Questions 697: The Art of Enjoying Art Over and Over Again

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Simon asks: “How can you re-read or re-watch stories a billion times without getting sick of them?”

Resources Mentioned:
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
Bohemian Rhapsody
Stairway to Heaven
Hey Jude
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Star Wars
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Questions 594: Decimating… er… Devastating Your Vocabulary

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Simon asks: “What are your thoughts on using words as they are commonly mistaken? When, if ever, should an author adapt to changing meaning?”

Resources Mentioned
The Devil’s Advocate
Left Behind by Tim Lehaye and Jerry Jenkins
Rosemary’s Baby


Question 593: Skipping the Details

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Ian asks: “If readers are going to gloss over details, should I bother writing them?”

Resources Mentioned

One Shot by Lee Child
God Wrote in Lisp, Julia Ecklar
The Kobyashi Maru by Julia Ecklar
Questions 273: Plotting at Pulp Speed

Feedback: Iterating Ideas and Preposterous Premises

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Vega has feedback on recent episode Testing Your Premise 

Resources Mentioned
Questions 331: Interrogating Your Brain for Fun and Profit
Questions 350: Interrogating Your Work
Iron Council by China Mieville
Making Tracks pt 1 & 2, by Stephen H. Wilson

Questions 590: Handwriting Ergonomics

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Vega asks: “I’ve started handwriting my first drafts to get out of my own way. Any ergonomics tips so I can maintain word count without killing my hands?”

Resources Mentioned
Neil Gaiman on Getting Hooked on Handwriting

Question 589: Pacing in Audiobooks

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Ian asks: “Do audiobook listeners, narrators, and producers have any tricks to adjust pacing, either on playback or during creation? Does writing with audiobooks in mind change the way you write?”

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