November 21st, 2013

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Writing Excuses 8.46: Editing with Aeryn Rudel

Writing Excuses 8.46: Editing with Aeryn Rudel

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/11/17/writing-excuses-8-46-editing-with-aeryn-rudel/

Key points: If you want to write game fiction in a specific setting like the Iron Kingdoms, get to know those worlds intimately. Make sure the tone matches the reader's expectations -- a reader looking for adventure fiction doesn't care how beautiful the prose styling is, they want something to explode! "When you're working in someone else's setting, be willing to change." Readers know something's wrong, they tell you symptoms. Editors know what's wrong, they can diagnose it. Then the writer just has to fix it. How do you cultivate nurturing without a heavy hand? Reading and empathy.
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[Brandon] All right. I'm going to go ahead and give a writing prompt this time. The writing prompt is "Hell's copyeditor." Think about that, take it however you want. We want to thank Aeryn so much for being on the podcast with us. Thank you, audience at GenCon.
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[Brandon] Thank you, Pat Rothfuss, next door for having a party. All the screaming you hear distantly is from his party, which is apparently very much fun. Thank you guys for listening. You're out of excuses. Now go write. All right.
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