15.06: Prose and Cons, with Patrick Rothfuss

Your Hosts: Dan, Mary Robinette, Howard, with special guest Patrick Rothfuss

How do you write beautiful prose? How do you set about telling a story with words that sing (and dance, and tell jokes) instead of just conveying information in word-sized chunks?

In this episode we talk about how we do it, and how writers might set out to do good word-do like the best good word-doers do.

Liner Notes: 
Gwendolyn Brooks—We Real Cool


Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson


Go find some poetry, and then read it. Be sure to read it out loud, too.

10 thoughts on “15.06: Prose and Cons, with Patrick Rothfuss”

  1. One of the best helps I’ve found in developing a natural narrative voice, identifying strong from week repetition is Ken McRorie’s Telling Writing. The fizt chapter, The Poison Fish is worth the price of admission.

  2. Few things get me more excited than beautifully utilized language, and this podcast did not disappoint.
    One excellent word-doing is by John Ashbery, “The Painter”, which I was reminded of by the old dog barking backward.
    “My soul, when I paint this next portrait
    Let it be you who wrecks the canvas.”

  3. The windy foursome, Dan, Mary Robinette, Howard, and Patrick Rothfuss, talked about cooking your writing on low heat until you get that rich, delicious flavor. Words, modifiers, sounds, density… lots of interesting ideas about making your writing truly tasty! Go read all about it in the transcript, available now in the archives.

  4. The One Shot podcast network is great. One slight correction though, their (original) Campaign podcast is Star Wars, not Trek

  5. Dang, this one hit it out of the park!

    I used this episode for my shower listening last night, and it put me in a fine mood.

    I’ll admit, though, that I felt a little inadequate after hearing those examples.

  6. Absolutely amazing episode, I listened to it three times in a row the day of, and will be coming back to it regularly in the future. Loved everybody’s input & all the specific quotes, and it was rather inspiring to hear all of you top-rank writers being envious of others’ words! XD

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