13.51: Wrap-up on the Year of Character

Your Hosts: Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard

We decided to wrap up this year on character by letting Brandon ask us some deep questions. “We decided” might be the wrong phrase, because nobody except Brandon knew what the questions were, so it might be more accurate to say “we rolled with it.”

It rolled quite nicely.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson and mastered by Alex Jackson. It was posted to the web by Howard, who is also the one who didn’t post until twenty-eight hours and twenty-minutes after he should have. 



No homework. No prompt. But, y’know, if you want to flip through the homework you’ve done this year and consider what you’ve improved at, and where you might need more practice, that would be awesome.

5 thoughts on “13.51: Wrap-up on the Year of Character”

  1. And the year ends!
    Now I get to hear a series from beginning to end, and not just jump in the middle.

  2. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks relistening to season 12 on my commute, and when I heard that next season’s topic is going to be world-building, I squealed out loud in my car. The last few seasons have been so helpful, and as a fantasy writer, I couldn’t be more excited for a whole season about world-building!

  3. Putting a bow around the Year of Character, the Utah quartet, Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard, asked themselves a series of hard questions. Life-changing characters, characters that haven’t gotten into a book yet, best and worst characters, and even talking about each other’s characters! Lots to read, in the transcript available now in the archives and over here:


  4. 2018 was the year I caught up on every single past episode of Writing Excuses and actually began following along as they are posted week-to-week. I almost miss the binging.
    I can’t thank you guys enough for how much you’ve contributed to my craft development with all of your thoughtfulness and transparency. I’ve seen so much growth in myself just this year regarding character roundness and depth. I finally have the confidence to make a solid go of agent hunting this coming year!

    I just finished Skyward tonight as my final book of the year. And I adored Spensa’s smack-talking hyperbole. Speaking as an admittedly weird and overly aggressive little girl who grew up to be a weird and overly aggressive “adult”, I loved how well I could connect with her character. Thank you for doing YA sci-fi so well.

  5. Thanks for the great season of “The Year of the Character”! Just the title alone fires the imagination. Interesting guest hosts and guest speakers. Looking forward to “The Year of World-building”. Thanks for supporting all your followers and continuing to make the program thoughtful, informative and fun!

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