Concept Sources > Science Fiction and Fantasy Ideas

We discuss how to generate Science Fiction and Fantasy story concepts and ideas. Screenwriter and sci-fi aficionado Jason Ginsburg lends his expertise and talks about the “Willy Wonka in Space” screenplay he’s writing.

James gushes about the Storyometer – a brainstorming, outlining, and note-taking tool for writers – which has been officially approved by the iTunes App Store.

The entertaining Twitter and Tumbler for Jason’s fictional football team.

The Storyometer – for iPhone and iPad.

Jason’s Screenwriting Website

Direct Download Link for the episode

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More about this show, for new listeners:

In The Narrative Breakdown, Cheryl Klein, James Monohan, and other guest co-hosts discuss storytelling tips and techniques of interest to any writer, MFA student, or fan of quality creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, fan fiction, English literature, etc. Each episode, Cheryl and James draw upon their respective experiences in publishing and filmmaking to analyze popular novels, movies, plays, television shows, short stories, and song lyrics. Featuring various co-hosts and writers, as well as material from Cheryl Klein’s book SECOND SIGHT.


6 Responses to “Concept Sources > Science Fiction and Fantasy Ideas”

  1. Sam R. September 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Just discovered this podcast and the shows are great! Please do a horror one for writers like me :-)

    • James September 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

      Congratulations Sam. You’re the first non-spammer to send us comments on this site. Thanks for the positive words.

      We’d love to do one on horror stories and thrillers. And it’d probably be a great topic this coming October around Halloween. Please let us know if there are any specific sub-topics we should touch on. We’ll do at least one show on how to generate horror stories – that’s for sure.

      Thanks again for your support and please spread the word!

  2. Carole Gaudet September 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    I love your logo design — the cartoon with the two of you.

    Hey James & Cheryl,

    Here are some more podcast ideas, inspired by this podcast:

    Genres. Writing Excuses did a podcast on the Heist or Caper genre. I loved it because it was a genre that I don’t know much about, but am thinking about dabbling in. They mentioned classic heist movies, and classic variations on the heist form.

    Since Cheryl is an authority on MG & YA, you could do podcasts on dominant genres, discussing the basic outlines and variations, what makes them good, what makes them stale, good examples to look at):

    Coming of Age
    Kid wants pet (Because of Winn Dixie; How to Train Your Dragon)
    Fish out of water / New kid in town/school/prison camp/foster home (Harry Potter series; Holes; One For the Murphy’s)
    Something’s really wrong with my family (Callie Be Gold; Rules)

    Love the podcast! Keep it coming!

    • admin September 25, 2012 at 8:30 am #

      Thanks for these additional suggestions Carole!

      Cheryl’s working on a Heist book right now – perfect. We will do that.

      Coming of Age – That’s definitely worthy of a whole episode. Fish Out of Water definitely. And the others too. Cool.
      We’ll add these to our list. Thanks again.

  3. Aaron Compton May 12, 2015 at 4:59 am #

    Hi guys, I’ve listened to a couple of your podcasts now and they’re great, I particularly like the one on character.

    BUT (uh-oh)
    PLEASE don’t tell people to steal mythology from other cultures, indigenous people get really upset when this happens! You are kind of exposing your white American ignorance by saying that because the myths are open source no one owns them- people own them, love them, teach them to their children and live by them, their lives are informed by them. Here in Aotearoa/New Zealand we often have companies stealing our visual imagery, songs, haka and now Disney are going to do what they do to our ancestor/demigod Maui. So please, show some cultural sensitivity. Just because, as Americans, you are Empire doesn’t mean you can take everything. Kia ora! Keep up the otherwise good work


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