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In this week’s Quick Fix Q & A, Angie and Elizabeth discuss:

  • 6 steps to creating a scene
  • 4 tests for: is it an event?
  • Plot complexity and genre expectations
  • Your personal thematic
  • Decision fatigue
  • Automating your routine

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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