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Applying the Principles of Story to Short Stories

Apr 19, 2010

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Applying the Principles of Story to Short Stories - Question/Answer Q & A Discussion

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darylbaucum: Novel Structure
at Apr 22, 2010 - 7:52 PM
Is the structure of writing story different when writing a novel versus writing a screenplay? And if so how?
Birddog: Master@Work
at Apr 21, 2010 - 11:19 AM
One thing I liked about this Face to Face Q & A was that it was on the spot realism of a Master at work in his environment of a workshop. The background noise of people talking waiting to get Robert to sign his book is what happens. The answer to the fellows question was good I didn't know that a short story must focus on one moment and if you try to put another moment into the story you will piss people off because they are looking for more. 

Janet: Derek, face to face can be great
at Apr 20, 2010 - 6:07 AM
The insights and advice in this particular face-to-face Q&A were so wonderful they overshadowed the sound issues. With a boom mic, as you mentioned below, you should be just fine, as long as you remain choosy about which Q&A's to include.

You could experiment a little. For example, sometimes shoot-from-the-hip answers can be marvelous. At other times, it may be worthwhile taking the answer off line to allow for a more thoughtful, less jagged, or more compressed response.
JustinKing: Not as good
at Apr 19, 2010 - 2:49 PM
Both the bad audio quality and the rambling nature of the answers/discussion make these face-to-face Q&A's less informative and accessable than the prepared answers, in my opinion.
mysticpamela: Face Time
at Apr 19, 2010 - 1:52 PM
Hiya Derek.
I like the face to face questions very much because it gives us a chance to get a more complete answer. The reason is that if Bob has questions about the questions, they are instantly clarified and then his answer can hit the mark all the more keenly.
Otherwise he is at a disadvantage if the question is unclear or ambiguous.
Geoff: Well since you asked
at Apr 19, 2010 - 11:19 AM
I like the off the cuff answers that Bob McKee gives. He also uses a little more of the blue language made famous in Adaptation, so for those of us who have yet to attend the Story Seminar and live the "Bob McKee Experience", its very interesting. The only problem with the format is that unless both the questioner and Bob are miked equally, the sound can drown out the questioner, and the ambient noise in the room can interfere a bit. Other than that? I like it.
derekchristopher: Face-To-Face Q&As
at Apr 19, 2010 - 11:11 AM
Hi everyone. Derek with Storylogue here. Just would like to know what you think of the Face-to-Face Q&As? Would you like to see more of them? Less of them? Let us know. Thanks!

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