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Writing Excuses

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

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Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells discuss writing techniques in a fast-paced, 15-minute format.

Customer Reviews

They talk about themselves more than they teach.

If I had to take a sip of Bud Light every time I heard the word “I” on this podcast, the coroners would be zipping me up within 10 minutes.

It’s almost as if this podcast would assume you were extremely familiar with the host’s entire bibliographies with how much they talk about themselves and their own books. On this podcast, practical advice is replaced with 10,000 ft view platitudes and unhelpful anecdotes about puppeteering and illustration. The incessant self back patting starts to wear on your nerves. A recurring segment is the “book of the week” segment, occasionally highlighting books and short stories they themselves have written. Nuggets of helpful information can be gleaned from episodes featuring guests, and I suggest you skip to those.

I offer as an alternative to anyone wanting to learn more about improving their writing, the practical, focused and well written podcast “Helping Writer’s Become Authors” by K M Weiland.

Best writing podcast out there

I would disagree with "Commuter's" review, as learning from real, published writers is valuable, even when they talk about their own habits, likes/dislikes, and views on genres. Unlike K.M. Weiland, these guys aren't self-published. They're represented by major publishing houses and have done very well in their niches. I find it hard to take advice from Weiland, as her writing is quite... well... bad. Her advice may be spot on, but good writing advice doesn't create good writing.

Give this podcast a try--start at the beginning on their website. I promise you'll learn many valuable things, even if these amusing blokes like to talk about themselves. It's almost like taking part in a workshop or writing group. It's laid back, informative, funny, and always helpful.

It Makes Me Want To Write

This is a show that gets my creative writing wheels turning. While I'm not a huge fan of some of the "whoever's writing" analysis episodes, I've listened to this podcast for over four years, and I always come back to it when I want to feel inspired.

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  • Category: Literature
  • Language: English

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