Reviews
I first listened to this podcast a couple years ago as I released my first two books. After time away, I came back and….what happened? There’s about 4-5 ads at the beginning of each episode, and another 3-4 at the end. So if you’re listening in the car, it’s a solid block of 8-9 ads in a row! Oh,...Read full review »
Cohali via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/06/24
I like the content that they provide. The team has a lot of good nuggets of information. But the first 3+ minutes are ads and another mass batch of ads midway. The podcast has a worse ratio of content to add than cable.
SigEp-MI Eta-Fall2007 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/21/24
I’ve listened to every episode since season 1. I’m sad to say it’s gone downhill a lot, and not just because Brandon left (though this was a major loss). What ever happened to “fifteen minutes or less?!” Now there are nearly 10 minutes of ads in a 30+ minute episode?? But more importantly, the...Read full review »
annoyedandgrowling via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/21/24
This podcast has taught me so much about writing. Definitely thanking you in the acknowledgments in my book!
Ellie Daylight via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 05/21/24
I enjoy this podcast a great deal and appreciate how they break complex topics into bite-size, actionable recommendations. A good listen for writers but book-lovers of all stripes.
Fantasy Fan Forever via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/14/24
The podcast provides great discussions and tidbits to help take that next steps in becoming a better writer. Love the homework assignments.
Anonanimal via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/11/24
I like the content of this podcast and the hosts are good. However— you know the type of radio ads that actively make you want to jump out of your car into moving traffic? The kind with screeching voices or sounds that are drastically different than the show you’re watching? This show has those....Read full review »
max power 75 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/24
I find this to be an extremely useful podcast even though sci-fi, fantasy and RPG are not my genres. Highly recommend.
jchob via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/30/24
This is full of great discussion and information. My only ask: please, for the misophonia sufferers, keep a glass of water handy while recording. There are dry mouth noises throughout that prevent me from following the discussion fully because I have to skip past or take my headphones off at...Read full review »
FaderCrusader via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/03/24
When I stumbled onto this podcast a few years ago I went and downloaded the entire back cataloge and started listening from the beginning instead of the current week. There was a point starting season 14 or so where it started to fall off. First it was one episode at a time. Eventually I...Read full review »
gidaeon via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/14/24
They gave a heads up on adding ads to the eps but I had it in my head it was only going to be going forward but it’s in old and new eps, harder to binge listen to now.
Sarena M. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/14/24
Seriously, the first seven or eight, maybe ten seasons of Writing Excuses are fantastic. Great guests, great discussions about technical topics, and a clinic of how to improve as a writer. Then something started to go off the rails. Some of the episodes are still worth while, but too many of them...Read full review »
Shdwmav via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/23/24
10 out of 10! Highly recommend!
KerrieFaye via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/18/23
Almost everything I know about revision and editing I learned from Writing Excuses; my novel out on query would not be this polished without everything I learned from this podcast.
Zyneth via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/04/23
Every spat of writer’s block, every rejection, and every frustration, all of it became manageable because I kept getting reminders of Brandon, Howard, Mary Robinette, Dan, and guests going through those same hurdles while giving practical advice. And now I’m working with my publisher to push out...Read full review »
PC Nottingham via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/04/23
I discovered WX in 2017, shortly after deciding to pursue writing as a career. Since then I've never missed an episode, and I've listened to the entirety of the podcast (yes, starting at Season 01, because I am a completionist) at least three times. Even before, but especially during the...Read full review »
Rolyo85 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/04/23
Is Schlock required reading? Sometimes a title looks good, but then the whole episode is about schlock. Makes me think you guys ran out of ideas.
jdjcejeiwhejdbshs via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/26/23
This used to be THE writing podcast to listen to, but without Brandon, it's just...meh. Mary and Howard's voices are over the top (their pronunciation of words if akin to nails on a chalkboard), and let's face it, none of these remaining writers are particularly successful with a...Read full review »
Forty Fathoms via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/13/23
The discussions are very practical and they keep it moving along rather than waste of time with preliminaries as many Podcasts to do.
anonymous87347843 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/07/23
Decent advice, Mary Robinette’s voice seems extremely affected which is why I’m not giving 5 stars. Maybe let someone else do the intro and ad reads (which are starting up) from time to time to give us a break from that voice.
rjc (the dude) via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/20/23
Writing Excuses has made me a better writer. I am consistently pleased by the nuanced and relevant topics they cover.
K Michalak via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/17/23
This used to be a podcast I listened to every week and always learned something new. The rotating group of guests kept it fresh and interesting with far more wisdom than any repeat panel can offer week to week. Please reconsider having guests again.
BooneLady via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/07/23
I used to listen to every episode. It was great for brand new writers. Unfortunately, over time, the 15-minute format has limited deep dives into topics. Also, the hosts have become increasingly political and navel-gazing to the point that it’s almost not listenable. Every new season I give it a...Read full review »
Kat Rosetti via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/09/23
Give me more of that sweet sweet Sanderson Also I don’t like any of the other hosts. Erin and Dan are cool ig.
