Writing Excuses

Writing Excuses

Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler

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Writing Excuses

Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells discuss writing techniques in a fast-paced, 15-minute format.
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14.6: Fantasy and Science Fiction Races Feb 10, 2019 Listen Download
14.5: Viewpoint as Worldbuilding Feb 3, 2019 Listen Download
WX14.03: Writing the Other—Bisexual Characters Jan 27, 2019 Listen Download
14.03: World of Hats Jan 20, 2019 Listen Download
14.02: Geography and Biomes Jan 13, 2019 Listen Download
14.01: Worldbuilding Begins! Up Front, or On the Fly? Jan 6, 2019 Listen Download
13.52: Working Dad is a Spaceman Dec 30, 2018 Listen Download
13.52: Working Dad is a Spaceman Dec 30, 2018 Listen Download
13.51: Wrap-up on the Year of Character Dec 25, 2018 Listen Download
13.50: What Writers Get Wrong, with Zoraida Córdova Dec 16, 2018 Listen Download
13.49: How to Finish Dec 9, 2018 Listen Download
13.48: Character Death and Plot Armor Dec 2, 2018 Listen Download
13.47: Q&A on Fixing Characters Nov 25, 2018 Listen Download
13.46: The Unsexy Side of Space, with Bart Smith and Ben Hewett Nov 18, 2018 Listen Download
NaNoWriMo 2018 Bonus Episode, with Mercedes Lackey Nov 15, 2018 Listen Download
13.45: Next Level Narration Nov 11, 2018 Listen Download
NaNoWriMo 2018 Mini-Episode 2 Nov 7, 2018 Listen Download
13.44: Alien Characters Nov 4, 2018 Listen Download
NaNoWriMo 2018 Mini-Episode 1 Oct 31, 2018 Listen Download
13.43: Characters Who Are Smarter Than You Are Oct 28, 2018 Listen Download
13.42: Writing Excuses Talks to an Astronaut, with Special Guest Kjell Lindgren Oct 21, 2018 Listen Download
13.41: Fixing Character Problems, Part II Oct 14, 2018 Listen Download
13.40: Fixing Character Problems, Part I Oct 7, 2018 Listen Download
13.39: What Writers Get Wrong, With Wendy Tolliver Sep 30, 2018 Listen Download
13.38: How to Find and Use Alpha Readers Sep 23, 2018 Listen Download
13.37: What Writers Get Wrong, with J.Y. Yang Sep 16, 2018 Listen Download
13.36: Confronting the Default Sep 9, 2018 Listen Download
13.35: Cliché vs. Archetype Sep 2, 2018 Listen Download
13.34: Q&A on Character Arcs Aug 26, 2018 Listen Download
13.b1: Bonus Episode — Elephants and Death, with Lawrence Schoen Aug 22, 2018 Listen Download
13.33: Reading Outside the Box Aug 19, 2018 Listen Download
13.32: How To Handle Weighty Topics Aug 12, 2018 Listen Download
13.31: Learning to Listen as a Writer Aug 5, 2018 Listen Download
13.30: Project in Depth, THE CALCULATING STARS, with Kjell Lindgren Jul 29, 2018 Listen Download
13.29: Iconic Heroes Jul 22, 2018 Listen Download
13.28: What Writers Get Wrong, with Wildstyle Jul 15, 2018 Listen Download
13.27: Characters as Foils Jul 8, 2018 Listen Download
13.26: Character Relationships Jul 1, 2018 Listen Download
13.25: Our Journey With Character Jun 24, 2018 Listen Download
13.24: What Writers Get Wrong, with Piper, Aliette, and Wesley, with special guest Ken Liu Jun 17, 2018 Listen Download
13.23: Internal Conflicts Jun 10, 2018 Listen Download
13.22: Character Arcs Jun 3, 2018 Listen Download
13.21: Q&A on Character Depth and Motivation May 27, 2018 Listen Download
13.20: Fear and Writing, with Emma Newman May 20, 2018 Listen Download
13.19: Backstories May 13, 2018 Listen Download
