Questions 517: Writing and Personal Philosophy

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Jeanne asks: In what ways does your personal philosophy converge with your writing? How does an author maintain an objectvie distance from the voice in which they write? And how does that differ between fiction and nonfiction?

Resources Mentioned
Lecture by J. Michael Stracynzski 

Questions 516: Getting to the Finish Line

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Charles asks: When I write from an outline, I get derailed with unplanned scenes, and when I write into the dark, I start questioning where my scenes are going. What do I do to get past this?

Resources Mentioned
The Stand by Stephen King

Questions 515: Splitting Copyright

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Ed asks: What are the pros and cons of splitting your copyright between yourself and your production/publishing company? How do you decide who owns what?

Resources Mentioned
S-corp vs. C-corp vs. LLC
Tax Savvy for Small Businesses

Questions 512: The Not-So-Infodumpy Infodump

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Allyson asks: How do you reveal important information without it feeling like an “infodump”?

Resources Mentioned:
Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
The Green Hills of Earth by Robert A Heinlein
Guy de Maupassant, The Complete Works of
Edgar Allan Poe, The Works of
The Philip K. Dick Collection
Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
Dune by Frank Herbert

Questions 511: The Forgotten Mid-Apocalypse

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Robert asks: With so many post-apocalyptic stories out there, why are there so few about the collapse of civilizations?

Resources Mentioned:
A Boy and His Dog, by Harlan Ellison
On The Beach by Nevil Shute
Farnham’s Freehold, by Robert A. Heinlein
The Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
Aztec by Gary Jennings
Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead
Mad Max
The Quiet Earth
Prey by Michael Crichton
1491 by Charles C. Mann

Questions 510: Character Voice and Grammar

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Vega says: I’m enjoying the Deep Characterization series and am interested in how characterization might influence or be shown in grammar, word choice, and sentence structure.  Is this what you mean by “character voice?”

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Resources Mentioned
Down From Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
Misery by Stephen King

Questions 509: Slavery and Characterization

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Robert asks: As a follow up to ep 499 – How would being a slave shape a character’s personality?

Resources mentioned

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
The Gulag Archipeligo by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
David Hume: The Essential Philosophical Works
Two Treatises of Government, John Locke
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley