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Writing Excuses 7.30: Microcasting, Again.

Writing Excuses 7.30: Microcasting, Again.

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/07/22/writing-excuses-7-30-micocasting-again/

The questions:
1. How do you deal with bad reviews?
2. How can you apply the laws of magic to science in science fiction?
3. How can you keep tension high without exhausting the reader?
4. What do you do when you've made your manuscript as good as you know how, and you don't know how to fix anything to make it better?
5. How do you create suspension of disbelief in your readers?
6. How do you deal with annoying fans?
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[Brandon] All right. I'm going to go ahead and give us a writing prompt. It's going to be the story of the writer and her alien fan who is just basically impossible to escape, because the alien's morphology or biology or whatever it is, whatever it is about them, makes it impossible for you to get away from them.
[Dan] Okay.
[Brandon] All right. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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Writing Excuses 6.14: Suspension of Disbelief

Writing Excuses 6.14: Suspension of Disbelief

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/09/04/writing-excuses-6-14-suspension-of-disbelief/

Key points: Suspension of Disbelief. Plausibility. Helping the reader pretend that it is all real. Don't be too tidy. Insert things that are just part of the world, not plot specific (beware fluff!). Don't ask readers to suspend their disbelief about too many things. Let readers know early what they need to believe. Don't break human nature. When readers believe the characters and the story, they will stick with you for fantastic things. Lay the groundwork. Don't shoot yourself in the foot with Chekov's gun. Start by making small things plausible, and build up to being strange things. When characters are surprised, it can help readers believe. Try bathos -- a dash of ridicule in the midst of intense drama and emotion.
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[Brandon] All right. We're going to take this out. Mary, you've got a writing prompt for us?
[Mary] Yes. I want you to write a story and make us believe one impossible thing. If you can't come up with it on your own, try teleportation.
[Brandon] Okay. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.