February 17th, 2011

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Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 13: Dialects and In-World Jargon

Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 13: Dialects and In-World Jargon

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/08/23/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-13-dialects-and-in-world-jargon/

Key Points: Accents and dialects are attempts to emulate the ways people speak. Changing the spelling can be hard to read, makes the prose obvious, and can irritate the reader. Word choice and word order also can be used to suggest dialect. Fake swear words and in-world jargon also can help. "Do whatever is honest for the character."
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[Brandon] Did you have a writing prompt for us, Dan? Didn't we talk about this? No, you had one last time. I should come up with one.
[Haggis] It's your turn.
[Armando] It is time for you to give us a writing prompt.
[Brandon] Armando and Haggis are together...
[Armando] As we often are.
[Brandon] Trapped in a room...
[Armando] With many beautiful women.
[Brandon] With many beautiful women, running away from them...
[Haggis] And I've got a kilt.
[Brandon] Why are they trapped in this room? This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses. Now go write.
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Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 14: WorldCon with Mary Robinette Kowal

Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 14: WorldCon with Mary Robinette Kowal

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/08/30/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-14-the-four-principles-of-puppetry-with-mary-robinette-kowal/

Key Points: (1) Focus indicates thought. As a writer, you can only show the audience one thing at a time. Show them what you want them to think about. (2) Breath indicates emotion. Speed tells people how you feel about what you are doing. Writing is a way to capture storytelling to share with people when we're not in the room. (3) Muscle. Create the illusion that characters are moving of their own volition. (4) Meaningful movement. Every move should mean something.  
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[Howard] The fifth principle is the writing prompt. Create some sort of fantasy magical setting in which puppetry requires a fifth principle.
[Brandon] Magical puppets! This has been Writing Excuses. Thank you very much, Mary.
[Mary] Thank you.
[Brandon] Now you're all out of excuses, now go write.
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Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 15: Q&A at WorldCon

Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 15: Q&A at WorldCon

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/09/06/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-15-writing-process-qa-with-mary-robinette-kowal/

Key points: What technology? Use technology you're comfortable with. How do you get original ideas? "Who is this going to hurt" can help you pick interesting ideas. Incubate and combine ideas. How do you outline? Outlines are a way of thinking through what will happen -- how do you get from plot point to plot point. Focus on the lamp posts, the big changes in characters. Or pick an image or climax, and lay the groundwork to get there. Outlines can change, too.
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Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 16: The Anti-Mary Sue Episode

Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 16: The Anti-Mary Sue Episode

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/09/13/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-16-the-anti-mary-sue-episode/

Key points: Mary Sue means wish fulfillment. To write different voices, steep yourself in that voice and culture. Keep someone in mind when you write a character, a dominant impression. Get inside your character's head. Fix it in revision. Find someone fascinating and write about them, to avoid always telling your story.
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[Jordo] Writing prompt?
[Brandon] Producer Jordo says I have to do a writing prompt, so I'm going to make John Brown do it.
[John] Okay. Here's your writing prompt. Go out and do some research. Find a fascinating character that is nothing like you. Go pick some topic that you don't know about. Then write a story.
[Brandon] This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 17: More Q&A at WorldCon

Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 17: More Q&A at WorldCon

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/09/20/writing-excuses-episode-3-season-17-characters-worldbuilding-qa-with-mary-robinette-kowal/

Key points: What do you do when characters revolt? Check -- is this the right character? Are you bored with the story? Are you forcing yourself to follow an outline, and you are a discovery writer? Or go ahead and write it out, then decide whether or not it is better. What's surprisingly hard about writing? Starting something new, doing revisions, doing all the parts -- beginnings, middles, ends. How do you build a world and history for your story? Study history. Reuse fiddly bits. Plan and take advantage of serendipitous happenstance. For new magic or technology, consider -- how does it affect the poorest class, the richest class, and how can it be abused?
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[Brandon] That's very good advice. All right. We'll go ahead and end with the writing prompt which is you're going to write about a band called the Predestined Monkeys...
[Howard] I thought you'd just make them write about a predestined monkey...
[Dan and Brandon] [garbled]
[Howard] It can be a band of predestined monkeys.
[Brandon] Something like that is your writing prompt. This has been Writing Excuses. Special thanks to Mary for sitting in on three of these. Thank you all, audience, for giving us questions. Keep on listening.
[Dan] You have no more excuses, now go write.