Podcast by Matt Bird and James Kennedy
Episode 28: The Order of Odd-Fish
Matt and James examine James's first novel to see if it matches some of the writing rules we've discussed over the years.
Episode 27: Orphan, Wanderer, Warrior, Martyr with Lou Anders
Last episode's guest Lou Anders returns with more storytelling tricks, including a way to break your story into four quarters: Orphan, Wanderer, Warrior, and Martyr.
Episode 26: The Eight Character Wheel with Lou Anders
Matt and James welcome the delightful novelist Lou Anders who expands on Head Heart Gut with a list of eight archetypes hiding in many great stories.
Episode 25: Cult Thinking
James has an elaborate theory about how writing is like cult indoctrination. Matt tries to keep up.
Episode 24: Agency with Parker Peevyhouse
Parker Peevyhouse returns to ask about when a character should break their own rules, which results in discussion of The Mandalorian, Knives Out, and whether superhero movies suck. Check out this blog post we cite a few times: http://www.secretsofstory.com/2018/09/rulebook-casefile-three-rules-vs.html
Episode 23: Head Heart Gut
We’re back! Matt and James have a rousing discussion of Head, Heart and Gut (And Spleen, and Groin, and Spirit, and a zillion other permutations…) Read more about and see neat charts here: http://www.secretsofstory.com/2017/05/head-heart-gut-aka-how-to-create.html
My Favorite Writing Podcast
I'm a big fan of Matt Bird's book. In fact, it's my favorite book for writing advice, so that's why I started following the blog and podcast. Listening is like sitting in on an intense conversation on the craft punctuated by humor, with Author James Kennedy offering the perfect counterpoint as co-host.
Useful insights from talented teachers arguing the art of storytelling. I didn’t think there could be tension and conflict in a podcast about craft, but Matt and James are able to pull it off with minimal expletives. Thanks
I have been greatly enjoying reading Matt Bird’s book the secret of story and I am enthralled with his guidance. But this podcast is a bit of a mess of debating over terms and concepts that could have been thought through before the discussion. I find myself trying to give the podcast speakers corrections and guidance about how to communicate.