Writing Excuses 10.10 - Q&A with I Ching

Writing Excuses 10.10 – Q&A with I Ching

Podcast Notes: The I Ching is a collection of poems that you consult with sticks. There are numbers on the sticks that correspond to poems….

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Writing Excuses 10.9: Where is my story coming from?

Writing Excuses 10.9: Where is my story coming from?

Podcast notes: This next series of podcasts is about structure. When sitting down to write a story, make a clear decision about TONE and GENRE….

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Writing Excuses 10.8 - Q&A on Character

Writing Excuses 10.8 – Q&A on Character

Podcast notes: Often in storytelling, the villain has already arrived at their moment of ‘power’ and it’s the protagonist who must rise to that level…

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Writing Excuses 10.7 - Who are all these people?

Writing Excuses 10.7 – Who are all these people?

Podcast notes: We’re talking about casting your book, and how to keep them distinct from each other, big cast or small Who needs to be in…

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Writing Excuses 10.6 - The Worldbuilding revolves around me!

Writing Excuses 10.6 – The Worldbuilding revolves around me!

Podcast notes: So often, worlds are built around a specific set of characters with a “destiny” or a “power” – the magical 1% Sometimes, it…

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Writing Excuses: 10.5 - What do you mean my main character is boring?

Writing Excuses: 10.5 – What do you mean my main character is boring?

Podcast Notes: So often, there are stories with a wonderfully diverse cast, super interesting ensemble…and at the center of that is a super boring main…

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Writing Excuses 10.4 - Q&A on Ideas

Writing Excuses 10.4 – Q&A on Ideas

Podcast notes: It is *definitely* okay for new authors to write derivative work! DO IT! Use it to figure out plat structure, characters, etc. Screenwriters…

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Writing Excuses 10.3: Lovecraftian Horror

Writing Excuses 10.3: Lovecraftian Horror

Podcast notes: Sherry Priest (sp?) – writes in the genre of “Lovecraftian” horror. Lovecraft walked away from the trope that characters needed to make stupid…

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Writing Excuses 10.2 - I have an idea, what now?

Writing Excuses 10.2 – I have an idea, what now?

Podcast Notes: Take each of your ideas, and look for which one has the most built-in or clearest CONFLICT SIMPLE conflict is always the best….

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Writing Excuses 10.1 - Seriously, where do you get your ideas?

Writing Excuses 10.1 – Seriously, where do you get your ideas?

Write down 5 different story ideas (150 words or less) -interview or talking to someone -research reading some source material (magazine/book) -observe something inside or…

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