Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler
Every member of your ensemble has a reason to be there, but they also have their own voice. Zoraida Cordova joins us for a discussion of how we make our ensemble characters distinct from one another.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.
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First: have each of your ensemble characters describe themselves. Second: have each of your ensemble characters describe each of the others.
Shafter’s Shifters & the Chassis of Chance (advance reader copy), by Howard Tayler, via the $5 tier of the Schlock Mercenary Patreon
Your Hosts: Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard
You had questions about fixing character problems. We had had answers! Here are the questions:
- How do you fix character voices when you find out that two of them are too similar?
- How can you tell if a character is, in fact, the problem?
- How do you maintain interest in a character who is largely inactive?
- How do you write interesting bad guys when your only POV characters are the good guys?
- How do you give meaningful challenges to a powerful character?
- How can you make a normal, everyday character interesting?
- How do you edit an existing manuscript to give characters interests which mesh with the plot?
Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson and mastered by Alex Jackson.
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Cheeto McFlair: Who are they, and why are they asking questions of the Writing Excuses team?
Myths and Monsters, narrated by Nicholas Day (currently available on Netflix)
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Amal, and Maurice
Narration is that stuff which tells your story, but isn’t dialog. It’s the voice of your narrator, and it might be multiple voices depending on how you’re handling point of view. In this episode we’ll talk about the things you can do to challenge yourself and level up your narration.
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Write a scene from several points of view. Each of these characters are experiencing the same scene differently, and some of them are lying about it.
The Usual Suspects, by Maurice Broaddus
(NOTE: currently available for preorder. Between the time this episode was recorded and its air date the book’s publication date got pushed into May of 2019)
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard
Character voice, the flow, order, and feel of words that is unique to a particular character, is extremely useful in defining characters for the reader. In this episode we discuss our tools for shaping character voices, and the ways in which we make sure each one unique.
Liner Notes: We talked about authorial voice in episode 12.10, and about 1st-person Voice in 12.2.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Rewrite an existing bit of text using three different POVs: An eighty-year old, a twelve-year-old, and someone from a foreign country.