SPP185 Long Term Story and World Planning with Garrett Robinson

Self Publishing Podcast

Dave is MIA and Sean’s voice is broken, so the guys call in Garrett who has the next loudest voice in the company. They talk about story and world planning, how to develop your world as you go, and how series work into that.

  • Something cool: Johnny’s new morning routine, and Sean’s weird conversation with an old guy at the airport, the guys make something up for Dave, and Garret chimes in with Legendary.
  • How authors should think in terms of story planning, where creation and production meet.
  • Garrett talks about not being ‘ready to write,’ in terms of skill, and how he approached that situation.
  • How Garrett is developing a fantasy story that follows the structure of The Avengers; each character has their own story, and they all come together for the greater epic.
  • The guys talk about different beats styles for plotting huge stories.
  • How to break Scrivener and lose your story.
  • More on interlinking characters across the same world in different stories.
  • Garrett’s BookBub add, and how writing now pays for his life.


  1. This was a very informative conversation. (I hope everybody starts feeling better, soon!) I like the idea of taking a Marvel approach to world building, and having several series available in the same world. Keep up the good work, guys! Thanks for making my commute to work both quicker and educational.

  2. This podcast is totally up my alley since this is the kind of writing I do.
    I love the way Garrett has approached building a large world.

    I’m taking a similar approach. Instead of using a series to fill out my worldbuilding, I’m using short stories and stand-alone novels featuring different characters in different time periods to do this while doing a primary storyline at the same time.

    The best part about this method is that you get to practice writing many different types of stories but also have the luxury of them being connected for the completest readers.

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