Why yes, it is a “primo” episode, haha. In the third episode of the “preseason” for Nanowrimo, Jim and Ben duel it out and read their drafts aloud. Then we get into some of the planning and structure techniques that Brandon Sanderson teaches in his “Write About Dragons” classes.
Jim’s challenge to our “ear readers”(listeners): Spend some time in the remaining month to re-read a piece (preferably a short story but it’s up to you) that you thoroughly enjoy and break down the story elements that make it work/not work/how you might change it.
Your adventures in National Novel Writing Month. This podcast covers the event where writers try to complete 50,000 words in 30 days… and more.
EPISODE 17: The Ink & Blood Dueling Society
This year, an incredible literary event emerged in Chicago. Masked writers, calling themselves The Ink & Blood Dueling Society, hold monthly writing duels in front of a lively audience. They craft full stories on screen while members of the public shout their thoughts. At the end of the duels, the audience decides on a winner. In this week’s episode, Ben and Jim talk about the origins of this crazy event.
Technically, Blizzard never announced their long-in-development MMORPG Titan. It was always one of those big open secrets. And now, seven years later, the game is cancelled, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime tells Polygon.
Reminder that the creators of Night Vale made their show without any corporate sponsorship or financial compensation other than donations and selling T-shirts and they made it to the number one slot on Itunes and they did it with a godblessed openly queer protagonist and an explicitly dark-skinned love interest thank you and good night.
…All the while supporting both financially and through social media/the show all of the indie creators they work with, highlighting their work and paying great rates. A+
And they run an indie publishing house. Beautiful!
"Mr. Fall, who sources speculate loves Thanksgiving, butternut squash soup, homecoming parades, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” apple-picking, and haunted hayrides, emerges reliably every year around this time in his traditional uniform, sometimes alternating his iconic sweater with a fleece vest or pullover."
Pixar story artists are some of the most noteworthy public storytellers of our generation. Emma Coats put together #storybasics and they are now celebrated as relentlessly effective rules for a good story. Here is the full list, with emphasis added.
You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
Dragon acid is nasty stuff. Black and thick and stinking. It slurps down the back of your coat and coats your hands and covers your boots until they slip against scales as you try to climb. You’ll never get it out of your hair. The stick will follow you like a haze for a week, wash after wash, even after your skin is rubbed raw, until you realize the smell is inside your nose and down your throat.
She locks her caribeaner in place, piercing through a spiney fin. She holds onto the stiff cartilage for a second, the wind ripping at her clothes, cold scraping at her skin, squinting at the next fin, further up the spine. She braces, then launches, her boots smacking one two three before the spine drops out from under her with a heave and she is airborne, free falling, arms wide, aiming as best she can for the next spine.
She lands with an Ompff, the air knocked from her lungs and pain blooming in her knee. She rolls, snags the fin, and latches on.