2008
Writing Excuses Bonus Episode 2: Rules of Writing Excuses
Mar 24, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 7: Villains
Mar 24, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 6: Flaws vs Handicaps
Mar 17, 2008
Writing Excuses Bonus Episode 1: Remembering Gary Gygax
Mar 10, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 5: Heroes and Protagonists
Mar 10, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 4: Beginnings
Mar 03, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 3: Killing your Darlings
Feb 25, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 2: Blending the Familiar and the Original
Feb 18, 2008
Writing Excuses Episode 1: Brainstorming
Feb 11, 2008