SoldierHayden via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/09/23
Thank you for continuing to teach me more about writing, more about the world, more about the ways different disabilities affects everything. This helps both my writing and myself. Thank you!
lykkenord via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 01/04/23
While the new hosts are smart, and know a lot about writing, I’ve missed having the team together of Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mary Robinette. I hope you will be part of the show every once in a while in the future. I’ve loved listening to you every season since the beginning, and it’s like...Read full review »
RuthBBBB via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/26/22
These podcasts are the best
Bahaa MHB via Apple Podcasts · Algeria · 10/15/22
Used to be helpful with great advice and discussions. Now it's more about pushing ideology of a certain kind. Agree or not, the moralistic smugness is thick and they don't entertain reasonable counterviews. Regardless, I wish they wouldn't even bother on that and just focus on the...Read full review »
cheriet via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 10/01/22
Great podcast—packed full of excellent advice. I just wish they would host all their back seasons on Apple podcast instead of only the current one or two. Some things I’d like to listen to are in much earlier seasons and I’m sorry but trying to navigate the website is clunky and not user...Read full review »
Gfirl1256 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/01/22
I found some useful information. Just a couple things that bug me. One for such a short episode I don’t like the cut in for the book of the week in the middle. It disrupts it and changes the topics then onto a new topic then wait back to the other? The other thing is I am trying to listen to...Read full review »
nurself23** via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/14/22
Wow! I wish you guys were my irl pals!!! Imagine the conversations we could have. Thankyou so much for each episode; they are insightful, entertaining and mind blowing. You are my fave podcast!
Lee Harsen via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/05/22
I took short production course few years back and I am working on my writing. This podcast is full of fantastic tips and guidance to write better. Very profesional and in depth advice supported with examples. Very easy to follow and understand. I love the homework given at the end of each...Read full review »
ArtMart21.com via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/15/22
It’s hard not to love this fun show — “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry and we’re not that smart.” The hosts all bring their own unique spin to their subject matter, and their spur-of-the-moment banter keeps the show fresh. They do a great job of talking about theory and then...Read full review »
Oraxis via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/23/21
* I don’t know how to give questions for the mircocast’s. So I’ll just put them on here, and also thank you for the show, it really helps. - what’s your writing schedule on the weekends? - how would you write fight scenes that were a unique fighting form you came up with? - what are some tips to...Read full review »
Logan Hamblin via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/08/21
The earlier seasons of this show are amazing. So much useful content. It’s very hit and miss these days. The master class on poetry and this nice quotient have been tough to listen to.
slappybags007 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/26/21
Was a huge fan and avid listener of this once excellent and informative podcast. Absolute gold in the first 10-11 seasons but once Brandon’s involvement seems to wane it becomes less informative and a lot less useful as a teaching tool. Later seasons are more politically charged and sadly no...Read full review »
InkleDoodle via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/14/21
Best writing advice I ever got. It’s fantastic. And it’s even funny sometimes.
fammann via Apple Podcasts · Switzerland · 09/07/21
I’ve been enjoying the discussions and advice until today. During the MICE topic, a guest asks about the origins of the technique. Mary begins with a nearly immediate explanation of political differences between herself and her original teacher OSC. Card’s politics have absolutely nothing to do...Read full review »
Kitty_Blue via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/31/21
I just recently started listening to this but love most everything I’ve heard. The humor and relationships are great. The advice is impeccable!
4282021 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/16/21
I’ve listened to most of the episodes and they’re great. Howard is my favorite to listen to and I love the diversity in the story telling genres. I do skip a few episodes but only the ones that don’t apply to my writing such as writing children, writing historical fiction, etc. it’s definitely...Read full review »
Vampirefetish1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/06/21
No human voice actually sounds that stilted. Why are they all over-enunciating everything? Is it a rich people thing? You can just talk in your regular voice on a podcast
MikeyM28 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/21
I used to get so much value and information for writing out of this podcast. It used to be a wonderful conversation and dialogue. And I really liked it when Mary joined and I hoped for a more balanced and diverse panel. But now... there are for guests as Mary teaches. Just gotta be honest. The...Read full review »
Docedward via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/24/21
It’s really good and has lots to learn, but with the last few episodes about poetry it has just bored me to death. While I see where you are going with it , it doesn’t entertain me very much anymore. Although it is still great, I do not really like how much of coarse their is. But while you will...Read full review »
leprechun67 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/20/21
I started listening to this cast in 2016 and it is still my go to. At the time, I had abandoned writing fantasy because it wasn’t “important” or “literary” enough. This podcast—these writers—helped me pursue my first love again. If you’re new and don’t write genre, there’s plenty here for you,...Read full review »
edbrooks93 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/16/21
I need to echo what many are saying. I expected this to be great with guests like Patrick Rothfuss, but why go off into political discourse? I want to learn about the craft. If I want social studies, I’ll take a class at my nearby community college. Certain other guests and panelists ruin this...Read full review »
Waytogo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/26/21
I absolutely adore this podcast and have been a listener for years. It’s full of invaluable information about the art and business of writing from actively working and highly successful sci-fi and fantasy authors. Sometimes I wish the shows were longer, but then I remember how generous the hosts...Read full review »
Clara8elle via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/11/21
I’ve listened to this podcast for years and continue to enjoy gleaning knowledge from this great group of writers. The episodes are well titled, so if you’re a writer or a reader, just pick a topic and dive in!
KatReviews2020 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/30/20
This podcast is one of my favorite things in the world, and I listen through the entire archive at least once a year. (I have seven kids, so audio stuff keeps me happy during all the housework!) The advice is spot-on as well as entertaining, and I only argue with Mary (and some of the guests)...Read full review »
gimpypooh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/08/20
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