-->''"Fifteen minutes long...''
-->''...because you're in a hurry...''
-->''...and we're not that smart!''
-->''I'm Brandon!''
---->''I'm Dan!''
----->''I'm Mary!''
------>''And I'm Howard!"''

[[SoYouWantTo/WriteAStory So you want to write a story]]? Well you're in luck. ''Writing Excuses'' is a weekly {{podcast}} by Creator/BrandonSanderson, Howard Tayler of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Creator/DanWells, and Creator/MaryRobinetteKowal --formerly a [[GuestStarPartyMember recurring guest host]] and now an official full-time host as of Season 6. Updated every Sunday, each week's episode focuses on a particular aspect of the writing process, from [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/02/10/writing-excuses-episode-1-brainstorming/ brainstorming]] to [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/05/23/writing-excuses-4-20-strategies-for-getting-published/ getting published]], usually responding to particular obstacles that are common for beginning and improving writers. Naturally, numerous tropes have been touched upon along the way, discussed in terms of [[TropesAreTools how to use them to make your book better]] and avoiding bad writing. Often a guest host (usually a recently-published author or a personal/professional friend of one of the authors with ties to the writing world) will join the quartet for an episode or two to add outsider input as well. The series also features a [[EnforcedPlug Book of the Week]] for listeners to read which is often pertinent to the topic being discussed. Or sometimes [[ShamelessSelfPromoter it's just one of their own books]]. [[NowBuyTheMerchandise They gotta make money somehow]].

Each podcast is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin around fifteen minutes long]], not more than twenty. ''Usually'' there are also suggested writing prompts to practice with, especially in the later seasons.

In June 2014, they released ''Shadows Beneath'', an anthology of the stories they brainstormed in seasons 7 and 8, with the intent of showing the process of moving from a first draft to a finished story.

The podcast home page is [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/ here]].
The TV Tropes discussion forum about it is [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13336888210A99381000 here]].

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!!'''This podcast has discussed the following tropes:'''

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[[folder:Season 1]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/02/10/writing-excuses-episode-1-brainstorming/ Episode 1]] - Brainstorming
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/02/17/writing-excuses-episode-2-blending-the-familiar-and-the-original/ Episode 2]] - Blending the Familiar and the Original
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/02/24/writing-excuses-episode-4-killing-your-darlings/ Episode 3]] - Killing Your Darlings
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/03/02/writing-excuses-episode-4-beginnings/ Episode 4]] - [[BeginningTropes Beginnings]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/03/09/writing-excuses-episode-5-heroes-and-protagonists/ Episode 5]] - [[HeroTropes Heroes and Protagonists]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/03/16/writing-excuses-episode-6-flaws-vs-handicaps/ Episode 6]] - [[GoodFlawsBadFlaws Flaws versus Handicaps]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/03/23/writing-excuses-episode-7-villains/ Episode 7]] - {{Villains}}
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/03/30/writing-excuses-episode-8-sci-fi-genre/ Episode 8]] - Writing ScienceFiction
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/04/06/writing-excuses-episode-9-sci-fi-sub-genre/ Episode 9]] - ScienceFiction Sub-genres
** {{Cyberpunk}}
** [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness Hard SF]]
** MilitaryScienceFiction
** SpaceOpera
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/04/13/writing-excuses-episode-10-pacing/ Episode 10]] - [[PacingProblems Pacing]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/04/21/writing-excuses-episode-11-business-of-writing/ Episode 11]] - [[BoringButPractical The Business of Writing]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/04/27/writing-excuses-episode-12-submitting-to-editors-part-1/ Episode 12]] - Submitting to Editors (Part 1)
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/05/04/writing-excuses-episode-13-submitting-to-editors-part-2/ Episode 13]] - Submitting to Editors (Part 2)
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/05/12/writing-excuses-episode-14-magic-systems-and-their-rules/ Episode 14]] - [[MagicAIsMagicA Magic Systems And Their Rules]]
** Also discusses why it's good that a magic system ''does'' have rules.
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/05/18/writing-excuses-episode-15-costs-and-ramifications-of-magic/ Episode 15]] - [[FunctionalMagic Costs and Ramifications of Magic]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/05/25/writing-excuses-episode-16-butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard/ Episode 16]] - [[GetOnWithItAlready Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard]]
** Dealing with scheduling time to practice writing so that you actually produce.
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/06/01/writing-excuses-episode-17-this-sucks-and-im-a-horrible-writer/ Episode 17]] - [[CreatorBreakdown This Sucks and I'm A Horrible Writer]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/06/08/writing-excuses-episode-18-qa-at-conduit/ Episode 18]] - Q&A at [=CONduit=]
** Character voice
** [[NamingConventions Naming things]]
** The "Second-Act Slump" (related to TwoPartTrilogy)
** Finishing the story
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/06/15/writing-excuses-episode-19-plot-twists/ Episode 19]] - PlotTwist[==]s
** {{Foreshadowing}}
** "The fine art of making your characters miserable" (without going into DiabolusExMachina)
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/06/22/writing-excuses-episode-20-more-qa-from-conduit/ Episode 20]] - More Q&A from [=CONduit=] (Guest starring EricJamesStone)
** Are PlotTwist[==]s necessary?
** Making your protagonists [[GoodIsDumb as interesting]] as [[EvilIsCool your villains]]
** Marketing and the web
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/06/30/writing-excuses-episode-21-humor/ Episode 21]] - [[ComedyTropes Humor]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/07/07/writing-excuses-episode-22-when-do-things-that-are-unpopular/ Episode 22]] - Doing the Unpopular
** Specifically, "[[WriterRevolt doing things to the reader that they would never do to themselves]]" [[DoingItForTheArt because the story is better that way]].
