Tag Archives: craft

YA Adventure Special 5: Hadrian’s Flight, Opening

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Now that we’ve tackled the formula, I get into the actual blow-by-blow of writing Hadrian’s Flight in 34 days. I talk about false starts, plot derailments, and finding some kind of groove.

YA Adventure Special 4: The Heinlein Juvenile Pt 2

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Today, I continue with the Heinlein Juvenile formula sheet, talking about what makes the Heinlein juveniles unusual among young adult novels and which of them create their enduring appeal.

Books discussed, all by Robert A. Heinlein:
Rocketship Galileo
Space Cadet
Farmer in the Sky
Red Planet
Between Planets
The Rolling Stones
Starman Jones
Tunnel in the Sky
The Star Beast
Time for the Stars
Citizen of the Galaxy
Have Space Suit, Will Travel

YA Adventure Special 3: The Heinlein Juvenile Pt 1

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We’ve talked about formulas–what they are, and how to uncover them. Now, we examine the formula for the Heinlein Juvenile in great detail. In this episode, we talk about the roots of the Heinlein Juvenile. Wonder what all the fuss is about? This is where we start to dig in!

YA Adventure Special 1: Extracting a Formula with Gail Carriger

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Today, Gail Carriger joins me to discuss what formulas are and how to extract them in order to learn new ways of storytelling.

Special Episode: Emergency NaNoWriMo (with Writer’s Block!)

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A new recording block is upon us, and it comes on the heels of a protracted battle with writer’s block. I had to write an emergency novel-in-a-month, and boy was it a pain getting started! I tell you all about it within, and lift the curtain on some new content coming to the Nanocast as a result. It’s good to be back!