13.18: Naturally Revealing Character Motivation May 6, 2018 Listen Download
13.17: What Writers Get Wrong, with Jamahl Crouch Apr 29, 2018 Listen Download
13.16: Avoiding Flat Characters Apr 22, 2018 Listen Download
13.15: What Writers Get Wrong, with Mike Stop Continues Apr 15, 2018 Listen Download
13.14: Character Nuance Apr 8, 2018 Listen Download
13.14: Character Nuance Apr 8, 2018 Listen Download
13.13: Character Voice Apr 1, 2018 Listen Download
13.13: Character Voice Apr 1, 2018 Listen Download
13.12: Q&A on Heroes, Villains, and Main Characters Mar 25, 2018 Listen Download
13.12: Q&A on Heroes, Villains, and Main Characters Mar 25, 2018 Listen Download
13.11: Writing Secondary Characters, with Charlaine Harris Mar 18, 2018 Listen Download
13.11: Writing Secondary Characters, with Charlaine Harris Mar 18, 2018 Listen Download
13.10: Handling a Large Cast Mar 11, 2018 Listen Download
13.10: Handling a Large Cast Mar 11, 2018 Listen Download
13.9: Quick Characterization Mar 4, 2018 Listen Download
13.9: Quick Characterization Mar 4, 2018 Listen Download
13.8: Making Characters Distinctive Feb 25, 2018 Listen Download
13.8: Making Characters Distinctive Feb 25, 2018 Listen Download
13.7: What Writers Get Wrong, with Lou Perry Feb 18, 2018 Listen Download
13.7: What Writers Get Wrong, with Lou Perry Feb 18, 2018 Listen Download
13.6: External Conflicts for Characters Feb 11, 2018 Listen Download
13.6: External Conflicts for Characters Feb 11, 2018 Listen Download
13.5: Villain, Antagonist, Obstacle Feb 4, 2018 Listen Download
13.5: Villain, Antagonist, Obstacle Feb 4, 2018 Listen Download
13.4: Protagonists Who Aren’t Sympathetic Jan 28, 2018 Listen Download
13.4: Protagonists Who Aren’t Sympathetic Jan 28, 2018 Listen Download
13.3: What Writers Get Wrong, with Aliette de Bodard Jan 21, 2018 Listen Download
13.3: What Writers Get Wrong, with Aliette de Bodard Jan 21, 2018 Listen Download
13.2: Writing Active Characters Jan 14, 2018 Listen Download
13.2: Writing Active Characters Jan 14, 2018 Listen Download
13.1: Hero, Protagonist, Main Character Jan 7, 2018 Listen Download
13.1: Hero, Protagonist, Main Character Jan 7, 2018 Listen Download
12.53: Writing Excuses True Confessions Dec 31, 2017 Listen Download
12.53: Writing Excuses True Confessions Dec 31, 2017 Listen Download
12.52: Cross-Genres as Gateways Dec 24, 2017 Listen Download
12.52: Cross-Genres as Gateways Dec 24, 2017 Listen Download
12.51: Constructed Languages, with Dirk Elzinga Dec 17, 2017 Listen Download
12.51: Constructed Languages, with Dirk Elzinga Dec 17, 2017 Listen Download
12.50: Form and Function Dec 10, 2017 Listen Download
12.50: Form and Function Dec 10, 2017 Listen Download
12.49: Non-linear Narratives Dec 3, 2017 Listen Download
12.49: Non-linear Narratives Dec 3, 2017 Listen Download
12.48: Q&A on Novels and Series, with Brian McClellan Nov 26, 2017 Listen Download
12.48: Q&A on Novels and Series, with Brian McClellan Nov 26, 2017 Listen Download
12.47: Screenwriting and the Writers Room, with JD Payne Nov 19, 2017 Listen Download
12.47: Screenwriting and the Writers Room, with JD Payne Nov 19, 2017 Listen Download
12.46: Reinventing Yourself Nov 12, 2017 Listen Download
12.46: Reinventing Yourself Nov 12, 2017 Listen Download
12.45: Structuring a Series Nov 5, 2017 Listen Download
12.45: Structuring a Series Nov 5, 2017 Listen Download
12.44: NaNoWriMo 2017 Primer Oct 29, 2017 Listen Download
