Questions 576: Is NaNoWriMo Worthwhile?

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Sarah asks: “Is NaNoWriMo a good way to practice getting out of your own way, or a spectacular waste of time? ”

Resources Mentioned:
Every Day Novelist: Episode 1

Questions 575: Recovering Your Reading Delight

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Ed asks: “As I’ve learned more about storytelling, it’s gotten easier to spot writer tricks & techniques – especially when done poorly! – and harder to enjoy reading for pleasure. Any advice?”

Resources Mentioned:
Ep. 555 – The Writer’s Reading Experience
Spammity Spam

Questions 574: Studying Big Stories

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Michael asks: “How do you study a work that’s epic in scope?”

Resources Mentioned:
Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree, and Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
Fall of Giants, Book 1 of The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett
Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Roots by Alex Haley
Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Odyssey by Homer
The Illiad by Homer
Book of Genesis, beginning with chapter 12
I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves
The 12 Caesars by Suetonius
Every Day Novelist: In the beginning…
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Questions 573: Apocalypse Recommendations

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Robert has feedback and more recommendations for apocalypse fiction.

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Resources Mentioned
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Day of the Triffids adaptations: 1962 movie, and 1981 and 2009 tv series
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
28 Days Later

Questions 571: Shaky Cam Writing

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Robert asks: “Are there writing techniques that create the hyper-realism and immediacy that shaky-cam does in film?”

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Resources Mentioned
James Bond series by Ian Flemming
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming
The Diamond Smugglers by Ian Flemming

Questions 570: Medical Apocalypse

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Jeanne asks: “What about a medical apocalypse? Either as the cause or effect of the collapse of civilization?”

Resources Mentioned
1491 by Charles C. Mann
Earth Abides by George Stewart
The Stand by Stephen King
The Walking Dead (TV and comic series)
Resident Evil film series
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Omega Man (film)
The Last Man on Earth (film)
I am Legend (film)
28 Days Later
The Last Man by Mary Shelley
The Scarlet Plague by Jack London
World War Z by Max Brooks
Jeremiah TV series
12 Monkeys
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Questions 569: Stealth Genre

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Simon asks: “Dr. Who uses time travel as an excuse for other stories, rather than a focus. What other stories bait-and-switch the audience like this?”

Resources Mentioned
Q. 561: Space Opera
Voyagers! TV series
Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Person of Interest
Star Trek
Star Wars
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Julius Caesar
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Doctor Who

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