May 28th, 2014

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Writing Excuses 9.22: Micro-Casting

Writing Excuses 9.22: Micro-Casting

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/05/25/writing-excuses-9-22-microcasting/

Questions and Answers:
Q: Should you include your prologue as one of the three chapters in the submission packet when submitting to agents and publishers? Assuming they ask for three sample chapters?
A: The goal of the three chapters is to show off your writing and impress an editor.
Q: How do you get out of the spot where your protagonist has no motivation, and you can't find it?
A: What do they need to achieve, and why do they want it? Does the motivation match the outline?
Q: What's the best way to prove to a spouse that your writing is more than a hobby, short of getting paid for it?
A: A long conversation with your spouse. Show, don't tell. Give up your own time, not your spouse time.
Q: When you take a long break after starting a piece, how do you get back to it?
A: Reread, use the outline. When you stop, write a note saying what's next. Read the notes and brainstorming to see why this project is exciting.
Q: Where do you start research for historical fiction work, and how do you keep it from becoming scattered or overwhelming?
A: Start with broad reserach, wikipedia, and whatever your reference librarian recommends as a broad overview. Then drill down. Read primary source materials. Depend on your magic tool, the reference librarian.
Q: Let's say you sold your first book. How do you tackle book 2 in a series?
A: Take the key part of your first book, then go deep with it. What does the character want to do next? What should this character learn next? Use the same characters and setting, but change genres.
Q: How do you go about writing something like Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere, an overarching story connecting multiple novels?"
A: First, make each story stand on its own. Keep the connections loose.
Q: What part of being a writer do you guys most enjoy other than the actual writing?
A: Meeting people that I admire. Being able to go to the source. Fan art. Setting my own hours. Being invited to a TV show premier.
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[Brandon] All right. Dan, have you come up with...
[Dan] I have a writing prompt for you. Right now, wherever you are, in your car, in your office, wherever. Look around. Identify an everyday object, and then write a post-apocalyptic world in which that object is used as currency.
[Laughter]
[Brandon] That's awesome. All right. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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