17.23: Are We Stronger Together?

Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida CordovaKaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler

Sometimes we have to look at our ensemble of characters and ask ourselves what kind of story we’re trying to tell? If the story works with a single protagonist and one POV, maybe this isn’t an ensemble story after all. If, however, the plot requires a team effort from the heroes, then we need to make sure the necessary team members make it onto the page.

Liner Notes: The “I’m the tin dog” moment is from Doctor Who, S2 E3, “School Reunion.” Mickey is speaking. Howard couldn’t remember Mickey’s name because sometimes Howard is the tin dog.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.


Create a “connection” map for your characters that establishes what all the characters’ relationships are. Include at least one challenge in their relationship, and one way the relationship enhances each character.

2 thoughts on “17.23: Are We Stronger Together?”

  1. This week, the fascinating foursome, Dan, Zoraida, Kaela, and Howard, combined their powers to look at the question, are we stronger together? The kind of story you are telling will help you decide if you need an ensemble. But don’t get carried away with introducing extra characters! Watch out for the talking dog. Or the tin dog wondering what they do for the team? Canned green beans! You can read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

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