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

What Are the Major Genres for Film and Why That Matters for Novelists

Season #4

EPISODE DESCRIPTION – What is a genre anyway? Is it really that important for you to identify your genre? You don't want to be boxed in by a label, right? Wrong. You do want that label. You do need to identify your...
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10 Ways to Test if Your Story is Commercial

Season #4

EPISODE DESCRIPTION – Commercial story? Sounds like selling out, but it's more along the lines of actually selling. You have to have mass appeal if you want your stuff to sell. Period. So, put your #wip to the test...
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3 Ingredients Hollywood Wants in Your Story: Heart, Smarts, & Sparkle

Season #4

EPISODE DESCRIPTION –Whether your #wip is a screenplay, a novel, or a novel that hopes to one day become a screenplay, this episode is for you. Hollywood loves to adapt books into movies, so make sure you start on the...
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Unlocking Story Potential: Elements of a Good Story

Season #4

EPISODE DESCRIPTION –Ever wonder if you actually have a good story idea? Want to take that story idea that seems good and make it great? Well, stop what you're doing and watch this episode to level up your stories and...
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The How To Guide to Fatal Flaws in Character Development

Season #4

EPISODE DESCRIPTION – Sneak Peak into the Beta Program for Zena's new online class - Hollywood Story Structure Made Easy. Want a deeper dive into #fatalflaws in character development? Go ahead and click the link below...
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Are There Major Differences Between Screenplay Writing and Novels?

Season #4

EPISODE DESCRIPTION – Sneak Peak into the Beta Program for Zena's new online class - Hollywood Story Structure. Check out this excerpt where she discusses the differences and similarities between writing screenplays...
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Ep. 54. Keeping Your Protagonist Active: Zena's Talk on Reality Coaching for Writers

Season #3

EPISODE DESCRIPTION – Zena joins Diana Flagel on Reality Coaching for Writers for this sweet little episode all about why and how to keep your protagonist active.Free Video Tutorial for ScreenwritingThe Storyteller's...
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Ep. 53. Author & Screenwriter Jennifer Dornbush on Evidentiary Trails & Genre

Season #3

Jennifer Dornbush talks about the proper processes and evidentiary trails to follow in a crime story, but she also helps connect the dots to see that the same principles can really be applied to all stories, not just...
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Ep. 52. Author Jennifer Dornbush on Forensics, Story Structure & Character Arc

Season #3

Jennifer Dornbush talks forensics, story structure and character arc. If you are writing crime stories or not, there are several applicable tools and tips in this interview. Jennifer is a screenwriter, author,...
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Ep. 50. Not All Stories Need a Happy Ending

Season #3

EPISODE DESCRIPTION – Are you stuck in the "and they lived happily ever after" zone? Do you wonder if that's really the only way? What if all stories didn't need a happy ending? Would you want to understand why and...
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Ep. 49. Go Organic! Dialogue Your Audience Can Enjoy

Season #3

EPISODE DESCRIPTION – Dialogue is a fantastic tool to provide clarity and show, not tell. But how do you make sure your dialogue is true to your story? How do you justify the dialogue so it isn't trite and contrived?...
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Ep. 48. Setups and Payoffs - Don't Let Them See It Coming!

Season #3

EPISODE DESCRIPTION – Ever wonder if you have too many scenes? Want to make sure every one counts? Want to make sure every scene plays into your narrative? How about making sure they all move the story forward? Well,...
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