17.27: Ensembles Behind the Scenes

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

In this, our final “ensemble masterclass” episode, we discuss the nuts-and-bolts, the tips and tricks, the tools of the trade. In short, we talk very specifically about how we do it. Color-coded sticky notes, index cards, spreadsheets, and more…

Liner Notes: Howard’s guest story for Dave Kellet’s DRIVE compendium is now running online! It’s called “History and Haberdashery.

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


Color-code your outline, and see if it’s helpful.

Into the Dark, by Claudia Gray

11 thoughts on “17.27: Ensembles Behind the Scenes”

  1. 8:27 – Kaela seems to follow the directions of the Microscope RPG to write her books.

  2. Like the discussion about tools. I use an Excel schedule to track everything by scene so I can see how many words/scenes I write for each POV character. A quick graph shows characters that might need more exposure.

  3. This week, the final episode in the ensemble master class, Dan, Zoraida, Kaela, and Howard talked about how to get through the nitty-gritty side of writing, outlining, and revising with an ensemble. Colorcoding? Paper, index cards, or post-its. Suzanne Elfshire and Phil James Elfman. Scrivener to support scene goals. Reviewing as you start revision. Outlining with emotional beats or goals to keep the thrill of discovery in writing. Using search to identify overused phrases. Read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

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