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A show designed to get you thinking about, talking about, and, most importantly, making art. Normally, creators of Welcome to Night Vale Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink are the ones turning their ideas into stories. But for this podcast, it’s you who will do the writing, one short and simple assignment at a time. Because the best way to start writing is to start writing.

Start With This Night Vale Presents

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

A show designed to get you thinking about, talking about, and, most importantly, making art. Normally, creators of Welcome to Night Vale Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink are the ones turning their ideas into stories. But for this podcast, it’s you who will do the writing, one short and simple assignment at a time. Because the best way to start writing is to start writing.

    The Burnout Cycle w/Janina Matthewson

    The Burnout Cycle w/Janina Matthewson

    Burnout is real and it comes around on the regular.

    Guest: Janina Matthewson, https://twitter.com/j9andif

    CONSUME: Keep Your Hands off Eizouken! (anime series)

    CREATE: Think of a story or project you’ve let sit idle. Write a letter from the point of view of someone who has just bought, or commissioned, or earned the distribution rights for this work.

    Join the SWT Membership community to share your work, give feedback, and connect with other artists: https://www.patreon.com/startwiththis

    Help spread the word about our show by wearing our logo: https://topatoco.com/collections/startwiththisFollow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Credits: Jeffrey Cranor (host) & Joseph Fink (host), Jeffrey Cranor (producer), Grant Stewart (editor), Vincent Cacchione (mixer). Rob Wilson (logo).

    Theme written and performed by Joseph Fink. If you'd like your own cover of the theme song featured on this show, email us at startwiththis@nightvalepresents.com or share it in our membership community.

    Produced by Night Vale Presents.

    http://www.startwiththispodcast.comhttp://www.nightvalepresents.com

    • 50 min
    Minimal w/Brie Williams

    Minimal w/Brie Williams

    Writing more with less.

    Guest: Brie Williams, https://twitter.com/briezillionaire

    CONSUME: Getting on with James Urbaniak (podcast), specifically episode 22 “Status”

    CREATE: Write a 200-400 word short story, It can be a monologue. Or it can be a dialogue. But every sentence must be short. Make them 6 words or fewer.

    Join the SWT Membership community to share your work, give feedback, and connect with other artists: https://www.patreon.com/startwiththis

    Help spread the word about our show by wearing our logo: https://topatoco.com/collections/startwiththisFollow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Credits: Jeffrey Cranor (host) & Joseph Fink (host), Jeffrey Cranor (producer), Grant Stewart (editor), Vincent Cacchione (mixer). Rob Wilson (logo).

    Theme written and performed by Joseph Fink. If you'd like your own cover of the theme song featured on this show, email us at startwiththis@nightvalepresents.com or share it in our membership community.

    Produced by Night Vale Presents.

    http://www.startwiththispodcast.comhttp://www.nightvalepresents.com

    • 37 min
    But How Does It End?

    But How Does It End?

    How do you land the ending?

    CONSUME: Three options: 1)The last three pages of Inherent Vice, starting where the character gets on the freeway. 2) The last four minutes of Six Feet Under. Easily found on youtube by searching “Six Feet Under ending”. 3) Pick one of your favorite ending. Could be a podcast, movie, tv show, book, whatever. Reexamine it carefully. What kind of ending is it? Is it mirroring the opening? Is it following the characters to the end? Is it a tangent? Or is it doing something else? Does it have a button? Most importantly, what specifically makes it a great ending for you? The more you can pay attention to that, the more you can develop your own tastes of what you like in your own work.

    CREATE: Think of your least favorite film or book or show. Not one you hate or one that is offensive and irredeemable in your mind. Just a story you found lacking. Now write a 200-400 review of that film, book, or show. But make it a rave review. No need for superlatives like masterpiece or perfection. Focus your review on all the things that this story got right.

    Join the SWT Membership community to share your work, give feedback, and connect with other artists: https://www.patreon.com/startwiththis

    Help spread the word about our show by wearing our logo: https://topatoco.com/collections/startwiththisFollow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Credits: Jeffrey Cranor (host) & Joseph Fink (host), Jeffrey Cranor (producer), Grant Stewart (editor), Vincent Cacchione (mixer). Rob Wilson (logo).

