Brainstorming Episodic Concepts

We survey common episodic concept categories and then conquer the blank page with strategies for brainstorming the next big hit. Featuring screenwriter Jason Ginsburg.

(Apologies if you were one of the early downloaders of this episode since it contained a few technical glitches and some repeated content since we had to re-record parts. But the right one is up now, cross fingers!)

We mentioned a couple of (hopefully annual) writing contests:

One was from the New York Television Festival which always seems to have some contest going on.

There’s also the Writer’s Store Industry Insider Contest. Check out that web site for plenty of other contests as well.

As an alternative to iTunes, you can listen right here:

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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, 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’ and James’ iPhone / iPad app ‘The Storyometer.’


4 Responses to “Brainstorming Episodic Concepts”

  1. Gary June 13, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Flight of the Conchords was set partly in the New Zealand consulate in New York. Only 22 episodes. Great music. Recommended.

  2. Lisa June 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Is there a specific reason why there are section where clips are played louder than you speaking?

    • James June 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

      Thanks for the alert, Lisa! I accidentally uploaded the pre-mixed version of the episode, initially My deepest apologies. The file was replaced with the correct one. So, listeners, please re-download this episode if you grabbed the early version. I’ll be more careful next time. :)

  3. Lorraine Hopping September 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Some great sparks here, thanks. You mentioned The Guild, and I’m thinking episodic shows will increasingly go web or web-only. Wondering if you see this as a trend and how the change in medium affects episodic content or narrative choices.

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