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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!

 

Questions 323: The Ever Expanding Series

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Simon asks: “I’d like to tell new stories in the same universe that I’ve just completed a five book series. Should I expand the first series or write a new, related series?”

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Resources Mentioned:
The Xanth Novels series by Piers Anthony
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Harry Bosch series by Micheal Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly
Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Conan the Barbarian series by Robert E Howard
John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
James Bond series by Ian Fleming
Hadrian’s Flight
Suave Rob
Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

 

Feedback: Jurassic Park and Cult Mind Control

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Today Rebecca talks genetic sequencing and Jurassic Park, while Caine offers a new resource for understanding cults and mind control.

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Resources Mentioned:
Jurassic Park
Juan Enriquez
Craig Venter
Combating Cult Mind Control, Steve Hassan

Questions 318: Business or Hobby?

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Zoe asks: “Is it wrong to think about my writing as an investment portfolio instead of a hobby or business?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Business 101