Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
In this episode Howard Tayler conducts our interview with Mary Robinette Kowal, leading with a wide-open question: “Where did you even?” Mary Robinette talks to us about how she came to the world of writing, and some of the amazing things she picked up along the way.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Think about the skills your non-writing life has given you. What are those lenses, what is the toolset, and how might it apply to your writing.
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler
We’re back with Maurice Broaddus for the second in our eight-episode mini-master-class on writing dialogue. This time around we’re addressing the question of dialogue’s “job.” What’s it for? Why is this particular bit of dialogue in this scene, this chapter, this book?
Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
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Identify your authorial intent. Remove all lines of dialog that don’t support that intent.
Your Hosts: Brandon, Piper, Dan, and Howard
We fielded some questions on style, diction, and paragraphing:
- Is it okay to have pretty prose in a straightforward adventure story?
- How do author voice and character voice differ?
- How do you prevent paragraphs from rambling?
- I feel like my writing is derivative of the writers whose work I read. How can I find or develop my own voice?
- How much does diction play into genre fiction?
- Is it okay to write in a natural speaking voice?
- During which part of the writing process do you pay attention to style?
By Way Of Correction: “Unaccompanied Sonata,” by Orson Scott Card, is the story about anxiety of influence. “Tunesmith,” by Lloyd Biggle Jr., is about music, and even has the name “Bach” in it, but it’s not the story Howard described.
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Ask your alpha readers for their definition of your voice.
Wayward, Volume 1, by Jim Zub (writer), Steven Cummings (Illustrator), John Rauch (Illustrator), and Tamra Bonvillain (Illustrator)
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard
We’re not talking about character voice here. We’re talking about your voice as a writer, your authorial style, and the aesthetics you employ, and how this is an expression unique to you. And with that definition out of the way, our discussion focuses around how we go about identifying, developing, and embracing our personal styles.
(And, of course, when this is something to actually worry about it.)
Liner Notes: here is Corinne Duyvis’ FAQ and commentary about the Twitter hashtag #ownvoices, and the movement it describes.
Credits: this episode was recorded in Cosmere House Studios by Dan Dan the Audioman Thompson, and mastered in a secret laboratory by Alex Jackson
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Take something written by someone else, which you did not like, and rewrite it in a way that makes it sound like you, with your voice.