Writing Excuses 9.31: Critiquing “An Honest Death” From https://writingexcuses.com/2014/07/27/writing-excuses-9-31-critiquing-an-honest-death/ Key Points: What people liked about the story? The main character. “I like stories about people who are competent.” When competent characters run up against something outside their competence, that creates good conflict. The concept was good. The pacing was good. The dialogue, the choice of … Continue reading 9.31


Writing Excuses 9.24: Side Quests From https://writingexcuses.com/2014/06/09/writing-excuses-9-24-side-quests/ Key points: There are two closely related kinds of side quests, those in a book taken by the main characters, tangential to the main goal, and those outside the book, often standalone stories. Side quests in books need a story purpose. The character should learn something, it should … Continue reading 9.24


Writing Excuses 9.1: Chronology of a Book Deal with Eric James Stone From https://writingexcuses.com/2014/01/05/writing-excuses-9-1-chronology-of-a-book-deal-with-eric-james-stone/ Abstract: This episode regaled us with the steps in Eric James Stone’s book deal, from 2008 to the recording of the podcast. We also heard briefly how Howard came to write a novel for Privateer Press. [Mary] Season Nine, Episode One. … Continue reading 9.1


Writing Excuses Season Two Episode Six: Endings From https://writingexcuses.com/2008/11/16/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-6-endings/ Key points: endings should be satisfying — fulfill your promises. Fulfill the expectations of the story, break the expectations of the formula. Gather up all the little plot ribbons and tie them in a bow. “I always do have my ending in mind when I start, … Continue reading 2.6


Writing Excuses Episode 29: Talking Publishing with Lou Anders from https://writingexcuses.com/2008/08/24/writing-excuses-episode-29-talking-publishing-with-lou-anders/ Another live from WorldCon podcast, with Dan and Howard slightly confused about who they are. But their guest is definitely Lou Anders, editorial director at Pyr books. Key points: once the editor decides to acquire a book, they get permission from the Dark Masters, … Continue reading 1.29

Dan Wells

Dan Wells writes in a variety of genres, from dark humor to science fiction to supernatural thriller. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is the author of the Partials series and the John Cleaver series. He has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Campbell Award, and has won … Continue reading Dan Wells