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 184: Are you guilty of lazy writing?

On April 30, 2022, Kasie and Rex took on those classic writing class no-nos. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day Cliches, idioms, and other wordly short-cuts Agenda What are “shortcuts” in writing? When are they good? When are they bad? Segment 1/2 There are a few kinds of literary short cuts and…

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 180: It’s All Been Done Before

On March 26, 2022, Kasie and Rex took on Christopher Booker’s 7 Basic Plots. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day The Seven Basic Plots Agenda What are the 7 Basic Plots? Deeper Dive on one or two How to write the one (or two) we focus on Segment 1 The South Carolina…

Episode 177: So She Does it Differently

On March 5, 2022, Kasie and Rex kicked off Women’s History Month with the Heroine’s Journey, the first in a series on the topic. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day The Heroine’s Journey Part 1 Agenda What is the heroine’s journey? How is it different from the hero’s? Critical questions before deeper…