Your Hosts: Howard, Mary, and Dan, with guest host Susan Chang
Courtney Alameda joined us at LTUE 2017 to talk monsters, and what makes the best ones so good. We discuss some of our favorites, and how the criteria we apply to them can be applied in the creation of monsters of our own.
Credits: this episode was recorded live at LTUE 2017 by Dan Dan the Audioman Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson
Your Hosts: Howard and Dan, with Steve Diamond, and special guest Joe McKinney
We invited Steve Diamond, who has been a guest before, and who has some law enforcement background, to help us grill Joe McKinney, who has tons of that background, and who also happens to be a best-selling author.
We discuss the ways in which we decide upon the length of the stories we write, and at which point(s) in the creative process we make that decision.
Liner Notes: This is the story-length formula that Mary shared with us:
Ls=((C+L) *750)*M/1.5 (In English: Add the number of characters and the number of locations. Multiply that sum by 750. Then multiply that number by the number of MICE elements the story incorporates and divide by 1.5.)
Or, here’s a handy infographic that she developed later.