Friday, November 18, 2011

Episode 23 - Lilliputian Plots

To be brief, this episode features Nick and Tim pondering the task of telling a short story. How do you break a story down to essentials?

They also perform live brainstorming. Listen in.


Show Notes

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  1. Hey, I'm catching up to the podcasts!

    Anyhow, I like the idea of taking a song and writing a flash fiction about it. I need to work on shorter stories, and that could be a good approach. Do you only listen to ocremixes when writing? I think I would, but sometimes I know the source material a little too well to make a story out of it.

    Lately I've been trying to find movie soundtracks to play while I write. I find I gravitate to the Inception soundtrack most of the time. This one is a personal favorite. I like writing to songs with a sense of urgency.

    I'll try to write a flash fiction of that Kirby song once I'm done with a few projects I'm on. Not surprised you skipped that Bomberman song. I like it, but I could see how it would grate.

  2. Knowing the source material well can be a real hassle, especially if the remix is close to the original. I haven't often done something *really* familiar, but even if I know where it's from, I tend to use that as a jumping off place for brainstorming.

    When I'm writing, I'm not real particular about what music I listen to, as long as it doesn't have words. Though, sometimes, I can't write with music because I keep trying to listen to it, so songs that are more energy-oriented (less melody) like your Inception song work really well.

    If I was on my own and not recording a podcast, I probably would have tried the Bomberman. I've gone through the first disc of the FFX soundtrack, writing flash fictions for each song, and some of those took a long time to come up with an idea--I think I've written 3-4 stories based on different Hymns of Fayth. ;-)

    Finally, just for fun, a remix of a popular game I used to daydream using in a short, silent movie: Never did finish the script, because music is so much more fluid than writing, but I started.

  3. I forgot to actually answer your question about whether I only listen to remixes. I tend to gravitate that way, but movie soundtracks would be just as good. Music that has a story/emotion attached and is primarily instrumental. OCRemix just happens to be free and huge.

    Oh, and if you write that Kirby flash fic, I'd love to read it.

  4. I've been moving away from songs that feature lyrics when I write. They give me ideas, and sometimes it's because of the lyrics spoken rather than the music. It's a habit that I've had for years that needs breaking. Besides movie soundtracks, I've been looking at songs with a celtic influence. It's perfect for the story I'm building.

    Kudos for going through the FFX soundtrack for inspiration. That's a favorite, with "People from Up North", "Thunder Plains", and "Fight with Seymor." And I have no idea how you were able to get four stories out of four "Hymn of the Fayth" songs. I'd want to space those out.

    When I get that Kirby song done, I'll send it your way. I mainly write scripts, so anything critiquing my story work is much appreciated.

  5. Yeah for "Fight with Seymour"! Actually, all those songs are great. I think, actually, I've only done three Hymns of Fayth. Here's my favorite:

  6. I'm still trying to go through and leave comments on all these. I have listened to all of them, but perhaps I've waited too long to comment. I'm sure there were minute details I wanted to comment on but have since forgotten them.

    I really enjoyed the brainstorming, especially since the meteor story actually got written, and it was hilarious! I do these sorts of things myself (in fact, my first novel was inspired by a Supertones song!)