11.51: Ensemble as a Sub-Genre, with Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas joins us to continue our discussion of the Elemental Ensemble, which is one of our favorite elemental tools. It’s not just for heists. It adds interest, emotion, and lots of plot possibilities to everything from sense of wonder to the hard-hitting issue.

Credits: This episode was recorded aboard Oasis of the Seas by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson.


Look at some of the elemental genres we’ve already discussed. Brainstorm some story ideas, looking at  what happens to them when you mix those genres up with the ensemble element.

Heroine Complex, by Sarah Kuhn

2 thoughts on “11.51: Ensemble as a Sub-Genre, with Lynne M. Thomas”

  1. I think compressed storytelling is a weakness of mine. Can we have a podcast focusing on it?

  2. If you thought four or even five people in a podcast made an ensemble — you’re right! But, with the able assistance of Lynne M. Thomas, our four podcasters in a tub got together to consider what an ensemble can do as a subgenre. With a bit of review, of heists, sports dramas, and just what does an ensemble bring to the party, anyway? Star Trek, Firefly, even horror stories can use a bit of ensemble work, as long as you don’t let the ensemble overrun your other elemental genre. So, make some bad decisions, and watch the great ensembles grow! Transcript in the archives and over here, for those who like to read:


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