This is our transcript of Episode 9: Make it Work, adapted from our script. We use a combination of hand and machine transcription, and should be about 80-90% correct. Please verify against the audio before quoting. Building a creative career is like building a machine. There are a million moving parts, and the components you choose…

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Episode 9 Out On The Wire Make It Work

It’s one thing to finish a story, it’s another to make stories your career. In our final episode of season one of Out on the Wire we talk to three creative professionals, Jakob Lewis of the podcast Neighbors, Dave Kellett of the comics Sheldon and Drive and the documentary Stripped, and Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer…

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Out On The Wire Your Baby's Ugly

Our stories are our babies, but not all babies are cute. This week, we figure out just how far we’ve still got to go when we take a finished draft of our own show and subject it to the cold scrutiny of an edit by Robert Smith and Jess Jiang of Planet Money. Our baby…

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Get better at helping others make their work shine. It’s a wonderful gift to give another storyteller. But it’s not all altruism: every time you work through a story, you learn more about your own work, and how to improve it.

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Out On The Wire Your Baby's Ugly

We create our transcripts from a combination of our written scripts and machine generated transcriptions, and we expect them to be about 90-95% accurate. For quotations, please consult the actual episode. Back in February of 2012 I sat in—via Skype— at Snap Judgment, a character-driven show of first-person narratives with intense sound design, on what…

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This is our transcript of Episode 7: Dark Forest, adapted from our script. It’s about 90-95% correct. Please verify against the audio before quoting. So there you are, skipping down the path, writing your story. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, you feel great. You. can. do this. You’ve got your map to guide you—your…

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The Dark Forest is where we go when we’re deep in the writing process and lose our way. Overwhelming feelings of self-doubt, confusion, and inadequacy threaten to halt our stories’ progress. Sometimes, we forget why we started on the path in the first place. Luckily, many people have been here before, and they can help…

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