13.26: Character Relationships

Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard

Our characters become far more interesting when they begin interacting with each other. These interactions—these relationships—are often how our stories get told. In this episode we explore ways in which we can fine tune relationships in service of our stories.

The tools include the Kowal Relationship Axes (Mind, Money, Morals, Manners, Monogamy, and The Marx Brothers) and the differences between personal and position power.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson and mastered by Alex Jackson


Apply the relationship axes to a pair of your characters.

The Calculating Stars, and The Fated Skyby Mary Robinette Kowal

6 thoughts on “13.26: Character Relationships”

  1. sex, money, in-laws, children, chores

    The classic flash-points for conflict in domestic relationships. :)

  2. This week, the original foursome, Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard, spun us a web around the Kowal relationship axes, with excursions into position versus personal power, quickly introducing backstory depth in a relationship, and writing about the relationship after the happily ever after. Character relationships! Read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives and over here:


  3. Also, I made you aware of this through your contact form, but your “Load Comments” widget doesn’t work for me. That means I can only view the comments on the most recent episode. Chrome on Windows 7, fwiw.

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