On Writing Excuses, we get a lot of questions that are related to how an idea becomes a story. So, we decided to demonstrate by doing podcasts that started with the raw idea going through the development process and then writing the fiction. We’ve put together a collection of four stories written by the members of Writing Excuses podcast.
“I.E.Demon,” by Dan Wells. US soldiers in Afghanistan are tasked with testing new technology built to protect them from bombs. Unfortunately, the technology has a few bugs in it. Also, demons.
Howard Tayler’s “An Honest Death” is near-future science fiction. When an intruder appears and then vanishes from a biotech CEO’s office, the CEO’s chief of security must face a threat that looks less like corporate espionage and more like a mythological evil.
“A Fire in the Heavens,” by Mary Robinette Kowal. An epic fantasy novelette involving a tidally locked planet, an expedition to a new continent, and what it’s like to see the moon for the first time.
“Sixth of the Dusk,” by Brandon Sanderson. In a land where people use birds to grant them magical talents, a solitary island trapper discovers a plot to destroy his way of life—and maybe his entire culture.
In addition to the stories themselves, Shadows Beneath includes transcripts of our brainstorming sessions, our rough drafts, a view into the critique process, and some essays on writing the stories, and illustrations. Oh… there are some pretty, pretty pictures in there.
So for those of you wondering what happened to that story I was working on about a tidally locked moon? It’s published now.
You can buy it here, or in electronic form at your favorite ebook retailer.