Writing Excuses 9.53: Writing For Fun

You know what’s fun? WRITING! Writing is fun. And that, more than anything else, is why we do it.

Or at least it’s why we decided to do it. Making sure that it is still fun is kind of tricky. Also tricky? Writing for nothing more than the fun of it. And this episode is about that.

Missing from this episode: Mary. For contractual reasons we found ourselves in need of 54 episodes during Season 9, and that meant an emergency recording session while Mary was on the road. It also meant you got 54 weekly episodes this year!


Legion: Skin Deep, by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Oliver Wyman

13 thoughts on “Writing Excuses 9.53: Writing For Fun”

  1. Another awesome episode. I am one who writes for fun first. If I get something published someday and it makes a dollar or two that would be nice, but that would simply be frosting in the cake. I’ve learn a lot from these pod casts so thank all of you for that. Also, I just downloaded Legion: Skin Deep from audible.com for free and it’s so funny. Thank you Brandon, I need a good laugh.

    Merry Christmas to all


  2. I just wanted to say quick how much I enjoy your podcast. I discovered it just a month or so ago so now I’m going back through all the old ones too. Thanks so much for doing this!

  3. Great ep, helps to remind me of one of the reason I enjoy Writing Excuses so much. I tried listening to another writing podcast and went to their “Killing your darlings” ep as that’s one of the W.Ex topics that I remember fondly — and that caster’s episode was “[The book you’re working on? Yeah, that. Stop. Throw it out. Burn it. Come up with something else to write. You’ll never sell it. You’re wasting your time].” (paraphrase of the message/tone as I remember). I was amazed. I loved writing what I was working on. Why would I stop?

    Suffice it to say, as a hobbyist writer with no aspirations of publishing, I clearly wasn’t that person’s target audience.

    Even on the W.Ex casts when the topic is the business end of things, they’re still engaging, interesting and insightful and I never feel like there’s a mentality of “oh why don’t you sit this episode out, this one isn’t for /you/”.

    I don’t comment much, so I’ll also take this opportunity to say thank you for another great season!

  4. Great episode. This is one that I think I will want to listen to at intervals in the future.

    However, I’m not going to try doing the writing prompt for this one right now. Changing projects is exactly what I don’t want to do. Both because I am still enjoying this project despite how hard this last push is getting, and because I’m trying to implement some years-old advice and actually finish a project instead of moving on when it gets tough.

    So thanks for the prompt idea, but I’ll save it for when I’m trying to recapture the fun some day in the future. =)

    Keep up the great casts. I’m looking forward to next year already. =)

  5. This was another great episode, but my comments come from this week’s featured audio book, “Legion, Skin Deep”.
    The simple line, “I am not afraid. For I am infinite Batmans.” Is proof positive, that Brandon is a writing genius.
    Bravo sir. Bravo.

  6. Thank you so much. I loved this episode.

    This episode was also rather nostalgic, like the old gang is back together. I love the chemistry you guys have together. It’s just so lighthearted and fun.

  7. Thank you so much!!! (I can’t believe it took me so long to find this website… What have I been doing with my life?) This is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you!

  8. This reminded me of one of the funnest times I had writing.

    I’m a new writer and I tend toward outlining. But I was having trouble with my climactic scene. None of the plot traces felt plausible, so I finally hit that f$#% it point. Just discovery write it, and see if you can move the characters from point A to point B. It was awesomely fun. He landed, but he’ll be found. Don’t worry he’ll roll into a bush. Won’t they search the bush? No, it’s a carnivorous bush. What? Don’t worry, it will be OK once he gets stabbed. Who’s stabbing him? One of the enemies he’s about to team up with … and so on. It finally generated a fully plausible plot that keeps you guessing. In the end, I let one of the characters say what I wanted to say: “Heroes. I’ve read a thousand stories, but I never believed them. Until now.”

    It was a good lesson in not penning myself in. Just write. It ends up that’s where the fun is. But don’t go looking into the sun. ;-)

  9. Thanks for this–and for that neurobolic :)–episode! My focus for 2015 is to recapture as much fun as possible in writing. Recently, I came across something that makes me think fun is not optional.

    In James Scott Bell’s How to Make a Living as a Writer, he quotes Clayton Meeker Hamilton, A Manual of the Art of Fiction (1919). “In the great story-tellers, there is a sort of self-enjoyment in the exercise of the sense of narrative; and this, by sheer contagion, communicates enjoyment to the reader.” James Scott Bell says it in more modern language: “When an author is joyous in his telling, it pulses through the words.”

    Here’s to joy in writing!
    Thanks again!

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