This week on the podcast we discuss Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanne Clarke and the story structure concept of the midpoint shift.
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Season 1, Episode 4: Midpoint Shift
We review Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke and geek out discussing our favorite characters. This episode’s art features Nora as Lady Pole for Halloween 2014 (all seven-year-olds choose to costume themselves as obscure literary characters, right?).
Sue explains what the midpoint shift is and why it’s her favorite piece of story structure. Nora creates brilliant sound effects to illustrate the character’s mindset change at the midpoint.
Things we mention that you should check out:
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- The audiobook version of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell gets played on repeat at our house.
- If you want to hear Neil Gaiman interviewing Susanna Clarke about the book, go here or here.
- If you want to learn more about the midpoint shift and a four-act structure for stories, I highly recommend the work of Larry Brooks. You can see a list of his books at the Story Fix website.
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