Writing Excuses 9.33: Microcasting


It’s our Q&A format, in which each answer is like its own, tiny little podcast, only without its own unique URL, intro, writing prompt, or any of the other trappings that would actually make it different from a Q&A session.

Right. So, it’s basically just a Q&A.

Listen to the podcast for the answers… Here are the questions:

  • Are there biases against non-English writers submitting manuscripts in English?
  • What is the most difficult thing Howard experienced when first creating Schlock Mercenary?
  • Are you ever too old to try to get published?
  • What are some pointers for keeping a milieu story focused on the setting?
  • No, you can’t have a sample of our DNA. None of you.
  • If you were to rewrite your early work, what would you change?
  • How do you improve your proofreading and copy editing?
  • How much time do you spend writing each day? Does it matter WHAT you write during that time?
  • Do you add foreshadowing in the editing stage, or are you just that good?
  • How do you improve your craft as a writer?
  • I don’t have time to ask a question, I’m washing my dog.
  • Do you have any writing exercises that you do regularly?

Introduce a random element–dice, coin-tosses, the i ching–and write a story in which you (the writer) commit to letting the random element make the decisions.

Attack the Geek, by Michael R. Underwood, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal

6 thoughts on “Writing Excuses 9.33: Microcasting”

  1. I’m just going to pretend that you’re playing a joke on the internet community by using “their”.

  2. Oh, come on guys, hair is protein. It has no DNA unless you get a bit of follicle at the bottom.

    In other news, thanks for answering my question about “So what is an example of a non-boring milieu story?” before I asked.

  3. Guys, I just need a little DNA. If you’ve a problem with hair, we could use skin cells you’re already discarding.

    It’s for a good cause.

    I must show them all. The fools.

  4. Great podcast! I especially like the ‘switch genres’ advice.

    I was into writing sci fi and fantasy for the longest time but found myself writing a gangster drama (soon to be either a web comic or motion comic) and the difference was staggering.

    No technobabble, no wands or rayguns to blast away the problems, I was forced to make the characters far more detailed and ‘full’ than I have ever had to before.

  5. Am I the only one having a problem accessing this episode? Every time I try to play it, the sound cuts out a couple of minutes in. I have tried four times on three different devices–two desktops and an Android. Help?

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