12.44: NaNoWriMo 2017 Primer Oct 29, 2017 Listen Download
12.43: Serialized Storytelling Oct 22, 2017 Listen Download
12.43: Serialized Storytelling Oct 22, 2017 Listen Download
12.42: Adapting Your Stories for Game Play, with Alan Bahr Oct 15, 2017 Listen Download
12.42: Adapting Your Stories for Game Play, with Alan Bahr Oct 15, 2017 Listen Download
12.41: Raising the Stakes Oct 8, 2017 Listen Download
12.41: Raising the Stakes Oct 8, 2017 Listen Download
12.40: Structuring a Novel Oct 1, 2017 Listen Download
12.40: Structuring a Novel Oct 1, 2017 Listen Download
12.39: Q&A on Short(er) Fiction Sep 24, 2017 Listen Download
12.39: Q&A on Short(er) Fiction Sep 24, 2017 Listen Download
12.38: What Do Editors Really Want, with Toni Weisskopf and Cat Rambo Sep 17, 2017 Listen Download
12.38: What Do Editors Really Want, with Toni Weisskopf and Cat Rambo Sep 17, 2017 Listen Download
12.37: Subplots Sep 10, 2017 Listen Download
12.37: Subplots Sep 10, 2017 Listen Download
12.36: Structuring a Mid-Length Piece Sep 3, 2017 Listen Download
12.36: Structuring a Mid-Length Piece Sep 3, 2017 Listen Download
12.35: Short Fiction Markets, with Spencer Ellsworth and guest host Beth Meacham Aug 27, 2017 Listen Download
12.35: Short Fiction Markets, with Spencer Ellsworth and guest host Beth Meacham Aug 27, 2017 Listen Download
12.34: Fulfilling the Reader’s Fantasy, with Brian McClellan Aug 20, 2017 Listen Download
12.34: Fulfilling the Reader’s Fantasy, with Brian McClellan Aug 20, 2017 Listen Download
12.33: How to be Brief, Yet Powerful Aug 13, 2017 Listen Download
12.33: How to be Brief, Yet Powerful Aug 13, 2017 Listen Download
12.32: Structuring a Short Piece Aug 6, 2017 Listen Download
12.32: Structuring a Short Piece Aug 6, 2017 Listen Download
12.31: What Makes a Good Monster, with Courtney Alameda Jul 30, 2017 Listen Download
12.31: What Makes a Good Monster, with Courtney Alameda Jul 30, 2017 Listen Download
12.30: Tools for Writers Jul 23, 2017 Listen Download
12.30: Tools for Writers Jul 23, 2017 Listen Download
12.29: “Oh Crap, the Cops are Here!” with Joe McKinney Jul 16, 2017 Listen Download
12.29: “Oh Crap, the Cops are Here!” with Joe McKinney Jul 16, 2017 Listen Download
12.28: Trimming and Expanding Jul 9, 2017 Listen Download
12.28: Trimming and Expanding Jul 9, 2017 Listen Download
12.27: Choosing a Length Jul 2, 2017 Listen Download
12.27: Choosing a Length Jul 2, 2017 Listen Download
12.26: Q&A on Outlining and Discovery Writing Jun 25, 2017 Listen Download
12.26: Q&A on Outlining and Discovery Writing Jun 25, 2017 Listen Download
12.25: Hiring an Editor, with Callie Stoker Jun 18, 2017 Listen Download
12.25: Hiring an Editor, with Callie Stoker Jun 18, 2017 Listen Download
12.24: Creating Great Outlines Jun 11, 2017 Listen Download
12.24: Creating Great Outlines Jun 11, 2017 Listen Download
12.23: Proposals, Pitches, and Queries Jun 4, 2017 Listen Download
12.23: Proposals, Pitches, and Queries Jun 4, 2017 Listen Download
12.22: Hybrid Outlining and Discovery Writing May 28, 2017 Listen Download
12.22: Hybrid Outlining and Discovery Writing May 28, 2017 Listen Download
12.21: Narrative Bumper Pool, with Bill Fawcett and Carrie Patel May 21, 2017 Listen Download
12.21: Narrative Bumper Pool, with Bill Fawcett and Carrie Patel May 21, 2017 Listen Download
12.20: Retrofitting Structure into a First Draft May 14, 2017 Listen Download
