Category Archives: Screenplays

Plot vs. Character, Deepening Fiction with Subplot, and Giraffes | Fiction School Podcast #38

Plot vs. Character, Deepening Fiction with Subplot, and Giraffes | Fiction School Podcast #38

Tommy’s freaking out.  He left a  bouquet of flowers to surprise his girlfriend, but he’s worried that some wild giraffe or wolf or leprechaun is going to steal them or eat them or something. And somehow this relates to a good question from listener Christopher.  Here is the traditional Google Voice butchering of the voicemail that… Continue Reading

Announcing Jody’s New Book BOMBSHELL, Staying Nervous as a Writer and Releasing Your Work | Fiction School Podcast #37

Announcing Jody’s New Book BOMBSHELL, Staying Nervous as a Writer and Releasing Your Work | Fiction School Podcast #37

Writers all dream of that day when their book goes out into the world. Your first one is special, but it never gets old, either.  This week on the show, we’re celebrating Jody’s latest book release, Bombshell (published with Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin), and we talk about being nervous about sharing your work, targeting specific… Continue Reading

How Writing Retreats Can Grow Your Career | Fiction School Podcast #35

How Writing Retreats Can Grow Your Career | Fiction School Podcast #35

Sometimes there are just too many dishes in the sink to get that line of dialogue right. The TV is too loud to make that first sentence sing, you know? Real life. It gets in the way of Fictionland all too often. But what if you want to get away from real life and crank… Continue Reading

The Top Tools for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #30

The Top Tools for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #30

I’m always jealous of creative types that get to have cool tools: painters with their big canvases, brushes, and smudges of color all over them; photographers with cameras and lenses and lights; dancers and their special shoes and those sweatshirt legging things. We’re writers.  What do we get? Computers. Pencils and paper. Maybe a typewriter… Continue Reading

How To Keep Tension Rising, and Rising, and Rising in Your Book | Fiction School Podcast #28

How To Keep Tension Rising, and Rising, and Rising in Your Book | Fiction School Podcast #28

This week, we’re answering a voicemail from Bonnie J. Rough, who actually made a guest appearance on Episode 25. Her question was a great one that many writers (including us) struggle with: how do you make sure you keep the tension rising in the right way over the course of a book or long narrative?… Continue Reading

Writing Noir and Crime Fiction with special guest Megan Abbott | Fiction School Podcast #21

Writing Noir and Crime Fiction with special guest Megan Abbott | Fiction School Podcast #21

Fiction School is so stoked to have Megan Abbott on the show this week. She’s one of the best writers of noir and crime fiction in the business today, and she’s also an awesome and nice person.  (It’s good to chat with a nice person about, as she says, “people doing bad things.”) On the… Continue Reading

How To Start a Story: What Makes A Great Beginning | Fiction School Podcast #2

How To Start a Story: What Makes A Great Beginning | Fiction School Podcast #2

You sit down to write your novel.  “Okay…” you think, “I’ve got a lot of story to tell.  But I’ve got sixty-thousand words to get there.  Shouldn’t be a problem.” And you almost type something.  Then you don’t.  Then you think you might have a good idea, but it isn’t good enough.  Because you know… Continue Reading

Fiction School’s Quick Guide to Story Structure

Fiction School’s Quick Guide to Story Structure

After Episode 1 of the podcast, where we debated and challenged and shouted for plagues upon each other’s houses, we realized that during the show we never actually talked concretely about the plot points and movements that make up story structure. Oops. So today we’re fixing that.  Here it is: The Official Unauthorized Dubiously-Devised Fiction… Continue Reading

How To Use Story Structure (or, Not) – Fiction School Podcast #1

How To Use Story Structure (or, Not) – Fiction School Podcast #1

Nothing like kicking off a new podcast with a good ol’ fashioned argument.  On this episode of Fiction School, Jody and Baker discussed ways that using story structure and outlining help them write better and faster, and Tommy said thinking about writing this way depressed him. Then Baker called Tommy a “pantser” and it all… Continue Reading