June 27th, 2012

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Writing Excuses 7.26: Q&A at UVU, Part 2

Writing Excuses 7.26: Q&A at UVU, Part 2

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/06/24/writing-excuses-7-26-qa-at-uvu-part-2/

The Questions:
1. Why is the first Mistborn book about rebelling against the establishment, while the 2nd and 3rd are about protecting the establishment?
2. Why does Kelsier shrug a lot?
3. How do you know when to stop or expand a chapter?
4. How do you make your prose more transparent, and still convey everything?
5. Whose on first? I don't know. Third base!
6. How do you decide who and what to cut?
7. How do you quit cramming ideas into a story?
8. How do you make revisions or additions in a collaboration and preserve the voice?
9. What's the best way to tackle a long backstory?
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[Earl] Non-writer, Earl K. Hill. I do work as a programmer. I could give you a programming prompt. How about tell a whole story from the view of the sidekick without ever telling what the real guy is? There you go.
[Mary] Oh, nice. That's a great writing prompt.
[Brandon] That's a great one.
[Dan] That's actually a very good one. You make us all look stupid.
[Brandon] Well, Earl is very self-effacing, but I know he's got a lot of writing ideas. He's a screenwriter as well. All right. That is your writing prompt. You guys are out of excuses. Thanks for listening. Go write.
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