171 – Writing Your Passion

The Mythcreant Podcast
We all want to write what we’re passionate about, but sometimes that’s not as simple as it sounds. What happens when an author discovers halfway through a story that they’re more interested in a side character than the protagonist? What’s a writer to do when the idea they’re most passionate about doesn’t fit in the plot? That’s what we’re talking about this week, plus a little rant about what happens when you advertise as Grimdark Harry Potter but are actually Grimdark Narnia.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

The Magicians



Discovery Writing

The Next Generation

The Iliad

Light by M John Harrison

How to Turn Your Concept Into a Story

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  1. Tifa

    Yet another great podcast. Just like Saturday is Radio and Chore Day at my house, Sunday is now Podcast Day.
    I’ve felt for years that a lot of the issues recycling throughout fiction these days is a lack of passion in the writers, both in their stories and characters but also the act of writing itself. That, and a lot of people seem to be writing movie scripts and disguising them as novels these days. [This was pointed out to me recently, in fact.] Anyway, enough ranting–I’ll focus on the positive instead. The books I read over and over again are typically the ones in which is is clear that the author was as excited and interested about the book as a whole as I am.
    I, like so many, haven’t yet figured out a way to make stories spring into existence fully-formed. It would probably involve jumping into the sea of the collective unconsciousness and bending it to your will, or finding the god/ess of narrative or something like that. There’s a town full of lost deities in my next series, including a god of prayers, a god of ice cream, a god of fishing lines that get tangled up in trees, and a goddess of ouch, so I might sneak a goddess of narrative in there somewhere.

  2. Kody C

    This was a nice one to listen to! It was a reaffirming thing to listen to and helped me reflect on how far I’ve come with my own story and characters. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Erich F

    This comment is a bit late, but I only recently found this site. This was a wonderful podcast. You guys did a great job.

    My tiny complaint is that there was not enough discussion regarding tea parties and specifically what tea to drink at tea parties. That would have been cool, mainly, because I like tea.

    Oren’s idea of using an idea for a story in a RPG is ironic. I’m doing the reverse. I started working on a plot for a campaign for my group. I never got to run it, but kept the campaign idea in my head. Now I’m trying to get the idea into a regular story. Fortunately, there is a lot of great information on this site to help.

    Thanks again for the great podcast and awesome site. Now I need to go start outlining.

  4. P. Swerve

    Richard K. Morgan, most famous for writing Altered Carbon, goes out of his way to hint at his political ideology and, especially, his views on religion. This need to share his personal passions greatly distracts from a number of his books.

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