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In today’s episode, we grapple with confidence, the lack there of, and working toward it. We dip into the question of what makes a book sell, and we give you James Scott Bell’s definition of a short story. This leads to a conversation about the importance of having a feedback loop when you are writing, and what constitutes good feedback, as well as the importance of a deadline, and how to give it leverage. To top it off, we touched on the pleasurable/ funny unreliable narrator, intuition and exploration, and novelizing a screenplay.

We’d love your thoughts on the definition of a short story, or anything else you’d like to share at questions at StoryMakersShow dot com.


Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at