In another one of these One-A-Day videos, I talked about how effective open loops are in storytelling.
Well, there are two more areas where open loops come in handy: performer profiles and, of all things, podcast episode management.
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Good morning, David:
I am recording the first in a series of books where the author, a dear friend, is thinking he is done. He turns 82 this year and he believes he has run the story out to the characters conclusions. I was stunned. I asked him about several open loops that I had been wondering about and he said, “I hadn’t even thought about that.” I think he had been so concerned with coming up with and creating the action story lines and making those work, that in that process he created some open loops that he wasn’t even aware of. But as the reader, and as a woman (a major one had to do with alien procreation and galactic IVF), I had a lot of questions. He is a psychotherapist, so this really surprised me. Honestly, I think he is just tired. He has 4 books in the series and each is 120K words or more. He also has several non-fiction books on love and relationships, and healing the soul. Oh, and past life regression. So, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was worried that he won’t be able to do another book.
My two cents.
I really like the idea of open loops. I plan on running a Dungeons and Dragons podcast (probably far in the future) but those are 3-4 hours long. Maybe I could make eight 30 minute segments and release them over the two weeks between sessions. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Thanks for the video David.
As part of the VO2GoGo Pros group, I recently listened to a bunch of podcasts and had to vote for my favorite one. I enjoyed each podcast (for different reasons), but my vote went with one that was relatively short for the exact reasons you gave, David! I want something I can listen to on the way to the store, or to pick up my kids. Now I need to apply this concept to my profile bios and to my retail samples. Thank you!
I wish more podcasters would take your advice. One hour is too much time to invest all at once. Besides it’s exciting to have a stinger so you can look forward to the next episode. Thanks David !
Great advice. And now I know what OL’s are. They were irritating to me on the rare occasion I watched Entertainment Tonight or some show like that; now I understand.
I’ll look at how to implement in my profiles. (Could make a big difference in the online dating industry? Which I do not participate in.)
Getting lots of ideas.