Episode 8 – Inspiration, Nirvana, Dead Facebook Friend Suggestions

I’m back!  Sort of.  We don’t do any reading from the manuscript but I update you on where I’ve been the last 2 weeks, read a piece on inspiration inspired by David Sedaris wearing culottes, and play you my favorite guitar solo from an obscure Nirvana song.

Content is content, don’t complain.

Episode 7 – WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Voice and Tone

Each HACK episode has three parts:  A discussion of a storytelling concept, a reading from the first draft of the novel With and Without You, and a reaction to that reading.  It’s a revenge story of sorts, set in a restaurant and full of food, knives, and fire.

This this episode Mike discusses his intentions with the story’s voice and tone and questions whether he went a bit too far within the context of the story.

The reading this episode contains 2 chapters.  The cooking competition continues and a bit about the trial.

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Episode 6 – Dialogue, Purple Prose, Bad Talky

Each HACK episode has three parts:  A discussion of a storytelling concept, a reading from the first draft of the novel With and Without You, and a reaction to that reading.  It’s a revenge story of sorts, set in a restaurant and full of food, knives, and fire.

This this episode Mike discusses his feelings on authentic dialogue in his novel, what makes good dialogue, and why he was unhappy with the dialogue in this week’s reading.

The reading this episode contains 2 chapters.  The story changes direction and moves further into the world of food and cookery where Alex and Erin team up in a crappy home cooking competition against another local chef for the right to advertise above toilets.

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Episode 5 – Non Traditional Character Building and Novel Casting

Each HACK episode has three parts:  A discussion of a storytelling concept, a reading from the first draft of the novel With and Without You, and a reaction to that reading.  It’s a revenge story of sorts, set in a restaurant and full of food, knives, and fire.

This this episode Mike discusses the non-traditional method of character building he used in this story in response to a listener question about cast diversity.

Music for this episode inspired by the band Tool.

The reading this episode contains 2 chapters.

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Episode 4 – Go Pace Yourself, the Importance of Pacing in Stories

Each HACK episode has three parts:  A discussion of a storytelling concept, a reading from the first draft of the novel With and Without You, and a reaction to that reading.  It’s a revenge story of sorts, set in a restaurant and full of food, knives, and fire.

This this episode Mike discusses pacing in stories and why it is so important.  The diagrams discussed on the show for feedback purposes can be found on the website below.

The reading for this episode is Chapter 3.

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Episode 3 – Backstory in Novels

Each HACK episode has three parts:  A discussion of a storytelling concept, a reading from the first draft of the novel With and Without You, and a reaction to that reading.  It’s a revenge story of sorts, set in a restaurant and full of food, knives, and fire.

This episode we talk about how important backstory is to books, even though it isn’t something we talk about.  You never try and sell your friend on a book because the back story is great, but if its bad you’ll instantly put it down.

The manuscript reading this week is another epistolary element — one that is, you guessed it, full of back story.

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Episode 2 – Epistolary Elements in Books and Media

Each HACK episode has three parts:  A discussion of a storytelling concept, a reading from the first draft of the novel With and Without You, and a reaction to that reading.  It’s a revenge story of sorts, set in a restaurant and full of food, knives, and fire.

In this episode Mike talks about epistolry elements in books, movies, TV, and songs.  He discussion how he uses them in his manuscript and reads 2 chapters, one of which is a journal entry.

Feedback questionnaire is live on the website for those that wish to offer their comments.

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Episode 1 – Where do you get your ideas? Ryan Carter Poston

Each HACK episode has three parts:  A discussion of a storytelling concept, a reading from the first draft of the novel With and Without You, and a reaction to that reading.  It’s a revenge story of sorts, set in a restaurant and full of food, knives, and fire.

In this episode Mike explores where he got his idea for this novel, talks about the trope of revenge, and shares the heartbreaking story of the murder of Ryan Carter Poston, briefly.

The reading is of the first chapter in the book.  This is a serial, you’ll want to start here if you’ve come for the story.

Audio note 9/30: The audio of the show has improved considerably over time, I have no plans to go back and rerecord the first 3-4 episodes which had issues but I am aware of each hiss, click, and pop–they all get resolved in future episodes.

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