17.32: Everything is About Conflict

Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler

Everything is about conflict? Really? Well, yes. Maybe not in the action-movie sense, but conflict is everywhere, even among people whose goals, objectives, and methodologies are in alignment. This, of course, means that it exists among your cast of characters, and it will inform the way the talk to one another.

Liner Notes: We mentioned this famous Monty Python sketch about wanting to have an argument.

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


Write a scene in which two characters try to decide whether or not to commit a crime. One has done crimes before. One has not. Halfway through, reverse their positions on the matter.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (currently requires a subscription to Paramount+.)

2 thoughts on “17.32: Everything is About Conflict”

  1. This week, the quarrelsome quartet, Dan, Mary Robinette, Maurice, and Howard, brought conflict into the conversation. Or at least talked about how conflict affects dialogue. A professor from Romania tied everything into the overarching conflict of the narrative. Conflict is not just fights, it’s tension and juxtaposition of ideas. Pacing… slowly he turned, step by step… A five-minute argument? Try-fail cycles, the rule of three, yes-but, no-and. What’s at stake? Deflections, distractions, and dodges. You can read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

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