48 Making a story with Daniel Heard

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This week I’m talking with illustrator Daniel Heard about the difference between a story and a series-of-events-that-happen.

The Thor trailer was good, but it didn’t have enough banjos.


How do I make this a story and not a series-of-events-that-happen?

Inciting event, and the protagonist has to deal with it

The Hollywood formula (see another great treatment of the formula on Writing Excuses)

Robert McKee

Django Unchained

There’s what the story is about, but then there’s what the story is actually about.

Robert Charles Wilson

What makes a person civilized?

Kirby and Lee


Pocket universe

At the Mountains of Madness


It’s easy to point at someone and say “you’re not civilized.”

Kentuckian? Is that a word?



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