Ep 38 | Maya Angelou: Narrative Instance

Episode 38 brings us Narrative Instance.

The instant in which the narration happens. In other words context. I know it seems simple, but I promise, it’s really not. Well, it can be, but sometimes it isn’t. This description not making any sense, that’s fair. I promise that if you just trust me on this one and listen to the podcast it might make some sense.

Show Resources:

Narrative Instance - Nasrullah Mambrol
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings|Graduation – Maya Angelou
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Ep 37 | Jack Gilbert: Concision

Episode 37: How to say more with less.

This episode is all about concision and the wonders of editing. We explore Jack Gilbert’s A brief for the Defense, and I must make some sacrifices in using it to demonstrate concision. So! Stick around and we can explore this wonderful editing tool together.

Show Resources:

A Brief for the Defence – Jack Gilbert
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Ep 36 | Elizabeth Gilbert: Platonic Relationships

It's episode 36, and Valentine's day has just passed us by. Love is in the air, but there's a lot of different kinds of love.

In this episode, we explore platonic love. How do we portray platonic relationships effectively in our stories?

Well! I have searched far and wide for some answers, this is what I have learned. Hope it helps you too!

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
A Brief for the Defence – Jack Gilbert
88Cups of Tea with Yin Chang
Light the Dark – Joe Fassler
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Ep 35 | Walt Whitman: Clarity

Number 35. Isn't that a nice round number? In episode 35 we get into the nitty-gritty of what makes a work clear. Using Walt Whitman's poem Song of Myself we can break down the sentence by sentence, and word by word details that help your writing to make sense.
ALSO! This episode – in addition to our writing prompt – we have our first writing exercise!
In the near future I'll have a web-page dedicated to all of these exercises on my website so stay tuned, and make sure to check in.

Show Resources

Song of Myself – Walt Whitman
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Light the Dark – Joe Fassler
Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (5th Edition) – Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup
Elizabeth Gilbert Excerpt
Camp NaNoWriMo
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Ep 34 | Amy Tan - Cohesion Over Clarity

Hey!

Today we have Amy Tan with the Joy Luck Club. The book is an incredible feat of setting and time manipulation and is an excellent example of cohesion. What is cohesion? So glad you asked!

Listen to find out!

Show Notes

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (5th Edition) – Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup

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Ep 33 | Write Often

One Week of January Gone Already?

So we've properly begun the new year! Most of us have gone back to school, and back to work, and back the every day of life. With the new year come new habits, and new attempts at discipline. For many of us writers, this manifests into resolutions to write way more, and to get better as we do. A fair and decent goal if I do say so myself - and I do.

Show Resources

Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions – Neil Gaiman

The Norton Reader (14th Edition) – Edited by Melissa A. Goldthwaite,
Joseph Bizup, John Brereton, Anne Fernald, and Linda Peterson

12pt Font Writing Prompts

Twitter Writing Prompts

Reddit r/WritingPrompts

NaNoWriMo Prompts

Discord’s Sprinto-Bot

Writing Excuses | Season 13.38: How to Find and Use Alpha Readers – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott

Anatomy of Story – John Truby

Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette
Kowal

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Ep 32 | Welcome 2019

Hey Everyone!

Welcome to the new year! Congrats on Surviving 2018. Let's all strive to make 2019 our best, most excellent, most amazing, greatest year yet!

Today's episode is a week late. I hope you can forgive me. In it, we discuss plans for 2019. Goals we want to set, and future expectations. Here's to a regular upload schedule, and lots of inspiration!

Show Resources

Pitch Wars
With Great Pleasure at Christmas: Neil Gaiman
Light the Dark – Joe Fassler
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

 

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Ep 31 | We're Back

Hello, lovely people!

Some changes have been made. Most things have been kept the same. We took a week off, but we’re glad to be back for you today! We will be uploading full time starting next week, but until then here is an episode to tide you over until the 28th.

Show Resources

The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
Taking Breaks Makes You Work Better
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 30 | Congratulations Winners

Day 30 It Is Over

What more can I say except congratulations? Go grab an energy bar, and hug your nearest loved one. (I highly recommend a good cry into your fur-baby.) You have done it. 5k or 50k, you have more today than you did on the 1st.

Show Resources

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 29 | For Day Four

Day 29 makes tomorrow the last day.

