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Story from Scratch #41: What Makes a Satisfying Twist?

Story from Scratch

Release Date: 09/07/2020

Story from Scratch #48: Horror as Genre vs. Horror as Story Element ft. Y. M. Pang show art Story from Scratch #48: Horror as Genre vs. Horror as Story Element ft. Y. M. Pang

Story from Scratch

It's time for another Halloween special! This episode, we once again have our friend Y. M. Pang join us as we discuss the differences between writing a horror story and writing scenes of horror in stories that belong to other genres. We touch on the distinction between dark fantasy and horror, the subversion of expectations, and how horror is the country music of literary genres.

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Story from Scratch #47: Is Editing Pointless? ft. Y. M. Pang show art Story from Scratch #47: Is Editing Pointless? ft. Y. M. Pang

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Okay, so we've been building up to this one for a while now. After months and months of griping about writing groups, story essences, and revisions, this episode, we finally attempt our big take-down of editing as a whole. Y. M. Pang joins us once again for this spicy debate as we settle once and for all whether there's actually any point to editing your story.

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In a first for the podcast, special guest Y. M. Pang joins us for one of our "From Scratch" segments. When tasked with creating a story that incorporates each of our darkest fears, we come up with a riveting B-movie plot that is sure to fuel your nightmares for years to come.

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Story from Scratch #45: The Short Story Market ft.  Y. M. Pang show art Story from Scratch #45: The Short Story Market ft. Y. M. Pang

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This episode, we are joined by our good friend Michelle, one of the most accomplished writers we know. Michelle has published with some of the top science fiction and fantasy magazines, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Asimov's Science Fiction.

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Story from Scratch #44: Top 5 Twist Endings of All Time show art Story from Scratch #44: Top 5 Twist Endings of All Time

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This episode, we each give our top 5 list of best twist endings and explain why we think they're so great. Between books, movies, and TV shows, our conversation reaches a wide net, so be warned! Major spoilers ahead. 

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Story from Scratch #43: Twist Endings for Classics show art Story from Scratch #43: Twist Endings for Classics

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This episode, we give our takes on how classic movies/books/tv shows could have ended with a twist ending instead of how they actually ended. What starts as a fun game turns into a test of our co-hosts' knowledge of Shakespeare, avoiding New England accents, and surprisingly good additions to some already really great works.

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Story from Scratch #42: Harpies and Cyclopses Oh My! show art Story from Scratch #42: Harpies and Cyclopses Oh My!

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In this episode, we (try) to create our version of a good twist from scratch! Taking inspiration from a number of sources, Yale and Justin try to navigate through the complexities of writing a scene with a good twist, but making it both satisfying and unexpected.

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This episode, Yale and Justin are all about twists: shocking reveals and last-minute turns-of-the-tide. Our co-hosts try to dig down to the root of what makes twists good. They talk about Rick and Morty, and The Usual Suspects, and why 'it was all a dream' is so bad. 

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Story from Scratch #40: Q&A: Internal Consistency and Three-Dimensional Characters show art Story from Scratch #40: Q&A: Internal Consistency and Three-Dimensional Characters

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This week, we answers questions sent in by you, the fans. We touch on how to ensure internal consistency when baking pancakes--er, make that when writing a novel; how to write characters who go beyond the basic archetypes; and how to integrate a message into your story without being too anvillicious. If you have any questions you'd like us to answer in future episodes, email us at storyfromscratchpodcast@gmail.com.

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This episode, our friend K. M. McKenzie joins us to discuss and dissect the 2016 movie Star Trek Beyond. We gripe about soulless Hollywood blockbusters, over-reliance on CGI, and, of course, J. J. Abrams. 

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This episode, Yale and Justin are all about twists: shocking reveals and last-minute turns-of-the-tide. Our co-hosts try to dig down to the root of what makes twists good. They talk about Rick and Morty, and The Usual Suspects, and why 'it was all a dream' is so bad. 

 

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