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/07/14/writing-excuses-episode-23-viewpoint/ Episode 23]] - Viewpoint and Tense (Part 1) [[PointOfView (Viewpoint)]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/07/20/writing-excuses-episode-24-research/ Episode 24]] - [[ShownTheirWork Research]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/07/28/writing-excuses-episode-25-viewpoint-and-tense-part-2/ Episode 25]] - Viewpoint and Tense (Part 2) [[HowDoIUsedTense (Tense)]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/08/04/writing-excuses-episode-26-horror/ Episode 26]] - [[HorrorTropes Horror]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/08/10/writing-excuses-episode-27-world-building-religion/ Episode 27]] - WorldBuilding Religion
** TheChurch
** CrystalDragonJesus
** FantasyPantheon
** OhMyGods
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/08/18/writing-excuses-episode-28-writing-for-comics-and-graphic-novels/ Episode 28]] - Writing for {{Webcomics}} with [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Phil and Kaja Foglio]]
** SteamPunk
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/08/24/writing-excuses-episode-29-talking-publishing-with-lou-anders/ Episode 29]] - Talking Publishing with Lou Anders
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/09/02/writing-excuses-episode-30-talking-revision-with-moshe-feder/ Episode 30]] - Talking Revision with Moshe Feder
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/09/07/writing-excuses-episode-31-talking-rpg-and-game-writing-with-steve-jackson/ Episode 31]] - Talking [[TabletopGames RPG and Game Writing]] with [[{{GURPS}} Steve Jackson]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/09/15/writing-excuses-episodes-32-talking-exposition-with-patrick-rothfuss/ Episode 32]] - Talking {{Exposition}} with [[TheNameOfTheWind Patrick Rothfuss]]
** AsYouKnow
** ExpositionBomb
** ExpoSpeak
** GetOnWithItAlready
** InfoDump
** LectureAsExposition
** ProlongedPrologue
** ShowDontTell
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/09/22/writing-excuses-episode-33-side-characters/ Episode 33]] - [[CharactersAsDevice Side Characters]]
** Also, a link to Dan's OldShame, ''[[BlackComedy A Night of Blacker Darkness]]''.
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/09/29/writing-excuses-episode-34-what-the-dark-knight-did-right/ Episode 34]] - What ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' Did Right
** SomethingCompletelyDifferent
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/10/06/writing-excuses-episode-35-voice-tone-and-style/ Episode 35]] - [[SignatureStyle Voice, Tone, and Style]]
** InTheStyleOf

This season also had two bonus episodes:
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/03/09/writing-excuses-bonus-episode-1-gary-gygax/ A eulogy for]] Creator/GaryGygax
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/03/23/writing-excuses-bonus-episode-2-rules-of-writing-excuses/ Rules of Writing Excuses podcast]].
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[[folder:Season 2]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/10/12/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-1-qa-on-setting-and-characters-at-mountain-con-with-john-brown/ Episode 1]] - Setting and Characters
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/10/19/writing-season-2-episode-2-how-to-write-for-children-with-brandon-mull/ Episode 2]] - How to Write for [[YoungAdult Children]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/10/27/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-3-characters-with-brandon-mull/ Episode 3]] - {{Characters}}
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/11/02/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-4view-point-plot-twists-and-being-a-part-time-writer-with-eric-james-stone/ Episode 4]] - Viewpoint, Plot Twists, and Being a Part-Time Writer
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/11/10/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-5-writing-groups/ Episode 5]] - Writing Groups
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/11/16/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-6-endings/ Episode 6]] - [[EndingTropes Endings]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/11/23/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-7-using-writing-formulas-with-bob-defendi/ Episode 7]] - [[TheSevenBasicPlots Using Writing Formulas]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/12/01/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-8-the-three-act-structure-with-bob-defendi/ Episode 8]] - The Three Act Structure
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/12/07/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-9-romance-with-dave-wolverton/ Episode 9]] - {{Romance}}
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/12/14/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-10-the-boring-parts/ Episode 10]] - The Boring Parts
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/12/21/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-11-talking-publishing-and-writing-with-dave-wolverton/ Episode 11]] - Publishing and Writing
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/12/28/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-12-theme/ Episode 12]] - [[CentralTheme Theme]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/01/04/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-13-violence/ Episode 13]] - [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption Violence]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/01/11/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-14-writing-habits/ Episode 14]] - Writing Habits
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/01/18/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-15-knowing-when-to-begin/ Episode 15]] - Knowing When to Begin
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/01/25/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-16-non-human-races/ Episode 16]] - [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Non-Human Races]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/02/02/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-17-website-marketing-for-authors/ Episode 17]] - Website Marketing for Authors
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/02/08/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-18-world-building-governments/ Episode 18]] - WorldBuilding [[TheGovernment Governments]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/02/16/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-19-do-creative-writing-classes-help/ Episode 19]] - Do Creative Writing Classes Help?
