March 26th, 2014

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Writing Excuses 9.12: Micro-Casting! Twice in a Row!

Writing Excuses 9.12: Micro-Casting! Twice in a Row!

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/03/23/writing-excuses-9-12-microcasting-twice-in-a-row/

Questions and Answers
Q: What writing rule do you break the most?
A: Show, don't tell. Don't use flashbacks. Don't start sentences with and or but. Establish your setting in each scene. Turn off your internal editor.
Q: When you review and edit, do you print out your novel and mark it up, or do you just work from the document directly?
A: Print. I used to, now I don't. All digital.
Q: How long between finishing a novel and starting the editing process for you?
A: Immediate.
Q: What is the number one issue that you have to overcome every day to put words to paper?
A: Inertia. I can't think today, I haz teh dum.
Q: How do you deal with the fear of writing the other and screwing it up?
A: Fear is a gift that will help you do the right homework and research, pay attention to the right things, and move forward cautiously. Fear is a sign that you haven't done enough research. Respect the character, don't rely on stereotypes.
Q: When giving a book as a gift, how do you decide the right book to give?
A: Look at what the person usually reads, then figure out something that will hit those same buttons, but a little off to the side. Look at their Amazon wish list.
Q: Any advice for those looking to build a grand universal story for their fantasy book?
A: We don't understand the question.
Q: Is there a place you go that inspires you to write or that helps you think?
A: Denny's or other restaurants that are open late. Someplace that does not have Wi-Fi.
Q: Do you ever have a hard time letting go of characters, because you have to kill them or because you've reached the end of the book or story?
A: Yes. No, because I've been planning it for a long time. Bittersweet.
Q: When is description too sparse and when does it turn purple?
A: There is no formula. It depends. "You can't be Gene Wolfe for one paragraph." Keep your style consistent. Be careful where you add flourishes.
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[Brandon] Let's do a... Let's do a writing prompt. Okay. Let's have... Howard, will you do a writing prompt?
[Howard] Certainly. Certainly. The word sesquipedalian means 18 inches long and there's really not a good place to use that word except when you're talking about really long words. Use the word sesquipedalian in a way that fits your story.
[Brandon] All right. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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