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Questions 279: Save the Darlings!!!

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Chris asks:
“If storytelling is a gut instinct, should we still kill our darlings?”

Resources mentioned:
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Republic by Plato
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn by Piers Anthony
Very Bad Deaths by Spider Robinson
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 274: All About Horror

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Tristan asks:
“What advice would you give about writing horror?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Complete HP Lovecraft by HP Lovecraft
The Coffee Service by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Alien Quadrilogy
The Shoes I Wore This Morning by J. Daniel Sawyer
Sunday Morning Giraffe, A Lombard Alchemist Tale by J. Daniel Sawyer
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor
The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling
Down From Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Society of Miserable Bastards by J. Daniel Sawyer
Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Questions 273: Plotting at Pulp Speed

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Caine asks:
“Without rewriting, how do pulp writers plot?”

Resources mentioned:
Dune by Frank Herbert
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Questions 271: All About Flash Fiction

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Celine asks:
“What’s the deal with flash fiction? I love it, but can’t imagine how to write it.”

Resources Mentioned:
Wasted Youth by Jim Steinman (from Bat Out of Hell 2)
The Best of Robert Service by Robert Service
The Next Ten Thousand Hours
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
Knock by Frederic Brown

Questions 270: Getting Characters to Speak to You

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“How can you create characters that feel so real to you that your characters tell you where the story should go?”

Resources mentioned:
Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman
Writing to Sell by Scott Merideth