Episode 150: The Patriarchy and Male Character Clichés

On July 3rd, Kasie and Rex took on the idea of male character clichés and how the patriarchy seeps into every story whether we know it or not. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day(s) Male Cliches and The Patriarchy (dunh dunh duuunnnnh) Agenda What are some cliches and archetypes for male characters…

Episode 138: Story Structure – Why it Matters and How to Choose

On March 20th, Kasie and Rex took on the structure of the novel. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day Story Structure: Why it matters & How to choose Agenda Structure is scaffolding Basic structures available to you Structure vs. form How to choose and why to experiment Link to podcast Segment 1…

Episode 137: When did that happen?

On March 13th, we continued our month-long discussion around time in the story. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day When did that happen? Agenda Time as a topic — new month! Setting your story in a specific time How to show the passage of time in your story Link to podcast Segment…

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…