Ep. 531: 3 Character Arcs in the Karpman Drama Triangle
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Pairing the Karpman Drama Triangle and the Empowerment Triangle offers a fantastic tool for creating solid character arcs.

Fiction Writing Made Easy
Fiction Writing Made Easy
Savannah Gilbo
How to Write a Well-Structured Scene
*In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through how to write a well-structured scene. I'll also show you how this structure shows up in a scene from **Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone**. *Here's a preview of what's included: [02:50] A scene is a unit of story that takes place in more or less continuous space and time, features a specific cast of characters, is told from one point-of-view, and contains a value shift (or change) from beginning to end. [04:15] The first thing you need to know about writing a well-structured scene is that every scene needs to start with the point-of-view character’s goal. So, what does this person want to achieve or accomplish or learn in this scene? What are they trying to do? [05:00] Commandment number one is that there needs to be an inciting incident. And this is really just the first thing that gets in the way of your character accomplishing his or her goal. [05:35] Commandment number two is that there needs to be a turning point. A turning point is a moment where the conflict reaches its peak and the character can no longer go after their scene goal in the way they had originally planned. [06:40]  Commandment number three is that there needs to be a crisis moment or a moment where your character faces a decision about how to move forward. Will they do X or Y? [08:10]  Commandment number four is that there needs to be a climax or a moment where your character acts on their choice. Did they do X or Y? [08:45] Commandment number five is that there needs to be a resolution. So, how do they feel now that they’ve acted on their choice? How did their decision work out for them? [10:20] An example of a well-structured scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone including how these five commandments show up and help create a mini-arc of change. [13:55] Key points and episode recap. *Subscribe & Review in Apple Podcasts* Are you subscribed to my podcast? If not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode! Especially because I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. So, click here to subscribe to the show in Apple Podcasts! If you're already a subscriber, and if you enjoy the show, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. Those reviews help other writers find my podcast and they’re also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the show is. Thanks in advance! *Links Mentioned in This Episode:* * Progressive Complications: How to Write Better Conflict (article) * Value Shifts: How to Determine if a Scene Works (article) * 3 Reasons You Should Write in Scenes vs. Chapters (article) * The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne (book) P.S. Did you know that I have a Facebook group just for fiction writers? In this private group, we talk about all things writing, editing, and publishing fiction. It's free to join and you can request access here. Hope to see you there!
18 min
writing class radio
writing class radio
andrea askowitz and allison langer
What Did it Take to Finally Get Published?
Are you writing like crazy but just can’t seem to push the send button on your submissions? Today on our show, Writing Class Radio student Margery Berger tells us what’s been holding her back. Margery Berger has told a story on this podcast before. On Episode 46: An Object is Not Just an Object she told a stunner about her obsession with her scale.  Margery has been in class with us for 3, maybe 4, years. She has every ingredient to be a published writer, except one.  She is perfectly self-conscious. She knows herself. She’s willing to get vulnerable. She does the work. She gives great feedback. She has endlessly interesting ideas, and a stockpile of really good stories. And she’s frickin’ talented. But, what she doesn’t have is the guts to send her stories out for publication.  Today she did, not just here on Writing Class Radio, but she submitted the story heard on this episode to Next Tribe and got published the same day. You’ll hear her story: My Boyfriend Said My Hands Are Ugly and I Can’t Get Over It. You’ll also hear a conversation with Margery about what’s holding her back. Writing Class Radio is co-hosted by Allison Langer (www.allisonlanger.com) and Andrea Askowitz (www.andreaaskowitz.com). This episode of Writing Class Radio is produced by Matt Cundill of Sound Off Media, Andrea Askowitz, and Allison Langer. Mia Pennekamp is our media specialist. Theme music is by Amadians.  There’s more writing class on our website (www.writingclassradio.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/writingclassradio/), Instagram and Twitter (@wrtgclassradio). If you love the lessons you get on each episode, you can get them ALL in one place--our three-part video series--for $50. Click Video Classes on our website. If you want to be a part of the movement that helps people better understand each other through storytelling, follow us on Patreon. For $10/month Andrea will answer all your publishing questions. For $25/month you can join Allison’s First Draft weekly writers group, where you can write and share your work. Go to www.Patreon.com/writingclassradio.
