December 11th, 2013

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Writing Excuses 8.49: Hard Social Science Fiction with Joel Shepherd

Writing Excuses 8.49: Hard Social Science Fiction with Joel Shepherd

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/12/08/writing-excuses-8-49-hard-social-science-fiction-with-joel-shepherd/

Key Points: Look at the social and human implications. Motivations are complicated. Look at beliefs, abstractions, things outside of the character. Model your fiction on real history. Look for the drama. Tell us about process, not conclusions. The model, the prism, the way you look at things may make you arrive at very different conclusions.
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[Brandon] Excellent. Well. This has been a wonderful podcast. It's time for a writing prompt. I am going to suggest that what you should do is you should pick two people on the same side of a conflict of some sort. But make their view of that conflict different. Not two opposing people. People on the same side. To force you to stretch a little bit further, to have more dynamic, more sides to your conflict, have two people striving for the same thing with a completely different view of why they're struggling for it. All right. Thank you so much, Joel. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
[Joel] Thank you very much.
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