On Predictability…

Today we explore the different things it might mean when someone complains your story is “predictable,” or when you default to that description with a story you’re trying to enjoy. Resources mentioned:LOST“…All You Zombies…” by Robert A. HeinleinPredestination (film staring Ethan Hawke)LooperWuthering Heights by Emily Bront√ęSoulless by Gail CarrigerThe Force …

Questions 218: Present Tense Narration (Writing Instruction Series 12)

Subscribe Here! In this twelfth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks: “What’s the deal with the current fad of present tense narration? When is this a useful technique?” Books mentioned: Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow This episode sponsored by Bundle Rabbit

Questions 215: Graphing Story Structures (Writing Instruction Series 9)

Subscribe Here! In this ninth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks: “I use the classic pyramid plot diagram to teach story structure. Is there another way that’s more engaging?” Resources mentioned: Kurt Vonnegut’s Story Shape Graphs Dan Wells’s 7-Point Plot Lecture