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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.

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6 comments:

  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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwIo_VadeFU

    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.

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  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: http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01185/ Never did finish the script, because music is so much more fluid than writing, but I started.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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: http://www.worksofnick.com/2010/09/11/a-new-song/

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  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!)

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