Tag Archives: storytelling

Questions 381: Iterating Ideas Through Genre

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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?

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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