Writing Excuses 5.32: Urban Fantasy

We begin our discussion of Urban Fantasy with a discussion of definitions, which quickly devolves into an argument over what we are actually supposed to be talking about. Moving right along, we explore what sorts of things we find in an Urban Fantasy, and what sorts of rules these stories usually abide by. Dan tells … Continue reading Writing Excuses 5.32: Urban Fantasy


Writing Excuses 13.19: Backstories From https://writingexcuses.com/2018/05/13/13-19-backstories/ Key points: Backstory affects everything a character does, so it is one of the most important aspects of a character, but you also don’t need to map out everything and try to fit it all in. A broad overview, similar to what you have of your friend’s backstory, is … Continue reading 13.19


Writing Excuses 13.17: What Writers Get Wrong, with Jamahl Crouch From https://writingexcuses.com/2018/04/29/13-17-what-writers-get-wrong-with-jamahl-crouch/ Key points: Street art isn’t just a vandal running around on a skateboard, it’s a form of art to be mastered. Creativity is key. Street art is free-flowing. You can make mistakes on purpose and build on those mistakes. Doing street art makes … Continue reading 13.17


Writing Excuses 13.10: Handling a Large Cast From https://writingexcuses.com/2018/03/11/13-10-handling-a-large-cast/ Key Points: The length of the story often influences the size of the cast. When you have an ensemble cast, you may need to give them all weight. Name, distinguishing characteristics, backstory, motivation? But with short stories, you often want bit players who come in, do … Continue reading 13.10


Writing Excuses 13.2: Writing Active Characters From https://writingexcuses.com/2018/01/14/13-2-writing-active-characters/ Key points: Active characters. Some characters seem to just observe events, are very passive. How can we move them to making decisions, be a part of events, be active? First, go and do things! Second, make sure your characters make plans and attempt to act on those … Continue reading 13.2