Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.
Writing Excuses 6.30: Help! I Can’t End My Book!
20:51Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard talk endings, and how to troubleshoot common problems writers have with them.
Writing Excuses 6.29: Character Foils
15:39Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard talk about using character foils in building a story.
Writing Excuses 6.28: Interstitial Art
19:55Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman from the Interstitial Arts Foundation join Mary Robinette Kowal and Dan Wells to talk about the gaps between genres.
Writing Excuses 6.27: Fantasy Setting Yard Sale
17:21Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard brainstorm some fantasy setting elements for you. Need a magic system on the cheap? How about a political power structure?
Writing Excuses 6.26: Mystery Plotting
17:03Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard talk about plotting a good mystery, especially as part of a non-mystery-genre book.
Writing Excuses 6.25: When Characters do Dumb Things
16:21Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mary talk about making characters do dumb things for smart reasons.
Writing Excuses 6.24: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime
18:38Andrew P. Mayer joins Howard, Mary, and Dan to talk about taking silly ideas and making seriously awesome stuff out of them.
Writing Excuses 6.23: Pigeon Holes
17:18Jonathan Maberry joins Howard, Dan, and Mary to discuss pigeonholes -- specifically, not ending up in one.
Writing Excuses 6.22: Continuing Education for Writers
19:01Mur Lafferty joins Howard, Mary, and Dan to talk about ways in which writers can continue their education.
Writing Excuses 6.21: Brainstorming From Story Seeds
16:08Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard each crank out the beginnings of a story from the same set of story seeds.