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Writing Excuses

Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler

Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.


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Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler We've talked about making every member of the ensemble meaningful. In this episode we're discussing who, in archetype terms, everybody is. How can archetypes help us get started... more

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Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler This week we're talking about how our genre choice influences the structure of our ensemble. How is a heist ensemble different from a superhero team? What happens when the super... more

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Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler Sometimes we have to look at our ensemble of characters and ask ourselves what kind of story we're trying to tell? If the story works with a single protagonist and one POV, mayb... more

21 days ago


4.7 out of 5 stars from 1.5k ratings
  • I'm surprised they didn't mention House of Leaves which which is renowned for being the ultimate novel of footnotes within footnotes.

    Andi-Roo Libecap
    a month ago
  • Fantastic resource for budding writers, established writers et al

    Wow! I wish you guys were my irl pals!!! Imagine the conversations we could have. more

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    Australia2 months ago
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    Gustavo Woltmann
    2 months ago
  • My favorite podcast

    but Audible doesn't let me listen to it for some reason. I like the older seasons better but that's probably just because Brandon doesn't seem to be around as much now and there's almost allllways a guest speaker now, but either way, this podcast is severely underappreciated. Should be more popular

    Ben Winslow
    United States3 months ago
  • Full of great advice. A MUST.

    I took short production course few years back and I am working on my writing. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada4 months ago

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