Episode 173: Make your reader feel smart, with Jessica Brody

Episode 173 March 26, 2022 00:48:15
Episode 173: Make your reader feel smart, with Jessica Brody
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Episode 173: Make your reader feel smart, with Jessica Brody

Mar 26 2022 | 00:48:15

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Show Notes

Suppose you discovered that nearly all of the great stories written conform to a particular structure, a structure that would help to guide you in your writing and that, subconsciously at least, your readers are expecting to see in your work.

This is the contention of my guest today, the writer and creative writing tutor, Jessica Brody. Jessica took the classic screenwriting text “Save the cat” and applied it to the process of writing a novel, producing the appropriately titled “Save the cat writes a novel”.

In our conversation, Jessica and I explored the key beats in the 15 beat structure, why pacing is so important, how you create a problem, a want, and a need for your protagonist, and why it’s important to make your reader feel smart. 

This was a fun and informative conversation I hope you enjoy listening to it, here it is.

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