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Writing Excuses

Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler

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


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  • A Masterclass

    Almost everything I know about revision and editing I learned from Writing Excuses; my novel out on query would not be this polished without everything I learned from this podcast.

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    United States2 months ago
  • They got me published!

    Every spat of writer’s block, every rejection, and every frustration, all of it became manageable because I kept getting reminders of Brandon, Howard, Mary Robinette, Dan, and guests going through those same hurdles while giving practical advice. more

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  • Mandatory for aspiring writers!

    I discovered WX in 2017, shortly after deciding to pursue writing as a career. Since then I've never missed an episode, and I've listened to the entirety of the podcast (yes, starting at Season 01, because I am a completionist) at least three times. Even before, but especially during the pandemic, it was an almost meditative experience to spend an evening listening to random episodes just to feel connected to the world of writing and publishing. more

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  • Nosedive in quality

    This used to be THE writing podcast to listen to, but without Brandon, it's just...meh. Mary and Howard's voices are over the top (their pronunciation of words if akin to nails on a chalkboard), and let's face it, none of these remaining writers are particularly successful with a capital S. I've moved on to The Creative Penn.

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