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Questions 615: Finding Fiction Theory Lectures

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Ian asks: “I’ve been watching that Leonard Bernstein music theory lecture, but I’ve never seen anything like that fiction writing. Have you come across that sort of thing?”
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Feedback: Stress Testing Checklist

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Ed has feedback and shares tips on stress testing a premise…

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Ed’s Stress Test Questions
  • Where do the raw materials required for this premise?
  • What are the maintenance requirements?
  • How long will it take to make this happen?
  • Has something like this ever been tried before?
  • How could this premise be intentionally abused?
  • What could go wrong?

Questions 609: Sides Fleshed Out With Capers

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Robert asks: “I want to learn to flesh out side characters by writing heists/capers. What do I need to know?”
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Questions 608: Working to the Payoff

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Caine asks: “Do great payoffs come from setting it up in the first place, or working back from the ending?”
Resources Mentioned:
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Babylon 5
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein
All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein (from the collection The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag)/
The Usual Suspects