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Old 04-25-2012   #1
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Hi all,

Was curious if anyone had any reading material on how to do a multi episode arc? Would this be pretty much the same as doing it for a novel?

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I've never done such a thing, so keep that in mind, but it strikes me that you might be more concerned about ending each episode with a cliffhanger than you would with novel chapters. (Of course, this depends on the kind of story being told--and, of course, some novelists might think it wise to end chapters with cliffhangers.)

After all, if someone buys or even sits down to read a novel, that person is invested to try to get through the whole thing. It's far easier to not tune in next week or next month with an audio drama. You have to motivate them to continue with the series.

My hunch is that you also might want to think a bit about having subplots resolve with each installment, so that along with the cliffhanger, there's still some sense of resolve.

As I say, this is off the top of my head, but I'm really interested to see how this conversation develops. I have no immediate plans to do what you're planning, but it's cool stuff to think about.
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Well said!!!

<digging the history of AD you are writing to btw man!>
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Thanks! That history is now done (on my blog - see below), and BrokenSea is duly noted! You and everyone else should feel very free to add any comments to it. It's not intended to be the all-encompassing history, after all. In fact, one commenter mentioned the old Power Records series he grew up with. For an entire generation or so, that was audio drama!
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Oh I just appreciate the mention my friend
<and am a huge Power Records fan>
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And having something to hang an ep on <or a couple bits plot wise> with a cliff hanger
is a fun way to write and fun to listen to as a AD maker as well as a fan
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I must admit to enjoying writing characters into a corner and then ka-booming their way out-LOL
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i like the Buffy model - whetever you think of Joss Whedon, the show had good plot arcs. Each episode had its own plot that stood alone, but each one also fed (more or less0 into the main "season plot", which ended (like a video game) with a confrontation wit hte boss monster.
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This thread seems to have gotten a wee sluggish, so let me toss this out. It might fit better on a new thread . . . but we shall see.

I'm close to finishing the first story for my first "series" character, and it all feels fine--but my usual approach is to really root the story in some kind of character change, be it positive or negative. Don, the main character in "A Demon Once Removed," for instance, gets this opportunity to figure out why he's such a blamer and to do something about it. He seems to take, at least, a first step toward a better relationship with his son.

Series characters certainly can change, and Buffy is a good example. She got darker as a she got older. But her change is so gradual, and I doubt that my series will last for seven years.

Typically, though, series characters remain the same. Think about Sherlock Holmes, for instance. He's always . . . you know . . . Sherlock Holmes.

So if character change isn't at the heart of the story with a series . . . what is?
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The story itself
To my mind anyway.

And yes I admit to loving Pulp tales of High Adventure

Though I love characters growing and all

I first want to be entertained with a great tale, if in the telling a character/s grow cool. But do I like and or hate <if baddies> the characters and did they transport me away from the daily grind? If so- it's a winner!

I mean Sherlock is cool because he's Sherlock and doesn't change-to me anyway- he solves his case with Watson- says the games afoot- and I am enthralled etc
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Kinda like I want AC/DC to sound like AC/DC and not grow into ABBA if that makes any kind of sense...
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