HSW #27. The End of the Beginning

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich finishes up the basics of narrative theory, and sets out her plan for the rest of the podcast.

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HSW # 26. Stereotypes, Archetypes & Tropes

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich talks about the value of originality and how that relates to stereotypes, archetypes and tropes.

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HSW #25. Character & Dialogue

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich gives tips and tricks for writing great dialogue, and for understanding how essential it is to expressing character.

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HSW #24. The Keys to Character

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich addresses the problem of likability, character arcs vs. character breaks, and how powerful the art of naming is to developing great characters. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show!...
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HSW #23. Writing Vulnerability

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich discusses how to write vulnerability.

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HSW #22. The Character Triangle

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani explains the character triangle, and how you can use it to create and appreciate great characters.

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Older How Story Works Episodes

HSW #20. Final Narrative Units

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani finishes her discussion of narrative units with a discussion of scenes, acts, compositions and series. Also, she answers listener Julie’s question about conflict vs. character arc, and which is which.

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...

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.

HSW #3. The “Rules”

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, I talk about narrative theory, the role of the “rules,” and how to find the balance between free-wheeling and white-knuckling your creative endeavors.

HSW #1. The Hitchhiker

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, I expand upon the definition of story to include the intended effect of stories, and separate out the differences between story and form.

HSW #0: What Story Is

In this introduction to the new How Story Works podcast, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Lani Diane Rich starts all listeners, writers and non-writers, on their path to understanding the power of stories, both in their lives and in their entertainment.

How Story Works

How Story Works is a podcast for everyone who loves stories. If you’re a writer, understanding how story works will help you craft better stories. If you’re a lover of stories, the podcast will give you added insight into your favorite tales, and extend the toolset you use to better understand the stories you love. Join NYT bestselling author and story expert Lani Diane Rich as she demystifies stories and storytelling, allowing you to better write and appreciate the stories you love.

Launching in March, 2017.