The Dead Robots' Society

Writers on Writing


Happy New Years everyone! We kick this year off with a boatload of learnin’ and info droppin’. Artists constantly grow, or at least they should, and we’re here to make sure that never stops. So, settle in, pull out your notebook, and get ready to learn.

For those who want to follow along at home, here is the list our show focused on.

Also, please send us an email or a voice mail letting us know how we did in 2008. Were there particular topics or interviews that we did that you liked? Any that you didn’t like? Anything you’d like to hear us cover? Send us a message and let us know. If we get enough we’ll do an entire episode based on it, but if not, we WILL air every message we get. Leave it, and you’ll hear it.

Anyway, thanks for listening, have a great NEW YEAR, and we wish you all great success.



  1. As a short comment to the “said” issue, I am a huge fan of the works of Robert B. Parker, esp. the Spencer novels. Parker only uses “said”. That’s it. It was pointed out to me at one point and I have to confess that I had never noticed until that time.

    What I feel this does for Parker’s novels is make it flow like you’re watching a movie or a television show. You can hear the dialog and you understand the voices without Parker having to direct you- he does that with the language of the piece, through the dialog and the prose but doesn’t need to add “spat” or “hissed” or “growled” to get his point across.

    I’m not sure this method works for everyone but in the Spencer novels, it really is effective.

    Anyone here fans of Parker’s work? Agree or disagree?

    Another great show, guys. (Still getting cuaght up…)


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