Tag Archives: storytelling

Questions 337: Where Did I Put My Antagonist?

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Robert asks: “What are good ways to introduce the antagonist when restricted to the protagonist’s POV??”

The Maltese Falcon
The Big Sleep
Lord of the Rings
He Ain’t Heavy
Blood And Weeds

Questions 334: Telling Multi-POV Stories

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Scott says: “I’ve seen authors tell complicated stories with alternating points of view. How do you make the threads meet up in the end?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Once a Hero

Questions 331: Interrogating Your Brain for Fun and Profit

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Today Roger asks: “I have a pile of ideas, but I’m not sure how to make them into a story. Help!”

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Resources Mentioned:

The Real Story

Questions 325: Writing Humor

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Today J.R. asks: “How can a dramatic writer learn humor?”

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Resources mentioned:
Oscar Wilde
PG Wodehouse
Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate
Crimes & Misdemeanors
Dogma
Dr. Strangelove
ZooTV
Brave New World
Road to Gandolfo
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
DiscWorld
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Special Episode: David Gerrold on Storytelling

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Essay by David Gerrold, read by J. Daniel Sawyer, on storytelling.

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Resources Mentioned:
Madame Curie
The Trouble With Tribbles
The Godfather
Goldfinger
Wizard of Oz
Star Wars

Questions 286: Passive Protagonists and Coming of Age

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DC asks:
“How can one write an effective and engaging passive protagonist?”

Resources:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Questions 282: Balancing Worldbuilding, Plot, and Characterization

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JR asks:
“What advice do you have for balancing worldbuilding, plot, and characterization?”

Resources mentioned:
The Complete Shakespeare
Yentl
Schindler’s List

Questions 281: Character Heavy, Plot Heavy, Character-driven, Plot-driven

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Michael asks:
“What’s the difference between a story that’s plot-heavy, plot-driven, character-heavy, and character-driven?”

Resources mentioned:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Romancing the Stone
Die Hard

Questions 236: The Mystery Formula

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Cheyenne asks:
“Are there formulas for mysteries? What kinds of mysteries are there–and how can I learn about them?”

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Resources mentioned:
A Ghostly Christmas Present (The Clarke Lantham Mysteries Book 2) by J. Daniel Sawyer
Down From Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Midsomer Murders, Series 1 Midsomer Murders
The Killings at Badger’s Drift (Inspector Barnaby) Caroline Graham
The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie
Chinatown
Scream (Collector’s Series)
Halloween
Friday the 13th
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler Film
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammet
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers
Stone Cold by Robert B. Parker
Spencer by Robert B. Parker
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
LA Confidential by James Ellroy
Reservoir Dogs
The Hateful 8