This blog is likely to be rambling and strange. There might be cookies, or cats, or evil space monkeys. No promises.
But for these first few posts I’m going to talk about helpful writing resources I’ve found over the years.
Today’s resource is the Writing Excuses podcast featuring Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal. I found Writing Excuses on the recommendation of a friend a few years back, and have been hooked ever since.
The podcast is pretty huge. But for those who don’t know about it, the archives are a fantastic (and amusing) resource. Most useful to me have been the discussions on worldbuilding and on adjusting characters with Brandon’s slider system. There are also some great posts on the business side of writing that cover everything from small-press publishing to online etiquette.
Aside from all the useful information, these guys are just plain fun to listen to. And the episodes are all under twenty minutes, so they make for a good break when your brain’s gone mushy from too much plotting.