12.20: Retrofitting Structure into a First Draft May 14, 2017 Listen Download
12.19: Structure on the Fly May 7, 2017 Listen Download
12.19: Structure on the Fly May 7, 2017 Listen Download
12.18: Gendered Dialect, with J.R. Johansson Apr 30, 2017 Listen Download
12.18: Gendered Dialect, with J.R. Johansson Apr 30, 2017 Listen Download
12.17: Q&A on Style, Diction, and Paragraphing Apr 23, 2017 Listen Download
12.17: Q&A on Style, Diction, and Paragraphing Apr 23, 2017 Listen Download
12.16: Writing Crime Fiction with Brian Keene Apr 16, 2017 Listen Download
12.16: Writing Crime Fiction with Brian Keene Apr 16, 2017 Listen Download
12.15: Pacing With Chapters Apr 9, 2017 Listen Download
12.15: Pacing With Chapters Apr 9, 2017 Listen Download
12.14: Controlling Pacing with Structure Apr 3, 2017 Listen Download
12.14: Controlling Pacing with Structure Apr 3, 2017 Listen Download
12.13: Beautiful Prose, Purple Prose Mar 26, 2017 Listen Download
12.13: Beautiful Prose, Purple Prose Mar 26, 2017 Listen Download
12.12: Words as Words, with Linda Addison Mar 19, 2017 Listen Download
12.12: Words as Words, with Linda Addison Mar 19, 2017 Listen Download
12.11: Diction Mar 12, 2017 Listen Download
12.11: Diction Mar 12, 2017 Listen Download
12.10: Developing Your Own, Personal Style Mar 5, 2017 Listen Download
12.10: Developing Your Own, Personal Style Mar 5, 2017 Listen Download
12.9: Q&A on Viewpoint Feb 26, 2017 Listen Download
12.9: Q&A on Viewpoint Feb 26, 2017 Listen Download
12.8 Short Stories as Exploration, with Tananarive Due Feb 19, 2017 Listen Download
12.8 Short Stories as Exploration, with Tananarive Due Feb 19, 2017 Listen Download
12.7: Description Through the Third Person Lens Feb 12, 2017 Listen Download
12.7: Description Through the Third Person Lens Feb 12, 2017 Listen Download
12.6: Variations on Third Person Feb 5, 2017 Listen Download
12.6: Variations on Third Person Feb 5, 2017 Listen Download
12.5: Literary Fiction Jan 29, 2017 Listen Download
12.5: Literary Fiction Jan 29, 2017 Listen Download
12.4: Hybrid Viewpoints Jan 22, 2017 Listen Download
12.4: Hybrid Viewpoints Jan 22, 2017 Listen Download
12.3: Project in Depth, “Risk Assessment,” by Sandra Tayler Jan 15, 2017 Listen Download
12.3: Project in Depth, “Risk Assessment,” by Sandra Tayler Jan 15, 2017 Listen Download
12.2: How to Nail Character Voice in First Person Jan 8, 2017 Listen Download
12.2: How to Nail Character Voice in First Person Jan 8, 2017 Listen Download
12.1: Variations on First Person Jan 1, 2017 Listen Download
12.1: Variations on First Person Jan 1, 2017 Listen Download
11.52: Elemental Ensemble Q&A, With Claudia Gray Dec 24, 2016 Listen Download
11.52: Elemental Ensemble Q&A, With Claudia Gray Dec 24, 2016 Listen Download
11.51: Ensemble as a Sub-Genre, with Lynne M. Thomas Dec 18, 2016 Listen Download
11.51: Ensemble as a Sub-Genre, with Lynne M. Thomas Dec 18, 2016 Listen Download
11.50: Hand-Selling Your Book to Potential Readers, with Michael R. Underwood Dec 11, 2016 Listen Download
11.50: Hand-Selling Your Book to Potential Readers, with Michael R. Underwood Dec 11, 2016 Listen Download
11.49: Elemental Ensemble, with Michael Damien Thomas Dec 4, 2016 Listen Download
11.49: Elemental Ensemble, with Michael Damien Thomas Dec 4, 2016 Listen Download
11.Bonus-04: Fantasy Food, with Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch Nov 29, 2016 Listen Download
