Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard discuss creativity — how to learn it, how to teach it, and how to get better at it.
Brandon, Mary, Dan, & Howard discuss putting character motivations on the page in support of plot, character arcs, and the story in general.
Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard talk about SFWA, NCS, and other professional organizations for writers and creators.
Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard field questions from the Twitterverse — commercial publishing, finding balance, structuring stories, defining moments, and more.
Sara Crowe, literary agent with Harvey Klinger, joins Dan and Howard for a discussion of query letters.
Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard take a high-level look at cyberpunk (the literary genre) for writers considering creating something along those lines.
Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mary brainstorm a cyberpunk story using concepts pulled at random from a mythology textbook.
Howard Tayler and Dan Wells interview literary agent Sara Crowe about what agents do for authors, and why having an agent might be the right thing for your career.
Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard take questions from the Twitterverse ranging from outlining, character creation, and plot-hole repair to skill development and writing groups.
Mary walks Brandon, Dan, and Howard through the Milieu, Idea, Character, and Event (M.I.C.E.) quotient from Orson Scott Card, and then they retell the Billy Goats Gruff four times.
Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard approach writing descriptions from several different angles and at least five disciplines in order to help you get more done with less purple.
“The wind rushed across his skin at several hundred miles per second, and registered as an itch.” Brandon, Dan, and Mary tear into Howard’s two-decade-old manuscript with an eye towards descriptions.
Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mary discuss communications technology, and how the ability for characters to communicate is a critical piece of your world-building, whether you’re writing science-fiction, fantasy, or pretty much anything else.
Patrick Rothfuss joins the crew at WorldCon 69 for a discussion of how to get readers to suspend their disbelief.
Lauren Beukes joins the ‘cast for a discussion of writing cultures that you’re not personally a part of.
Keffy Kehrli joins Brandon, Mary, and Howard at WorldCon 69 for a discussion of gender roles, gender identity, and transsexualism with the objective of being able to write these things believably and accurately.
Peter Ahlstrom, assistant to Brandon Sanderson, and Valerie Dowbenko, assistant to Pat Rothfuss, join Brandon and Dan to talk about what they do for “their authors.”
Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mary talk about pitching — a critical skill for new and established authors alike.
Lou Anders joins Dan, Howard, and Mary for a discussion of endings.
Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard each crank out the beginnings of a story from the same set of story seeds.
Mur Lafferty joins Howard, Mary, and Dan to talk about ways in which writers can continue their education.
Jonathan Maberry joins Howard, Dan, and Mary to discuss pigeonholes — specifically, not ending up in one.
Andrew P. Mayer joins Howard, Mary, and Dan to talk about taking silly ideas and making seriously awesome stuff out of them.
Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mary talk about making characters do dumb things for smart reasons.
Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard talk about plotting a good mystery, especially as part of a non-mystery-genre book.
Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard brainstorm some fantasy setting elements for you. Need a magic system on the cheap? How about a political power structure?
Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman from the Interstitial Arts Foundation join Mary Robinette Kowal and Dan Wells to talk about the gaps between genres.
Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard talk about using character foils in building a story.
Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard talk endings, and how to troubleshoot common problems writers have with them.
- Deus ex Machina,
- Hollywood Formula,
- I Am Not a Serial Killer,
- Longshoreman of the Apocalypse,
- Lou Anders,
- The Matrix,
- The Sixth Sense
Dan needs a hamburger. What’s stopping him? And what is he going to end up with instead of a hamburger? (Hint: it should be more satisfying than the end he had in mind at the beginning…)