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In this episode, Trevor talks about how finding and strengthening the central thematic premise of your story can help direct creative choices, strengthen and clarify your plotline,...

Story 10: The Silver Age

CONTENT WARNING: Depiction of a disaster, discussions of suicide, gun violence, and some strong language. After she is saved from a devastating earthquake by the superhero Silverma...

In this episode, Trevor discusses the meaning created by your Story World, how to organically create it out of your central idea, and different techniques to make it more compellin...

Story 09: Siren's Gold

At the end of the Golden Age of Piracy, ex-pirate turned pirate-hunter Eli Barrett is found adrift at sea, raving that the infamous Anne Bonny is still alive. As he tells the capta...

In this episode, Trevor discusses sources of inspiration, the imaginative work at the heart of all writing, healthy creative habits, and how to put your subconscious mind to work i...

Story 08: Worlds After

CONTENT WARNING: Strong language and thematic elements. Twenty years after an apocalyptic storm left the world in ruins, a mysterious scientist wanders into the small settlement of...

In this episode, learn how to break down plot structure into its parts to understand how it works, and how to rebuild it more effectively. Using beat, scene, act, and sequence stru...

Lesson 07: Plot Mechanics

Learn to use the four fundamental forces of plot to design strong, compelling stories that will entertain and engage your reader. Discover strategies for how to ride the line betwe...

At the end of a revolution they helped to lead, the crew of the ISC Elementis is ordered to execute one of their crewmates: an immortal alien traveler known as the Castaway. But wh...

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