32 min
The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience
The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience
Kelton Reid
How Award-Winning True Crime Writer Kali White VanBaale Writes
#PodcastersForJustice Award-winning novelist and creative writing professor, Kali White VanBaale, chatted with me about the transition from literary fiction to true crime, her work with the PEN America Prison & Justice Writing program, and taking chances. Kali is an award-winning, Iowa-based author of novels, short stories, and essays. Her novel The Space Between (penned as Kali VanBaale), won an American Book Award, an Independent Publisher’s silver medal for fiction, and was winner of the Fred Bonnie First Novel Award. Her latest is The Monsters We Make (as Kali White), a mystery loosely based on the real-life unsolved "Des Moines paperboy abductions" of the early ‘80s. Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin, author of The Bright Forever, said, “[The Monsters We Make] ... kept me on the edge of my seat. I truly did read this remarkable new novel in one sitting.” Kali is a regular contributor to the A&E Network Real Crime blog series, and her short stories and essays have appeared in The Coachella Review, The Chaffey Review, Midwestern Gothic, Nowhere Magazine, Poets&Writers, The Writers’ Chronicle and others. If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In this file Kali White VanBaale and I discussed: * The challenges writers had to overcome in 2020 * Her advocacy for social justice through writing * How to cut yourself off from the rabbit hole of research * On writing what scares you * Why writers need to lean on revision * And more! At the break I've got a special segment with an inspiring young non-fiction writer you won't want to miss. Hint: She is an influencer, author, artist, and tech-savvy 10-year-old. Stay calm and write on … Show Notes: * KaliWhite.com * The Monsters We Make: A Novel by Kali White * Past Ten * PEN America Prison & Justice Writing * The Paperboy Abduction Cases: The Legacy of Two Des Moines Boys Who Are Still Missing * Kali White VanBaale on Facebook * Kali White VanBaale on Instagram * Kali White VanBaale on Twitter * Kelton Reid on Twitter _____ Prisha Hedau is a 10-year-old from Louisville, KY, and the author of PANDEMIC 2020: A 9 Year Old's Perspective. Prisha is an elementary student who holds USA state and USA national level ranking in Chess and Math Kangaroo competitions. She's also a budding philanthropist with a big heart! In this file Prisha Hedau and I talked about: * The importance of note taking * Staying positive through tough times * Her favorite book * And how she helps the less fortunate I know the audio is little rough, but it's an inspiring story. Show Notes: * PrishaHedau.com * PANDEMIC 2020: A 9 Year Old's Perspective by Prisha Hedau
42 min
Writers, Ink
Writers, Ink
J.D. Barker, J. Thorn, Zach Bohannon
"The Little Things" with John Lee Hancock
John Lee Hancock’s recent film, “The Little Things,” brings to life many key aspects of viewer engagement and character development that translate from the cinema to the page. Through excellently written mystery and complex, relatable characters, he hooks viewers early on and keeps them on their toes throughout the movie. Hancock is an accomplished screenwriter, director, and producer who is well known for his role in films like “My Dog Skip,” “The Alamo,” and “The Highwaymen.” To get tickets to “The Little Things,” follow the link below. From RottenTomatoes.com: The "feel good movie" may never have had a bigger proponent than John Lee Hancock. As a writer, director, and producer of high profile feature films, Hancock introduced his earnest and often sentimental sensibilities to sports movies like "The Rookie" (2002) and "The Blind Side" (2009), show business pictures like "Saving Mr. Banks" (2013), and the occasional fairy tale jaunt, including "Maleficent" (2014). Achieving big numbers at the box office and awards recognition in the process, Hancock established himself over the course of his decades in the filmmaking game as a reliable perpetrator of crowd-pleasing entertainment. Although intermittent attempts at darker and more severe material proved substantially less fortuitous, Hancock powered through these missteps to become a veritable fixture in the family-directed film community. Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins. Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business. In this episode, you’ll discover: * What Hancock’s writing process looks like * How “The Little Things” was influenced by the times * Why Hancock avoided making the film contemporary * Why the existential third act is so important * How to break free from conventional genres * The pros and cons of certain creative decisions Links: Complete the listener survey by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on February 28, 2021 and win a chance for a private one-on-one consultation with J. D. Barker! - https://forms.gle/CZ6HBP5Kyy1pm2YZ9 J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/ J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/ John Lee Hancock - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0359387/ “The Little Things” - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10016180/ Story Rubric - http://storyrubric.com Nonfict Rubric - http://nonficrubric.com The Career Author Summit 2021 - https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/ Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://kobowritinglife.com/ Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/writersink/support
44 min
Google Teacher Podcast
Google Teacher Podcast
Matt Miller and Kasey Bell - Education Podcast Network
Sunsetting. But Not The End. - GTP126
This is the final episode of the Google Teacher Podcast. In this final episode, Matt and Kasey explain why this podcast is ending and reflect on their experiences creating it. Some of their favorite moments and things they've enjoyed include: * Tips from YOU are the best episode * Speakpipes are informative and sometimes entertaining * Jokes, memes, and silliness with our listeners * Keynote speeches and conference meet-ups * Learned more from our listeners than we will ever learn on our own * Hearing listeners apply things they learned made our day * Continued partnership and friendship * Outtakes - Speaking of outtakes...make sure you listen to the very end! You're invited to continue learning with Matt, Kasey and Chris! * Matt Miller's Ditch That Text Book * * Listen to archived episodes of the Ditch That Textbook podcast * Social media * Matt on Twitter * Ditch That Textbook on Twitter * Matt on Facebook * Matt on YouTube * Matt on Pinterest * Matt’s books * * New book, Do More with Google Classroom, is available! * * * Check out the book companion website for resources * Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit (free online conference every December) * Keynote speeches, workshops and other professional development * Online courses (free and paid) by Ditch That Textbook * Kasey Bell's Shake Up Learning * * The Shake Up Learning Show Podcast (every Tuesday) * Google Resources on SUL * Google Quick Tip Playlist * Online Courses * Books * Speaking (in-person and virtual) * Webinars * Book Studies * Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook * Subscribe to Kasey’s weekly newsletter * Social * Twitter * Facebook * YouTube * Pinterest * TikTok * Instagram * Chris Nesi's House of #EdTech * Social Media * Twitter * YouTube * TikTok * Instagram
36 min
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