From space opera to fantasy and YA, Kate writes great character-driven stories for everyone. We contacted Kate from the ground-to-space zoom medium on Planet Hawaii, and with minor robotic interference here and there managed to get her to tell us how she does it. … Continue…Episode 49 – Kate Elliott Totally Rules
When you’re world building for a story or novel, you need to figure out how magic works. The coffee shop writers chat about how to build something coherent, something that makes sense, and the pondering of magic that doesn’t get in the way of a story. Or how magic can become a story. And how red coffee is the best coffee. … Continue…Episode 36 – Systemic Magic
In which we talk about the motivational power of the deadline, and missing them, and what to do instead of making a deadline. How do they affect the creative process? … Continue…Episode 32 – Deadlines Go Woosh!
Television, Movies, episodic podcasts; in storytelling there’s a definite trend for watching or following a series of stories with an over-arching theme or plot presented in episodes. … Continue…Episode 27 – Storytelling by Episodes
Today our guest star Juliette Wade talks in the coffee shop about World Building. She runs a regular online workshop on on the topic for all kinds of fiction – it used to be on Google Hangouts, but now has a YouTube channel. … Continue…Episode Nineteen – How to Build a World
We have guest lecturer and playwright Carol Wolf with us, teaching the most important elements in creating a play: Creating tension, 3D characters, and writing for a confined visual space. … Continue…Episode Fifteen – The Play’s the Thing
Heroes, sidekicks, villains, henchmen – our coffee committee review our favorites and describe why. Can an ensemble point of view work? Who did good ensemble/different character episodes and stories? … Continue…Episode Seven – Our Favorite Characters