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/02/22/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-20-marketing-101-for-creators/ Episode 20]] - Marketing 101 for Creators
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/03/01/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-21-fight-scenes/ Episode 21]] - {{Fight Scene}}s
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/03/08/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-22-marketing-201-branding-for-authors/ Episode 22]] - Marketing 201: Branding for Authors
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/03/16/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-23-avoiding-the-cliche-with-tracy-hickman/ Episode 23]] - Avoiding the {{Cliche}}
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/03/23/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-24-writing-habits-and-qa-with-tracy-hickman/ Episode 24]] - Writing Habits
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/03/29/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-25-the-seven-deadly-sins-of-slush-stories/ Episode 25]] - The Seven Deadly Sins of [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible Slush Stories]]
* [[invoked]][[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/04/01/writing-excuses-episode-632-now-that-weve-got-time-travel-what-do-we-do-with-it/ Episode 632]] - [[BizarroEpisode Now That We've Got Time Travel, What Do We Do With It]]? (Released on AprilFoolsDay)
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/04/05/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-26-how-publishing-is-changing-in-the-new-century/ Episode 26]] - How Publishing Is Changing in the New Century
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/04/12/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-27-reading-critically/ Episode 27]] - Reading Critically
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/04/19/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-28-applying-critical-reading-watchmen/ Episode 28]] - Applying Critical Reading: ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/04/26/we-talk-about-how-not-to-end-books-with-the-goal-of-helping-you-fix-them/ Episode 29]] - [[FakeOutFadeOut How]] [[GainaxEnding Not]] [[WhatCliffHanger to]] [[RocksFallEveryoneDies End]] [[ResetButtonEnding Your]] [[AllJustADream Book]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/05/03/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-30-the-most-important-thing-howard-learned-in-the-last-year/ Episode 30]] - The Most Important Thing Howard Learned In The Last Year
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/05/10/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-31-the-most-important-thing-brandon-learned-in-the-last-year/ Episode 31]] - The Most Important Thing Brandon Learned In The Last Year
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/05/17/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-32-the-most-important-thing-dan-learned-in-the-last-year/ Episode 32]] - The Most Important Thing Dan Learned In The Last Year
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/05/25/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-33-how-to-not-be-overwhelmed/ Episode 33]] - [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder How To Not Be Overwhelmed]]

Bonus Episodes:
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/10/16/writing-excuses-season-2-bonus-episode-1-live-at-the-mistborn-3-release/ Live at the Mistborn 3 Release]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Season 3]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/06/01/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-1-world-building-history/ Episode 1]] - WorldBuilding History
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/06/14/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-2-keeping-it-real-with-aprilynne-pike/ Episode 2]] - [[RealityIsUnrealistic Keeping It Real]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/06/21/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-3-stumping-howard-at-conduit/ Episode 3]] - Stumping Howard at Conduit
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/06/08/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-4-non-linear-story-telling/ Episode 4]] - [[AnachronicOrder Non-Linear Storytelling]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/06/28/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-5-how-to-take-criticism/ Episode 5]] - How to Take Criticism
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/07/07/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-6-dramatic-breaks/ Episode 6]] - [[ActBreak Dramatic Breaks]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/07/12/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-7-genre-blending/ Episode 7]] - [[MixAndMatch Genre Blending]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/07/20/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-8-what-star-trek-did-right/ Episode 8]] - What ''Film/StarTrek'' Did Right
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/07/26/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-9-attending-conventions-part-i/ Episode 9]] - Conventions You Should Be Attending
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/08/02/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-10-the-dos-and-donts-of-attending-cons/ Episode 10]] - The Do's and Don't's of Attending Cons
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/08/08/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-11-trimming/ Episode 11]] - Trimming
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/08/16/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-12-subplots/ Episode 12]] - Subplots
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/08/23/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-13-dialects-and-in-world-jargon/ Episode 13]] - [[JargonDebate Dialects and In-World Jargon]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/08/30/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-14-the-four-principles-of-puppetry-with-mary-robinette-kowal/ Episode 14]] - The Four Principles of Puppetry, with Mary Robinette Kowal
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/09/06/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-15-writing-process-qa-with-mary-robinette-kowal/ Episode 15]] - The Writing Process
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/09/13/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-16-the-anti-mary-sue-episode/ Episode 16]] - The [[JustifiedTrope Anti]]-MarySue Episode
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/09/20/writing-excuses-episode-3-season-17-characters-worldbuilding-qa-with-mary-robinette-kowal/ Episode 17]] - Characters and WorldBuilding
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/09/27/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-18-how-to-not-repeat-yourself/ Episode 18]] - How to Not Repeat Yourself
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/10/04/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-19-emotion-in-fiction-with-john-brown/ Episode 19]] - [[EmotionTropes Emotion]] in Fiction
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/10/11/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-20-plot-vs-character-driven-fiction/ Episode 20]] - Plot- vs. Character-Driven Fiction
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/10/18/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-21-pitfalls-of-self-publishing-with-larry-correia/ Episode 21]] - Pitfalls of [[VanityPublishing Self-Publishing]] with Larry Correia
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/10/25/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-22-idea-to-story/ Episode 22]] - Idea to Story
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/11/01/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-23-how-to-write-without-twists/ Episode 23]] - How to Write Without Twists
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/11/08/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-24-writing-comics-with-jake-black/ Episode 24]] - [[ComicBookTropes Writing Comics]] with Jake Black
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/11/15/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-25-the-business-of-writing-comics/ Episode 25]] - The Business of Writing Comics
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/11/22/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-26-nanowrimo/ Episode 26]] - NaNoWriMo
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/12/01/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-27-mixing-humor-with-drama-and-horror/ Episode 27]] - Mixing [[CasualDangerDialog Humor]] with [[DramaTropes Drama]] and [[HorrorTropes Horror]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/12/06/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-28-world-building-gender-roles/ Episode 28]] - WorldBuilding [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Gender Roles]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/12/20/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-29-antiheroes/ Episode 29]] - [[AntiHero Antiheroes]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/12/13/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-30-unreliable-narrators/ Episode 30]] - {{Unreliable Narrator}}s
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/12/27/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-31-tragedy/ Episode 31]] - {{Tragedy}}
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/01/03/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-32-collaboration/ Episode 32]] - Collaboration

Bonus Episodes:
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/09/13/writing-excuses-parsec-award-acceptance-speech/ Parsec Award Acceptance Speech]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Season 4]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/01/11/writing-excuses-4-1-types-of-humor/ Episode 1]] - Types of Humor
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/01/17/writing-excuses-4-2-heroism/ Episode 2]] - Heroism
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/01/24/writing-excuses-4-3-how-to-manage-your-influences/ Episode 3]] - How to Manage Your Influences
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/01/31/writing-excuses-4-4-agents-do-you-need-one/ Episode 4]] - Agents: Do You Need One?
