Tag Archives: storytelling

Question 562: Runaway Shorts

Subscribe Here!

Ian asks: “I have a private eye novella that’s trying to turn into an immense crime soap opera. How do I shape the material?”

Resources Mentioned
Questions 540: Serials In Disguise
And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
Babylon 5
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
Black Jack Justice by Gregg Taylor, audio drama and novel
Red Panda Adventures by Gregg Taylor, audio drama and graphic novel
2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
The Big Lebowski
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
Lost

Questions 556: Avoiding Being Preachy or Dated

Subscribe Here!

Kristine asks: How can a writer engage with current events while being neither preachy or dated?

Resources Mentioned
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
True Blood
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
1984 by George Orwell

Questions 381: Iterating Ideas Through Genre

Subscribe Here!

Chris asks: “How do I know if I’ve picked the right genre for a particular idea?”

Resources Mentioned

By His Bootstraps
All You Zombies
Predestination
Door Into Summer

Questions 337: Where Did I Put My Antagonist?

Subscribe Here!

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