Episode 186: Backstory Essentials

On May 14th, Kasie and Rex revisited a favorite subject: exposition, this time with the specific lean toward development of a character through the details you leave out. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day Backstory: the character side of exposition Agenda How do you generate backstory material? How much backstory is too…

Episode 181: A Dozen Uses for the Fool

On April 2, 2022, our episode on the archetype “the fool” aired while Kasie was in Savannah running 13 miles for fun. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day The fool or clown archetype: comic relief in story and film Agenda What is the fool? Where have we seen it before? Does a…

Episode 169: The Moral Descent

On December 18, 2021, Kasie and Rex took on the descending character arc. Lots of criminals in this episode. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day Character Arcs — the moral descent Agenda Character Arc review The moral descent as a compelling arc How to plot and write a moral descent character arc…

Episode 168: The Moral Ascent Arc

On December 4, 2021, Kasie and Rex continued their critical elements lessons for NaNoWriMo’ers with a deeper dive into the moral ascent character arc. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day Character Arcs — the moral ascent Agenda Character Arc review Does your book have to have one? History of the moral ascent…