January 10th, 2013

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Writing Excuses 8.1: Micro-Casting

Writing Excuses 8.1: Micro-Casting

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/01/06/writing-excuses-8-1-microcasting/

Questions and some answers:
1. What are the main reason some authors only seem to publish a book or two, and then you never see anything more from them?
Some people only write one book, while others change their name or do something different.
2. What is your process for writing quickly under pressure, while at the same time creating cohesive quality content?
Preplanning. Good writing habits.
3. What do you do when you get bogged down in explanations, and can't seem to cut down, no matter how hard you try?
Introduce an external conflict. Learn to cut.
4. You guys promised a podcast would appear on Hero with A Thousand Faces quite some time ago. I'm still waiting.
We did it last week. We drew five faces.
5. Metaphors and similes. What are the concerns about using them in genre fiction?
Sometimes people think you mean it, literally. It's easy to go purple (not the color!). Be careful of stinking as bad as a glorzick on fleebernow.
6. Short story writing tips and pitfalls?
Too many characters. Multiple scenic locations.
7. How do you write sex scenes?
It varies. Cut away and watch the curtains blowing. Read the book and analyze how it's done. So uncomfortable.
8. Science fiction or fantasy poetry.
Have your husband write it. Write it timidly, and try to minimize and downplay it. Copy something. Doggerel can be good.
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[Brandon] [laughter] All right. Let's do a writing prompt. What does... sif-fa?
[Dan] Sifpa!
[Brandon] Sifpa stand for...
[Howard] SFPA.
[Brandon] And what's going on in the SFPA?
[Howard] And it cannot be So Fancy Public Address.

[Brandon] Okay. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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