Tension and Imagery with Jordan Rosenfeld

Join us in a conversation with author, editor, and writing teacher Jordan Rosenfeld as we discuss tension, organic conflict, metaphor, imagery, point of view, intimate characters, writing scenes, and how to create reader engagement in our stories.

Jordan Rosenfeld

The Tools of Drama

The Tools of Drama

Today we explore the ingredients of a compelling, engaging, suspenseful dramatic situation: desire, conflict (giving rise to uncertainty of outcome), consequences in the form of stakes, urgency in the form of a deadline, and empathy for the character. To heighten the suspense, increase the uncertainty, raise the stakes, and magnify the urgency.

Show, Don't Tell with Janice Hardy

Join us in a conversation with award-winning author Janice Hardy as we discuss the question, "What makes a great story?". We discuss show, don’t tell, point of view, villains, consequences, stakes, moral grey areas for characters, and discovery writing versus conceptual writing.

Psychology and Narrative with Angel Rodriguez Bustamante

Psychology and Narrative with Angel Rodriguez Bustamante

Join us in a conversation with Angel Rodriguez Bustamante, a psychologist and storytelling consultant. In this episode, we discuss two effective methods for creating tension, the types of events that lead to character change, the importance of contrast in storytelling, and the importance of consequences.