What makes a good hero? Why is Dirk Pitt so cool? Why do people like Superman? And why does Howard-with-a-chest-cold start to sound like Barry White? Some of these questions are answered in this episode while others are better left unexplained.
Howard repeatedly invoked John August’s blog post about heroes, protagonists, and main characters. Here it is.
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Brandon, Howard and Dan talk about their first exposure to RPG games, Gary Gygax and the influence he had on them and the industry.
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The first line of any story is the most important.
People get drawn in to a book because of the first line.
Brandon, Howard and Dan talk about how to start a book and what’s important about the first line.
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Are you a fan of Howard (who isn’t)? Or have you recently been introduced to him via Writing Excuses and want to know more about him and how he became a comic writer? Well you’re in luck because Howard was recently interviewed on Wired’s Geek Dad podcast. So take a listen and enjoy.
How do you make your novel better? Sometimes you have to cut out the part you like best. Don’t believe me? Before I posted this I had attached an image of a chimp wearing a tux.
Brandon’s Deleted Scenes
Howard’s Original Time-Travel Outline
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How do you know when your setting of high school kids solve supernatural mysteries becomes cliché? Brandon, Howard and Dan discuss how you create unique concepts by blending familiar topics with something new and original and how to avoid possible pitfalls.
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We’re finally on iTunes now (it can take several days for us to get listed in the browser but you should be able to find us via a search) so I’ve re-added the iTunes button on the left, as well as in Yahoo podcasts and we should be on the Zune Marketplace soon as well.
If you have a favorite podcast directory that we’re not on let us know in the comments and we’ll see what we can do.
We’re still figuring some things out with the website here, but the important part–the podcast itself–is up and ready to go! We’ll be posting a new podcast each Monday. Each 15 minute podcast will some aspect of writing, and (hopefully) will be snappy, fun, and informative. Whether you’re an aspiring writer or just want some insight into the way writers think, we hope you enjoy listening!