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The language of storytellers: WriteLane podcast

Narrative writers look for arcs and dialogue and scenes.
From 2000: Maria Carrillo, left, and Lane DeGregory, with her son Ryland leaning in, when they first worked together. [Courtesy of Maria Carrillo]

Tampa Bay Times reporter Lane DeGregory and I worked together years ago, in another newsroom, and we figured out along the way that it was important to adjust the way we talked about stories. A shared vocabulary helps when you’re looking to tell narratives.

Here are some of the words in our dictionary:

Action

Arc

Cinematic

Character

Denouement

Dialogue

Foreshadowing

Pace

Perspective

Promise (or payoff)

Tension

Theme

Sense of place

Senses

Tension

Witness

A new episode of WriteLane is available each Wednesday morning on the Tampa Bay Times’ website and a variety of places, including iTunes. Go here to listen and subscribe for free on the Podcasts app and iTunes. If you like the show, be sure to leave us a review.

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