Welcome to Episode 107 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we conclude our triptych of shows on the work of Holly Black with a discussion of some of the writing techniques used in her novel The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, looking at the benefits of starting a book in media res, how delaying the reveal of a centrally important concept in your novel can give it (and the rest of the plot) greater weight, the value of creating a well-rounded character with a strong moral core, and other writing-focused concepts. If you like what you see and hear, don’t forget to check back soon when we’ll have our next state of the field show with authors Erik Scott de Bie and Marie Bilodeau. Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word about the show!