Tag Archives: post-apocalypse

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Rite of Rejection, by Sarah Negovetich (40:00)

Today’s survivor teaches us that treating readers as intelligent collaborators pays dividends.

Fools’ Apocalypse, by Anderson Atlas (4:56)

Today we examine an effect I’m going to call “evasive narrating” in which the narrator appears to be trying to shake the reader off his trail by changing topic rapidly and unpredictably.

The Tilt, by M.A. Robbins (17:04)

Today we see that when characters experience facts but have no reaction to them, emotional, they’re like plot zombies. And nobody chooses to spend time getting to know zombies.

The Rat Collector, by Chris Yee (6:21)

Today I am reminded that when the problem is a stylistic one, examples can recur so frequently that the reader gets hyper-sensitized to them.

In Strange Worlds, by Brenda Cheers (6:15)

Today we see that a great way to ensure your readers do not invest emotionally in your story is to give them a narrator who doesn’t invest either.