You know what’s fun? WRITING! Writing is fun. And that, more than anything else, is why we do it.
Or at least it’s why we decided to do it. Making sure that it is still fun is kind of tricky. Also tricky? Writing for nothing more than the fun of it. And this episode is about that.
Missing from this episode: Mary. For contractual reasons we found ourselves in need of 54 episodes during Season 9, and that meant an emergency recording session while Mary was on the road. It also meant you got 54 weekly episodes this year!
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If there’s a crowd with good questions, it’s the Out of Excuses Workshop and Retreat attendees.
- Given the trend toward moral ambiguity, is there still a place for an unquestionably evil character?
- Should you publish a first book that isn’t in the style or genre that you’re ultimately interested in?
- Is it possible to write epic fantasy with a single POV?
- Of all of the myriad talents of the literary agents you work with, what’s the one that makes you stick with your agent?
- How do you maintain your writing chops when you’re buried in the research phase of a project?
- What are some issues a short story writer should be aware of when tackling a novel?
- How do you go about discovery writing characters?
- When you build a story, does the foreshadowing go in during the first pass, or in later edits?
Our sponsor, Audible, is giving away Legion: Skin Deep, by Brandon Sanderson between now and December 24th. Follow that link and get a free audio book!
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“Everywhere I look, everyone is covered with ketchup.”
Angelmaker, by Nick Harkaway, narrated by Daniel Weyman