11.Bonus-04: Fantasy Food, with Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch Nov 29, 2016 Listen Download
11.48: Elemental Issue Q&A, with DongWon Song Nov 27, 2016 Listen Download
11.48: Elemental Issue Q&A, with DongWon Song Nov 27, 2016 Listen Download
11.47: Issue as a Subgenre, with Steven Barnes Nov 20, 2016 Listen Download
11.47: Issue as a Subgenre, with Steven Barnes Nov 20, 2016 Listen Download
11.46: Colonialism, with Steven Barnes, Tempest Bradford, DongWon Song, and Shveta Thakrar Nov 13, 2016 Listen Download
11.46: Colonialism, with Steven Barnes, Tempest Bradford, DongWon Song, and Shveta Thakrar Nov 13, 2016 Listen Download
11.45: Elemental Issue, with Desiree Burch Nov 6, 2016 Listen Download
11.45: Elemental Issue, with Desiree Burch Nov 6, 2016 Listen Download
11.Bonus-03: Some Books Have Maps in the Front, with Maurice Broaddus, Mur Lafferty, and James Sutter Nov 3, 2016 Listen Download
11.Bonus-03: Some Books Have Maps in the Front, with Maurice Broaddus, Mur Lafferty, and James Sutter Nov 3, 2016 Listen Download
11.Bonus-02: Horrifying the Children, with Darren Shan Nov 1, 2016 Listen Download
11.Bonus-02: Horrifying the Children, with Darren Shan Nov 1, 2016 Listen Download
11.44: Project in Depth, GHOST TALKERS, by Mary Robinette Kowal Oct 30, 2016 Listen Download
11.44: Project in Depth, GHOST TALKERS, by Mary Robinette Kowal Oct 30, 2016 Listen Download
11.43: Elemental Drama Q&A, with Tananarive Due Oct 23, 2016 Listen Download
11.43: Elemental Drama Q&A, with Tananarive Due Oct 23, 2016 Listen Download
11.42: Elemental Drama as a Sub-Genre Oct 16, 2016 Listen Download
11.42: Elemental Drama as a Sub-Genre Oct 16, 2016 Listen Download
11.Bonus-01: Characterization and Differentiation, with Robin Hobb Oct 13, 2016 Listen Download
11.Bonus-01: Characterization and Differentiation, with Robin Hobb Oct 13, 2016 Listen Download
11.41: The Editor’s Wish List, with Navah Wolfe Oct 9, 2016 Listen Download
11.41: The Editor’s Wish List, with Navah Wolfe Oct 9, 2016 Listen Download
11.40: Elemental Drama Oct 2, 2016 Listen Download
11.40: Elemental Drama Oct 2, 2016 Listen Download
11.39: Elemental Relationship Q&A, with Greg van Eekhout Sep 25, 2016 Listen Download
11.39: Elemental Relationship Q&A, with Greg van Eekhout Sep 25, 2016 Listen Download
11.38: The Elemental Relationship as a Sub-Genre Sep 18, 2016 Listen Download
11.38: The Elemental Relationship as a Sub-Genre Sep 18, 2016 Listen Download
11.37: Casting Your Book, with Gama Martinez Sep 11, 2016 Listen Download
11.37: Casting Your Book, with Gama Martinez Sep 11, 2016 Listen Download
11.36: The Elemental Relationship Sep 4, 2016 Listen Download
11.36: The Elemental Relationship Sep 4, 2016 Listen Download
11.35: Elemental Humor Q&A with Victoria Schwab Aug 28, 2016 Listen Download
11.35: Elemental Humor Q&A with Victoria Schwab Aug 28, 2016 Listen Download
11.34: Humor as a Sub-Genre Aug 21, 2016 Listen Download
11.34: Humor as a Sub-Genre Aug 21, 2016 Listen Download
11.33: Crossover Fiction, with Victoria Schwab Aug 14, 2016 Listen Download
11.33: Crossover Fiction, with Victoria Schwab Aug 14, 2016 Listen Download
11.32: The Element of Humor Aug 7, 2016 Listen Download
11.32: The Element of Humor Aug 7, 2016 Listen Download
11.31: Futurism, with Trina Marie Phillips Jul 31, 2016 Listen Download
11.31: Futurism, with Trina Marie Phillips Jul 31, 2016 Listen Download
