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.
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Take an obstacle in your story, and turn it into a complication.
Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard
What’s the difference between villains and antagonists? How is an obstacle character different from those other two? How are they alike? And most importantly, how can we use this information to write effective opposition to our heroes, protagonists, and main characters?
Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
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Your main character is facing one each: an obstruction, an antagonist, and a villain…