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For writers and other story creators who love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Novelist and founder of WritingAsASecondCareer.com Lisa M. Lilly examines plot, characterization, and other key story elements one Buffy episode at a time to see what works (and occasionally doesn't). Spoiler-free except at the end after plenty of warning.

Buffy and the Art of Stor‪y‬ Lisa M. Lilly

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For writers and other story creators who love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Novelist and founder of WritingAsASecondCareer.com Lisa M. Lilly examines plot, characterization, and other key story elements one Buffy episode at a time to see what works (and occasionally doesn't). Spoiler-free except at the end after plenty of warning.

    Pangs S4 E8 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    Pangs S4 E8 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    This week on Buffy and the Art of Story – Pangs (Season 4 Episode 8 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), where Buffy strives to make a perfect Thanksgiving dinner and deal with an avenging spirit, Spike seeks help, and Angel lurks. This podcast episode looks at:

    (1) weaving in exposition through conflict;

    (2) clever dialogue that links one scene to the next seamlessly;

    (3) whether the plot justifies Angel’s presence;

    (4) characterization of Buffy that makes her obsession with Thanksgiving dinner work; and

    (5) the interplay of tone and theme.

    Spoiler-free, except at the end (with plenty of warning).

    Next Up: I Will Remember You (Angel S1 E8 and Buffy crossover)

    Last Episode: The Initiative (S4 E7)

    Work On Your Story







    * Download free Story Structure worksheets

    * Super Simple Story Structure: A Quick Guide to Plotting And Writing Your Novel in ebook, audiobook, or workbook form 

    * The One-Year Novelist: A Week-By-Week Guide To Writing Your Novel In One Year in ebook, audiobook, or workbook form

    * Become a patron and access to bonus episodes and content

    * Help With Your Story at Writing As A Second Career

    * Creating Compelling Characters From The Inside Out (workbook or ebook)







    As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made through this site, but that doesn’t change the purchase price to you or influence my love of all things Buffy.





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    * Happiness, Anxiety, and Writing: Using Your Creativity to Live a Calmer, Happier Life

    * Watch the E.T. bicycle scene

    * FAQs from Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season One: Writing Better Fiction by Watching Buffy

    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season Two Part 1: Threats, Lies, and Surprises in Episodes 1-11

    * Free novels (ebook editions) from Lisa M. Lilly

    * Lisa M. Lilly's Audiobooks



    About Lisa M. Lilly

    In addition to hosting the podcast Buffy and the Art of Story, Lisa M. Lilly is the author of the bestselling four-book Awakening supernatural thriller series. She also wrote the Q.C. Davis mysteries, as well as numerous short stories. Her non-fiction includes books on writing craft under L. M. Lilly. She also founded WritingAsASecondCareer.com.

    • 59 min
    The Initiative S4 E7 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    The Initiative S4 E7 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    This week on Buffy and the Art of Story – The Initiative (Season 4 Episode 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), where we finally find out what those military guys are up to:

    (1) is there a plot or a handful of subplots? (2) who is the protagonist – Spike, Riley, or Buffy? (3) a genre mix of rom/com and secret agent man; and (4) sowing seeds for the rest of Season 4.

    Spoiler-free, except at the end (with plenty of warning).

    Next Up: Pangs (S4 E8)

    Last Episode: Wild at Heart (S4 E6)

    Work On Your Story







    * Buffy and the Art of Story books

    * Download free Story Structure worksheets

    * Super Simple Story Structure: A Quick Guide to Plotting And Writing Your Novel in ebook, audiobook, or workbook form 

    * Become a patron and access to bonus episodes and content

    * Help With Your Story at Writing As A Second Career

    * The One-Year Novelist: A Week-By-Week Guide To Writing Your Novel In One Year (ebook, workbook, or audiobook form)







    As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made through this site, but that doesn’t change the purchase price to you or influence my love of all things Buffy.





