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Questions 329: Writing Braided Novels

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Sarah asks: I want to write a novel with several distinct but related stories that ultimately tell a larger story. Any tips?

Resources Mentioned
An Instance at the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
Middlemarch by George Elliot
The Source by James Michener
North and South by John Jakes
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Question 328: Creativity and Cultural Appropriation

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Tarquin asks: “Everyone is talking about cultural appropriation. What’s the deal?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Mikado
Soviet War Crimes
Pol Pot
Great Leap Forward
Nazi extermination camps
Rape of Nanking
Unit 731
Native Americans in the United States

Questions 327: Knowledge is Magic!

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Simon says: “I want to learn more about history and science. Where should I go?”

Resources Mentioned:

Hardcore History
EconTalk
Planet Money
Naked Scientists
Commonwealth Club of California
Today I Found Out
VisualPolitik
James Burke’s The Day The Universe Changed, and Connections
Richard Feynman Lectures
OpenCulture
Long Now Foundation
Council on Foreign Relations
The Bible Geek

Questions 326 Describing Character

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Roland asks: How do I describe characters of different ethnicities so it’s clear to the reader, but not jarring?

Resources Mentioned

Robert J. Sawyer blog post “Is it racist to mention skin color?”

Questions 325: Writing Humor

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Today J.R. asks: “How can a dramatic writer learn humor?”

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Resources mentioned:
Oscar Wilde
PG Wodehouse
Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate
Crimes & Misdemeanors
Dogma
Dr. Strangelove
ZooTV
Brave New World
Road to Gandolfo
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
DiscWorld
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Questions 324: Learning Your Voice

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Zoe  asks: “How can I learn to hear my own voice, and beef up my plot structure and character skills too?”

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Resources Mentioned:

Just Write You Tube Channel
David Farland’s Kick in the Pants (newsletter)
Jordan Peterson’s Maps of Meaning
Joseph Campbell: Hero With A Thousand Faces
Lester Dent’s Master Pulp Formula
J.R.R. Tolkien’s On Fairy Stories
The Empathy Machine
Criminal Minds
John Douglas, Mind Hunter and Anatomy of Motive
Thomas Harris, Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon
Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Correction:
In this episode, I described Terry Gilliam’s accent as being from Marin. That is incorrect – he is from Minnesota and Los Angeles. Additionally, John Cleese has returned to the UK. America’s loss!