11.30: Elemental Thriller Q&A Jul 24, 2016 Listen Download
11.30: Elemental Thriller Q&A Jul 24, 2016 Listen Download
11.29: Elemental Thriller as a Subgenre Jul 17, 2016 Listen Download
11.29: Elemental Thriller as a Subgenre Jul 17, 2016 Listen Download
11.28: Impostor Syndrome, with Alyssa Wong Jul 10, 2016 Listen Download
11.28: Impostor Syndrome, with Alyssa Wong Jul 10, 2016 Listen Download
11.27: The Elemental Thriller Jul 3, 2016 Listen Download
11.27: The Elemental Thriller Jul 3, 2016 Listen Download
11.26: Elemental Mystery Q&A Jun 26, 2016 Listen Download
11.26: Elemental Mystery Q&A Jun 26, 2016 Listen Download
11.25: Elemental Mystery is Everywhere Jun 19, 2016 Listen Download
11.25: Elemental Mystery is Everywhere Jun 19, 2016 Listen Download
11.24: Stakes! Jun 12, 2016 Listen Download
11.24: Stakes! Jun 12, 2016 Listen Download
11.23: The Element of Mystery Jun 5, 2016 Listen Download
11.23: The Element of Mystery Jun 5, 2016 Listen Download
11.22: Examining Unconscious Biases, with Shannon Hale May 29, 2016 Listen Download
11.22: Examining Unconscious Biases, with Shannon Hale May 29, 2016 Listen Download
11.21: Q&A on Elemental Horror, with Steve Diamond May 22, 2016 Listen Download
11.21: Q&A on Elemental Horror, with Steve Diamond May 22, 2016 Listen Download
11.20: Horror as a Subgenre May 15, 2016 Listen Download
11.20: Horror as a Subgenre May 15, 2016 Listen Download
11.19: Fashion for Writers, with Rebecca McKinney May 8, 2016 Listen Download
11.19: Fashion for Writers, with Rebecca McKinney May 8, 2016 Listen Download
11.18: Elemental Horror May 1, 2016 Listen Download
11.18: Elemental Horror May 1, 2016 Listen Download
11.17: Elemental Adventure Q&A Apr 24, 2016 Listen Download
11.17: Elemental Adventure Q&A Apr 24, 2016 Listen Download
11.16: Adventure as a Subgenre Apr 17, 2016 Listen Download
11.16: Adventure as a Subgenre Apr 17, 2016 Listen Download
11.15: The Environment, with L.E. Modessit, Jr. Apr 10, 2016 Listen Download
11.15: The Environment, with L.E. Modessit, Jr. Apr 10, 2016 Listen Download
11.14: The Element of Adventure Apr 3, 2016 Listen Download
11.14: The Element of Adventure Apr 3, 2016 Listen Download
11.13: Elemental Idea Q&A Mar 27, 2016 Listen Download
11.13: Elemental Idea Q&A Mar 27, 2016 Listen Download
11.12: Idea as Subgenre, With Nancy Fulda Mar 20, 2016 Listen Download
11.12: Idea as Subgenre, With Nancy Fulda Mar 20, 2016 Listen Download
11.11: Self Publishing in 2016, with Michaelbrent Collings Mar 13, 2016 Listen Download
11.11: Self Publishing in 2016, with Michaelbrent Collings Mar 13, 2016 Listen Download
11.10: Idea, as Genre, with Nancy Fulda Mar 6, 2016 Listen Download
11.10: Idea, as Genre, with Nancy Fulda Mar 6, 2016 Listen Download
11.09: Q&A on the Element of Wonder Feb 28, 2016 Listen Download
11.09: Q&A on the Element of Wonder Feb 28, 2016 Listen Download
11.08: Wonder as a Subgenre Feb 21, 2016 Listen Download
11.08: Wonder as a Subgenre Feb 21, 2016 Listen Download
11.07: The Convention Survival Kit, with Gail Carriger Feb 14, 2016 Listen Download
11.07: The Convention Survival Kit, with Gail Carriger Feb 14, 2016 Listen Download
11.06: The Element of Wonder Feb 7, 2016 Listen Download
11.05: Writing and World Building for Role Playing Games Jan 31, 2016 Listen Download
11.04: Newton’s Laws of Writing Jan 24, 2016 Listen Download

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