Tag Archives: story structure

Feedback: Acts in Television

Herbert has feedback on the deliberate use of acts in classic episodic television.

Resources Mentioned
Streets of San Francisco, 1972 (tv series)

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Questions 659: Writing Multiple Timelines

Elizabeth asks: “How do I write a story with multiple interweaving timelines and multiple protagonists – without losing or confusing my readers?”

Resources Mentioned
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Questions 632: All About Prologues

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Roland asks: “What’s your take on when an author should use a prologue, and how it should relate to the rest of the book?”

Resources Mentioned:

Opening prologue to Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings
Opening prologue to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings

Questions 616: A Unique Conflict?

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Brian asks: “My high school English teacher challenged us to find a story with a unique conflict – outside of the person v. person, person v. nature, person v. society, etc. conflict types we all get in class. None of us could. Can you – or the listeners?”

Questions 599: On The Heroine’s Journey

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Today, special guest Gail Carriger joins us to answer a question on from Andrew.

Andrew asks: “Can you do a deeper look into the heroine’s journey?”

Resources Mentioned
Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia
Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Isis and Osirus
Descent of the Goddess Ishtar into the Lower World
Wonder Woman
The Iliad
The Epic of Gilgamesh

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Questions 465: Plot Reveals Through Structure

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Caine asks: How do you stick to a genre structure, without spilling the beans?

Resources Mentioned:

Agatha Christie
Robert Bloch
Rear Window
Best American Mysteries of the 20th Century