How do you feel. I feel like a maniac. In the best way possible. We are writers. We can Win. If you haven’t already, there’s still time. Write like your life depends on it, then write some more. Let’s go NaNo Let’s GO!

 

Show Resources

Romeo and Juliette: Act 2 Scene 2 – William Shakespeare
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 28 | Just Hit Post Part 2

Day 28, and hey…

It is okay. Press the button. Do pass go, do collect $200. Honestly though. Think about it. What is the worst that could happen?

Only two more days! If you can win NaNo, what can’t you do?

Show Resources:

WWDW With Amy Rose Spiegel – Jeff Umbro & Kyle Craner
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 27 | Just Hit Post

We are on day 27

Do you know what that means? People are either wrapping up, giving up or getting her done. Where are we at in this? I do not know. What are we doing? NO CLUE! But for those of us who have something to give. We should give it our all. Put yourself out there. (If you are not hurting anybody?) what is actually the worst that could happen?

Show Resources

Racheal’s Lense – Racheal Hunter
Ditch Diggers Podcast – Mur Lafferty & Matt Wallace
Everybody, Always – Bob Goff
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 26 | But I Hate It!

OH, MY GOODNESS Day 26

The end is so close, and some of us have fallen out of love with our stories. We’re so close to the end though. SO CLOSE. Do not give up yet. Love it or Hate, try to get it done anyways. You can do it. YES, YOU CAN!

Show Resources

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 25 | Back on the Horse

Day 25 means 5 more days!

Today it’s exactly what the title says. We were in a rut, and now we’re dragging ourselves out of one. Can we do this? OF COURSE. Writers are incredible people. Crazy resilient, and terrified of deadlines. That is us!

 

Show Resources

Reading Glasses Podcast – Brea Grant & Mallory O’Meara
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 24 | Why Give Up Part 2

Day 24 – Y’all Still with Me?

So, today’s episode is kind of about recognizing when you’re about to quit, then making the decision NOT to do that. We will be revisiting some of what was said last episode, as a type of follow up. Hope you enjoy it!

 

Show Resources

KamaHapa Website & Facebook – Chris Ngui
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 23 | Why Give Up

We have arrived at Day 23.

With exactly 7 days left, it’s fight or flight time. For those of us who have already won, the elation is so good! For those of us keeping pace, congratulations for real. However, the rest of us, behind with no clear direction forward? WE CAN DO THIS! Don’t quit. WE CAN DO THIS!!!

Show Resources

Jane Eyre or AudioVersion – Charlotte Bronte
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 22 | Somehow Week 3

Somehow, we’ve made it to Day 22.

How? No clue, but we’re going to celebrate anyway with a Question and Answer Sprint interspersed with advice form Incredible Writers.

Strap in because we’re speaking fast, and writing faster.

The end is near.

Show Resources

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Beta Readers
Ray Bradbury on Short Stories
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 21 | Creative Procrastination

It’s Day 21, here at the 12pt Font writing studios… Yep.

Here at 12pt Font we strive for excellence in all things, this includes of course procrastination. As a master procrastinator myself I felt it was my solemn duty to bestow upon you my writing prowess, and skills. As well as share with you the incredible procrastinating power of our colleagues in NaNoWriMo. Writers on your marks, get set, stop.

Show Resources

Harmon Quest
Dan Harmon on Procrastination
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 20 | The Whole Truth

Almost Can’t Believe we’ve made it to DAY 20!!!!!

Yeah. YEAH! Look at us go! Today we talk more about non-fiction. Specifically information gathering, plagiarism (do not do it) and when/how to bend the truth.

Show Resources

Go the F*** to Sleep – Adam Mansbach
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Day 19 | On Essays

Day 19 is all about Essays!

Wait! Wait! Come back. I’ll try to make it fun I promise! We’ll listen to Amy Poehler, and talk about puppers, and I’ll even censor the word ‘thesis’ so you never have to hear that word more than you need to. I got Your Back!

Show Resources

A Room of Ones Own (In Search of a Room of One’s Own) – Virginia Woolf
Champion of the World – Maya Angelou
Yes Please – Amy Poehler
Table of Contents (Under the Snow) – John McPhee
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Writing Excuses|Season 10 – Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal

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