Month: August 2016

Narrative Machines

Podcasts

This week’s podcast was a real Story Nerd extravaganza. Andy Reagan, a PhD candidate at The University of Vermont’s Computational Story Lab, was our guest. A few weeks ago, I spoke about how the CSL had done some deep data mining into about 2000 English language novels from project Gutenberg. What they found confirmed Kurt… Read more »

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How Pros Face Rejection

Podcasts

In this week’s episode, Tim and I talk about professional mindsets and then we transition into how a pro faces rejection.  I’m not sure I have the best advice about rejection, but I do think that the more you face, the less power it has over you.  That is, the more you challenge yourself and… Read more »

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One Simple Question

Podcasts

What happens next? This is the one question you must use as your North Star.  Have you created a scene that will elicit this question in your reader?  If you consistently bring the reader to this delicious state of not knowing, but desperate to find out… then you are creating the one thing that will… Read more »

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This Far, No Further

Podcasts

When should your hero get out her gun in your thriller? What about that first kiss for your love story? In the global inciting incident?  In the middle build? Ending payoff? When? How do you push your storytelling to the most delicious place and stop, leaving readers wanting more…so much so that they just have… Read more »

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