Want to Write AD? Listen to OTR

The incredible Craig Robotham is hard at work doing great analysis of audio drama. One of his latest articles is How I Learned to Stop Hating, and Love (Limited) Narration. For all the hatred of OTR– and the hatred is extremely ill-founded and frustrating to me- if you despise old time radio it’s usually for one of the following reasons: 1. …

Posing a Juxta

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, …

3D- Character Dimensions

Not exactly Story Toolkit approved, but another take on character dimensions!- J. Ward Edited from Storyfix.com Somewhere along the writing road you’ve surely read a critic describe a protagonist in a story as one dimensional. But what are they? What’s that extra dimension about, anyhow? What does it even mean? The first dimension of character – surface traits, quirks and …

Storyshowing

Mouths gape in awe as my students struggle to believe me. I explain again, that I don’t keep music on my phone. This doesn’t mean, I don’t use audio. I listen to spoken word- podcasts and audio drama. Recently, I’ve discovered the “speed up” feature on my podcast app and I devour my audio efficiently. What a joy! I remember …

Audio Drama has a Diversity Problem

It is safe to say, I’m an audio drama addict (apologies to Dani Cutler who first coined the term). I’ve been listening to radio plays and audio plays and audio books and experimental audio storytelling since I was very young. From my earliest memories, I remember my parents gave me records of Old Time Radio heroes. I grew up listening …

Discovery is Better than You Think

Whenever a new Star Trek arrives you can expect a great deal of push-back from the fans. It seems that everyone wants the Star Trek that they most remember. Star Trek Discovery is no different. The fans have spoken, and many are pretty upset. Some of the bigest arguments I’ve read on Facebook and Twitter are: that the story is disjointed; …

The Phases of the Hero’s Journey

If all you have is a hammer, then every story you see is “The Hero’s Journey”… Every once in a while I’m blessed to be asked to join Don and Rob in their epic podcast The Department of Nerdly Affairs. If you love all things nerdy and geeky, you really should subscribe. Certainly, some of those discussions we have are …

Character Arcs

One of my favourite writer/educators is Craig Robotham. The endlessly inventive creator of Weird World Studios. Craig always has a fascinating take on the nuts and bolts of writing. Here’s his latest look at how to work on Character Arcs Made Easy: Character Arcs Made Easy microphone by Miyukiko © 2013 A SIMPLE WAY TO UNDERSTAND CHARACTER ARCS It’s been …

Don’t Phone it In Anymore

The most frustrating part modern day teaching is seeing five or six hands shoot up automatically. “I don’t get it,” is the usual complaint. “What don’t you get?” “The whole thing. I don’t understand.” “Did you read it?” “No…” “Well, once you’ve read it. Think about it. Come up with some options, and if you’re still struggling with the problem …

Dude… Your Audio Drama Lost Me

Why? What happened? What is this? These are three questions that almost always turn me off of listening to a full episode of audio drama. You can play with these questions, but beware that your audience will get frustrated or bored and turn off. If your listeners are tuning out, here could be some of the reasons: 1. Where are …