The Writer Next Door, John Adamus, joins the Novel Approaches co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell for a conversation on theme: what it is, its importance, and how writers can make sure their theme shines throughout their manuscript.
Note: spoilers for Westworld through season two, episode eight follow. From a storytelling standpoint, one of the most transcendent decisions Westworld's writers made was to make use of non-linear storytelling. In fact, it's this very decision that makes some of the biggest reveals in season one as impactful as they are. With viewers under the assumption that the… Continue reading Westworld, S02E08: Non-linear Storytelling
Guests Danielle Maurer and Chris Bedell join co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman for a discussion of various world-building strategies during both the pre-write and drafting stages of writing a novel.
With 166 days between now and the debut of Accounting for it All on November 19th, 2018, one might think there's not much going on in the way of preparation or promotion. On the contrary, the last month was full of background work to begin setting the book up for the release readers and the book… Continue reading June Update: Accounting for it All
The first book in the five-book EMPATHY series, Imminent Dawn, doesn't debut until January 28th of 2019, but the last few months have been spent doing a great deal to set the series up for success once it's available. What has that work entailed? Read on to find out! Drafting With the second book in the series, Mourning Dove, tentatively… Continue reading June Update – EMPATHY: Imminent Dawn
Note: spoilers for Westworld through season two, episode seven follow. Given my apprehension to heap praise on the most recent episode of Westworld ("Les Écorchés"), I reached out to the Twittersphere for feedback on what others thought might be a worthwhile topic to explore as part of this week's post. Thankfully, Twitter user @r_miotto_e had a thought that got me… Continue reading Westworld, S02E07: Lee and Redemption Arcs
Co-hosts Sione Aeschliman and r. r. campbell break down the differences between plot and structure before examining various structure models and how they can be put to use.
Note: spoilers for Westworld through season two, episode six follow. Part of what makes any story memorable aside from the action on the page or screen is the change the characters undergo as part of their journey. In HBO's Westworld, much of that change is readily apparent as we advance from season one into season two, principally as a… Continue reading Westworld, S02E06: Maeve and Incremental Character Change
Note: spoilers for Westworld through S02E05 follow. In season two, episode five of HBO's Westworld ("Akane no Mai"), there's a remarkable scene between Dolores and Teddy that uses backstory to enrich character, the show's themes, and the narrative itself. Since the inclusion and development of backstory often proves difficult for writers of all backgrounds, I thought… Continue reading Westworld, S02E05: Backstory and Metaphor
Author Kristin Oakley joins Novel Approaches co-hosts r. r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman to talk character from conception to completion and everything in between.