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Writing Excuses 14.44: Realism vs. Rule-of-Cool From https://writingexcuses.com/2019/11/03/14-44-realism-vs-rule-of-cool/ Key Points: What would really happen or something really cool? How do you decide which one to use in your story? Start with the cool things, then justify them for the reader? Fight scenes need to be awesome, not realistic and dull. Jackie Chan’s rule — establish … Continue reading 14.44

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Writing Excuses 13.32: How to Handle Weighty Topics From https://writingexcuses.com/2018/08/12/13-32-how-to-handle-weighty-topics/ Key Points: How do you decide to tackle characters who are suffering from difficult things like racism, sexism, or people who are different from yourself in your fiction in an appropriate way? Start with who you are, your worldview, your writer voice, and be authentic. … Continue reading 13.32

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Writing Excuses 12.31: What Makes a Good Monster, with Courtney Alameda From https://writingexcuses.com/2017/07/30/12-31-what-makes-a-good-monster-with-courtney-alameda/ Key Points: The best monsters subvert the status quo and remind us that we are not the top of the food chain. Frightening means posing a threat to the protagonist or that culture. Some monsters are people, too. Subverting expectations. Monsters also … Continue reading 12.31

11.46

Writing Excuses 11.46: Colonialism with Steven Barnes, Tempest Bradford, Dongwon Song, and Shveta Thakrar From https://writingexcuses.com/2016/11/13/11-46-colonialism-with-steven-barnes-tempest-bradford-dongwon-song-and-shveta-thakrar/ Key Points: Colonialism? Contextualizing conversations about race and culture in history. Manifest destiny. What gets appropriated, how it’s told, and who gets to tell. Justifying taking things from other people. Colonialism is two-directional, first the impact on those who … Continue reading 11.46

11.46: Colonialism, with Steven Barnes, Tempest Bradford, DongWon Song, and Shveta Thakrar

Our listeners have been asking for an in-depth, “crunchy” episode on colonialism, and related issues like cultural appropriation, for a couple of years now. Our voices, however, are not the ones our listeners should be hearing on the subject. Finding the right voices has not been easy, but it has been worth it. This episode runs … Continue reading 11.46: Colonialism, with Steven Barnes, Tempest Bradford, DongWon Song, and Shveta Thakrar

Writing Excuses 10.45: Q&A at the GenCon Writing Symposium, with Kameron Hurley, James L. Sutter, and Michael Underwood

Dan and Howard are joined by Kameron Hurley, James L. Sutter, and Michael Underwood for an anything-goes Q&A at the GenCon Indy Writing Symposium. We had reached the end of our two-hour block, but the audience hungered for the chance to ask their questions of these guests, so the Symposium gave us an extra half hour … Continue reading Writing Excuses 10.45: Q&A at the GenCon Writing Symposium, with Kameron Hurley, James L. Sutter, and Michael Underwood

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Writing Excuses 10.21: Q&A on World Building From https://writingexcuses.com/2015/05/24/writing-excuses-10-21-qa-on-world-building/ Q&A summary: Q: Was there ever a world building element you missed and regretted it? A: A post apocalyptic story without bicycles. Aliens with dominant females, but courtships still conform to human genders. Having a race of aliens with mouths over their eyeballs, which makes it … Continue reading 10.21