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

Matthew Donald and Matthew David

The Writ Wit, where two twits talk about writting. (No, those aren't typos) ​ Hosted by Matthew Donald and Matthew David, the Writ Wit is a podcast for writers, by writers. More accurately however, it's for people dumb enough to think two idiots who are barely professional at this hobby are worth taking advice from when it comes to writing. We talk about genres, characters, character development, the writing process, and discuss other people's works we plan to rip off-uh, I mean...works we have read, watched, or played that we like. So join us on this grand adventure that these two twits started a while back, took a nine-month break purely due to procrastination, did one episode a month for a while, and now do weekly episodes like a real podcast.

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Episode 165 - Overly Powerful Characters
May 14 2022
Episode 165 - Overly Powerful Characters
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 experienced? How mad is Matt David at his co-host for accusing him of making them stay up late to record this rather than breaking apart the recording time like he hates to do? We discuss it all, with phenomenal cosmic powers yet itty bitty living space, and talk about Star Wars, X-Men, and Spaceballs for some reason. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here:
Episode 165 - Overly Powerful Characters
May 14 2022
Episode 165 - Overly Powerful Characters
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 experienced? How mad is Matt David at his co-host for accusing him of making them stay up late to record this rather than breaking apart the recording time like he hates to do? We discuss it all, with phenomenal cosmic powers yet itty bitty living space, and talk about Star Wars, X-Men, and Spaceballs for some reason. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here:
Episode 164 - Overly Beloved Characters
May 7 2022
Episode 164 - Overly Beloved Characters
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 for a character to be too beloved? Is a character like this worth saving or even possible to save? Will Matt Donald finally reveal the character he's been building up to while talking about this set? We discuss it all, while being overly beloved ourselves (seriously people, find better podcasters) and talk about Harry Potter, Twelfth Night, and two different Amanda Bynes movies for some reason. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here:
Episode 163 - Overly Self-Insert Characters
Apr 30 2022
Episode 163 - Overly Self-Insert Characters
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 characters if you find yourself falling into this trap? When is a character too much like you in EVERY way? Why did Matt David rip off a big American superhero movie this month rather than some Japanese Kamen Rider-esque thingy as per usual? We discuss it all, inserting ourselves seemingly into the podcast, and talk about our old fanfics, Turning Red (as a positive, don't worry) and Moonfall for some reason. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here:
Episode 162 - Solarpunk, Biopunk, and All The Other Punks
Apr 9 2022
Episode 162 - Solarpunk, Biopunk, and All The Other Punks
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 episode's skit take a toll on Matt Donald's throat? We discuss it all, in the very prolific genre of podcasting known as dumbpunk, and talk about Treasure Planet, The Flintstones, Timberborn, and a few Kamen Rider shows much to Matt David's delight. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here:
Episode 161 - Steampunk, or What If The Future Happened Sooner?
Apr 2 2022
Episode 161 - Steampunk, or What If The Future Happened Sooner?
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 Matt play some fun video games? We discuss it all, with our finest pipes and gear-covered jackets, and talk about the words of Cherie Priest, Jules Verne, The Hobbit, and Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here:
Episode 160 - Cyberpunk, the Original "Punk" Genre
Mar 26 2022
Episode 160 - Cyberpunk, the Original "Punk" Genre
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 discuss it all, while donning our cybernetic body implants and neon-blue mohawks, and talk about Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, obviously the game Cyberpunk 2077, and Game of Thrones for some reason. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here:
Episode 159 - Works from 2021 Wildcard (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)
Mar 12 2022
Episode 159 - Works from 2021 Wildcard (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)
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 amazing hair ourselves that you'll have to trust us on in this audio format, and talk about Raya and the Last Dragon, Fast and Furious 9, Book of Boba Fett, and a 5-minute preview to Jurassic World: Dominion. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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.
Episode 158 - Works We Saw In 2021 Not From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)
Feb 19 2022
Episode 158 - Works We Saw In 2021 Not From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)
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? And seriously, just how many film snobs did both of us piss off? Like, all of them? We discuss it all, slowly getting more used to the at-home studio stuff, and talk about Hercules, Star Wars, Promising Young Woman, and ModNation Racers for some reason. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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.
