Genre

Here we are for the latest instalment of the Five in Five Series: After Dark. These are five little short episodes of some writing tips and challenges to help you get your groove back.

I lost my groove a little bit over the summer. We're trying to get her groove back by issuing a challenge to ourselves and others. Hopefully we’ll help make it a little bit easier to write or to at least get the first 20 or 30 words on a page. That's the real key - start the writing and then it sort of flows from there.

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Tone

So we are in our second episode of this new season and it's also the second episode in the series of Five in Five: After Dark. The topic today is tone.

We mean the way the story is written. For example, a lot of the stories that I write have a sort of earnest, struggling kind of tone. Some of our favourite storytellers have vastly different tones. Storytellers and writers will develop a tone that they feel most comfortable with.

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Writing from a Theme

We're back. It seems like we've only been gone for about four months and that's because we have. Well it's very exciting because we're gearing up at the time of this recording for our first event of the season.

We started the season off and we kind of ended the season off of the podcast with a short little series that we like to call five and five After Dark.

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The Crowd

We love the audiences we get at Stories We Don't Tell. We might be biased, but we think our shows attract the best crowds. They deeply listen to the stories, have tremendous respect for the performers and engage with them afterward. And sometimes they even end up as storytellers as well! So, we're lifting our glasses to you, dear audience. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again in September! Below are some photographs of our audiences from the last few years.

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Performance Voice

Here we are with the last episode of this Five in Five: After Dark series.

This is one of my favorite things and I've been obsessed with this over the last year because it keeps changing. When you’re a writer and you finally find your writer’s voice, things click into place. In a similar way, through my experience you develop a performance voice. Or, a way that connects your writing to your delivery. It can take a while to figure this out.

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Re-Structuring

Alright, Five in Five: After Dark.

I just feel like we need to still include editing in here somewhere. There's a requirement especially since it’s so hard and a lot of people don’t do it. I actually think that perhaps the most common fault of new storytellers is they cannot accept that they have to cut things. You don't have to say everything and every word isn't precious.

I'm biased because editing is so important to me. I wonder if there's two kinds of people in this world. People that like to edit and people that don't like to edit. I like to edit and sometimes it’s even down to the actual show and I’m still changing words that I think may sound better.

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Know Your Ingredients

Now don't worry faithful listeners it's only five minutes because this is Five in Five: After Dark.

So, know your ingredients and make them quality. What do we mean by that? Basically, write a good story.

It’s more about the scenes in your story and how you use them in the time allotted. It’s using those limitations to get at what is most interesting in your story.

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When One Thing Represents Another

I don't think we should introduce ourselves at all. Listeners will figure it out.

Yes and I think we don't we only have five minutes so so we can't even waste time doing that. We’re back with the second installment of Five in Five: After Dark.

We talked about finding a moment like in the original Five in Five at the beginning of the season. This was about finding a moment in the story that you can build your story around. But say you have a certain theme or more universal thing or something larger you want to get at. It’s then looking at your own personal story and how something can represent those themes or whatever you're trying to do.

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Upside Down

So we were doing - another five and five.

We did this at the beginning of this season which was five writing tips and things that we've learned through the course of doing all the workshops with Stories We Don't Tell plus all of our own experiences. And now we've got five more that are like companion pieces and revisiting the first five.

Maybe at some point we can do the opposite versions? Like the Upside Down World in Stranger Things.

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Gameshows and Friendships

PD: The thing about this story was that it was hard to write - not specifically from a standpoint of it's a difficult topic or at least a terribly difficult topic. I feel like you struggled with the story consistently and that you kept having iterations of versions of the story over and over and over again. And none of them exactly seem to land where you wanted them to.

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The Law of Threes

SH: Today we're talking about sequels. And no we're not going to be talking about The Godfather Part 3 again. But curiously enough this would be the third time that it was mentioned on this podcast. Should we go there or not go there?

PD: I love the Godfather Part 3. That has been a stance that I've always had and have made my point on this show multiple times about how much I love The Godfather Part 3. You have refused to see The Godfather Part 3 and I find that offensive.

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What Happened

PD: Welcome to the podcast! If you’re confused, tweet #SWDTconfused at @jeffreypauldore and @Steho_. We are very excited because we are back on a little bit of a roll of including stories again.

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Houses Hold Stories

SH: Today we're going to talk a little bit about venues because two of our last shows were in new venues and that's always exciting for us in part because it's actually how our show has grown. People invite their friends to their house for this thing and the more people learn about us, the more each new venue brings a whole different vibe to the experience.

PD: We were at an event the other night and somebody asked me all about the importance of doing the live show in houses. We didn't realize how important this was going to be and it was almost an arbitrary decision. We didn't know really what was going to happen and it was like let's just do this at your apartment. There wasn't necessarily a big theory behind it at the beginning.

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Stories of Home

This blog includes transcriptions from our Stories of Home podcast minis-series. Have a listen to all the episodes on the Stories We Don’t Tell Podcast. As of this posting, there still might be some tickets left for Stories of Home on Thursday, November 23rd, but they’re going fast! Tickets available at Eventbrite.

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Cut! Cut Cut!

This is part four of our five part series: don't take this advice. But, if you're going to take one piece of advice, make it this one: cut, cut, cut. Basically: edit, edit, edit.

This might seem very obvious. Every piece of advice usually seems obvious but people don't do it. People just don't do it. When people don't edit, they don't fully understand what their story is about. And so they think they need to include a whole bunch of other information that doesn't necessarily relate to their actual story. And so they include a lot of parts at the beginning getting the audience all caught up, when a lot of those details might not matter. It really comes down to knowing what your story actually is about.

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