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In previous episodes, our podcast has said over and over again that one of the best ways to improve your writing is to read a lot: read more books. But instead of learning from books, too many fledgling writers learn to write primarily from movies, television and video games, and their writing suffers as a result. Movies and video games can be well…
 
As the world looks grimmer and grimmer, Millennials and Gen Xers retreat deeper and deeper into childhood nostalgia. Adults dominate fandoms meant for children, like Steven Universe, Young Adult fiction, and My Little Pony. Within SFF, many writers, readers and editors have begun to treat all media as though it were meant for children: It must be d…
 
Why do we love horror so much? On the surface, it makes no sense. Why would anybody enjoy media that focuses on upsetting, grotesque topics? Why would anybody want to be afraid? In this episode, writer and ghost hunter Loren Rhoads joins us to talk about how horror helps us find beauty in darkness. Our discussion touches upon Buddhism, ghost huntin…
 
Cultural criticism has always been an essential part of our media ecosystem, especially when it comes to geek culture. And on the surface, it’s thriving. Every blog, every YouTube video essay channel, every op-ed page of every major publication pontificates on very important questions like “Is Wonder Woman a feminist icon?” “Did Thor fat-shame me?”…
 
We here at Rite Gud work very hard to create thoughtful dialogues designed to help our listeners write good. But, there are many writing advice columns that won’t help you write good—that will actually encourage you to write bad, or at best mediocre. There’s a lot of money and clout to be made giving writing advice, and a lot of conventional wisdom…
 
Filthcore queen Gretchen Felker-Martin returns to talk about unlikable female characters. What makes a woman unlikable? Why are we so quick to condemn female characters for minor flaws? Why does art hate ugly people so much? Why don’t we talk about male characters’ likability? And why on Earth do we think grown-ass women need role models? Links: Gr…
 
SFF author and professional translator Mário Seabra Coelho talks to us about the art of translation. Writing translations, even only as an exercise, can open a writer’s eye to new perspectives, new devices, and new poetic turns of phrase. We discuss all the important questions: How much should a translator challenge the audience? How far should a t…
 
Horror writer G. Emerald, who has a background in the medical system, joins us to talk about the healing power of stories that leave us with a bad taste in our mouths. Audiences like happy endings, but do we really need every story to end on a high note? Are we being pacified? Why did the Hays Code require movies to have uplifting endings? Do happy…
 
When you write a story, do you ever stop to consider who you’re telling the story to? We’re not talking about the real-life author and the real-life audience demographics. We’re talking about what’s going on within the fictional pocket universe of the story you’ve created. Who is the narrator telling the story to within the universe of the story? A…
 
In this episode, Mistress Snow, PhD joins us to talk about sex work in writing. What do writers get wrong? How do writers promote inaccurate and harmful stereotypes about sex workers? How can writers do better? We also talk about emotional labor, how Russians have too many names, and the agony of the academic job market. Links: Mistress Snow’s piec…
 
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