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/02/07/writing-excuses-4-5-roleplaying-games-as-a-tool-for-story-telling/ Episode 5]] - [[RolePlayingGame Roleplaying Games]] as Tools for Story Telling
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/02/14/writing-excuses-4-6-pacing-with-james-dashner/ Episode 6]] - Pacing with [[Literature/TheMazeRunner James Dashner]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/02/21/writing-excuses-4-7-qa-with-james-dashner/ Episode 7]] - Q&A with James Dashner
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/02/28/writing-excuses-4-8-working-with-editors/ Episode 8]] - Working With Editors
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/03/07/writing-excuses-4-9-how-to-write-men-with-jessica-day-george/ Episode 9]] - [[MostWritersAreMale How to Write Men]] With Jessica Day George
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/03/14/writing-excuses-4-10-writing-for-young-adults/ Episode 10]] - Writing for {{Young Adult}}s
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/03/21/writing-excuses-4-11-brainstorming-examples/ Episode 11]] - [[RippedFromTheHeadlines Brainstorming From Headlines]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/03/28/writing-excuses-4-12-writing-epics/ Episode 12]] - [[TheEpic Writing An Epic]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/04/04/writing-excuses-4-13-juggling-multiple-viewpoints/ Episode 13]] - [[ThirdLineSomeWaiting Juggling Multiple Viewpoints]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/04/11/writing-excuses-4-14-brainstorming-science-ideas/ Episode 14]] - [[HollywoodScience Brainstorming Science Ideas]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/04/18/writing-excuses-4-15-visual-compenents-of-storytelling/ Episode 15]] - Visual Components of Storytelling
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/04/25/writing-excuses-4-16-breaking-the-fourth-wall/ Episode 16]] - [[BreakingTheFourthWall Breaking the]] FourthWall
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/05/02/writing-excuses-4-17-living-with-the-artist/ Episode 17]] - [[CreatorCouple Living with the Artist]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/05/09/writing-excuses-4-18-how-to-steal-for-fun-and-profit/ Episode 18]] - [[PlagiarismInFiction How to Steal for Fun and Profit]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/05/16/writing-excuses-4-19-discovery-writing-2/ Episode 19]] - Discovery Writing
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/05/23/writing-excuses-4-20-strategies-for-getting-published/ Episode 20]] - Strategies for Getting Published
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/05/30/writing-excuses-4-21-writing-practical-fantasy/ Episode 21]] - Writing [[BoringButPractical Practical Fantasy]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/06/06/writing-excuses-4-22-qa-with-l-e-modesitt-jr/ Episode 22]] - Q&A with L.E. Modesitt, Jr
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/06/13/writing-excuses-4-23-how-to-break-in-to-the-young-adult-market/ Episode 23]] - How to Break In to the YoungAdult Market
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/06/20/writing-excuses-4-24-random-storytelling/ Episode 24]] - Random Storytelling
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/06/27/writing-excuses-4-25-mating-plumage/ Episode 25]] - [[CoversAlwaysLie Mating Plumage]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/07/05/writing-excuses-4-26-avoiding-stilted-dialog/ Episode 26]] - Avoiding Stilted Dialog
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/07/11/writing-excuses-4-27-major-overhauls-to-broken-stories/ Episode 27]] - Major Overhauls to Broken Stories
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/07/18/writing-excuses-4-28-brainstorming-the-end-and-working-backwards/ Episode 28]] - Brainstorming The End and Working Backwards
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/07/25/writing-excuses-4-29-line-editing/ Episode 29]] - Line Editing
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/08/01/writing-excuses-4-30-worldbuilding-the-future/ Episode 30]] - WorldBuilding the Future
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/08/08/writing-excuses-4-31-line-editing-dialog/ Episode 31]] - Line Editing Dialog
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/08/15/writing-excuses-4-32-first-paragraphs/ Episode 32]] - First Paragraphs
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/08/22/writing-excuses-4-33-trunk-novels/ Episode 33]] - Trunk Novels
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/08/29/writing-excuses-4-34-qa-at-dragons-fairy-tales/ Episode 34]] - Q&A at Dragons and Fairy Tales
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Season 5]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/09/07/we-5-1-third-person-limited/ Episode 1]] - [[PointOfView Third Person Limited]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/09/12/we-5-2-character-quirks/ Episode 2]] - Character Quirks
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/09/19/writing-excuses-5-3-first-person-viewpoint/ Episode 3]] - [[PointOfView First Person Viewpoint]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/09/26/writing-excuses-5-4-creating-suspense/ Episode 4]] - Creating Suspense
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/10/03/writing-excuses-5-5-writing-the-unfamiliar/ Episode 5]] - Writing the Unfamiliar
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/10/10/writing-excuses-5-6-micropodcasts/ Episode 6]] - [=MicroPodcasts=]
