Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, Dongwon Song, Piper J. Drake, & Howard Tayler, with special guest K. M. Szpara
CONTENT WARNING: this episode is about adult acts and adult bodies, and we won’t be using euphemisms.
K.M. Szpara joined us at WXR 2022 for this discussion of writing bodies and intimacy, with a particular focus on which kinds of words to use for things.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr. before a live audience aboard Liberty of the Seas. It was mastered by Alex Jackson.
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Write a scene in which a character is undressing, either alone or with others.
Blocking! What is it, why is it important, and how can you do it well?
We begin with a definition (blocking is the part of the narrative that tells the reader where the characters are, where the scenery is, and how these things are interacting) and then talk about why it’s important, especially how it applies to “show, don’t tell,” and how the needs of the story will dictate what actually needs to be shown.
Finally, we discuss how to block scenes effectively, and how each of us do it.
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Write a fight scene. Bonus points if it’s got four people in it. We don’t know what you’ll spend those points on.