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Season 1 Episode 8 | Recorded Jan 13th, 2021

Writing Universal Dilemmas

Retooling existing sources of conflict in the context of different stories

In this episode, John illustrates the power of sampling a universal dilemma stripped of context to generate a complete, compelling and meaningful story in just half an hour. By recognizing the pliability of golden sources of conflict, it allows writers to focus on the fun part of storytelling without worrying that their story is meaningless. John also speaks more about the process of moving through a story and how successful stories leave their audience to ponder its lasting subtextual dilemma.