October 17th, 2013

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Writing Excuses 8.41: Out of Excuses Retreat Microcasting

Writing Excuses 8.41: Out of Excuses Retreat Microcasting

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/10/14/writing-excuses-8-41-out-of-excuses-retreat-microcasting/

Key Points:
1. How do you find beta readers? On my website. Personal acquaintances.
2. Should you protect copyright before submitting? When you create it, it is copyrighted. You do not need to register.
3. Advice for a discovery writer who has trouble figuring out where their story is going? Jot down any scenes you do know, then move them around and fill in the holes. Write down all the cool stuff you can think of -- what does this character, technology, or conflict create that you want to see. What is the worst thing that could happen? What is the best thing that could happen? Write, keep going, and then fix it in revision.
4. What is the best way to pay my favorite authors? Buy our books. Buy hardbacks. Pick the format that you like, then loan it to someone else. Say something nice about the book. Buy on the opening day.
5. Can chapters be too short? This is a stylistic choice. How fast do you want to jump viewpoints?
6. How much time do you spend reading? Mostly in airplanes. While eating.
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[Brandon] Okay. Let's go ahead and do a writing prompt. Mary, you actually have the writing prompt this time?
[Mary] Yes. For you, I just have three words, and I want you to figure out how this becomes a story. Neon sniper gnome.
[Brandon] This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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