...that is the question. Three opinionated writers argue over whether ’tis nobler to take up arms against a sea of overused tropes or give in and write them anyway. Tune in for a different trope every episode as we cover the good, the bad, and inescapably tropey.
Cowboys and eye candy and gardeners, oh my! Allies come in all shapes and sizes, and this episode we’re covering all of them. Join us as we talk all things BFFs and sidekicks, take a brief foray into how feminism affects the hero’s journey, and eventually land on some very counterintuitive writing advice. (Best listened to with 4 to 7 of your very best friends, family members, or various other allies, then shared with 4 to 7 more.)
He’s big, he’s bad, and he’s got a plan to take over the world that would have worked, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids! The Evil Overlord is the quintessential villain trope, and as such, there are a lot of really bad examples of it out there. Don’t be another cautionary tale of an Evil Overlord gone wrong—listen to this episode and write a convincing big bad! Or at least join us as we tear apart your favorite villains and try very hard not to reveal our secret plans to take over the world. You know, the usual.
Where there’s a Hero, there’s someone to tell that Hero he’s an idiot. Enter the Mentor. Join us in the second installation of our Archetype series as we discuss all the ways a Mentor can be neither old nor wise, and all the instances in which they’re stereotypically both, because humans sure do like their comfortable tropes. So wax on, wax off, and give our wise mentoring advice a listen as you continue along your writing journey.
Witches, Witches Everywhere
It’s spooky season! So we’re here with an episode all about witches. From alewives and the Spanish Inquisition to Harry Potter, Frozen, and mass produced romances, we’ve got witchlore coming at you from every which way. Join us for rants about worldbuilding, arguments about magic systems, and just enough writing advice to keep calling this a podcast for writers. Pull up a broom and come fall under our spell!
He’s here to save the world! Or slowly devolve in a downward spiral of madness and obsession. Y’know, whichever works. Welcome to our Archetype mini series, in which we deconstruct character archetypes and talk about how to write them (and, of course, how NOT to write them), starting with the inescapable Hero. Join us this episode for arguments about whether or not Star Wars actually counts as sci-fi, whether antiheroes even exist, and why morally gray fiction very well might be ruining the world. It’s a good time.
He’s suave, he’s hot, he’s here to steal your heart…and maybe your grandmother’s jewels while he’s at it. Join us this episode as we discuss all things Gentleman Thief, that villain we all love to love. We talk ethics, we talk worldbuilding and business cards, we talk heists (of course), and we spend an inordinate amount of time playing “is he actually a gentlemen thief?” with various fictional characters. The answers might surprise you.