** [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/10/12/writing-excuses-5-6-01-flash-fiction/ Episode 6.01]] - Flash Fiction
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/10/17/writing-excuses-5-7-avoiding-melodrama/ Episode 7]] - Avoiding {{Melodrama}}
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/10/24/writing-excuses-5-8-the-excuses-youre-out-of/ Episode 8]] - The Excuses You're Out Of
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/10/31/writing-excuses-5-9-character-arcs/ Episode 9]] - Character Arcs
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/11/07/writing-excuses-5-10-john-brown-and-the-creative-process/ Episode 10]] - John Brown and the Creative Process
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/11/14/writing-excuses-5-11-micropocasting-2/ Episode 11]] - [=MicroPodcasts=] 2
* [[LostEpisode Episode 12 - The Secret Of Lincoln's Gold]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/11/21/writing-excuses-5-13-writing-the-second-book/ Episode 13]] - Writing the [[{{Sequel}} Second Book]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/11/28/writing-excuses-5-14-visual-components-of-novels-with-scott-westerfeld/ Episode 14]] - [[FantasyWorldMap Visual Components]] of Novels with ScottWesterfeld
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/12/05/writing-excuses-5-15-steampunk-with-scott-westerfeld/ Episode 15]] - {{Steampunk}} with ScottWesterfeld
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/12/12/writing-excuses-5-12-time-travel/ Episode 12]] - TimeTravel!
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/12/19/writing-excuses-5-16-critiquing-dans-first-novel/ Episode 16]] - Critiquing Dan’s [[OldShame First Novel]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/12/27/writing-excuses-5-17-dialog-exercises/ Episode 17]] - Dialog Exercises
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/01/02/writing-excuses-5-18-offending-your-readers/ Episode 18]] - Offending Your Readers
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/01/09/writing-excuses-5-19-fulfilling-promises-to-your-readers/ Episode 19]] - Fulfilling Promises to Your Readers
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/01/16/writing-excuses-5-20-more-dialog-exercises/ Episode 20]] - More Dialog Exercises
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/01/23/writing-excuses-5-21-alternate-history/ Episode 21]] - AlternateHistory
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/01/30/writing-excuses-5-22-film-considerations/ Episode 22]] - Film Considerations
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/02/06/writing-excuses-5-23-life-day/ Episode 23]] - Life Day!
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/02/13/writing-excuses-5-24-the-authors-responsibility-to-the-reader/ Episode 24]] - Author's Responsibility to the Reader
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/02/20/writing-excuses-5-25-writing-in-other-peoples-universes/ Episode 25]] - [[FanFiction Writing In Other People's Universes]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/02/27/writing-excuses-5-26-scared-for-the-characters/ Episode 26]] - Scared For The Characters
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/03/06/writing-excuses-5-27-perseverance/ Episode 27]] - [[{{Determinator}} Perseverance]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/03/13/writing-excuses-5-28-e-publishing/ Episode 28]] - E-Publishing
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/03/20/writing-excuses-5-29-rewriting/ Episode 29]] - Rewriting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/03/27/writing-excuses-5-30-writing-action/ Episode 30]] - Writing Action
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/04/03/writing-excuses-5-31-writing-romance/ Episode 31]] - Writing {{Romance}}
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/04/10/writing-excuses-5-32-urban-fantasy/ Episode 32]] - UrbanFantasy
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/04/17/writing-excuses-5-33-alpha-readers/ Episode 33]] - Alpha Readers
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/04/24/writing-excuses-5-34-story-bibles/ Episode 34]] - Story Bibles
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/05/01/writing-excuses-5-35-brainstorming-urban-fantasy/ Episode 35]] - Brainstorming an UrbanFantasy
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/05/08/writing-excuses-5-36-non-traditional-settings-with-saladin-ahmed/ Episode 36]] - Non-traditional Settings with Saladin Ahmed
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/05/15/writing-excuses-season-5-37-parody-and-satire-with-jim-hines/ Episode 37]] - Parody and Satire with Creator/JimCHines
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/05/22/writing-excuses-5-38-dialog-with-john-scalzi/ Episode 38]] - Dialog with John Scalzi
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/05/29/writing-excuses-5-39-filking-and-writing-music-with-tom-smith/ Episode 39]] - [[FilkSong Filking]] and writing music with Tom Smith


Bonus Episodes:

* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/11/01/writing-excuses-bonus-episode-voting-in-the-service-of-a-dark-god/ Voting In The Service Of A Dark God]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/04/24/writing-excuses-on-the-2011-hugo-ballot/ Writing Excuses on the 2011 Hugo Ballot]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Season 6]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/06/05/writing-excuses-6-1-can-creativity-be-taught/ Episode 1]] - Can Creativity be Taught?
