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The following is an episode list for the podcast Writing Excuses. The series is hosted by Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, and Howard Tayler. The podcast often includes guest authors, editors, artists, and publishers.

Season 1[edit]

# Date Overview Hosts Episode Link
101 13 February 2008 Brainstorming and where ideas come from Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
102 17 February 2008 Blending the Familiar and the Original Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
103 24 February 2008 Killing your Darlings: Cutting the part you like best Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
104 2 March 2008 Beginnings: Starting a Novel Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
105 9 March 2008 Heroes and Protagonists Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
106 16 March 2008 Flaws versus Handicaps Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
107 23 March 2008 Villains Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
108 30 March 2008 The Science Fiction Genre Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
109 6 April 2008 Science Fiction Sub-Genres: Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
110 13 April 2008 Pacing Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
111 21 April 2008 Business of Writing Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
112 27 April 2008 Submitting to Editors: Part 1 Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Stacy Whitman Link
113 04 May 2008 Submitting to Editors: Part 2 Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Stacy Whitman Link
114 12 May 2008 Magic Systems and their Rules Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
115 18 May 2008 Costs and Ramifications of Magic Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
116 25 May 2008 Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard: Dealing with Writer's block Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
117 01 June 2008 This Sucks, and I'm a Horrible Writer Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
118 08 June 2008 Q&A at Conduit Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Willis Link
119 15 June 2008 Plot Twists Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Michael Stackpole Link
120 22 June 2008 More Q&A at Conduit Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Eric James Stone Link
121 30 June 2008 Humor Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
122 07 July 2008 Doing Things that are Unpopular Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
123 14 July 2008 Viewpoint Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
124 20 July 2008 Research Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
125 28 July 2008 Viewpoint and Tense: Part 2 Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
126 04 August 2008 Horror Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
127 10 August 2008 World Building: Religion Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
128 18 August 2008 Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio Link
129 24 August 2008 Talking Publishing with Lou Anders Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Lou Anders Link
130 02 September 2008 Talking Revision with Moshe Feder Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Moshe Feder Link
131 07 September 2008 Talking RPG and Game Writing with Steve Jackson Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Steve Jackson Link
132 15 September 2008 Talking Exposition with Patrick Rothfuss Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Patrick Rothfuss Link
133 22 September 2008 Side Characters Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
134 29 September 2008 What The Dark Knight did right Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
135 06 October 2008 Voice, Tone, and Style Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link

Season 2[edit]

# Date Overview Hosts Episode Link
201 12 October 2008 Q&A on Setting and Characters at Mountain Con with John Brown Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, John Brown Link
202 19 October 2008 How to Write for Children with Brandon Mull Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Brandon Mull Link
203 27 October 2008 Characters with Brandon Mull Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Brandon Mull Link
204 02 November 2008 View Point, Plot Twists, and Being a Part Time Writer with Eric James Stone Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Eric James Stone Link
205 10 November 2008 Writing Groups Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
206 16 November 2008 Endings Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
207 23 November 2008 Using Writing Formulas with Bob Defendi Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Bob Defendi Link
208 01 December 2008 The Three Act Structure with Bob Defendi Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Bob Defendi Link
209 07 December 2008 Romance with Dave Wolverton Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dave Wolverton Link
210 14 December 2008 The Boring Parts Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dave Wolverton Link
211 21 December 2008 Talking Publishing and Writing with Dave Wolverton Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dave Wolverton Link
212 28 December 2008 Theme Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
213 04 January 2009 Violence Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
214 11 January 2009 Writing Habits Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
215 18 January 2009 Knowing When to Begin Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
216 25 January 2009 World Building: Non-humans Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
217 02 February 2009 Website Marketing for Authors Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Jordan Sanderson Link
218 08 February 2009 World Building: Governments Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
219 16 February 2009 Do Creative Writing Classes Help? Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
220 22 February 2009 Marketing 101 for Creators Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Robison Wells Link
221 01 March 2009 Fight Scenes Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Robison Wells Link
222 08 March 2009 Marketing 201: Branding for Authors Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
223 16 March 2009 Avoiding the Cliche with Tracy Hickman Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Tracy Hickman Link
224 23 March 2009 Writing Habits and Q&A with Tracy Hickman Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Tracy Hickman Link
225 29 March 2009 The Seven Deadly Sins of Slush Stories Nancy Fulda, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
226 05 April 2009 How Publishing is Changing in the New Century Nancy Fulda, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
227 12 April 2009 Reading Critically Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
228 19 April 2009 Applying Critical Reading: Watchmen Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
229 26 April 2009 How not to end your Book Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
230 03 May 2009 The Most Important Thing Howard Learned in the Last Year Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
231 10 May 2009 The Most Important Thing Brandon Learned in the Last Year Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
232 17 May 2009 The Most Important Thing Dan Learned in the Last Year Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
233 25 May 2009 How Not to Be Overwhelmed Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link

