StoryOsophy - For Writers, Storytellers and Story Lovers
By Adam Jones and Devin Halden
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StoryOsophy is a weekly podcast that dissects elements of story through analysis of books, movies, plays and other mediums that span the history of storytelling. Hosted by Adam Jones and Devin Halden, the show is an on-going exploration of story and where storytelling goes next and where do we as storytellers take it next. It is intended to stimulate conversations about story and the imagination of storytellers. Story + Philosophy = Storyosophy. Thank you for subscribing! Please provide feedback or subjects you would like us to cover on future episodes.
||Clean35: Movement 1 (Act 1)||What are the events that make up Movement One (or Act One)? How do these events translate into future acts and movements? Why is it important to keep Movement One as tight and clean as possible? Devin and Adam lay the groundwork for the events of Movem.||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34: Acts and Movements||What is the importance of decision points and thresholds? How can you use movements to break down that daunting Act 2? What are the differences between 3, 4, and 5 act structures? Adam and Devin explore what acts and movements are made of.||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33: Scenes and Sequences||What are the elements that make up a good scene? How do you link scenes together to create a longer sequence? Devin and Adam discuss the building blocks of great scene building.||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32: Story Architects||In this episode, we continue our introduction to story structure. What are the different ways you can approach story structure? What does it mean to be a story architect? Devin and Adam discuss how to design and build your story’s structure.||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: Introduction to Story Structure||Season Two begins! Adam and Devin embark on their exploration of story structure and its design. Master your storytelling structure! Why do storytellers struggle with story structure so much? How can you look at story structure as a freeing process rat.||8/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: Nonlinear Storytelling – Part 2||How do you alter the chronology of a story and still maintain its spine? What do you have to consider to effectively execute this unique type of storytelling? How do you do it without losing your audience? Adam and Devin finish their conversation about.||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: Nonlinear Storytelling – Part 1||What are the different ways you can alter the timeline of your story? How can you use this tool to explore the psychological landscape and perspectives of your characters? Devin and Adam explore nonlinear storytelling in this two-part episode.||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Flashbacks and Flash-Forwards||How do you effectively jump time in your story? What are the different ways you can use these tools to elevate your audience’s experience? Relatability, exposition, clues, set-ups and payoffs? Devin and Adam examine flashbacks and flash-forwards.||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Subplot – Part 2||How do you find strong subplots within the world of your story? How do manage subplots in stories with an ensemble cast like Stranger Things? Adam and Devin conclude their exploration of subplot.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Subplot – Part 1||How do you differentiate between A-B-and-C stories? How do you use them in conjunction with each other to elevate the plot? How does it relate to theme? Devin and Adam discuss subplot.||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: The Forces of Levity and Gravity||How do you use the forces of levity and gravity to create a more dynamic story? How does that balance of humor and drama give more perspective for your audience? How can it embolden your theme? Devin and Adam explore levity and gravity.||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Objects and Filmed Media||Devin and Adam continue their examination of symbolism in filmed media through set dressing, wardrobe, and props.||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Symbolism-Part 1-Objects and Allegory||What are the different forms symbolism can take? How do you tangibly represent the abstract like emotions, states of mind, and mystical ideas? Adam and Devin explore symbolism in this two-part episode.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Reversals||Why are reversals important for an audience experience? What is the difference between a quick twist and a slow burn? How are they related to setups and payoffs? Adam and Devin talk Reversals.||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Mystery, Suspense, and Dramatic Irony||What is the difference between mystery, suspense, and dramatic irony? How do they relate to an audience’s perspective and experience? Devin and Adam investigate these three versatile tools.||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Resolution Part 2||Tune in for a good trick for your toolbox and examples of some not so conventional resolutions. Continuing from last week’s episode, Adam and Devin conclude their discussion on resolution.||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Resolution-Part 1||How do you dovetail all your story elements together at the end? How is a cliffhanger its own form of resolution? Devin and Adam explore resolution in this two-part episode.