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Theme – Novel Approaches 006

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.

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Westworld, S02E08: Non-linear Storytelling

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

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June Update – EMPATHY: Imminent Dawn

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

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Westworld, S02E07: Lee and Redemption Arcs

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

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Westworld, S02E06: Maeve and Incremental Character Change

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

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Westworld, S02E05: Backstory and Metaphor

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