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Questions 538: Popcorn Fiction

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Robert asks: “What makes popcorn writing worth re-reading?”

Resources Mentioned:
Dragons of Winter Night  a Dragonlance novel by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis
Unwept by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman

Questions 517: Writing and Personal Philosophy

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Jeanne asks: In what ways does your personal philosophy converge with your writing? How does an author maintain an objectvie distance from the voice in which they write? And how does that differ between fiction and nonfiction?

Resources Mentioned
Lecture by J. Michael Stracynzski 

Questions 516: Getting to the Finish Line

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Charles asks: When I write from an outline, I get derailed with unplanned scenes, and when I write into the dark, I start questioning where my scenes are going. What do I do to get past this?

Resources Mentioned
The Stand by Stephen King

Questions 512: The Not-So-Infodumpy Infodump

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Allyson asks: How do you reveal important information without it feeling like an “infodump”?

Resources Mentioned:
Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
The Green Hills of Earth by Robert A Heinlein
Guy de Maupassant, The Complete Works of
Edgar Allan Poe, The Works of
The Philip K. Dick Collection
Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
Dune by Frank Herbert

Questions 500: Television Runtime and Novel Length

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Charles asks: How long should a novel be to translate well to a one hour long television episode?

Resources Mentioned:
Undercover Blues 
Radioland Murders 
My Cousin Vinny 
His Girl Friday 
Clerks