Episode 157 - Works We Didn't Enjoy From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)
Feb 12 2022
Episode 157 - Works We Didn't Enjoy From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)
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 sci-fi movie could tell that their creatures look like certain body parts even though it should have been obvious? We discuss it all, still learning the kinks of the at-home studio, and talk about The Suicide Squad, Mitchells vs. The Machines, Dollface, and Dune. Yeah, I said it. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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.
Episode 156 - Works We Enjoyed From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)
Feb 5 2022
Episode 156 - Works We Enjoyed From 2021 (The 2021 Writ Wit Witties!)
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 glorious pandemic with weak, sickly arms, and talk about All the Murders in the Building, Don't Look Up, a bunch of Marvel stuff as per usual, and the 5-minute Jurassic World: Dominion prologue. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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.
Episode 155 - Allegorical Monsters
Jan 8 2022
Episode 155 - Allegorical Monsters
In this episode, the two Matts celebrate the new year in a way fitting for the last couple of years, quote one too many Mel Brooks movies, compare the science of big red dogs versus blown-up babies, and talk about writing monsters that are allegories of real concepts, events, and people in the last of our set about allegories. Why are monsters so versatile in regards to allegories? How can you keep them from being too on-the-nose? Why would you want this versus just having smashy-laser-breath monsters with no reason beyond it being cool? Will the listeners miss Matt David next set as he finally abandons the Witties for good? We discuss it all, while unleashing the monster that is this podcast to the world, and talk about Godzilla, King Kong, Pacific Rim, and Frankenstein. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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.
Episode 154 - Allegorical Factions
Jan 1 2022
Episode 154 - Allegorical Factions
In this episode, the two Matts have a conversation with 14-year-old edgelord Stuart about book deals, laugh about books having their movie adaptation's posters for covers when the movie has nothing to do with the book, speculate about the etymology of the word "Na'Vi," and talk about writing factions or groups of people that are allegories of real peoples in the next of our set about allegories. What are the benefits of having your factions be an allegory for something more well-known? How can you keep it from being too on-the-nose? Why would you want to do this versus having unique factions? How embarrassed should Matt Donald be about a faction from an earlier version of one of his stories that's a bit too stereotypical? We discuss it all, while being a perfect metaphor for the podcasting youth by being podcasting thirtysomethings, and talk about Avatar, Star Wars, and Rick and Morty for some reason. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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.
Episode 153 - Allegorical Plots and Events
Dec 25 2021
Episode 153 - Allegorical Plots and Events
In this episode, the two Matts release the episode early for once to both coincide with the holiday and begin the transition of releasing these episodes on Saturdays rather than Wednesdays, perform another writing-themed Christmas song parody no one but us likes but is tradition at this point, deal with all three De Papier brothers at once, and talk about writing plots and events that are allegories of real or legendary events in the next of our set about allegories. What are the benefits of having your plots be an allegory for something more well-known? How can you keep it from being too on-the-nose? Why would you want to do this versus having unique plots? Why does Matt David dislike allegories so much and prefer surface-level stuff if he's a freaking writer? We discuss it all, while enacting a perfect metaphor of German expressionism like the professional auteur writers we are, and talk about Zootopia, X-Men, and The Core for some reason. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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.
Episode 152 - Allegorical Characters
Dec 22 2021
Episode 152 - Allegorical Characters
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 mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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.
