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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
    • 4.6 • 259 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 Tease

    The Tease

    What makes a good tease? Listen and find out.

    CONSUME: “Lupin” French Crime/Adventure Drama on Netflix

    CREATE: Write a 200-600 story that follows the line: “I found them/her/him waiting for me when I got home, but they/she/he had been dead for 10 years.”

    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

    • 39 min
    How to Dislike

    How to Dislike

    It's easy to dislike something, but much harder to do it well. (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

    • 3 min
    Five Easy Rules to Become a Great Writer!

    Five Easy Rules to Become a Great Writer!

    Just follow these simple rules and something something...

    CONSUME: Elmore Leonard’s famous rules of writing https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/tips-masters/elmore-leonard-10-rules-for-good-writing

    CREATE: Write a 200-500 word story about a ship at sea during a bad storm, and the attempts at the crew to keep it afloat. Now write a 200-500 word story with the same premise, but try to follow Elmore Leonard’s rules exactly. Keep strictly to the letter and the spirit of it.

    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

    • 47 min
    Keep It Weird

    Keep It Weird

    What makes something weird, and is that a good thing? (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

    • 2 min
    Melodrama

    Melodrama

    Mightly push your powerful writing to the top of the highest literary peaks! Or… work on your craft.

    CONSUME: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett or its sequel, World Without End. Or, for a less committal and free option, the BBC fiction podcast "Home Front"

    CREATE: Think about an obscure subject you know a great deal about. Now write a 200-600 word story that has the following plot: Person A, who is evil, kidnaps Person B, who is good. Person C, who is also good, rescues Person B, goodly, and in the process, Person A accidentally falls off a cliff because they are evil and that’s what happens to evil. Person B and Person C live happily ever after. You can play with the details but you get the point, a simple melodramatic story.

    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

    • 29 min
    Borrow or Steal

    Borrow or Steal

    Good artists borrow; great artists steal. What? Let's break this down. (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

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
259 Ratings

259 Ratings

gabe likes things ,

helpful, eye-opening, and entertaining!

Not gonna lie, I started listening to this because I’m a huge Night Vale fan, but this has easily become one of my favorite podcasts! I don’t write as a job or anything, but as someone who often uses writing as an outlet, this is super cool to listen to! Hearing what these two have to say about a variety of different topics has been really interesting, and it’s helped me figure out ways to improve and experiment with my own writing. Plus, it’s solidly entertaining to listen to. Go on, give it a listen!

stormyweather714 ,

Get ready

I finally listened. First one: 5 senses.
This is what I hoped this podcast would be.
Thank you for the ideas.
You guys are doing the world a service.

I am going to start writing.
Thanks

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