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/06/12/writing-excuses-6-2-internal-motivations/ Episode 2]] - Internal Motivations
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/06/19/writing-excuses-6-3-professional-organizations/ Episode 3]] - Professional Organizations
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/06/26/writing-excuses-6-4-microcasting/ Episode 4]] - Microcasting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/07/03/writing-excuses-6-5-query-letters/ Episode 5]] - Query Letters
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/07/10/writing-excuses-6-6-cyberpunk/ Episode 6]] - {{Cyberpunk}}
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/07/17/writing-excuses-6-7-brainstorming-a-cyberpunk-story/ Episode 7]] - Brainstorming a Cyberpunk Story
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/07/24/writing-excuses-6-8-what-an-agent-does/ Episode 8]] - What an Agent Does
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/07/31/writing-excuses-6-9-microcasting-2-electric-boogaloo/ Episode 9]] - Microcasting [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo 2 Electric Boogaloo]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/08/07/writing-excuses-6-10-scott-cards-m-i-c-e-quotient/ Episode 10]] - OrsonScottCard’s [[{{Settings}} M]].[[{{Plots}} I]].[[{{Characters}} C]].[[IncitingIncident E]]. Quotient
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/08/14/writing-excuses-6-11-making-your-descriptions-do-more-than-one-thing/ Episode 11]] - [[LeftFieldDescription Making Your Descriptions Do More Than One Thing]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/08/21/writing-excuses-6-12-revising-for-description/ Episode 12]] - Revising For Description
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/08/28/writing-excuses-6-13-world-building-communications-technology/ Episode 13]] - WorldBuilding [[SubSpaceAnsible Communications Technology]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/09/04/writing-excuses-6-14-suspension-of-disbelief/ Episode 14]] - [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief Suspension of Disbelief]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/09/11/writing-excuses-6-15-writing-other-cultures/ Episode 15]] - Writing Other Cultures
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/09/18/writing-excuses-6-16-gender-roles-black-white-and-gray/ Episode 16]] - [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Gender Roles]]--Black, White, and Gray
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/09/25/writing-excuses-6-17-writing-assistants/ Episode 17]] - Writing Assistants
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/10/02/writing-excuses-6-18-hollywood-formula/ Episode 18]] - The Hollywood Formula
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/10/09/writing-excuses-6-19-pitching/ Episode 19]] - Pitching
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/10/16/writing-excuses-6-20-endings/ Episode 20]] - [[EndingTropes Endings]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/10/23/writing-excuses-6-21-brainstorming-from-story-seeds/ Episode 21]] - [[InspiredBy Brainstorming from Story Seeds]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/10/30/writing-excuses-6-22-continuing-education-for-writers/ Episode 22]] - Continuing Education for Writers
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/11/06/writing-excuses-6-23-pigeon-holes/ Episode 23]] - [[TypeCasting Pigeon Holes]] with Jonathan Maberry
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/11/13/writing-excuses-6-24-from-the-ridiculous-to-the-sublime/ Episode 24]] - [[DeconstructorFleet From the Ridiculous to the Sublime]] with Andrew P. Meyer
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/11/20/writing-excuses-6-25-when-characters-do-dumb-things/ Episode 25]] - When Characters do [[IdiotBall Dumb Things]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/11/27/writing-excuses-6-26-mystery-plotting/ Episode 26]] - [[MysteryFiction Mystery]] Plotting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/12/04/writing-excuses-6-27-fantasy-setting-yard-sale/ Episode 27]] - [[StandardFantasySetting Fantasy Setting]] Yard Sale
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/12/11/writing-excuses-6-28-interstitial-art/ Episode 28]] - [[GenreBusting Interstitial Art]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/12/18/writing-excuses-6-29-character-foils/ Episode 29]] - [[{{Foil}} Character Foils]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/12/25/writing-excuses-6-30-help-i-cant-end-my-book/ Episode 30]] - [[NoEnding Help! I Can't End My Book!]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Season 7]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/01/01/writing-excuses-7-1-when-good-characters-go-bad/ Episode 1]] - [[FaceHeelTurn When Good Characters Go Bad]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/01/08/writing-excuses-7-2-world-building-flora-and-fauna/ Episode 2]] - WorldBuilding Flora and Fauna
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/01/15/writing-excuses-7-3-fauna-and-flora/ Episode 3]] - [[BizarreAlienBiology Flora and Fauna]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/01/22/writing-excuses-7-4-brevity/ Episode 4]] - [[Administrivia/BrevityIsWit Brevity]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/01/29/writing-excuses-7-5-sensory-writing/ Episode 5]] - Sensory Writing with Sam Sykes
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/02/05/writing-excuses-7-6-behind-the-marshmallow/ Episode 6]] - Behind the scenes / Meet the cast episode
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/02/12/writing-excuses-7-7-historical-fantasy/ Episode 7]] - HistoricalFantasy
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/02/19/writing-excuses-7-8-the-city-as-a-character/ Episode 8]]- City as a character with Sarah Pinborough
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/02/26/writing-excuses-7-9-microcasting/ Episode 9]] - Microcasting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/03/04/writing-excuses-7-10-importance-of-criticism/ Episode 10]] - The importance of criticism with Creator/DavidBrin
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/03/11/writing-excuses-7-11-more-microcasting/ Episode 11]] - More Microcasting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/03/18/writing-excuses-7-12-writing-the-omniscient-viewpoint/ Episode 12]] - Writing the Omniscient Viewpoint