Episode 151 - Character Archetypes: The Magician
Dec 15 2021
Episode 151 - Character Archetypes: The Magician
In this episode, the two Matts do a clean sweep of all their spare skit ideas they hastily came up with in one episode, compare each other's handwriting and penmanship, have a plan to ensure they don't keep releasing episodes a week late like this one again, and talk about the character archetype of The Magician in the last of our set of the first batch of twelve character archetypes. What makes The Magician, well, The Magician? What's the difference between this and our previous archetype, The Sage? Do they always have to literally use magic? Will Matt David ever do a good joke with his little "ba-dum tss!" he likes to throw out occasionally, or even really a joke at all? We discuss it all, while enacting the wizardry that is modern podcasting, and talk about Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and Doctor Who. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. Also, the list of archetypes we were talking about can be found here:
Episode 150 - Character Archetypes: The Sage
Dec 1 2021
Episode 150 - Character Archetypes: The Sage
In this episode, the two Matts finally unleash the American De Papier brother Lone Star onto the world, complain about leaving the other behind despite not doing anything to pursue, go way too far on NaNoWriMo word count once more, and talk about the character archetype of The Sage in the next of our set of the first batch of twelve character archetypes. What makes The Sage, well, The Sage? How can they give helpful advice while still being their own character? Are their certain stereotypes you should avoid? How many more national stereotypes are there for Matt Donald to use different De Papier brothers for? We discuss it all, while giving out wonderful sage-like advice on this show, and talk about The Chronicles of Narnia, Bedazzled, 9, and a gender-bent version of Cinderella for some reason. More like Genderella, am I right?! Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. Also, the list of archetypes we were talking about can be found here:
Episode 149 - Character Archetypes: The Lover
Nov 24 2021
Episode 149 - Character Archetypes: The Lover
In this episode, the two Matts release the episode a week late again because why the hell not at this point, go on a tour at a factory where writers can get their ink in an... exotic manner, recognize the differences between one Matts' skit and the other's, and talk about the character archetype of The Lover in the next of our set of the first batch of twelve character archetypes. What makes The Lover, well, The Lover? How can they be more than the character or concepts they love? Do they necessarily have to be a love interest, or can they just be the heart of a team? Will Matt David successfully read out the name of our sponsor this week, or are we too grossed out by the product to do so? We discuss it all, while loving each other in a brotherly and platonic way, and talk about Wonder Woman, Pacific Rim, Star Wars, and Dragon Prince. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. Also, the list of archetypes we were talking about can be found here:
Episode 148 - Character Archetypes: The Hero
Nov 10 2021
Episode 148 - Character Archetypes: The Hero
In this episode, the two Matts tune in to The Writ Wit's rival podcast hosted by two familiar voices who have always held us in contempt, discuss the importance of Oxford commas and other punctuational and grammatical elements, gasp in betrayal when one of us cleans the others' apartment without their consent, and talk about the character archetype of The Hero in the first of our set about the first batch of twelve character archetypes. What makes The Hero, well, The Hero? How can we keep these characters interesting and not so goody-two-shoes? Can these characters be the antagonists somehow? When will Matt Donald rehire Matt David after he betrayed his trust? We discuss it all, while being The Heroes in our own little podcasting worlds, and talk about Superman, Captain America, Luke Skywalker, and The Eternals. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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. Also, the list of archetypes we were talking about can be found here:
Episode 147 - Writing Stories Without Passion
Oct 31 2021
Episode 147 - Writing Stories Without Passion
In this episode, the two Matts release the episode a few days late to coincide the skit with Halloween (and yes, that's totally the reason), do another annual Halloween-themed skit but this time about a "story vampire," come up with funny nicknames for famous authors, and talk about writing stories without passion in the last of our set about terrible story ideas? When would writers have to write stories they're not interested in? How can you make it interesting for you? Is there a way to still make it good? How good is Matt David's Transylvanian accent and when will Hollywood call him? We discuss it all, while just about to go out for candy and creep out some kids, and talk about the works of Charles Dickens, George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and the movie Monsters University for some reason. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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.
Episode 146 - Writing Under-Researched Stories
Oct 20 2021
Episode 146 - Writing Under-Researched Stories
In this episode, the two Matts record a skit that's literally nonsense rather than figuratively like all the other times, discuss the differences between Japanese driving tests versus American ones, end the episode with a terrible joke that neither of us wrote this time, and talk about writing under-researched stories in the next of our set about terrible story ideas. How can you make sure you do adequate enough research? Are there some instances where research doesn't matter as much? What are the kinds of writers that would fall victim to not doing enough research? How badly did Donald stumble when writing the ad for this week? We discuss it all, without any research on any topic whatsoever because we're professionals, and talk about Doctor Who, The Emperor's New Groove, and Banjo-Kazooie for some reason. Have any feedback or questions for our hosts? Email us at mattd@matthewdonaldcreator.com. If you want to further support the show, subscribe to our Patreon at  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.