||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Setups and Payoffs||How do you foreshadow or setup something in your story to have the most effect when you pay it off? Do you pay off with a twist, turn, reveal, discovery, or realization?||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Dialogue and Subtext-Part 2||Devin and Adam conclude their two-part discussion about dialogue and subtext with some great examples and helpful tricks to write subtext easily.||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Dialogue and Subtext-Part 1||What is the difference between what a person is saying and what they are not saying, or saying beneath the surface? Devin and Adam discuss the value of great dialogue and subtext in this two-part episode.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Character Arc||How is character arc different from the plot of a story? What makes a successful character arc? Adam and Devin continue their discussion about character transformations.||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Transformation and Catharsis||How are change, growth, and evolution vital to the characters of a story and their audience? Adam and Devin examine transformation and catharsis.||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Stakes||What is a character giving up and what are they gaining? What does it mean to raise the stakes? How do you raise them? Devin and Adam explore the “stakes” of a story.||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Tone, Style, and Genre||What is the tone or mood of a piece? How are you expressing your story? What is the overall voice? Adam and Devin examine tone, style, and genre.||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Theme||What is the storyteller trying to “say” in a story? How do they express that theme? How do they find a balance between too obvious or so subtle it is lost? In this episode, Devin and Adam explore these questions about theme.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Plot and Structure||What are story events, scenes and sequences? Devin and Adam examine the core elements of plot within story and how to begin structuring.||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09: Setting||Where and when does a story take place? Is it set in the past, present, or future? In our world or in some fictional place? Adam and Devin explore how setting is one of the most important “characters” of all.||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08: Who Are You Listening To?||Now that we have a handful of episodes under our belt, we figure it is a good time to learn a little more about who you are listening to. Adam and Devin discuss their mysterious backgrounds and how they met. A get-to-know-ya meet and greet!||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07: The Six Types of Narrative Conflict||Adam and Devin discuss the six basic types of narrative conflict and examine examples of each in today’s storytelling. These narrative conflicts include: Person vs. person, person vs. society, person vs. nature, person vs. technology, person vs.||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06: Conflict!||Is conflict necessary in story? Devin and Adam discuss/debate sources and forces of antagonism and the origins and nature of conflict in storytelling.||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05: Character Archetypes – Part 2||Allies, tricksters, shapeshifters, and shadows. Devin and Adam conclude this 2-part discussion about character archetypes.||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04: Character Archetypes – Part 1||Hero, herald, threshold guardian, and mentor. In this 2-part episode, Adam and Devin discuss and define character archetypes.||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03: What are Characters Made Of||Relatability, background, perspective, desires, and wants. Devin and Adam discuss characters and what makes them good and great.||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02: The Writing Process||Brainstorming and development, structuring, writing, editing, and feedback. Adam and Devin discuss aspects of the writing process.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01: StoryKeepers||In this pilot episode, Adam and Devin discuss how to start a story and ponder the difference between a good story and a great story. What is Storyosophy? What’s a Story Keeper?||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Very conversational. A great resource for writers.
Listened with great interest to the 1st episode. Enjoyed the clumsy comical nature, as it puts the listener at ease and it's authenticity is a refreshing difference from NPR's tedious geeky attempts at humor. Storytelling is an integral method of communication, entertainment & education, so this refreshing offering is valuable in so many ways. I'm hooked.
Sets my imagination ablaze!
Makes story very accessable! I have to listen to each episode many times and I still have to stop to take notes. As an unpublished writer who has learned how to write by watching movies, reading books, and research on Pinterest, this podcast brings the hows and whys to life with examples.
StoryOsophy is helping me look at the stories I have written in a new light. Adam and Devin explain what isn’t working in my stories so I can change them, and spurs my creativity to work around & fix problems I already have.
StoryOsophy is pushing me rapidly closer to my goal of becoming a published writer.