    Theme written and performed by Joseph Fink. If you'd like your own cover of the theme song featured on this show, email us at startwiththis@nightvalepresents.com or share it in our membership community.

    Produced by Night Vale Presents.

    http://www.startwiththispodcast.comhttp://www.nightvalepresents.com

    • 48 min
    Like This But Better

    Like This But Better

    Elevating basic language to something special. (This episode is available exclusively on Patreon. Hear the rest at http://patreon.com/startwiththis)

    Join the SWT Membership community to share your work, give feedback, and connect with other artists: https://www.patreon.com/startwiththis

    Help spread the word about our show by wearing our logo: https://topatoco.com/collections/startwiththisFollow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Credits: Jeffrey Cranor (host) & Joseph Fink (host), Jeffrey Cranor (producer), Grant Stewart (editor), Vincent Cacchione (mixer). Rob Wilson (logo).

    Theme written and performed by Joseph Fink. If you'd like your own cover of the theme song featured on this show, email us at startwiththis@nightvalepresents.com or share it in our membership community.

    Produced by Night Vale Presents.

    http://www.startwiththispodcast.comhttp://www.nightvalepresents.com

    • 4 min
    How to Like

    How to Like

    There’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure.

    CONSUME: Podcast ¡Uy Que Horror! particularly the episode “2012: Kurse a di Xtabai (Belize)”

    CREATE: Think of your least favorite film or book or show. Not one you hate or one that is offensive and irredeemable in your mind. Just a story you found lacking. Now write a 200-400 review of that film, book, or show. But make it a rave review. No need for superlatives like masterpiece or perfection. Focus your review on all the things that this story got right.

    Join the SWT Membership community to share your work, give feedback, and connect with other artists: https://www.patreon.com/startwiththis

    Help spread the word about our show by wearing our logo: https://topatoco.com/collections/startwiththisFollow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Credits: Jeffrey Cranor (host) & Joseph Fink (host), Jeffrey Cranor (producer), Grant Stewart (editor), Vincent Cacchione (mixer). Rob Wilson (logo).

    Theme written and performed by Joseph Fink. If you'd like your own cover of the theme song featured on this show, email us at startwiththis@nightvalepresents.com or share it in our membership community.

    Produced by Night Vale Presents.

    http://www.startwiththispodcast.comhttp://www.nightvalepresents.com

    • 48 min
    Low Barrier to Entry?

    Low Barrier to Entry?

    They say that podcasting has a low barrier to entry. Wtf does that even mean? (This episode is available exclusively on Patreon. Hear the rest at http://patreon.com/startwiththis)

    Join the SWT Membership community to share your work, give feedback, and connect with other artists: https://www.patreon.com/startwiththis

    Help spread the word about our show by wearing our logo: https://topatoco.com/collections/startwiththisFollow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Credits: Jeffrey Cranor (host) & Joseph Fink (host), Jeffrey Cranor (producer), Grant Stewart (editor), Vincent Cacchione (mixer). Rob Wilson (logo).

    Theme written and performed by Joseph Fink. If you'd like your own cover of the theme song featured on this show, email us at startwiththis@nightvalepresents.com or share it in our membership community.

    Produced by Night Vale Presents.

    http://www.startwiththispodcast.comhttp://www.nightvalepresents.com

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

CS00000000009 ,

Love this show!

This is such unique and actionable writing advice. It’s different, it’s advice you can actually use, and the writing and consume assignments have generated so many great ideas and also introduced me to some really awesome content. Thanks for making this show!

Megsmannn ,

i love this show

Intelligent, useful and well delivered content that provides a range of possibilities for that challenging, exciting, scary, overwhelming moment when i have an idea and a desire to bring it to fruition, but...where to start, how to start, how not to talk myself into a state of paralyzing procrastination. Perfectly aimed at my level of (absence of) skill and practice, enjoyable to listen to, and i love the idea of a "homework" task for me to do. Keep up this terrific podcast guys, its much appreciated!

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