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What Story Is

In this introduction to the new How Story Works podcast, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Lani Diane Rich starts all listeners, writers and non-writers, on their path to understanding the power of stories, both in their lives and in their entertainment.

The Hitchhiker

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, I expand upon the definition of story to include the intended effect of stories, and separate out the differences between story and form.

What Meaning Means

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, I talk about meaning in storytelling, and how to not freak out about it.

The “Rules”

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, I talk about narrative theory, the role of the "rules," and how to find the balance between free-wheeling and white-knuckling your creative endeavors.

The Unbalanced Force

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, we begin our work understanding conflict, delve into the differences between narrative conflict and mundane conflict, and visit a bit with Isaac Newton and Harrison Ford.

His Girl Conflict

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, we continue our discussion of conflict, moving on into the concept of Central Narrative Conflict, the conflict around which your story structure is based.

Protagonist, Antagonist

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, we discuss what defines a protagonist and an antagonist, and how to create strong central characters.

Man vs. McDonald’s

In this episode of How Story Works podcast, we discuss the various types of conflict, and get a little clarity on the "now" of a story.

How Goals Work

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, we discuss goals, how they work, and introduce another helpful if annoying acronym, ASPA.

Stuff Happens

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, it's time to start wrapping our minds around structure, and the basics of how it works.

Aristotle’s Your Uncle

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, we discuss Aristotle, the ubiquity of three-act structure, and the water nymphs of creation.

How Acts Work

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, we dive deeper into structure with a basic understanding of the three acts.

The 7 Anchor Scenes

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani explains the 7 Anchor Scenes, along with examples.

Structure & Tangled

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani runs Tangled through the structure analysis machine!

Structure & A Few Good Men

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, it's Lani vs. The Crappy Protagonist as we take a closer look at A Few Good Men!

Structure and His Girl Friday

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani goes back in time to take a close look at His Girl Friday! The post HSW #15. Structure and His Girl Friday appeared first on Chipperish Media.

Structure & Easy A

The post HSW #16. Structure & Easy A appeared first on Chipperish Media.

Structure & Dodgeball

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani takes on structure and conflict with Dodgeball.

Pacing

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani explains pacing and how it affects stories, for better and for worse. The post HSW #18. Pacing appeared first on Chipperish Media.

Beats All The Way Down

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani starts her discussion of narrative units with the smallest of them all, beats. The post HSW #19. Beats All The Way Down appeared first on Chipperish Media.

Final Narrative Units

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani finishes her discussion of narrative units with a discussion of scenes, acts, compositions and series. Also, she answers listener Julie's question about conflict vs. character arc, and which is which.

Intro to Character

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich begins the discussion of character - what it is, how it works, and why it's so important.

The Character Triangle

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, Lani explains the character triangle, and how you can use it to create and appreciate great characters.

Writing Vulnerability

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich discusses how to write vulnerability.

The Keys to Character

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich addresses the problem of likability, character arcs vs. character breaks, and how powerful the art of naming is to developing great characters.

Character & Dialogue

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich gives tips and tricks for writing great dialogue, and for understanding how essential it is to expressing character.

Stereotypes, Archetypes & Tropes

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich talks about the value of originality and how that relates to stereotypes, archetypes and tropes.

The End of the Beginning

In this episode of the How Story Works podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich finishes up the basics of narrative theory, and sets out her plan for the rest of the podcast.

Magic and Craft

In this episode of the How Story Works YouTube series and podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich returns to narrative theory with a quick review of the concepts from the first 27 podcast episodes, and follows that up with a discussion of the separate but equally important values of magic and craft.

Narrative and Life

In this episode of the How Story Works YouTube series and podcast, story expert Lani Diane Rich talks about the magic of narrative and the responsibility of the critic in engaging with the stories they study.

How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.