15.23: Serialization

Your Hosts: Mary Robinette, Lari, and Dan, with special guest Jenn Court

Let’s talk about serials. Jenn Court, whose work includes lots of  writing for TV (IMDB link), joins us for the discussion. What are the elements that get us, as readers or viewers, to come back for episode after episode, and how do we, as writers, identify those elements and set about synthesizing them?

Credits: This episode was mastered by Alex Jackson


Think about your next protagonist. Make a chart that covers their positive and negative attributes.

Fetch the Bolt Cutters, by Fiona Apple

4 thoughts on “15.23: Serialization”

  1. The episode felt awkward, as if this well of information was so vast and deep that no one knew where to start. I’d love to hear more on this topic.

  2. Christopher, I think the awkwardness you were picking up on was mostly because this was recorded remotely with participants in different locations weeks into lockdown, which is not the usual deal. ;-)

  3. This week, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Lari talked with Jenn Court about serialization. Not breakfast cereal, but the continuing installment model, heavily used in TV, and often in writing, too. Serial, episodic. Emotional arcs! Satisfying endings. Fractal words. Make the reader feel an emotional response? Lots of interesting ideas that you can read about in the transcript, available now in the archives.

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