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/03/25/writing-excuses-7-13-man-vs-nature/ Episode 13]] - [[{{Conflict}} Man Vs. Nature]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/04/01/writing-excuses-7-14-writing-excuses/ Episode 14]] - [[AprilFoolsDay Writing Excuses]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/04/08/writing-excuses-7-15-editing-marys-outline/ Episode 15]] - Editing Mary's Outline
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/04/15/writing-excuses-7-16-continuing-with-marys-outline/ Episode 16]] - Continuing with Mary's Outline
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/04/22/writing-excuses-7-17-guns-and-fiction/ Episode 17]] - [[GunsAndGunplayTropes Guns and Fiction]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/04/29/writing-excuses-7-18-discovering-your-voice/ Episode 18]] - Discovering Your Voice
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/05/06/writing-excuses-7-19-qa-at-uvu/ Episode 19]] - Q&A at UVU
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/05/13/writing-excuses-7-20-cathartic-horror/ Episode 20]] - [[EmotionalTorque Cathartic]] Horror
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/05/20/writing-excuses-7-21-project-in-depth-force-multiplication/ Episode 21]] - Project in Depth--''[[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary Force Multiplication]]''
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/05/27/writing-excuses-7-22-microcasting/ Episode 22]] - Microcasting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/06/03/writing-excuses-7-23-time-travel/ Episode 23]] - TimeTravel
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/06/10/writing-excuses-7-24-project-in-depth-way-of-kings/ Episode 24]] - Project in Depth--''[[Literature/TheStormlightArchive The Way of Kings]]''
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/06/17/writing-excuses-7-25-writing-capers/ Episode 25]] - Writing [[TheCaper Capers]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/06/24/writing-excuses-7-26-qa-at-uvu-part-2/ Episode 26]] - Q&A at UVU, Part 2
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/07/02/writing-excuses-7-27-the-problem-of-originality/ Episode 27]] - The Problem of Originality
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/07/08/writing-excuses-7-28-project-in-depth-glamour-in-glass/ Episode 28]] - Project in Depth--''[[ShadesOfMilkAndHoney Glamour in Glass]]''
* [[invoked]] [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/07/15/writing-excuses-7-29-the-villain-problem/ Episode 29]] - The [[EvilIsCool Villain]] [[VillainsActHeroesReact Problem]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/07/22/writing-excuses-7-30-micocasting-again/ Episode 30]] - Microcasting, Again
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/07/29/writing-excuses-7-31-project-in-depth-hollow-city/ Episode 31]] - Project in Depth--''[[DanWells The Hollow City]]''
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/08/05/writing-excuses-7-32-astronomy-101-for-writers/ Episode 32]] - [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy Astronomy 101]] for Writers
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/08/12/writing-excuses-7-33-authentic-emotion/ Episode 33]] - Authentic [[EmotionTropes Emotion]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/08/19/writing-excuses-7-34-how-to-start-the-next-one/ Episode 34]] - How to Start the Next One
* [[http://wetranscripts.livejournal.com/%20http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/08/26/writing-excuses-7-36-writing-gaming-fiction-with-monte-cook/ Episode 36]] - Writing Gaming Fiction with Monte Cook
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/09/02/writing-excuses-7-35-brainstorming-with-dan/ Episode 35]] - Brainstorming with [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Dan]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/09/09/writing-excuses-7-37-pantsing/ Episode 37]] - [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants Pantsing]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/09/16/writing-excuses-7-38-writing-love-scenes/ Episode 38]] - Writing Love Scenes
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/09/23/writing-excuses-7-39-death/ Episode 39]] - [[DeathTropes Death]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/09/30/writing-excuses-7-40-writing-the-other/ Episode 40]] - [[RaceTropes Writing the Other]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/10/07/ Episode 41]] - Seven-Point Story Structure
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/10/14/ Episode 42]] - Contemporary YA Fiction
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/10/21/ Episode 43]] - [[TieInNovel Tie-in]] Fantasy Fiction
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/10/28/ Episode 44]] - [[ComicBookTropes Writing for Comics]] with [[Webcomic/{{Skullkickers}} Jim Zub]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/11/11/ Episode 46]] - Project in Depth--''[[TheEmperorsSoul The Emperor's Soul]]''
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/11/18/ Episode 47]] - [[MatterOfLifeAndDeath Raising the Stakes]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/11/25/ Episode 48]] - {{Pixar}} Rules for Writing a Compelling Story
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/12/02/ Episode 49]] - [[BeginningTropes Beginnings]] Revisited
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/12/09/ Episode 50]] - Outlining the Mary Way
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Season 8]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/12/16/ Episode 1]] - Microcasting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/01/13/ Episode 2]] - TheHerosJourney
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/01/21/ Episode 3]] - [[{{Familiar}} Pets]] with Personality
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/01/27/ Episode 4]] - [[ADayInTheLimelight Side Character Arcs]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/02/03/ Episode 5]] - Breaking the Rules
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/02/10/ Episode 6]] - Retellings and [[MediaAdaptationTropes Adaptations]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/02/17/ Episode 7]] - {{Cliffhanger}}s and [[JigsawPuzzlePlot Iceburgs]] with Robison Wells
