Inside Creative Writing
Episode 14: Somebody Wanted But So07/30/14
It’s a simple technique used by readers to discover the plot of a story. But, when used intentionally by a writer, “Somebody-Wanted-But-So” can deepen your characters, improve your plot, and get your story up and moving.
Episode 13: Story Structure and the Inciting Event
What do Claymation and writing fiction have in common? Structure! That’s what we’re talking about on today’s show, as well as one of the most important element of structure–the Inciting Event. Brad uses examples from Star Wars, The Grapes of Wrath,...
Episode 12: Techniques for Writing Dialogue
What is the secret to great dialogue? Brad Reed offers three techniques for helping you figure it out. Show Notes: And we’re back, with apologies for missing last week’s episode. Unfortunately, a fascinating and informative interview with thriller...
Episode 11: To Adverb or Not to Adverb?
Adverbs. What are they, what do they do, and why are some writers so passionate about banishing them? Brad uses the analogy of adverbs as being like adjusting a carburetor on a 1963 Volkswagen Bug. Don’t worry, he keeps it simple! He also talks about...
Episode 10: The Snowflake Method of Novel Design …with Randy Ingermanson
Randy Ingermanson is a theoretical physicist turned writer and writing teacher. He is the author of the best-selling book in the Fiction Writing Reference category on Amazon, Fiction Writing for Dummies. You might know him as “The Snowflake Guy” from...
Episode 9: Defamiliarization
What is “defamiliarization?” How does it function in our writing? Can it be applied to “big picture” elements like plot and theme? How can we use it to break apart our own familiarity with what we are writing? These are the questions we tackle inthis...
Episode 8: Recognizing and Writing “Glimmers” …with Pam Houston
We’re talking about glimmers—what they are and how they can fuel our writing—with the wonderfully talented Pam Houston! LINKS: - Pam on Twitter: @Pam_Houston - Pam on Facebook - Pam’s website: PamHouston.net Pam Houston is the author of two...
Episode 7: Loose Ends… and Unreliable Narrators
Answering questions and addressing comments from our first 6 episodes as well as a discussion of unreliable narrators. We discuss getting the most out of the writing perspectives of writers and teachers who approach writing from a different...
Episode 6: The Tenets of Fiction Writing …with Alan Heathcock
Alan Heathcock, award-winning author of VOLT, discusses some of his “27 Tenets of Fiction Writing.” Alan Heathcock is a Chicago boy who eventually made his way to Idaho where he now teaches fiction writing at Boise State University. His first...
Episode 5: Mise-en-scène—A Film Technique That Can Improve Our Fiction
Mise-en-scène is a fundamental technique of film-making that, when we adapt it to our writing, will help our descriptions and settings resonate more deeply with our theme, more fully develop our characters, and create a better sense of mood in our...
Episode 4: Making Grammar Fun, Funny, and Even a Little Risqué! …with...
Can grammar actually be fun, funny, and even a little sexy? With Jenny Baranick it can! She’s the author of “Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares: How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Writing Errors,” a laugh-out-loud funny book that will help us...
Episode 3: Sparking Your Creativity
Specific creative techniques we can use to discover and develop unique and compelling characters, plots, and settings in our writing. The first technique, Reversals, helps us: - “Escape from looking at a challenge in the traditional way.” - “Free up...
Episode 2: Keeping Your Characters Alive
How can we create stories, characters, and settings that come alive for our readers… literally? We’re not talking about about plots or whether your protagonist lives or dies at the end of your book. It’s about verisimilitude—the illusion of reality in...
Episode 1: Fictionalizing Your Audience
What is the difference between a story that draws you in as if you were a character and a story that doesn’t connect with you at all? It has to do with how the writer has asked his audience to fictionalize themselves. Brad explores three techniques...
Prologue to the Podcast
New to the podcast? This is a great place to start. Get a brief introduction to the show, find out how you can get involved, and learn a little about your host, Brad Reed.
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