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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

17: Steven Gould: Consequences In Fiction

Tonight we spoke with Steven Gould, Science Fiction and YA author of the books: Helm, Reflex and Jumper and the soon to be released Seventh Sigma (Release Date: July 5, 2011). A cohesive narrative is integral to a successful story, be it in short fiction or novel format. An integral part of such a narrative, especially to maintain believability for your reader is, making sure:
  • When you set up a premise (or a consequence for a character's actions)make sure it pays off well in the end.
  • Your character's actions in your work are affected by their environment.
  • Too much tension for your characters without periods of rest tire your audience.
If you've ever read others works (or your own) and thought: "Hold on- why did they do that, again?!" and need to know how to fix or refine that aspect of your work, give this episode a listen!

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  1. Thanks. I very much enjoyed the talk.

  2. Jon-

    You're very welcome! I really enjoyed interviewing Steven and hearing his thoughts on the logic behind character motivations.

    We're starting a new "season" soon. I hope you'll be able to join us in the on call audience once we start recording again! (Details are forthcoming).


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