Now that we’ve tackled the formula, I get into the actual blow-by-blow of writing Hadrian’s Flight in 34 days. I talk about false starts, plot derailments, and finding some kind of groove.
Today, I continue with the Heinlein Juvenile formula sheet, talking about what makes the Heinlein juveniles unusual among young adult novels and which of them create their enduring appeal.
Books discussed, all by Robert A. Heinlein:
Farmer in the Sky
The Rolling Stones
Tunnel in the Sky
The Star Beast
Time for the Stars
Citizen of the Galaxy
Have Space Suit, Will Travel
We’ve talked about formulas–what they are, and how to uncover them. Now, we examine the formula for the Heinlein Juvenile in great detail. In this episode, we talk about the roots of the Heinlein Juvenile. Wonder what all the fuss is about? This is where we start to dig in!
What’s the utility of formulas? Why would you want to use them, and how? How did they help me with Hadrian’s Flight? Answers lie within!
Today, Gail Carriger joins me to discuss what formulas are and how to extract them in order to learn new ways of storytelling.