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Episode 152 - Allegorical Characters

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

Release Date: 12/22/2021

Episode 165 - Overly Powerful Characters show art Episode 165 - Overly Powerful Characters

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

In this episode, the two Matts sell a product that sells itself with just one heavily emphasized word, do multiple pushups on air just to prove a point, rag onto each other for forcing us to stay up late to record this, and talk about overly powerful characters in in the next of our set about Mary Sue-ish characters that were not calling Mary Sues because that term has been coopted by incels and can be any gender or race despite what said incels tell you. What makes a character too powerful? Does explaining said power help? What about their skills compared to others who should be more...

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Episode 164 - Overly Beloved Characters show art Episode 164 - Overly Beloved Characters

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

In this episode, the two Matts raid what seems to be an ancient tomb but might end up being something far more mundane, go on tangents about segues and how some of us nail them and others of us steal their thunder, get a little too personal and intimate about our relationship, and talk about overly beloved characters in the next of our set about Mary Sue-ish characters that were not calling Mary Sues because that term has been coopted by incels and can be any gender or race despite what said incels tell you. What makes a character too beloved? Does every other character have to love this one...

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Episode 163 - Overly Self-Insert Characters show art Episode 163 - Overly Self-Insert Characters

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

In this episode, the two Matts do another classic "really short ad" gag that hasn't gotten old the last three times we've done it, protest with large crowds about saving the invasive rodents, go on a tangent about Hawking radiation, and talk about overly self-insert characters in the first of our set about Mary Sue-ish characters that were not calling Mary Sues because that term has been coopted by incels and can be any gender or race despite what said incels tell you. What makes a character an overly self-insert rather than just inspired by your background? How can you improve these...

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Episode 162 - Solarpunk, Biopunk, and All The Other Punks show art Episode 162 - Solarpunk, Biopunk, and All The Other Punks

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

In this episode, the two Matts have to deal with another episode of the rival podcast of The Writ Wit, realize their 14-year-old edgelord friend has his own edgelord friend that actually makes him look mature, do way more puns than usual even for us, and talk about all the other different types of "punk" stories not big enough for its own episode in the last of our three-episode of the various types of "punk" stories. What are all these genres defined as? What makes an element worth its own genre? What are some new genres like this we could come up with on the spot? How badly did this...

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Episode 161 - Steampunk, or What If The Future Happened Sooner? show art Episode 161 - Steampunk, or What If The Future Happened Sooner?

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

In this episode, the two Matts sell a new Cerebral Stimulation product that's even grosser than the other two, compare different types of smoking in terms of which one looks the coolest, gush over old and obscure real time strategy games, and talk about the steampunk and similar subgenres of stories in the next of our three-episode set of the various types of "punk" stories. What is steampunk defined as? What are similar genres with the same idea but different aesthetics? Can it be as cynical as cyberpunk? Will Matt David ever read a real steampunk story and not just watch the other...

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Episode 160 - Cyberpunk, the Original Episode 160 - Cyberpunk, the Original "Punk" Genre

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

In this episode, the two Matts work on a new studio for recording episodes, acknowledge all the stereotypes of the characters in our pre-episode skits, finally release a Writ Wit episode early for the Patreon after slacking off for at least a few months by this point, and talk about the cyberpunk genre of stories in the first of our three-episode set of the various types of "punk" stories. What is cyberpunk defined as? How did it get its name? Are the narrative or visual themes more important in terms of defining the genre? How many seconds would Matt Donald last a cyberpunk comedian? We...

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Episode 159 - Works from 2021 Wildcard (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!) show art Episode 159 - Works from 2021 Wildcard (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

In this episode, Matt Donald and Christina Eilert release the episode late again due to issues with recording schedules, talk about the colors of feathers versus fur, mention that we might have taken insurrectionists seriously if they had better hair, and talk about some wildcard entries in the last of our set on the 2021 Writ Wit Witties. What were some of the most "eh" works from 2021? Who had the best hair? Who had the worst hair? Are these really the last of the categories, ending the Witties this year with a whimper rather than a ...slightly louder whimper? We discuss it all, while having...

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Episode 158 - Works We Saw In 2021 Not From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!) show art Episode 158 - Works We Saw In 2021 Not From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

In this episode, Matt Donald and Christina Eilert barely escape from something unknown but presumably involved birds or something, wonder if the worms in Dune might be a visual metaphor for its fans, piss off every film snob in the world by crapping on Stanley Kubrick and Citizen Kane, and talk about works we saw this year but aren't from this year in the next of our set about the 2021 Writ Wit Witties. What are the works people need to really, seriously shut up about? What stuff did we enjoy that maybe other people haven't checked out? Who's canceled, and who makes it to the next rankings?...

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Episode 157 - Works We Didn't Enjoy From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!) show art Episode 157 - Works We Didn't Enjoy From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

In this episode, Matt Donald and Christina Eilert discuss how to use pet birds' feathers for quill pens, have really bad audio quality for one of the hosts for the first few minutes but it gets better we promise, piss off a bunch of film nerds with one film's inclusion, and talk about what works we did not enjoy this year in the next of our set about the 2021 Writ Wit Witties. What works came out this year that other people should really just shut up about? What were our least favorite creators? What was our least favorite work overall? Why does Matt Donald insist no one who saw a certain...

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Episode 156 - Works We Enjoyed From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!) show art Episode 156 - Works We Enjoyed From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)

The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process

In this episode, one of the Matts returns from a holiday break, brings in longtime guest co-host Christina Eilert, forgoes an intro skit for now, and talks about what works he and Christina enjoyed this year in the first of our set about the 2021 Writ Wit Witties. What works came out this year that deserved more praise? What about ones that were hated too much and need a second chance? What about our favorite works of all time? What about Christina ripping off herself rather than something else for the What Will We Rip Off This Month segment? We discuss it all, welcoming a new year in this...

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In this episode, the two Matts do another really short ad to save time before their gig at a comedy club, have far worse audio quality than usual due to complications at our usual studio, threaten other writing podcasts so that we can remain number 1, and talk about writing characters that are allegories of real or legendary figures in the first in our set about allegories. What are the benefits of having your character be an allegory for someone more well-known? How can you keep it from being too on-the-nose? Why would you want to do this versus have more unique characters? What is the punchline of Matt Donald's joke in that comedy club and why will it definitely not get him cancelled? We discuss it all, while being perfect Christ metaphors because we share our name with the first book of the New Testament, and talk about Superman, Robin Hood, The Bible, and Matt Donald's own Megazoic: The Primeval Power, an equally notable work as those other three for sure.

Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at [email protected]. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/matthewdonald. Also you can purchase Matt Donald's book "Megazoic" on Amazon by clicking here, its sequel "Megazoic: The Primeval Power" by clicking here, its third installment "Megazoic: The Hunted Ones" by clicking here, or its final installment "Megazoic: An Era's End" by clicking here. If you'd like, of course.