The creators of Welcome to Night Vale Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink believe the only bad writing is not writing. Start With This is a podcast gone creativity playground designed to put your ideas in motion. Each episode centers around a writing topic. Then they give listeners two short assignments: something to consume and something to create. Make something—anything. Then make something else.
How strong is your satire?
CONSUME: Two podcasts: "A Very Fatal Murder" and "This Sounds Serious." Both podcasts are a riff on the true crime podcast format. Both use satire. Listen to the first episode of each of those shows, and think about what you learn from each satirical take on true...
Writing what's absurd.
CONSUME: Clip from You, the Living. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOwpd2I_4mo
CREATE: Write a 200 word description of your home. Make it realistic and true. Now edit that piece. Change the logic of its layout. With each sentence, think about the logical and expected...
When do you use stage directions, and how descriptive do you get?
CONSUME: "How to use stage directions" by Sam Graber
CREATE: Write a 200-400 word scene for two characters that includes the stage direction “[They/He/She...