The Storyteller’s Mission with Zena Dell Lowe

The Storyteller’s Mission with Zena Dell Lowe

Hosted by: Zena Dell Lowe

Zena Dell Lowe is a seasoned and engaging teacher with a passion for writers and storytellers. Her focused, concise, and practical episodes (all roughly 20 minutes) not only explore the nuts and bolts of the craft,...

Episodes

Five Essential Dialogue Tricks to Help Clarify Your Storyline for Your Readers

Season #2 Episode #41

S2_E41: Five Dialogue Tricks For a Clear StorylineEPISODE DESCRIPTION - Last week, we discussed the importance of getting to your main action and character quickly. This week I give you 5 dialogue tricks to avoid ‘the...
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What Writers Need to Do at the Start of Each Scene to Keep Their Reader Hooked

Season #2 Episode #40

EPISODE DESCRIPTION -Today we are diving into #7 in our series of “Aha Moments,” that I’ve had both as a writer, and as a story coach. One mistake that I see happen with a lot of writers, is that they wait too long to...
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SPECIAL EPISODE: Zena Unpacks Critical Changes in the Marketplace that Impact the Types of Stories Being Sold as a Guest on Writer's Chat

Season #2 Episode #39

S2_E38  This special episode replays Zena's recent presentation as a guest on Writer's Chat, where she was invited to speak on how writers can make their story ideas commercial. The answer, Zena says, is not as simple...
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The Best Tip Ever on How to Reveal the Evolution of Important Character Relationships in Story

Season #2 Episode #38

S2 E38. Today in our series of Aha Moments, Zena dives into TIP #6. In essence, the audience needs to see three encounters between characters before they will believe that the relationship has changed or evolved for...
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Unlocking the Secret of How to Write Great Setups and Payoffs

Season #2 Episode #37

S2_E37. Unlocking the Secret of How to Write Great Setups and PayoffsOne of the best things I ever learned in terms of setups and payoffs is how to make a setup ne barely noticeable. A truly good setup is something...
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Two Easy Tips to Immediately Maximize the Dramatic Potential of Each Scene

Season #2 Episode #36

S2_E36 See the main points for this episode below. Or DOWNLOAD FULL TRANSCRIPTS FOR FREE on the podcast page of our website. EPISODE DESCRIPTION - Today, I'm sharing tips number 3 and 4 of some of the aha moments I've...
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How to Handle Coincidence and Avoid Red Herrings in Story

Season #2 Episode #35

S2_E35 See the main points for this episode below. Or DOWNLOAD FULL TRANSCRIPTS FOR FREE on the podcast page of our website. EPISODE DESCRIPTION - Today, I'm switching gears to share some of the aha moments that I...
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Writing Funny: Why Comedy Feels Dangerous and How to Avoid Crossing the Line

Season #2 Episode #34

S2_E34 – Why Comedy Feels Dangerous and How to Avoid Crossing the LineIn the conclusion of this series on Writing Funny, Zena addresses two final types of tools or comedic devices (puns/dad jokes and the reversal),...
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Writing Funny: My Three Favorite Tools to Create Comedic Moments in Story

Season #2 Episode #33

S2_E33 – Three Favorite Tools to Create Comedy in StoryIn this current series on Writing Funny, Zena shares three techniques that can specifically be used when working with cliches to create comedic moments in...
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Writing Funny: The Cardinal Rule of Comedy is Surprise

Season #2 Episode #32

S2_E32 – The Cardinal Rule of Comedy is Surprise. In this current series on Writing Funny, Zena has been breaking down Melvin Helitzer’s acronym THREES from his book, Comedy Writing Secrets, which identifies the six...
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Writing Funny: 2 Rules and 3 Tools to Build Suspense and Create Anticipation in Comedy

Season #2 Episode #31

In this continuation of of the Writing Funny series, Zena unpacks the last two letters in Melvin Helitzer's acronym, THREES, which make up the 6 primary ingredients of comedy writing. Emotion refers to creating...
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Writing Funny: Good Humor is a Combination of Realism and Exaggeration

Season #2 Episode #30

In this week's episode, Zena continues to unpack Melvin Helitzer's acronym THREES, which encompasses the six primary ingredients of all comedy. We've already covered the first two,  target and hostility. Today, we...
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