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Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard TaylerEvery 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 J…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard TaylerWhat's the difference between an ensemble story, and a story the has a lot of characters in it? Zoraida Cordova joins us for this episode, kicking off an eight-episode mini-master-class about ensembles. In this episode we discuss what makes ensembles work, and how we distinguish…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, and Megan LloydMegan Lloyd returns to the podcast to talk us through the process of creating something in a collaborative environment, whether it's a pair of authors working together, or a dozen people working to write, storyboard, and animate a television series.Credits: This episode was recorded by Marsha…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells and Brandon Sanderson, with special guest Jody Lynn NyeSo, you've decided you want something to be funny. How do you go about making that happen? Jody Lynn Nye joined Dan and Brandon at LTUE, and pitched this topic to them. And yes, it's much more than just "delivery, delivery, delivery."Liner Notes: "It's always more funny wh…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, and Gama MartinezDid you know that there are some famous intellectual properties which have entered the public domain, and which you can therefore use to create your own stories? It's true! Gama Martinez (whose God of Neverland novel features Peter Pan) joined Dan and Brandon at LTUE to talk about how cool …
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard TaylerThus far we've attempted to organize our discussion of sub-, micro-, and other alternative structures with specific categories, but this domain is a lot larger than that. This final episode with our guest host Peng Shepherd has been titled "Miscellaneous Structures" becaus…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard TaylerYou probably already know what footnotes are¹, but have you ever seen a story told through the footnotes²? It's similar to the story-within-a-story structure, but there's more to it than that. In this episode our guest host Peng Shepherd explores footnote storytelling³ wit…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard TaylerGuest host Peng Shepherd leads our discussion of "order-less reading order" (after we get past the business of "having too much fun with the episode title"). But what do we even mean by "order-less" or "disordered?" At one level, we mean you can just pick up the story anyw…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard TaylerOur exploration of sub- and micro-structures continues with guest host Peng Shepherd. This week we're talking about how a story can be structured around a "thing." The simplest explanatory example would be structuring around a map, which is where we start the episode... ki…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard TaylerOne common structure—both macro and micro—is the "story within a story," or "framing story" structure, and yet somehow we've never really explored it on Writing Excuses. Guest host Peng Shepherd is here to help us set things right.Liner Notes: Here are some examples of sto…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard TaylerGuest host Peng Shepherd continues to lead our exploration of sub- and micro-structures by taking us into the scaffolding of in media res, flashbacks, and other tools for structuring a story by telling it out of chronological order. We also cover how to do this without bre…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard TaylerIn our second micro-structure episode, Peng Shepherd leads us into an exploration of the ways in which the use of multiple point-of-view characters can create a framework within the larger framework of the story.Liner Notes: In one example we contrasted the single POV Kill…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard TaylerWe're beginning another eight-episode deep-dive series, and this time it's a fresh approach to story structure, led by our guest host Peng Shepherd.Join us as we zoom right through the overarching frameworks defined via things like the Hero's Journey, Freytag’s Triangle, S…
 
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan LloydHow do you translate things from the spark of inspiration into a work that someone else can consume? Like, instead of turning a movie into a book, you're trying to create a book out of the movie in your head. And what if your "spark" isn't a movie in your head, but instead a sui…
 
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan LloydWhat are your influences? What pieces of art, music, literature, or other media have inspired you? In this episode we'll talk about making that inspiration deliberate, and consciously learning from our influences.Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mast…
 
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan LloydOh no! You're in the middle of a thing (a novel, a series, a career) and you suddenly realize that the expectations you set early on are not the expectations you'll be meeting. What do you do now? ,We're talking about how go about resetting audience expectations, whether mid-sto…
 
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan LloydYour brand—your name, the cover art for your book, and even the typeface for the title—set expectations for the book's contents. That advice about not judging a book by its cover? It's lovely in theory, but in practice, that's just not how it works.In this episode we'll talk abo…
 
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan LloydIn the previous episode we discussed how to ensure that your surprise feels inevitable. In this episode we're covering how to make inevitability feel surprising. The title is a nod to the concept of the "red herring," which is arguably the most useful tool for setting up a good …
 
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan LloydThis week we're talking about giving inevitability to our intended surprise, and we open with a discussion of Chekov's Gun, which, as a writing rule, is mostly used in inversion.Next week we'll focus on making inevitable things surprising.Liner Notes: Art and Editing of Suicide …
 
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan LloydThe title of this episode comes to us from the first paragraph of The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss—a novel which delights us with turns of phrase and evocative prose from beginning to end.We're continuing our exploration of "promises as a structure" by looking at the pr…
 
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan LloydThe genre of your story is making promises to the reader, and the medium upon which your story is told makes promises too.In this episode we talk about the expectations set by various mediums and genres, and how we can leverage those to ensure that we deliver a satisfying story.…
 
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan LloydThe structure you're using for your story isn't just helping you organize your plotting. It's telling the audience what's going to happen. Story structures make promises to audiences, and these audience expectations are, in large measure, outside of our control.In this episode w…
 
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan LloydOur next 8-episode intensive is all about promises and expectations. Our guest hosts are Kaela Rivera, Sandra Tayler, and Megan Lloyd. They're joining us to talk about how the promises we make to our audiences, and the expectations they bring with them, are a structural format. …
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Fonda Lee, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard TaylerHere at the end of our 8-episode intensive series on Worldbuilding we discuss stepping away from the defaults, the clichés, and the tropes, and choosing every element deliberately. There's nothing inherently wrong with the tropes. We're just suggesting that they be included on…
 
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Fonda Lee, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard TaylerMagic and technology are tools that we, as writers, use to tell interesting stories, and they're very, very similar tools. In this episode we'll examine some ways in which both magical and technological elements can be used in our stories.Credits: This episode was recorded by …
 
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