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Random Elements of Storytelling

lostnbronx leads us on an investigation of the fundamentals of story telling.

Some Additional Talk About Characters -- 01 - lostnbronx | 2018-11-09

Some characters are simple, some are complex, and some are entirely unknowable. What sorts of characters work best for grand, sweeping good vs. evil tales? Which types work best for simple character dramas? And how do characters interact with the setting and story? Lostnbronx offers some off-the-cuff observations.

Character Arcs In Storytelling - lostnbronx | 2018-10-26

Characters are intrinsic to stories of all types, and they often have journeys, referred to as arcs. What, exactly is the character arc? Does everybody in a tale have one? Do they even need one? How do arcs affect the plot, and vice-versa? Lostnbronx shares some off-the-cuff thoughts about this often misunderstood aspect of storytelling.

The Payoff In Storytelling - lostnbronx | 2018-09-19

Lostnbronx takes a quick look at how story endings need to be structured in order to be satisfying. Lots of endings are possible, but they don’t all require the same treatment. Some can be abrupt, some can be sad, but all of them need to meet certain emotional expectations.

Plot Twists In Storytelling - lostnbronx | 2018-06-28

Plot twists come in several varieties, and can produce different effects in stories. They can be powerful tools, done correctly, but quickly become trite and predictable if over-used, or used poorly. What's the best way to include them? And when might it be a mistake to even try?

Action In Storytelling - lostnbronx | 2018-05-30

Lostnbronx contrasts what he calls "static action" with "story action", and looks at the functions of these techniques for storytelling in various media.

A car chase is action-filled, but so might be a quiet Victorian drawing room, where, at least on the surface of it, nothing is happening.

What actually constitutes action? What purpose does it serve? And how much of it do you really need?

Single Vs Multiple Characters - lostnbronx | 2018-05-09

Lostnbronx goes over the narrative technique of using one main character to tell a story, as opposed to using multiple characters. What advantage, if any, does so-called "head-hopping" have, over focusing on a single character at a time? Why is it sometimes better to do the opposite? And how can these different construction elements impact the story as a whole?

Lostnbronx examines points-of-view and tenses in storytelling. - lostnbronx | 2018-04-23

Lostnbronx takes a breezy look at narrative points-of-view, as well as temporal tenses in storytelling. What are they, how do they differ, and why might one be better than another in a particular situation?

Plot And Story - lostnbronx | 2018-04-16

Lostnbronx talks about plot and story, as well as characters and backgrounds, in storytelling of all types. These things are closely tied together, and a problem with one can easily be a problem with all.

Reviews Vs. Critiques - lostnbronx | 2018-04-10

Lostnbronx takes a quick look at what it is that constitutes "reviews" of stories (be they books, films, TV shows, audio dramas, whatever) as opposed to "critiques" of them.

How do these two things differ, and what are their purposes? Is one more important than the other? Why does it even matter?

Flashbacks In Storytelling - lostnbronx | 2018-04-03

Lostnbronx looks at flashbacks, flashforwards, plays-within-plays, and dream sequences as techniques of both good and bad storytelling.

The Big Idea - lostnbronx | 2018-02-08

Lostnbronx looks at the concept of the "big idea" in storytelling and various genres, arguing that such a creative tool may not actually be all that necessary to tell a compelling tale.

Internal Logic of Stories - lostnbronx | 2017-12-07

Lostnbronx rambles on about the structure of stories, and how their internal logic can make or break them.