    More Links



    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season One: Writing Better Fiction by Watching Buffy

    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season Two Part 1: Threats, Lies, and Surprises in Episodes 1-11

    * Try my fiction: first-in-series free (supernatural thriller or detective mystery)

    * Or download The Awakening, Book 1, and listen on Audible



    About Lisa M. Lilly

    In addition to hosting the podcast Buffy and the Art of Story, Lisa M. Lilly is the author of the bestselling four-book Awakening supernatural thriller series. She also wrote the Q.C. Davis mysteries, as well as numerous short stories. Her non-fiction includes books on writing craft under L. M. Lilly. She also founded WritingAsASecondCareer.com.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Wild At Heart S4 E6 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    Wild At Heart S4 E6 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    This week on Buffy and the Art of Story – Wild At Heart (Season 4 Episode 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), where Willow notices Oz noticing someone else, and he learns more about his inner wolf. This podcast episode looks at:

    (1) An intertwined plot and subplot; (2) whether the antagonist is always the bad guy; (3) escalating conflict and the next worst thing; and (4) is the theme here what the writers think it is?

    Spoiler-free, except at the end (with plenty of warning).

     

    Next Up: The Initiative (S4 E7)

    Last Episode: Beer Bad (S4 E5)

    Work On Your Story







    * Download free Story Structure worksheets

    * Super Simple Story Structure: A Quick Guide to Plotting And Writing Your Novel in ebook, audiobook, or workbook form 

    * The One-Year Novelist: A Week-By-Week Guide To Writing Your Novel In One Year in ebook, audiobook, or workbook form

    * Become a patron and access to bonus episodes and content

    * Help With Your Story at Writing As A Second Career

    * Creating Compelling Characters From The Inside Out (workbook or ebook)







    As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made through this site, but that doesn’t change the purchase price to you or influence my love of all things Buffy.





    More Links



    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season One: Writing Better Fiction by Watching Buffy

    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season Two Part 1: Threats, Lies, and Surprises in Episodes 1-11

    * Free novels (ebook editions) from Lisa M. Lilly

    * Lisa M. Lilly's Audiobooks



    About Lisa M. Lilly

    In addition to hosting the podcast Buffy and the Art of Story, Lisa M. Lilly is the author of the bestselling four-book Awakening supernatural thriller series. She also wrote the Q.C. Davis mysteries, as well as numerous short stories. Her non-fiction includes books on writing craft under L. M. Lilly. She also founded WritingAsASecondCareer.com.

    • 59 min
    Beer Bad S4 E5 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    Beer Bad S4 E5 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    This week on Buffy and the Art of Story – Beer Bad (Season 4 Episode 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), where Buffy discovers beer with unexpected consequences:

    (1) what happens when no antagonist actively opposes the protagonist? (2) metaphors that don’t quite land and a theme gone astray; (3) parallel characters who behave in contrasting ways; (4) fakeouts to start and end the episode.

    Spoiler-free, except at the end (with plenty of warning).

     

    Next Up: Wild at Heart (S4 E6)

    Last Episode: Fear Itself (S4 E4)

    Work On Your Story







    * Download free Story Structure worksheets

    * Super Simple Story Structure: A Quick Guide to Plotting And Writing Your Novel in ebook, audiobook, or workbook form 

    * Become a patron and access to bonus episodes and content

    * Help With Your Story at Writing As A Second Career

    * The One-Year Novelist: A Week-By-Week Guide To Writing Your Novel In One Year (ebook, workbook, or audiobook form)







    As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made through this site, but that doesn’t change the purchase price to you or influence my love of all things Buffy.





    More Links



    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season One: Writing Better Fiction by Watching Buffy

    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season Two Part 1: Threats, Lies, and Surprises in Episodes 1-11

    * Try my fiction: first-in-series free (supernatural thriller or detective mystery)

    * Or download The Awakening, Book 1, and listen on Audible



    About Lisa M. Lilly

    In addition to hosting the podcast Buffy and the Art of Story, Lisa M. Lilly is the author of the bestselling four-book Awakening supernatural thriller series. She also wrote the Q.C. Davis mysteries, as well as numerous short stories. Her non-fiction includes books on writing craft under L. M. Lilly. She also founded WritingAsASecondCareer.com.

    • 1 hr
    Fear Itself S4 E4 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    Fear Itself S4 E4 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    This week on Buffy and the Art of Story – Fear Itself (Season 4 Episode 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), where Buffy and her friends face their fears in a haunted house. This podcast episode looks at:

    (1) Buffy’s Post-Parker depression – does it make her angry?

    (2) whether the fears fit the characters;

    (3) slow pace, unclear plot turns, and repetition;

    (4) is there enough story here for a full episode?

    Spoiler-free, except at the end (with plenty of warning).

