HSW #18. Pacing

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani explains pacing and how it affects stories, for better and for worse.

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HSW #17. Structure & Dodgeball

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani takes on structure and conflict with Dodgeball.

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HSW #16. Structure & Easy A

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani holds Easy A and shakes the structure out of its pockets. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • Stitcher • RSS Show notes: Next week, we'll be discussing Dodgeball. Want to get ahead of the game...
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HSW #15. Structure and His Girl Friday

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani goes back in time to take a close look at His Girl Friday!

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HSW #14. Structure & A Few Good Men

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, it’s Lani vs. The Crappy Protagonist as we take a closer look at A Few Good Men!

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HSW #13. Structure & Tangled

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani runs Tangled through the structure analysis machine!

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Older How Story Works Episodes

HSW #11. How Acts Work

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, we dive deeper into structure with a basic understanding of the three acts. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • Stitcher • RSS Show notes: Structure Study Movies: Tangled A Few Good Men His Girl Friday...

HSW #5. His Girl Conflict

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, we continue our discussion of conflict, moving on into the concept of Central Narrative Conflict, the conflict around which your story structure is based.

How Story Works Course Text List

As part of the How Story Works podcast, I will from time to time reference existing movies, television shows, books and other sources of narrative as examples of concepts we’re discussing. Most of these examples will be movies that are fairly well-known, but sometimes I will reference some less universal examples. As such, I wanted to provide a list of the examples I use in each episode, so if you’re interested in engaging with the “texts” of the course, you can.

HSW #4. The Unbalanced Force

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, we begin our work understanding conflict, delve into the differences between narrative conflict and mundane conflict, and visit a bit with Isaac Newton and Harrison Ford.