A throughline is the story’s core, the problem that opens in the beginning and concludes in the climax. Throughlines are essential for compelling stories, but many authors still struggle with them, so that’s what we’re talking about this week. We discuss why stories should open the throughline as soon as possible, how to apply throughlines across an entire series, and the Norwegian phenomena of Slow TV. What is Slow TV, and how does it apply to throughlines? You’ll have to listen to find out.
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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.