November is “Revision” month here in the Writing Excuses Season 10 Master Class, so while many of you may be tempted by NaNoWriMo, there’s a different kind of work to be done… Delia Sherman joins us again, this time for a frank talk about the tools and techniques we use during our revisions.
This episode was engineered aboard The Independence of the Seas by Bert Grimm, and mastered in a cloud fortress above Lake Michigan by Alex Jackson.
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Print your manuscript, and with six colors of highlighter, mark it up. Assign one color to each of the five senses, and assign a sixth color to movement.
Microcasting! This is a fancy word for “Q&A” — we pick some questions from Twitter, and do what amounts to nine mini-episodes of Writing Excuses with a side of bacon. This time around the questions were:
- What do you do if you dont like your characters?
- How do you keep your plot on track?
- Is it better to use real locations in an Urban Fantasy?
- What do you do about plot holes?
- How do you know if you should abandon a story and move on to something else?
- How do you ensure the answers to mysteries are satisfying?
- What are some language-level mistakes that mark writing as amateurish?
- What should a scene consist of?
- What kind of bacon is best?
- Why is Schlock, who looks like a pile of poo, lovable instead of disgusting?
Dan Has A New Book Out This Week: Partials releases this Tuesday, Februrary 28th.
Howard Has An Actual Birthday This Week: Wednesday, February 29th. There will be a sale on at schlockmercenary.com, and it will involve the numbers 11, 29, and 44.
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Write what one of your characters would write if that character had a blog.
One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal
Microcasting again! The questions we fielded from the Twitterverse include:
- How do you hold the whole story in your head when it’s a thousand pages long?
- What steps do you use when creating a character?
- As an outliner, when do you start putting in the details?
- How do you patch plot holes?
- How do you come up with names?
- Is there one writing skill you’d like to get better at?
- Writing groups: what do you look for?
Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Hard Magic, by Larry Correia, narrated by Bronson Pinchot
As Promised, Here is a Link: The Everchanging Book of Names
Speaking of the Twitterverse: The Writing Excuses team is BrandSanderson, MaryRobinette, HowardTayler, JohnCleaver (Dan), and MonkeySloth (Producer Jordo).
Writing Prompt: Someone has to save the world from an intercontinental ballistic hairball, but their keyboard layout has been changed.
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