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Story from Scratch

Apr 19, 2021

This week on Story From Scratch, Yale and Justin discuss how they approach the revisions process. Justin ponders Stephen King's advice about taking time away before beginning revisions, and Yale grapples with perfectionism. Questions are raised about the benefits of actioning writing group feedback. 

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Apr 12, 2021

Our friend Peter G. Reynolds joins us once again, this time for a deep dive into the hurdles of writing books for children. After all, children aren't (usually) the ones who write children's books. They're not the ones who edit them. And they're not the ones who buy them, either. How do all of these factors affect the...

Feb 15, 2021

It's our Valentine's Day special! Our friend Ana joins us again to discuss writing romance (particularly in genres other than romance). We get Ana's insights on how romance can absolutely gut a character, how to balance a romantic subplot with the main plot, and whether it's possible to write a blank-slate love...

Oct 12, 2020

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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Aug 11, 2020

In this episode, we once again build a story from scratch, this time riffing off stories that feature mysterious settings like Lost, Cube, and The Maze Runner. 

We explore coming up with the question part of a mystery first rather than the answer, analyze the process of coming up with a compelling mystery, and come away...