    Next Up: Beer Bad (S4 E5)

    Last Episode: The Harsh Light of Day (S4 E3)

    Work On Your Story







    * Download free Story Structure worksheets

    * Super Simple Story Structure: A Quick Guide to Plotting And Writing Your Novel in ebook, audiobook, or workbook form 

    * Become a patron and access to bonus episodes and content

    * Help With Your Story at Writing As A Second Career

    * Creating Compelling Characters From The Inside Out (workbook or ebook)







    As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made through this site, but that doesn’t change the purchase price to you or influence my love of all things Buffy.





    More Links



    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season One: Writing Better Fiction by Watching Buffy

    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season Two Part 1: Threats, Lies, and Surprises in Episodes 1-11

    * Free ebooks from Lisa M. Lilly

    * Lisa M. Lilly's Audiobooks



    About Lisa M. Lilly

    In addition to hosting the podcast Buffy and the Art of Story, Lisa M. Lilly is the author of the bestselling four-book Awakening supernatural thriller series. She also wrote the Q.C. Davis mysteries, as well as numerous short stories. Her non-fiction includes books on writing craft under L. M. Lilly. She also founded WritingAsASecondCareer.com.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Harsh Light of Day S4 E3 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    The Harsh Light of Day S4 E3 (Buffy and the Art of Story)

    This week on Buffy and the Art of Story – The Harsh Light of Day (Season 4 Episode 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), where Buffy falls for a new guy and an old enemy returns to Sunnydale. This podcast episode looks at:

    (1) connecting vastly different scenes through dialogue; (2) themes of connection an distance; (3) which is the main plot and which the subplot? and (4) Buffy’s frame of reference for romance.

    Spoiler-free, except at the end (with plenty of warning).

     

    Next Up: Fear Itself (S4 E4)

    Last Episode: Living Conditions (S4 E2)

    Work On Your Story







    * Download free Story Structure worksheets

    * Super Simple Story Structure: A Quick Guide to Plotting And Writing Your Novel in ebook, audiobook, or workbook form 

    * Become a patron and access to bonus episodes and content

    * Help With Your Story at Writing As A Second Career

    * The One-Year Novelist: A Week-By-Week Guide To Writing Your Novel In One Year (ebook, workbook, or audiobook form)







    As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made through this site, but that doesn’t change the purchase price to you or influence my love of all things Buffy.





    More Links



    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season One: Writing Better Fiction by Watching Buffy

    * Buffy and the Art of Story Season Two Part 1: Threats, Lies, and Surprises in Episodes 1-11

    * Book 1 in The Awakening Supernatural Thriller Series by Lisa M. Lilly free for Kindle, Kobo, Nook, GooglePlay, and AppleBooks.

    * Or download and listen from Audible.



    About Lisa M. Lilly

    In addition to hosting the podcast Buffy and the Art of Story, Lisa M. Lilly is the author of the bestselling four-book Awakening supernatural thriller series. She also wrote the Q.C. Davis mysteries, as well as numerous short stories. Her non-fiction includes books on writing craft under L. M. Lilly. She also founded WritingAsASecondCareer.com.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Roberta Lipp ,

Love this podcast

As a Buffy fan, I enjoy this podcast on multiple fronts. One is, Lisa walks you through the episode thoroughly enough that I can sort of watch it in my head— so it’s like I get to watch an episode of Buffy without being bound to a screen.
Her angle of script analysis is just right—while I am not a fiction writer, I do enjoy critique and analysis, so it’s a bit of an education on how to critically think about a television show, without being overly intrusive, so it doesn’t interfere with my enjoyment of just talking about Buffy. I end up feeling validated about why I thought a particular episode fell flat, or why I especially love one.

Jim1202 ,

Great Podcast

This is really a great podcast. If you are a Buffy fan or are interested in the structure of stories you’ll love it. I’ve also read several of Lisa Lilly’s books and they are also excellent.

lilgracie346 ,

New Take on an Old Classic

There are umpteen podcasts out there about BtVS and most are just episode by episode recaps. True, each has its own unique lens through which it views the series, but Lisa’s commentary stands out. Viewing the series as a vehicle to learn storytelling, characterization and plot structure is a brilliant angle and Lisa is so smart and insightful in how she presents each episode. Can’t wait to hear more!!

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