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about 3 years ago
# Episode 53 - Pump up the Conflicts
## Works in Progress
[00:00:35] Eric is adding scenes to *Prince of Pigeon Hill*. The primary arc of the story takes place in a 24-hour period. Eric is interspersing cut scenes that go back further and further in time.
Mike didn't do a lot of writing as he was in Denver for the week and was outrunning the weather.
John is working on *Crimson Eyes*, a short story inspired by a writing prompt. He's also plotting another novel.
## Reading Spotlight
[00:02:44] Mike's is making his way through [The Queen's Poisoner](http://www.amazon.com/Queens-Poisoner-Kingfountain-Jeff-Wheeler/dp/1503953300/?tag=typehammer-20) by Jeff Wheeler. Mike has also picked up [On Fire](http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Choices-Ignite-Radically-Inspired/dp/1501117726/?tag=typehammer-20) by John O'Leary.
John is still reading [The Traitor Baru Cormorant](http://www.amazon.com/Traitor-Baru-Cormorant-Seth-Dickinson-ebook/dp/B00V351EOM/?tag=typehammer-20) by Seth Dickinson
## What's happening online
### 21 Sci-Fi Books
[00:04:56] [21 Books that Changed Science Fiction and Fantasy Forever](http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/04/21-books-that-changed-science-fiction-and-fantasy-forever/)
### Nabokov the unappreciated scientific genius
[00:07:43] [Vladimir Nabokov, Scientific Genius](https://newrepublic.com/article/132120/vladimir-nabokov-scientific-genius) discusses the thousands of sketches of butterflies made by [Lolita](http://www.amazon.com/Lolita-Vladimir-Nabokov/dp/0679723161/?tag=typehammer-20) author Vladimir Nabokov.
### What Sounds Like?
[00:08:42] [What Sounds Like](http://whatsoundslike.com/) is a great little site for finding words or phrases that rhyme or sound alike. Mike's going to use it to kickstart his puppet rap career.
### 6 Great Tools for Writing a Book
[00:10:22] [Writer software: 6 great tools for writing a book](http://www.nownovel.com/blog/writer-software-6-great-tools/)
The article that
* Google Docs
## Tech Focus - StoryWorth
[00:15:04] [StoryWorth](storyworth.com/app) is an app for families to tell stories to each other. Given a prompt, you write a response and they're collected together.
## Craft Talk - Pump up the Conflicts
[00:20:32] Eric has been building up *Prince of Pigeon Hill* with scenes that provide more depth into his characters. Do the scenes he's adding add to the overall story? Does it create conflict? If it doesn't have any conflict, it won't be interesting to read. He's struggling to know where the balance is. Does your character have everything to lose?
> ...Like a snail crawling along the edge of a razor blade.
It's a sawtooth, where you've got a conflict, a breather, then a bigger conflict that peaks a little higher than the previous one.
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