Mette Ivie Harrison joins us again for a fun discussion of how we experience time. This episode runs a little differently. Howard shares an experience he had driving on black ice, Mette shares an experience about a bike accident during an Ironman, and Mary shares a story about falling down a flight of stairs.
Each of these stories point up the way that our perception of time can change. There are physiological reasons for this, and knowing just a little bit about that physiology can help us write this actual, real phenomenon in a way that does not seem cliché. We talk about how we can write time compression or dilation phenomenon in ways that seem fresh.
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Take something you’ve already written where you relied on cliché (bonus points if it’s time-related) and rewrite it using different tools.
Déjà Dead, by Kathy Reichs, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.
Mette Ivie Harrison joins us again, this time for a cast about productivity. She’s written an eBook, 21 Reasons You Think You Don’t Have Time To Write, which is currently free on the Kindle store. Here is the full list of 21 things, since we could spend an entire cast on just the first one.
The point here is to help you, the writer, to recognize the mental states and attitudes that are coming between you and your writing. It’s our hope that you’ll end up more productive, and we can’t think of a better thought upon which to end Writing Excuses Season 8.
Here is to a 2014 in which you write more, write better, and are happier doing it.
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Come up with a reason why the writer in your story absolutely cannot write, then have your writer manage to write anyway.
Mette Ivie Harrison joins us to discuss creative non-fiction, the genre in which the tools of creative writing are applied to factually accurate narratives. Her latest book, Iron Mom, tells the story of how and why Mette became a triathlete. We talk about how those tools are applied, and where the line between fiction and non-fiction might be drawn.
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Try your hand at creative non-fiction. Takes something that is ordinary to you, but which may be unusual or extraordinary for other people, and write about it in a way that evokes wonder.
Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Macleod Andrews