Episode 3 - Avoiding The Sense of Destiny

In the third episode of The Paragraphing Podcast, the story continues—with the introduction of an entirely new character, the explication of actor ants, and a somewhat surprising narrative effect. Afterwards, Brendan and Jamie share thoughts on the story’s fast-paced twists and turns; the difference between where you expect the story to go and where the next writer takes it; and the comedic style of their favorite authors.  They also discuss how writers can achieve the sense of a “thinking person” on the page, rather than a “sense of destiny.”  Essentially, they conclude that flaws in thinking can often be more interesting than flaws in character.  


The book that Brendan and Jamie co-wrote called This is Zoic: https://www.amazon.com/This-Zoic-Bedsum-Grey-Adventure-ebook/dp/B006KRFQN8 

Listen to James Horner’s Pas de Deux:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0ZoomQfCXg&list=PLH9C08qrQ7S7SNGWB9LVMrKkIumbMMvK1 

A glimpse of P.G. Wodehouse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._G._Wodehouse 

The music from the BBC show based on P.G. Wodehouse’s books: “The World of Jeeves and Wooster.”   https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-world-of-jeeves-and-wooster/id692597964 

The movie Amelie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211915/ 

House of Leaves, an incredible novel about a house that’s bigger on the inside than the outside.  This is one that you’ll want to flip through via the “look inside” feature: https://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764 

“Tut Tut, it Looks Like Rain” from Winnie the Pooh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NitBpJaom5k 

Serialization was huge when it came to the novels of authors like Charles Dickens: http://dickens.wpi.edu/history.html 

Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already:  

Brendan’s podcast player of choice: https://overcast.fm/+ImMUq-CJc  

Jamie’s podcast player of choice: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-1-the-first-9-paragraphs/id1212787121?i=1000382303012&mt=2 

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Brendan’s website: www.armisticedesigns.com

Jamie’s website: Thanks4Listening.com