Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Writing Excuses

Here's the deal.  Wednesdays I thought I was going to make a "Wacky Word Wednesday" or writing prompt day.  But I'm having a hard time coming up with anything for it right now.  So, I'm going to tell you about my favorite podcast in the world!  Probably the only one I listen to or have really listened to ever, but it's my favorite.

It's called; Writing Excuses.  Here's the link to the website:

Anyway, it's a few authors telling us all about writing.  They are fun to listen to and funny.  It makes learning about the craft of writing FUN!  Learning about something isn't always fun, but if you love doing something, you have to learn the fundamentals and nitty gritty stuff about it.

Example: I like soccer.  I hated practicing and doing drills, but it's what made me better in the game.  It's what made me faster, more alert, and able to work with my team.  If you can't get through the nitty gritty's of learning about writing, you're not going to get very far and no one will want to work with you.

That's why I recommend listening to and even trying out the writing prompts from Writing Excuses.  One of the authors, Brandon Sanderson, is also a professor of creative writing at Brigham Young University.  His class is a master class in novel writing.  You have to submit your writing to his class in order to get into it in the first place.  Lucky for us who don't go to BYU or live in Provo, Utah, or even can't afford writing courses right now, a lot of the classes you can catch on Youtube here.

He's the author who has written many of his own best selling novels, but was also slated to finish out Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

There it is.  Go check out Writing Excuses.  It's on Itunes for free, or you can listen to the podcasts on the website as well.  They aren't very long.  I think the longest one was 30 minutes and I listen to them while I fold laundry on laundry days.

Get out there, get reading, get writing!

1 comment:

  1. I actually did get to take Brandon Sanderson's writing class at BYU in 2014, and it was great. He's a fun teacher and I learned a lot from him about writing, so I definitely recommend watching his classes on Youtube as the next best thing. I haven't checked out Writing Excuses, but I remember him telling the class about it. Thanks for the tip!