18.05: An Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal
Writing Excuses
by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
5d ago
Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler In this episode Howard Tayler conducts our interview with Mary Robinette Kowal, leading with a wide-open question: "Where did you even?" Mary Robinette talks to us about how she came to the world of writing, and some of the amazing things she picked up along the way. Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson ..read more
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18.03: An Interview With Erin Roberts
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by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
2w ago
Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler As we announced in the first episode of the year (and in this press release),  DongWon Song and Erin Roberts are joining us as permanent cast members. Today we're conducting an interview with Erin Roberts. She is newer to career writing than any of the rest of us, but her contributions to Writing Excuses have already been invaluable.  In this episode we'll learn a bit more about why, and about what Erin will bring to the program going forward. Credits: This episode was recor ..read more
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18.02: An Interview with DongWon Song
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by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
3w ago
Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler As we announced in last week's episode (and in this press release),  DongWon Song and Erin Roberts are joining us as permanent cast members. In this episode we conduct an interview with DongWon Song, plumbing a few depths, and learning a bit more about what he can teach all of us. Liner Notes: DongWon Song's newsletter, Publishing is Hard, can be found at publishingishard.com. It's free, but paid subscriptions are available. Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr ..read more
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18.01: Twenty Twenty-Three, By Way of Introduction
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by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
1M ago
Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler We begin 2023 with some big changes, and in this episode we'll discuss those, starting with some changes to the core cast. DongWon Song and Erin Roberts are joining us as permanent cast members, and Brandon Sanderson is stepping aside with "emeritus" status. But the episode isn't just announcements. We each talk about where we are career-wise, what we're working on, and what we're excited to bring to the podcast this year. Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jac ..read more
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17.52: The WXR 2022 Q&A
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by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
1M ago
Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, Mary Robinette, and Howard This Q&A session was recorded before a live audience aboard ship at WXR 2022, Here are some paraphrasings of the questions our attendees asked: How do you make your world feel big without infodumping? How do you balance a sense of progress with an unreliable narrator? How can I make two magic systems work in the same setting when one is underpowered, and the protagonist uses the weaker one? Have you ever based characters on yourself, or on people you know? What does the process of book adaptation look like Do you have any good convention ..read more
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17.51: Feel The Burn
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by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
1M ago
Your Hosts: Dongwon Song, Piper J. Drake, Peng Shepherd, Marshall Carr, Jr., and Erin Roberts Let's talk about burnout. It's been a long few years (with some of those years feeling like decades) so this may seem timely, but burnout can happen during otherwise ordinary times. Ignoring it or simply trying to "burn smarter, not harder" can have serious repercussions. In this episode we talk about why we burn out, how we recognize it, how we deal with it, and how we (eventually) recover from it. Credits: This episode was recorded by Matthew Drake, and mastered by Alex Jackson ..read more
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17.50: Consistency, Inconsistency, and the Crushing Weight of Expectations
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by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
1M ago
Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Dongwon Song, and Dan Wells Thanks to some last-minute schedule changes, we almost didn't have an episode for today. Only three cast members were able to make it to the session, and none of those three had the syllabus. But we forged ahead anyway, and recorded an episode about why we felt it was important to record an episode. That may sound like one too many layers of meta, but just wait until we add the layers in which this actually applies to writing! Liner Notes: Dongwon's newsletter is called "Publishing is Hard." Dan's newsletter doesn't have a name, but can be ..read more
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17.49: Bodies Are Magical
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by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
2M ago
Your Hosts: Mary Robinette, C.L. Polk, Fran Wilde, and Howard Tayler  Let's put a stake in the ground here: disabilities do not grant magical powers. And yet that exact trope can be found in multiple genres, across multiple mediums. In this episode we talk about why this happens, and how we might better portray the magical awesomeness found in our bodies. Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson ..read more
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17.48: Bodies, Why? (Part III)
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by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
2M ago
Your Hosts: Mary Robinette, C.L. Polk, Fran Wilde, and Howard Tayler  Let's talk about pain. It hurts, yes, but we all experience it, so writing about it can be a great point of connection between the writer and the reader. Also, writing about it can hurt. Liner Notes: We referenced  "No, I'm Fine," by Howard Tayler, and "The Visions Take Their Toll: Disability and the Cost of Magic," by Dominic Parisien Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson ..read more
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17.47: The Linguistics of Disability
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by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
2M ago
Your Hosts: Mary Robinette, C.L. Polk, Fran Wilde, and Howard Tayler  This is the "talking about how to talk about" talk. We begin by reviewing the difference between the medical model and the social model of disability. Liner Notes: This TikTok provides a nice explanation of the medical and social models of disability. There's also this essay, "The Linguistics of Disability" over at Fireside Fiction. Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson ..read more
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