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

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.

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

Thing of the week: Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse.

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