ISBW #382: Back to basics

I’m back from WorldCon and I’m back to basics. We talk about the rules of writing and why they’re there.

  • Why shouldn’t I use adverbs? (And the follow-up, if I strip all the adverbs does it automatically make my book better?)
  • What’s character agency?
  • Isn’t following the Hero’s Journey and genre rules like “romances must have an HEA (happily ever after)” stifling and creating “paint by numbers” books?
  • And more!

Here are some Worldcon photos, because.

LOSERS ARE AWESOME! Micaela Tobin, William Hutson, Daveed Diggs, and me (taken by Jonathan Snipes, third member of clipping.)

George RR Martin has officially made me a loser!

I am a badass, my husband Jim is just dandy, thanks very much. We make a good team. <3

Me, Ursula Vernon, and Kameron Hurley, and we are SO READY TO LOSE THAT HUGO. (Ursula failed at losing.)

Me and Alasdair Stuart (he’s pretending to be Matt Wallace. I’m scowling cause he told me to.)


I reference a lot of books this episode, links below! (affiliate)


The fine print:
Theme music by John Anealio.

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