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
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Think about your next protagonist. Make a chart that covers their positive and negative attributes.
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Margaret, and Howard
What’s the difference between an obstacle and a complication? Margaret Dunlap takes the lead on this episode for us, giving us the tools we need to create ‘impediments to main character progress’ which will drive our stories across page turns (and commercial breaks) in compelling, twisty ways.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
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Take an obstacle in your story, and turn it into a complication.
Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse