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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

3: David Farland: Writing the Basic Parts of the Story

  1. Introducing setting, characters, and conflicts
  2. Creating an inciting incident
  3. The first try/fail cycle for the major conflict
  4. Escalating to the second try/fail
  5. Third Try/Fail
  6. The climax (with its possible reversals)
  7. The denouement
If you missed it, you can listen to the recording below:
For the first fifteen minutes, David answered callers' questions:

Or you can download the MP3.

David's advice on writing the Basic Parts of the Story was recorded separately (the final Q&A did not record--sorry!)

Or you can download the MP3.


  1. Thanks for posting the recordings of these phone calls!

  2. Not a problem at all--thanks for stopping by!

  3. I think you made a mistake when uploading. You posted the Q and A part two times with different filenames.

  4. Jeppe--you're so right. Sorry! Looks like the MP3 download got messed up. I'll try to fix this tonight.

  5. Okay, I think I fixed it. Try it out and see if it works for you. Thanks for pointing that out!

  6. Thanks. I think you got the right one this time. I prefer to listen to these on my ipod.


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