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A writing class with some of my favorite people

The Writing Excuses podcast is doing something different this year. Instead of random topics of discussion (many of which I’ve found useful), they’re structuring the year’s podcasts like a master class in writing. Starting with “Where Do You Get Your Ideas” (last week) and “What Do I Do Now?” this week. Instead of a writing prompt at the end of each podcast, there’s a writing exercise. Each podcast, as usual, stands on its own, but I’d strongly recommend starting with the first one of the year this year because the exercise for this week builds on last week’s exercise in an interesting way. If you’re not interested in anything this organized, but just want random interesting discussions on writing, dig through their archives on the Writing Excuses website. You really can’t go wrong. (For those of you who aren’t already familiar with the podcast those “favorite people” referenced in the title of this post are: Brandon Sanderson, Howard Taylor, Dan Wells, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Listen to a few years of podcasts and they’ll be some of your favorite people, too!)


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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