Season 3[edit]

# Date Overview Hosts Episode Link
301 01 June 2009 World Building: History Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
304 08 June 2009 Non-linear Story-telling Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler] Link
302 14 June 2009 Keeping It Real with Aprilynne Pike Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Aprilynne Pike Link
303 21 June 2009 Stumping Howard at Conduit Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Eric James Stone Link
305 28 June 2009 How to Take Criticism Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
306 07 July 2009 Dramatic Breaks Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
307 12 July 2009 Genre Blending Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Link
308 20 July 2009 What Star Trek Did Right Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Link
309 26 July 2009 Attending Concentions: Part 1 Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
310 02 August 2009 The Do's and Don'ts of Attending Cons Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
311 08 August 2009 Trimming Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
312 16 August 2009 Subplots Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
313 23 August 2009 Dialects and In-World Jargon Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
314 30 August 2009 The Four Principles of Puppetry with Mary Robinette Kowal Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal Link
315 06 September 2009 Writing Process Q&A with Mary Robinette Kowal Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal Link
316 13 September 2009 The Anti-Mary Sue Episode Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, John Brown Link
317 20 September 2009 Characters and Worldbuilding Q&A with Mary Robinette Kowal Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal Link
318 27 September 2009 How to Not Repeat Yourself Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, John Brown Link
319 04 October 2009 Emotion in Fiction with John Brown Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, John Brown Link
320 11 October 2009 Plot vs. Character Driven Fiction Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Larry Correia Link
321 18 October 2009 Pitfalls of Self-Publishing with Larry Correia Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Larry Correia Link
322 25 October 2009 Idea to Story Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
323 01 November 2009 How to Write Without Twists Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
324 08 November 2009 Writing Comics with Jake Black Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Jake Black Link
325 15 November 2009 The Business of Writing Comics Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Jake Black Link
326 22 November 2009 NaNoWriMo Dan Wells, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
327 01 December 2009 Mixing Humor with Drama and Horror Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
328 06 December 2009 World Building: Gender Roles Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
330 13 December 2009 Unreliable Narrators Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
329 20 December 2009 Antiheroes Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
331 27 December 2009 Tragedy Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
332 03 January 2010 Collaboration Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link

Season 4[edit]

