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Writing Excuses Season Four Episode 33: Trunk Novels

Writing Excuses Season Four Episode 33: Trunk Novels

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/08/22/writing-excuses-4-33-trunk-novels/

Key points: Don't hold back. Go ahead and use your good ideas now. Save those cool ideas -- repurpose and look for the right project. Beware falling into eternal rewrite. Give yourself time to grow. Watch for zombie darlings that need to be killed again.
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[Howard] But sometimes the sand blows carelessly and freely.
[Brandon] Yes, it does. OK, we're going to do your first strip next time. You have to give us a writing prompt, then.
[Howard] OK. I'm going to take a word from my first strip. Interspeciated workplace.
[Dan] Nice.
[Howard] Take the phrase "interspeciated workplace" and run with it to someplace besides Schlock Mercenary.
[Brandon] Or he'll sue you. That's your other writing prompt. Howard Tayler sues you.
[Howard] I just got a cease-and-desist from a web cartoonist.
[Dan] When you write schlock fan fiction.
[Brandon] OK. This has been Writing Excuses. Thank you to our wonderful audience for cheering and making monkey noises and... I'm going to hold one up now.
[We love Jordo]
[Brandon] And loving Jordo. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
[Applause]
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Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 18: How to not repeat yourself

Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 18: How to not repeat yourself

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/09/27/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-18-how-to-not-repeat-yourself/

Key points: Balance continuity and similarities with new stuff. Watch for reuse on small details and for reuse of themes and storylines. Try different takes, outcomes, characters, directions. Hang a lantern on reuse -- let the reader know that you know you are doing it. Try recombination of disharmonious elements and random jumbles to make yourself stretch.
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[Howard] No, no. But you pick several... you pick among one of these several sentences and then you roll the dice for nouns and adjectives and whatever. It's like MadLibs, only when you're done, you realize, "A Princess is trying to eat a pie and the magic frog doesn't want her to." You come up with story seeds, from which you could go...
[Brandon] Well, we have a writing prompt.
[Howard] Okay. Writing prompt. A princess is trying to eat a pie and someone is trying to stop her.
[Brandon] And the fate of the world depends on it.
[Dan] [musical interlude -- dun, de dun dun...]
[Brandon] This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.