December 2nd, 2016

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Writing Excuses 11.Bonus-04: Fantasy Food, with Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch

Writing Excuses 11.Bonus-04: Fantasy Food, with Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/11/29/11-bonus-04-fantasy-food-with-elizabeth-bear-and-scott-lynch/

Key points: Food engages readers. It contains worldbuilding, economics, trade routes, and many other interesting points. Potatoes! Don't forget the peasants. Who eats beef? Think about the logistics. How long does it take to cook, what are the ingredients, who eats it? Think about the health consequences. Oysters and lobsters. Characters' reactions are more interesting than what they are actually putting in their faces. Don't forget the potatoes!

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[Dan] I'm kind of thinking… And, actually, our time is up, so it's time for us to go and get dinner. But first, we get homework.
[Scott] Homework. All right, well, your homework is to go out and cook something. Actually, that's useful homework. But my actual writing homework, since I have to give you a prompt. I want you all… All of you! Yes, you. I want you to take a character of your own who is beloved of you, and I want you to make them the antagonist, plausibly, in somebody else's story.
[Elizabeth] And does this involve food?
[Scott] It can involve food. I want you to cook while doing this.
[Howard] Oh, way to throw down the gauntlet.
[Dan] Awesome. Cool. All right. So. Thank you very much, Scott and Elizabeth. You're wonderful.
[Elizabeth] Thank you.
[Dan] Listeners, go out and read Karen Memory and all of their books. This has been Writing Excuses. You are out of excuses. Now go write.
[Elizabeth] Now go write.