WX 14.13: Obstacles vs. Complications

Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Margaret, and Howard

What’s the difference between an obstacle and a complication? Margaret Dunlap takes the lead on this episode for us, giving us the tools we need to create ‘impediments to main character progress’ which will drive our stories across page turns (and commercial breaks) in compelling, twisty ways.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.


Take an obstacle in your story, and turn it into a complication.

Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse

2 thoughts on “WX 14.13: Obstacles vs. Complications”

  1. This week, Brandon, Mary Robinette, Margaret, and Howard unpacked the use of obstacles and complications in writing, and how these intersect with the MICE quotient, TV plotting, even commercials. Plenty of meat to help both discovery writers and plotters figure out how to spice up their writing with obstacles and complications. Go ahead, read all about it in the transcript available in the archives.

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