HSW #10. Aristotle’s Your Uncle

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, we discuss Aristotle, the ubiquity of three-act structure, and the water nymphs of creation. Download the mp3 here. Show notes: Structure Study Movies: Tangled A Few Good Men His Girl Friday Easy A Dodgeball Ze Frank's...

HSW #9. Stuff Happens

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, it's time to start wrapping our minds around structure, and the basics of how it works. Download the mp3 here. Show notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How...

HSW #8. How Goals Work

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, we discuss goals, how they work, and introduce another helpful if annoying acronym, ASPA. Download the mp3 here. Show notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How...

HSW #7. Man vs. McDonald’s

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, we discuss the various types of conflict, and get a little clarity on the "now" of a story. Download the mp3 here. Show notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How...

HSW #6. Protagonist, Antagonist

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, we discuss what defines a protagonist and an antagonist, and how to create strong central characters. Download the mp3 here. Show notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out...

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. Download the mp3 here. Show notes: Want to get ahead of the game with...

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...

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. Download the mp3 here. Show notes: Want to get ahead...

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. Download the mp3 here. Show notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the...

HSW #2. What Meaning Means

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, I talk about meaning in storytelling, and how to not freak out about it. Download the mp3 here. Show notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text...