Episode 7: Dark Forest, transcript

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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Episode 7: Dark Forest

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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Episode 6: Proof of Concept

Out On The Wire

It’s time to get some ink on that page. We’re in the lab, testing our story hypotheses in the crucible of the writing process. We put things in order, break them down, build them with little blocks, iterate, signpost, and answer the question, “what does Buffy feel?” With the help of Ira Glass, Joe Richman,…

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Episode 6: Proof of Concept Transcript

Out On The Wire

This is our transcript of Episode 6: Proof of Concept, adapted from our script. It’s about 90-95% correct. Please verify against the audio before quoting. Intro I’m Jessica Abel, and we’re going Out on the Wire. The show about making stories, step by step. Out on the Wire is a show about how to tell stories,…

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Episode 5: You’re Not Lucky, You’re Just Good

Don’t be lucky. Be good. Manufacture your own luck with the right kind of preparation for an interview. We hear from Zoe Chace, Robert Smith, Ira Glass and Jenna Weiss-Berman on how to research, prepare, and execute an interview that will provide exactly what you need. Plus we talk to New Yorker staff writer Larissa…

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Episode 5: You’re not Lucky, You’re Just Good transcript

This is the transcript of Episode 5: You’re not Lucky, You’re Just Good, adapted from our script. It’s about 90-95% correct. Please verify against the audio before quoting. show top Zoe: …We did this interview, and it was not going well. and out of nowhere the guy just shows up with what we wanted. Like, we didn’t…

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Episode 4: Bare Bones Transcript

This is our transcript of Episode 4: Bare Bones, adapted from our script. It’s about 90-95% correct. Please verify against the audio before quoting.        Opening: Ira Glass: a story in it’s purest form is one thing coming after the other after the other Chana Joffe-Walt: it comes very naturally to me to do that, this person…

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Episode 4: Bare Bones

This episode is a flight check: We’re making sure the underpinnings of our stories are tight and structured by utilizing the narrative arc, chronology, and framing. You’ll hear from Ira Glass, Chana Joffe-Walt, Sean Cole, and in a brand new interview, from Jonathan Mitchell of the radio-drama podcast The Truth. Jonathan explains his storytelling philosophy…

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Episode 3: Walk In My Shoes

Today we dive deep into character, characters that let us walk in the shoes of someone else. But how can we create characters that feel genuine while also functioning to move the story? Glynn Washington, Joe Richman, Ira Glass, Jay Allison and more are here to help us figure out how to make characters that…

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Episode 3: Walk in My Shoes, transcript

This transcript is adapted from our final script for the episode so while it may not be 100% accurate, it should be very close. If you want to quote from the podcast, please verify the actual text by listening. Glynn Washington got into radio almost by accident, when, on a whim, at midnight of the…

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