Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

18.13: Finding the Core Conflict

In our ongoing exploration of tension, the time has come to examine conflict. It can be shaped and delivered in numerous ways, but you have to know the core conflict before you can make anybody feel tense about it.

Credits: Your hosts for this episode were Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler. It was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.

Homework: Write a conflict twice, changing the POV character’s underlying emotional needs. See how the scene changes.

Thing of the week: The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, by David Graeber & David Wengrow.

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