Writing Excuses 9.18: Microcasting
Microcasting! A Q&A by any other name. Here are the questions we fielded:
- Can I have a rule-based magic system and a mystical system in the same universe?
- What are your pre-writing methods? (Can of worms — it’s going to get its own episode)
- What’s the first thing you do once the first draft is done?
- When approaching real-world issues, how do you avoid being preachy?
- What’s the best advice you can offer to someone who’s just starting to write?
- Does it help you to experiment with weird narrative styles?
- What are your least favorite tropes?
- Should you fully edit your first few “practice” books?
- How do you know if you’re writing too quickly?
- How do you tell the difference between a weakness in your craft, and a story that requires stylistic rule-breaking?
In other news, Writing Excuses Season 8 has been nominated for the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Related Work. We’re thrilled to appear on the ballot, and are excited to be in such good company there.
Homework: Paranormal fantasy: We’ve had enough of vampire and werewolf romances. Give us a protagonist who falls in love with a shoggoth.
Thing of the week:The Martian, by Andy Weir, narrated by R.C. Bray.
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