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.
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:
Farmer in the Sky
The Rolling Stones
Tunnel in the Sky
The Star Beast
Time for the Stars
Citizen of the Galaxy
Have Space Suit, Will Travel
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!
Today, Gail Carriger joins me to discuss what formulas are and how to extract them in order to learn new ways of storytelling.
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!
“How do you deal with complex group character dynamics? Do you map them out?”
“How do you know if you’re being too nice to your characters?”
“How do I get back into reading fiction?”
“Are commas just a matter of style?”
“I figured out how to make aliens sound like aliens! Here’s how.”