13.6: External Conflicts for Characters
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Amal, and Maurice
An external conflict is a story driver that originates outside the protagonist. In this episode a large part of what we’ll focus on is person-vs-environment as opposed to person-vs-person. PvE rather than PvP, if you will.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Andrew Twiss, and mastered by Alex Jackson, both of whom understand that environmental noise is a key external conflict driving their narratives.
Homework: “Break Things” – start the character’s story, and then have things begin going wrong. Don’t fix any of it. Just keep making things worse.
Thing of the week: “El is a Spaceship Melody,” by Maurice Broaddus.
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