Thor's Thoughts: Writing Excuses

Greetings my friends. It is a pleasure to join you this fine Monday morning. Today, my message will be short, but rest assured, the lack of length does not imply irrelevance. Rather, I hope that what I share with you today will grant you great wisdom in the time to come.

I have been told repeatedly that to change something about myself, I must surround myself with the type of people like whom I wish to become. A tool of great importance in this endeavor has come to my attention, and I wish to share it with you.

If you visit a place in the on-line called WRITING EXCUSES, you will find there nearly six years worth of weekly podcasts. These podcasts are given by four experienced writers in various genres, all of whom have won awards and are well-respected in their respective areas of expertise. These incredibly talented authors are able to connect with many and accomplish some very important things:

1. They share their thoughts and experiences on writing, publishing, and related topics.

2. They share books they've read that they respect, that have helped them learn.

3. They always leave with a challenge for aspiring writers to attempt.

4. They have fun, showing us that they are real people, and not just headshots.

I have listened to all of Season Eight, and parts of Season Seven, so far. I intend now to start back in Season One and listen to the archives. Please note, do not do this when you should be writing. Listen when traveling, working, chores, or any of those human things you do. Not while writing.

I hope you are able to learn as much from these masters as I have, and more. I wish you luck in your work, and challenge you to reach your goals.




  1. Writing Excuses is a podcast worth the approval of a god, frankly. I've listened to something like four seasons now (in reverse order), and I've loved every minute. I endorse this podcast every chance I get. It's awesome.

  2. I love Writing Excuses. Ditto what Quirk said about it being worthy of a god's approval.

    ~Robyn Hoode