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December 28 2013

19:41

2MTL 316: What IS "Doctor Who Canon" Anyway??? (Time Dilation) | Two-minute Time Lord

What does "Doctor Who canon" have in common with religious canon? How does one determine which stories "matter," and does a 50-year-old television series develop a canon in the same way that a 2,000 year-old (give or take) religion did? Rabid Doctor Who fan and New Testament historian Mark Goodacre is the perfect guest for this Time Dilation conversation. No proselytization, just Doctor Who geekery at its finest, placed in a historical context. http://twominutetimelord.com/wp/?p=1049

October 31 2013

19:20

Hide and Create: Generating Conflict in Writing

This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, and Moses Siregar generate some conflict. Without conflict you don’t have a story. Unless your character is doing something you have no plot. The plot comes from the MC doing everything he or she can to overcome the obstacles standing between them and their goal(s). Conflict is entertaining. Conflict not only drives your story but will drive your audience. Think about what is popular on television now, and the proliferation of reality TV. Why do we watch it? Remove obvious contenders like Survivor or Real Housewives or Jersey Shore where the conflict is in your face. Would you watch a show about cooking food like Ace of Cakes or Iron Chef if there was no conflict? Of course not! Conflict drives tension. It can be a race against time. It can be internal, it can be romantic. It doesn’t have to be a big fight scene, or knock-down drag-out battle. As a bonus this week, we have the full outtake of my conflict-ramble, creating a “live” story out of the three main types of conflict for you: http://www.writingpodcastonline.com/audio/JoshuaExposition.mp3
19:12

Hide and Create: Writing Mary Sues

This week on Hide and Create, Diana Rowland, Moses Siregar, Joshua Essoe and Jordan Ellinger discuss Mary Sues and Marty Stus. Who are these super awesome people? Why, they’re you! They’re the best. We all love them. A little too much. They can do everything! In fact it kind of bugs me how perfect they are. It probably bugs you too. Here are some tips to tone those characters down, and how to use this technique for the forces of good instead of evil.
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