Episode 132: Motivated by Revenge

On February 6th, we started a series on Character Motivation. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day Character Motivation: Vengeance, Revenge, Retribution Agenda Character Motivation Series Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic motivation How to write a character bent on revenge Segment 1 Last week’s discussion on killing the buddy uncovered some important nuggets such as:…

Episode 131: Kill Your Buddy

On January 30th, we revisited the topic of the best friend, the buddy with this look at BFF deaths. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day Kill Your Buddy Agenda Events & Opportunities How the death of a specific character impacts the story Cliches and tropes to avoid with this Segment 1 Last…

Episode 130: Give Your Characters Agency

On January 22nd, Kasie and Rex revisited the “Be Mean to Your Characters” idea with this part two — give them agency. What could be meaner, right? Here are the show notes: Theme for the day Give Your Characters Agency Agenda Remind/Revisit Episode 57 What is Agency and why do you want it? How you…

Episode 129: The Art of the Setback

On January 16th, Kasie and Rex took on the idea of the setback — a necessary raise-the-stakes move in literature and storytelling. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day The Art of the Setback Agenda Events & Opportunities What is a “setback” and why does it matter? How to organized the setbacks in…

Episode 128: A Dark and Stormy Night

On January 9th, Kasie and Rex took on the weather in fiction. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day A Dark and Stormy Night: Weather in fiction Agenda Events & Opportunities Weather: nouns, adjectives, and verbs Pathetic fallacy and other super judgy things Link to the podcast Segment 1 Did you know we…