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How Story Works

How Story Works is a podcast for everyone who loves stories. If you’re a writer, understanding how story works will help you craft better stories. If you’re a lover of stories, the podcast will give you added insight into your favorite tales, and extend the toolset you use to better understand the stories you love. Join NYT bestselling author and story expert Lani Diane Rich as she demystifies stories and storytelling, allowing you to better write and appreciate the stories you love.

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Applying Narrative Theory

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Wanna know what episode is airing and when? Check out the Chipperish Calendar! Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

13mins

6 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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What Meaning Means

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.The post HSW #2. What Meaning Means appeared first on Chipperish Media.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

8mins

27 Mar 2017

Rank #2

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Building Character

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Wanna know what episode is airing and when? Check out the Chipperish Calendar! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

1hr 12mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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The “Rules”

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.The post HSW #3. The “Rules” appeared first on Chipperish Media.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

6mins

3 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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Reveling in Revision

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

12mins

2 Dec 2018

Rank #5

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The 7 Anchor Scenes

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes:The 7 Anchor Scenes Visual:Right-click and Save As to download Next week, we’ll be discussing Disney’s Tangled. Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

15mins

5 Jun 2017

Rank #6

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The Unbalanced Force

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.The post HSW #4. The Unbalanced Force appeared first on Chipperish Media.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

7mins

10 Apr 2017

Rank #7

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Stereotypes, Archetypes & Tropes

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

13mins

25 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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The Character Triangle

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Download the Character Triangle. View Dr. Brené Brown’s TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability. Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.The post HSW #22. The Character Triangle appeared first on Chipperish Media.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

16mins

28 Aug 2017

Rank #9

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Whistling for Discovery

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

10mins

18 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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Magic and Craft

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

9mins

20 Jan 2018

Rank #11

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The End of the Beginning

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

7mins

2 Oct 2017

Rank #12

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Advanced Criticism: His Girl Friday

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

14mins

2 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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His Girl Conflict

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

10mins

17 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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Pacing

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Download the Pacing Timeline PDF. Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

14mins

25 Jul 2017

Rank #15

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How Goals Work

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

14mins

8 May 2017

Rank #16

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Protagonist, Antagonist

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

12mins

24 Apr 2017

Rank #17

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Intro to Character

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

11mins

21 Aug 2017

Rank #18

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Character & Dialogue

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: What part of the country are you from? test Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

13mins

18 Sep 2017

Rank #19

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The Keys to Character

Buy How Story Works nowGet the How Story Works audiobook free with a new Audible subscriptionShow notes: Want to get ahead of the game with the texts Lani talks about on the show? Check out the How Story Works Course Text List! Discuss How Story Works on the Chipperish Forum! Support Chipperish on Patreon! Support Chipperish by shopping on Amazon using this link! How Story Works is a Chipperish Media production by Lani Diane Rich, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

13mins

11 Sep 2017

Rank #20