15.08: Q&A on a Ship

Your Hosts: Dan, Mary Robinette, DongWon, and Howard

At WXR 19 we recorded live, and took audience questions aboard the ship. Here they are! (You’ll have to listen to the episode for the answers.)

  • What have you learned in the past year that has improved your craft?
  • When you’re having trouble, how do you know if it’s “I don’t feel like writing” or “there’s a problem with the manuscript?”
  • How far ahead do you plan your careers?
  • How do you tell when a fight/battle/showdown is going on for too long?
  • How do you continue to learn and improve on your craft?
  • How do you manage and prioritize your time when you’re working on multiple projects?
  • How do you feel about multiple first-person POVs in a single book?
  • What are the most important elements to include on the last page of your book?
  • What are some things we can do to strengthen our voice when writing in third person?
  • How do you decide who to have as alpha and beta readers?
  • In secondary world stories, how do you decide whether to call a horse a horse?
  • How much leeway will an editor or agent give a story when it’s not ready, but it shows promise?

Liner Notes: “Sometimes Writer’s Block is Really Depression”
Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson


Write three different first lines for your project.

Jade War, by Fonda Lee

4 thoughts on “15.08: Q&A on a Ship”

  1. Out to sea, Dan, Mary Robinette, Dongwon, and Howard did an extended Q&A session with participants from Writing Excuses Retreat 2019. Outboard brains, having fun, I don’t want to write today, planning for the committed idiot, applying to college, learning by teaching, handling multiple projects, multiple first-person perspectives, the last page of your book, voice, alpha or beta, when is a horse just a horse… The lightning struck in lots of places! Go read all about it in the transcript, available now in the archives.

  2. Any chance of getting a link to the Lindsay Ellis video Dan referenced? Found a few but not sure it is the same one he is referencing.

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