Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 16: Non-Human Races

The Writing Excuses crew returns to world-building, this time to discuss the creation of non-human races. Why do genre-fiction writers use aliens and monsters, short folk, tusked folk, or any other variation on “people” who aren’t human? Can new writers successfully recycle the classic Tolkien races and use dwarves, elves, orcs, goblins, and trolls? If … Continue reading Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 16: Non-Human Races


Writing Excuses 13.6: External Conflicts for Characters From https://writingexcuses.com/2018/02/11/13-6-external-conflicts-for-characters/ Key points: External conflicts, aka person versus nature? Disasters. Anything outside the character that gets in their path. Make it personal, make the world provide conflicts for the characters. Think about how the person connects to their environment. Threaten things that main character cares about. Not … Continue reading 13.6


Writing Excuses 13-4: Protagonists Who Aren’t Sympathetic From https://writingexcuses.com/2018/01/28/13-4-protagonists-who-arent-sympathetic/ Key points: Non-sympathetic protagonists, aka antiheroes, come in two flavors, classic and pop! Classic or literary antiheroes don’t protag. They don’t move the story along, even though they are where a protagonist should be. Pop is an evil person who still does good. Why write an … Continue reading 13.4


Writing Excuses 12.43: Serialized Storytelling From https://writingexcuses.com/2017/10/22/12-43-serialized-storytelling/ Key Points: Character progression in the long run, or don’t bore the reader with arcs? First, beware of breaking relationships or character to make an arc. Try changing character focus to get an interesting character arc in each story. Separate your iconic heroes, who don’t have character development, … Continue reading 12.43


Writing Excuses 11.27: the Elemental Thriller From https://writingexcuses.com/2016/07/03/11-27-the-elemental-thriller/ Key Points:  Thriller! In danger, being chased, someone is trying to kill you, if you don’t stop the bomb from exploding, millions will die. Anxiety! If horror is fear of the unknown, thriller is fear of what is coming. Tension! Short chapters, with cliffhangers. Races and chases! … Continue reading 11.27


Writing Excuses 10.45: Q&A at the GenCon Writing Symposium with Kameron Hurley, James L. Sutter, and Michael Underwood From https://writingexcuses.com/2015/11/08/writing-excuses-10-45-qa-at-the-gencon-writing-symposium-with-kameron-hurley-james-l-sutter-and-michael-underwood/ Q&A Summary: Q: Can you give a tip or tips on how to incorporate successfully characters or societies that are from less represented sexualities or genders or races in science fiction and fantasy when you’re … Continue reading 10.45