Your guide to the business of modern day storytelling and StorySELLING. Award-Winning authors Chris Miller and Brock Eastman bring you strait-forward strategies you can put into action today to make your creative writing and sales skyrocket.
Do you ever wonder if your work is good enough? Want to put some polish on your nearly final draft but don't know where to start? In today's episode we chat with Jennifer Grant, a professional editor and author of several books about specific tips you can use to make your work better before you submit it for review. This is the episode we ALL NEED in order to make our work the best it can be.
[SPOILERS AHEAD] As the Disney + show "The Mandalorian" has been taking the nation by storm, we consider how its main characters work together to engage audiences. In this interview with blogger, author and all around Star Wars fanatic, Elizabeth Van Tassel, the "Baby Yoda" effect is fully analyzed and we have good fun wondering where this character will take us. Also, Brock's fanboy card is revoked after this episode.
Join us as we travel to a galaxy far away, and explore the Star Wars Mandalorian.
When it comes to deciding where to establish your story, it's important to ground your readers or viewers in the ordinary world of your hero. That doesn't mean it has to be boring or ordinary to you and me. No! Boring will KILL your story. But we have to establish the ground rules of your hero's world so that we know when she is being called out of it to some kind of adventure. Follow along as we unwrap the mystery of the Ordinary in this extraordinary episode of the StoryBiz Podcast.
Every story has a moment when your hero has their friends and allies stripped away...one by one...and it’s just him/her left to face his inner demons or villain. In this episode Chris talks about how you can bring your MC to the point where he has to Dig Down Deep and decide if he really has what it takes to overcome the obstacle.
Creating the optimal writing space for productivity is not just about where you will write...but when. Sean helps us develop our plan for a better writing space to “create in the margins” with more intentionality despite our busy schedules.
Whether it’s long ago in a galaxy far, far, away...or just your corner drug store, the setting in your novel should be as living and purposeful as any character. Join us as we try to unravel what makes the settings in your story worth visiting.
In this episode we’ll help you “find your spine” by developing 5 key scenes that will guide you through the perfect story. If you can identify and draw out these 5 moments you will significantly enhance your chance of impacting your audience and make a lasting impression.
In our final episode on the Characters Write Themselves series, we get to play with our characters and get them to interact with each other. When they interact you get to have fun watching the drama unfold.
It’s time to get out of the way and give your characters space to do what they would naturally do. Building great characters ahead of time allows you the freedom to throw fun plot points at your characters and simply record what they would instinctively do in that situation. Stop being a nagging parent telling your characters what they SHOULD do and let them do what they WOULD do and learn and grow from their own experiences.
Developing great characters is not as hard as it seems once you know their fears, desires, backstory and behaviors you can really have fun. It’s time to Raise the Stakes and press those fears and desires to their extremes to make great drama unfold.
How do you get 1000 ravenous readers? How do you write 1000 words an hour? These are some of the questions best-selling Sci-Fi author Christopher Hopper covers with us. Join us as we learn along with you from some of the best storytellers and storySELLERS in the industry.
Our series on Character Development continues as we discuss everyday behaviors of your characters. Behaviors are the personality “quirks” that breathe life into our characters, but where do they come from and how do you develop meaningful ones? Join us for a LIVE experiment as we attempt to develop a new character on the fly using behaviors related to our backstory.
Building on the last two podcasts Chris and Brock explain how your characters fears and desires ARE the key to knowing the most important elements of backstory. Don’t waste time telling pointless backstory. Get to the stuff that matters.
Knowing your character’s fears is not just a gimmick, rather it is a powerful outlet into what makes them tick and an amazing opportunity for growth. A character who faces their fears is one who we can relate to...and isn’t that what storytelling is about. Join us as we explore the power of fear and how it can help you write better characters.
Getting to know your characters is one of the best things you can do when starting a new writing project. The more you know them...the more they come alive...and the more they will help you write your story. Chris and Brock explore tips to knowing your characters desires and how that can help you bring life to your story.
Award-winning published authors Chris Miller and Brock Eastman share why they decided to start the Story Biz Podcast, what you can expect in future episodes and why the heck you should listen to them anyway. From humble origins comes a super podcast...and we hope it inspires you to do something awesome on your own.