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/02/24/ Episode 8]] - Writing and Personal Health
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/03/03/ Episode 9]] - Brainstorming with Howard
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/03/10/ Episode 10]] - Brainstorming with Howard (Again)
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/03/17/ Episode 11]] - [[MadnessTropes Abnormal Psychology]]
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/03/24/ Episode 12]] - Project in Depth--''[[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary Deus ex Nauseam]]''
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/03/31/ Episode 13]] - Fake It Till You Make It
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/03/31/ Episode 14]] - Brainstorming With Brandon
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/04/14/ Episode 15]] - Narrative Rhythm
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/04/21/ Episode 16]] - Brainstorming With Brandon Again
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/04/28/ Episode 17]] - Microcasting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/05/05/ Episode 18]] - Blocking
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/05/12/ Episode 19]] - Writing And Convention Culture
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/05/19/ Episode 20]] - The Short Story
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/05/26/ Episode 21]] - What The Avengers Did Right
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/06/02/ Episode 22]] - Pre-Writing
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/06/09/ Episode 23]] - Microcasting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/06/16/ Episode 24]] - Project in Depth--''Kiss Me Twice''
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/06/23/ Episode 25]] - Middle Grade with E.J. Paten
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/06/30/ Episode 26]] - SpaceOpera
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/07/07/ Episode 27]] - Chapter Breakdowns
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/07/14/ Episode 28]] - Your First Contract
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/07/21/ Episode 29]] - Out Of Excuses Retreat Q&A #1
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/07/28/ Episode 30]] - Writing Reluctant Characters
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/08/04/ Episode 31]] - Combining Dialogue, Blocking, and Description
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/08/11/ Episode 32]] - Microcasting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/08/18/ Episode 33]] - Making Non-Human Characters Relatable
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/08/25/ Episode 34]] - Survivorship Bias
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/09/01/ Episode 35]] - Digging Yourself Out Of Holes with Jeph Jacques
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/09/08/ Episode 36]] - Transitioning Characters in Prominence
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/09/15/ Episode 37]] - When Fail Happens in Your Career
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/09/22/ Episode 38]] - Out Of Excuses Retreat Q & A #2
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/09/29/ Episode 39]] - Dystopian Fiction with Cherie Priest
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/10/06/ Episode 40]] - Publishing with Bill Schafer
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/10/14/ Episode 41]] - Out of Excuses Retreat Microcasting
* [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/10/20/ Episode 42]] - The Internal Heckler vs. The Internal Editor
* Episode 43 - Realistic Melee Fighting with Wesley Chu
* Episode 44 - Talking Publishing with Tom Doherty
* Episode 45 - Gencon Q&A with Wesley Chu
* Episode 46 - Editing with Aeryn Rudel
* Episode 47 - [[LoveableRogue Roguishness]] with Scott Lynch
* Episode 48 - Long-Form Storytelling with Sam Logan
* Episode 49 - Hard Social Science Fiction with Joel Shepherd
* Episode 50 - Q&A with Mercedes Lackey
* Episode 51 - Creative non-fiction with Mette Ivie Harrison
* Episode 52 - You Think You Don't Have Time to Write, with Mette Ivie Harrison
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[[folder:Season 9 In Progress]]
* Episode 1 - Chronology of a Book Deal with Eric James Stones
* Episode 2 - Hard Science Fiction with Eric James Stone
* Episode 3 - Character Perception vs. Narrative Perception with Nancy Fulda
* Episode 4 - ArtificialIntelligence with Nancy Fulda
* Episode 5 - Hijacking the Knowledge You Already Have, with Mette Ivie Harrison
* Episode 6 - The Experience of Time
* Episode 7 - Last Pass Revisions with Eric James Stone
* Episode 8 - When is your [[HandWave Handwavium]] Good Enough?
* Episode 9 - What to do When Truth is Stranger than Fiction
* Episode 10 - Engaging Characters
* Episode 11 - Microcasting
* Episode 12 - Microcasting! Twice in a row!
* Episode 13 - Three Pronged Character Development
* Episode 14 - How to have an Opinion as a Public Figure
* Episode 15 - Becoming a Writer -- Full Disclosure
* Episode 16 - Coming up with a New Ending Halfway Through
* Episode 17 - Microcasting
* Episode 18 - Microcasting
* Episode 19 - Showing Emotion
* Episode 20 - Creator vs Creation
* Episode 21 - Sanderson's 3rd Law
* Episode 22 - Microcasting
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!!The podcast has ''demonstrated'' the following tropes:
* InterfaceScrew: The podcast on NonLinearStorytelling is episode 4 in the season, [[SelfDemonstrating immediately after episode 1 and right before episode 2]].
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: The two reasons the episode is fifteen minutes long vary. You're almost always in a hurry, but Howard often comes up with something thematically appropriate for the second half... or [[ThrowItIn just screws it up]].
* SelfDeprecation: They really are that smart. Don't believe their lies.
* [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Parallel]]: WebVideo/ExtraCredits addresses game design in much the same way Writing Excuses handles literature.
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-> '''Brandon:''' This has been Writing Excuses! You're out of excuses. Now, go write!
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