Common storytelling mistakes

January 26th, 2019

In this episode, we LITERALLY explode talking about common writing mistakes and we beat outselves up over our own flaws and neurotic compulsions.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • Frasier
  • Futurama
  • Rosetta
  • The Big Lebowski
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • The Name of the Wind
  • The Lightning Thief
  • Septymus Heap
  • Castaway
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen
  • The Stormlight Archive
  • Mistborn
  • Merlin
  • Star Wars
  • Doctor Who
  • The Giver
  • The Hobbit

People mentioned in this episode:

  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Patrick Rothfuss
  • Steven Erikson
  • Lois Lowry
  • J.K. Rowling

Storytelling Point of View (part 2 of 2)

January 17th, 2019

Last week we discussed points of view of narration in novels. This week, we talk about point of view as it is used in video games and movies, where the camera takes on much the same role as the narrator in a book. We also talk about audio drama. Oh, and we almost get a divorce during this episode. By the way, if you don't play video games, you may want to skip to about 14 minutes into the podcast. 


Mentioned in this episode:

Wolfenstein 3D
Lara Croft
Baldur's Gate
Knights of the Old Republic
Kingdoms of Amalur
Dragon Age
Mass Effect
The Witcher
Steven Spielberg
The New World
The Strangers
Amélie Poulain
The Fairy Tree
The Owlfield
Camera Panda

Storytelling Point of View (part 1 of 2)

January 12th, 2019

"I remember it like it was yesterday..." or "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away?"

There are very different ways to tell a story and viewpoint is one of those technical things in writing that can have a huge impact even though the audience doesn't necessarily pay much attention to them. In this first part of our conversation, we explore the various viewpoints used in written fiction. Why use any one of these over the others? What makes them unique?


  • 3rd person omniscient
  • 3rd person limited
  • 2nd person (choose your own adventure)
  • 1st person reflective
  • 1st person camera


Works mentioned in this episode:

  • Narnia
  • Harry Potter
  • The Wheel of Time
  • Dune
  • The Stormlight Archive
  • Moby Dick
  • Dracula
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Sixth Sense
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Reckoners Trilogy
  • The Love Tree
  • How I Met Your Mother


People mentioned in this episode:

  • C.S. Lewis
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Suzanne Collins
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Robert Jordan
  • Frank Herbert
  • Dan Brown
  • Jos Vanderloo