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Writing Excuses 6.10: Scott Card’s M.I.C.E. Quotient

Orson Scott Card’s M.I.C.E. quotient is a concept from his books Character and Viewpoint and How to Write Science Fiction. M.I.C.E. stands for Milieu, Idea, Character, and Event, and can serve as a way to identify what kind of story you’re telling, and which elements you might need to spend more time fleshing out.

Mary walks us through each of the M.I.C.E. elements, and then we discuss ways in which writers can apply the quotient for improving their writing.

Then we try to take the Billy Goats Gruff tale and spin it as four different stories, one each for the M.I.C.E. elements, but that proves to be a pretty ambitious undertaking for us. Oh, the stumbling.

Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Enchantment, by Orson Scott Card, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki.

Writing Prompt: Apply the M.I.C.E. quotient to Red Riding Hood, and write at least one page of story per element. Wow, this sounds a lot like homework.

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See Writing Excuses Live This Saturday!

This Saturday, July 31st, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm Brandon Sanderson, and Dan Wells and Howard Tayler will record two or three episodes of Writing Excuses in front of a live audience. Dan will give one lucky attendee an advance copy of the Mr. Monster, coming out this October from Tor.  There will be much book signing and even some book sketching, as this will also be the launch party for Howard’s latest book, Schlock Mercenary: Resident Mad Scientist.

Join us at Dragons and Fairy Tales in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Bring your stumpers, too, because one of the ‘casts will be devoted to audience Q&A.

We will sign books that you bring with you, but thoughtful, classy readers always buy something there at the shop to help support the event.

Dragons and Fairy Tales is located at 3535 Ranches Pkwy, Eagle Mountain, Utah.You can find it on google maps and get directions.