Are you ready to raise the stakes? On this week’s episode, Zach and J. discuss how crisis makes or breaks a story and more:

  • Some clarifications about last week’s podcast
  • The importance of finding your own ideal writing process
  • The difference between pantsing and first draft publishing, and how the Story Grid can help pantsers
  • New advertising options for paperback authors on Amazon
  • Research shows that books written by women and released by mainstream publishers are sold for roughly half the price of traditionally published books by men; this gap is a much lower 7% when the books are priced by the authors themselves
  • Netflix doubles down on scifi programming
  • How Netflix’s user experience is ideal for the genre viewer
  • What an act-level crisis is in the Story Grid methodology and how a crisis can make or break a story
  • The five commandments of Story Grid methodology
  • Why your characters need to be making active decisions throughout the story
  • How story structure has developed through the ages, and what aspects of storytelling remain the same regardless of your chosen methodology
  • How to make your story better during revisions
  • The difference between a sequence of events and a story, and how the reader experiences this difference

The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.

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