# Date Overview Hosts Episode Link
401 11 January 2010 Types of Humor Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
402 17 January 2010 Heroism Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
403 24 January 2010 How to Manage Your Influences Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
404 31 January 2010 Agents. Do you Need One? Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
405 7 February 2010 Roleplaying Games as a Tool for Storytelling Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
406 14 February 2010 Pacing with James Dashner Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
407 21 February 2010 Q&A with James Dashner Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
408 28 February 2010 Working with Editors Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
409 07 March 2010 How to Write Men with Jessica Day George Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
410 14 March 2010 Writing for Young Adults Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
411 21 March 2010 Brainstorming From Headlines Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
412 28 March 2010 Writing An Epic Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Stacy Whitman Link
413 04 April 2010 Juggling Multiple Viewpoints Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Stacy Whitman Link
414 11 April 2010 Brainstorming Science Ideas Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
415 18 April 2010 Visual Components of Storytelling Isaac Stewart, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
416 25 April 2010 Breaking the Fourth Wall Isaac Stewart, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
417 02 May 2010 Living with the Artist Dawn Wells, Kenneth Pike, Sandra Tayler Link
418 09 May 2010 How to Steal for Fun and Profit Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Willis Link
419 16 May 2010 Discovery Writing Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Michael Stackpole Link
420 23 May 2010 Strategies for Getting Published Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Eric James Stone Link
421 30 May 2010 Writing Practical Fantasy Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, L.E. Modesitt Jr. Link
422 06 June 2010 Q&A with L.E. Modesitt Jr. Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, L.E. Modesitt Jr. Link
423 13 June 2010 How to Break into the YA Market Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Robison wells, Janci Patterson Link
424 20 June 2010 Random Storytelling Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, James Dashner, Julie Wright Link
425 27 June 2010 Mating Plumage Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, James Dashner, Julie Wright Link
426 05 July 2010 Avoiding Stilted Dialogue Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
427 11 July 2010 Major Overhauls to Broken Stories Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
428 18 July 2010 Brainstorming the End and Working Backwards Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
429 25 July 2010 Line Editing Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
430 01 August 2010 World Building: the Future Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
431 08 August 2010 Line Editing: Dialog Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
432 15 August 2010 First Paragraphs Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
433 22 August 2010 Trunk Novels Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
434 29 August 2010 Q&A at Dragons & Fairy Tails Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link

Season 5[edit]

# Date Overview Hosts Episode Link
501 07 September 2010 Third Person Limited Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
502 12 September 2010 Character Quirks Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Bree Despain Link
503 19 September 2010 First Person Viewpoint Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Bree Despain Link
504 26 September 2010 Creating Suspense Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
505 03 October 2010 Writing the Unfamiliar Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
506 10 October 2010 Micropodcasts Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
507 17 October 2010 Avoiding Melodrama Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
508 24 October 2010 The Excuses You're Out Of Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
509 31 October 2010 Character Arcs with John Brown Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, John Brown Link
510 07 November 2010 John Brown and the Creative Process Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, John Brown Link
511 14 November 2010 Micropodcasting #2 Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
512 12 December 2010 Time Travel Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
513 21 November 2010 Writing the Second Book Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, John Brown Link
514 28 November 2010 Visual Components of Novels with Scott Westerfield Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Scott Westerfield Link
515 05 December 2010 Steampunk with Scott Westerfield Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Scott Westerfield Link
516 19 December 2010 Critiquing Dan's First Novel Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
517 27 December 2010 Dialogue Exercises Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
518 02 January 2011 Offending You Readers Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
519 09 January 2011 Fulfilling Promises to Your Readers Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
520 16 January 2011 More Dialogue Exercises Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
521 23 January 2011 Alternate History Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Eric Flint, Mary Robinette Kowal Link
522 30 January 2011 Film Considerations Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Dave Wolverton, Mary Robinette Kowal Link
523 06 February 2011 Life Day! Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Dave Wolverton, Mary Robinette Kowal Link
524 13 February 2011 Author's Responsibility to the Reader Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Kevin J. Anderson Link
525 20 February 2011 Writing in Other People's Universes Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Kevin J. Anderson Link
526 27 February 2011 Scared for the Characters Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Sherrilyn Kenyon Link
527 06 March 2011 Perseverance Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Sherrilyn Kenyon Link
528 13 March 2011 ePublishing Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Dave Wolverton, Tracy Hickman Link
529 20 March 2011 Rewriting Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Dave Wolverton, Tracy Hickman Link
530 27 March 2011 Writing Action Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Larry Correia, Robison Wells Link
531 03 April 2011 Writing Romance Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Sarah Eden, Robison Wells Link
532 10 April 2011 Urban Fantasy Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
533 17 April 2011 Alpha Readers Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
534 24 April 2011 Story Bibles Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
535 01 May 2011 Brainstorming an Urban Fantasy Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler Link
536 08 May 2011 Non-traditional Settings with Saladin Ahmed Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Saladin Ahmed Link
537 15 May 2011 Parody and Site with Jim Hines Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Jim Hines Link
538 22 May 2011 Dialog with John Scalzi Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, John Scalzi Link
539 29 May 2011 Filking and Writing Music with Tom Smith Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Tom Smith Link