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The Story Telling Podcast
69 minutes | Oct 21, 2014
STP 066—Writer FAQ’s
In this episode we answer frequently asked questions from writers in the community—questions we're asked quite often, and questions from live YouTube viewers in the comments. Tune in to hear about how we promote ourselves on social media, what we do for fun, and other great questions from our audience.
58 minutes | Oct 14, 2014
STP 065—What is the Mary Sue?
The Mary Sue is an oft-maligned character trope in fiction, a pejorative for any character who seems to be a transposition of the author directly into the book—and an idealized version of the author, at that. In this episode we discuss the pitfalls of the Mary Sue and how to avoid falling into the trap of creating such a character.
63 minutes | Sep 30, 2014
STP 064—Fancy Writing Vs. Flat Writing
In this episode, Garrett, Crissy and Scott talk about how to turn flat, uninteresting writing into an epic, gripping tale that will keep your reader on the edge of their seat, pulling them from page to page throughout your book. It's obviously a huge topic which we could cover endlessly, but some key points emerged: A developmental editor is probably the single greatest tool you can use to improve your writing Variance in rhythm, pacing, sentence length and structure, are all very important Beta readers are vital
63 minutes | Sep 23, 2014
STP 063—Creating Emotion in Storytelling
Creating emotion in storytelling is a difficult skill to master, whether you're talking about writing or filmmaking. In this episode we give our best tips for bringing the emotion into your story, making your readers feel a thrill, happiness or sadness, or the depth of love.
77 minutes | Mar 31, 2014
STP 045—Breaking Down Ready Player One
This week we reviewed Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a book we all read over the last couple of weeks, and one of the most popular sci-fi cult classics in recent memory. Ready Player One deals with a future, crumbling Earth where most of society spends the greater part of their lives within OASIS, a virtual reality world like none other. A teenage boy named Wade unlocks the first clue in a worldwide Easter Egg hunt, the winner of which gains the untold wealth and power of OASIS' creator, James Halliday. This was a great review episode, so much so that we ran 16 minutes over time. Give it a listen.
58 minutes | Mar 24, 2014
STP 044—FAQ From New Authors (Part 4)
We got so many more questions submitted after the last show that we decided to do another FAQ for this week's show. We covered things like expressing your own opinions in your writing (whether you should or shouldn't), writing multiple points of view, and the first stories all of us ever wrote. http://garrettbrobinson.com http://zcbolger.com http://crissymoss.com
65 minutes | Mar 17, 2014
STP 043—FAQ From New Authors (Part 3)
We decided we didn't like the topic we'd picked for this week, so we went back to frequently asked questions from new authors. We covered a lot of good topics on this show, from how much it costs to self-publish, to pen names, to writing what you know. http://garrettbrobinson.com http://zcbolger.com http://crissymoss.com
62 minutes | Mar 10, 2014
STP 042—Making Time to Write, or Create
We've all been there. To some degree, Crissy's still there. You've got a nine-to-five and a billion other things going on, too. How do you make the time to write, or create whatever art it is that you love to create? Well, while Zach and Garrett are full-time writers, this can STILL be a problem. Check this episode out for our best practices to ensure that we DO make time to write, or create whatever we're working on at the time.
63 minutes | Mar 2, 2014
STP 041—Keeping Track of Details
In this episode, we went over every method we have and use to keep track of details within our stories. This is an important one. From characters, to worlds, to events, to governments and societies, you've got to keep track of details or your plot will have massive holes throughout. So whether you keep it all in a big paper notebook, or have a crazy online mindmapping software that does it all for you, KEEP TRACK OF YOUR DETAILS.
65 minutes | Jan 28, 2014
STP 040—What is Genre?
This week we discussed genre and whether it's still applicable to readers and selecting books, or mostly a tool of publishers and marketers to try and pigeonhole novels.
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