Megan Abbott’s Go-To Story Structure

The crime novelist has a simple three-part formula for compelling stories.


Episode Notes

This week, Isaac Butler interviews crime novelist and TV writer Megan Abbott, who talks about her creative-writing rituals, her go-to story structure, and the challenges of adapting one of her novels for television.

After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the surprising origins of the terms story beat and character beat.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


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