Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

11.10: Idea, as Genre, with Nancy Fulda

Nancy Fulda joined us in the dark dungeons of Dragonsteel Entertainment to discuss the elemental genre of “Idea.” It’s tricky, because “Idea” in the elemental genres model isn’t quite the same as “Idea” in the M.I.C.E. quotient. There’s a lot of overlap, of course, but the differences are significant.

We talk about stories in which the driving force is “ooh, let’s think about this for a while,” and how we might go about instilling this sense of fascination in our readers.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.

Homework: Find a cool idea, and then brainstorm twenty stories you could tell, using that idea as the core element.

Thing of the week: Dead Men Don’t Cry, by Nancy Fulda, narrated by Joseph Zieja.

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