Writing Excuses 12.34: Fulfilling the Reader’s Fantasy, with Brian McClellan From https://writingexcuses.com/2017/08/20/12-34-fulfilling-the-readers-fantasy-with-brian-mcclellan/ Key Points: Romance and flintlock fantasy — what do they have in common? Fulfilling fantasies. Setting up the promises? The romance genre promises a Happily Ever After! Or at least a happily for now. To set that up, start with a sizzle of … Continue reading 12.34


Writing Excuses 12.24: Creating Great Outlines From https://writingexcuses.com/2017/06/11/12-24-creating-great-outlines/ Key points: This episode is about outlines to help you write, not sales tools. People like structure, it is comforting. Mix a familiar structure with a bit of strange, and you can relish the oddity. First, the Kevin J. Anderson: pitch, expand to 5 pages, 20 pages, … Continue reading 12.24


Writing Excuses 11.52: Elemental Ensemble Q&A, with Claudia Gray From https://writingexcuses.com/2016/12/24/11-52-elemental-ensemble-qa-with-claudia-gray/ Q&A Summary: Q: Can you fit an ensemble into a short story? A: Every character adds 500 to 1000 words. Make it concise. Use character types more than individuals. Squeeze! Q: Is there a minimum length? Is there a perfect number? A: Seven. Three … Continue reading 11.52


Writing Excuses 11.44: Project in Depth, GHOST TALKERS, by Mary Robinette Kowal From https://writingexcuses.com/2016/10/30/11-44-project-in-depth-ghost-talkers-by-mary-robinette-kowal/ Key Points: Catalog pitch and sales pitch are often different. Catalog pitch is to get readers, sales pitch is the emotional core of the story, with spoilers. Even though you know an event is coming, when it happens can still be … Continue reading 11.44


Writing Excuses 11.38: The Elemental Relationship As a Sub-Genre From https://writingexcuses.com/2016/09/18/11-38-the-elemental-relationship-as-a-sub-genre/ Key Points: Relationship is often the number two thing in a book. Often the main plot, the driver, is another elemental genre, but relationship adds, either throughout the book or in smaller sections. Relationship often helps make a main character more sympathetic. How do … Continue reading 11.38