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The Big Red Cobcast is an irreverent Nebraska Cornhusker Football podcast hosted by Nebraska bred comedians. It's the funniest thing to happen for Nebraska since we made Spurrier cry.Pat janssen is the nerd, Joe Canale is the stoner and Tweedy is the dope ass, cool guy. Well, now you know who we are. So let's do it to it.Please follow us on Twitter (@bigredcobcast) for all of our hot takes, sweet jokes and fan favorites like #WistromWednesday, as well as some analysis and interviews with for ...
 
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We’ve all called a character flat before, usually when we didn’t like them. “Ugh, this villain is only doing evil for evil’s sake, how flat!” But what is a flat character, really? Where did the term come from, and is it always bad? Today, we’re discussing that very subject. We talk about when it’s appropriate to use flat characters, whether charact…
 
Most writers will seek out editing at some point in their careers, but what kind of editing should you get? Wait, there are different types of editing? Oh noooooooo – sorry, the writer in us got a little excited. This week, we are joined once again by special guest Ariel to discuss how the different editing levels work, which is right for you, and …
 
While Tweedy's off doing burpees and eating gluten-free Super Bowl appetizers, Joe & Pat talk about the Huskers' upcoming schedule, the Super Bowl (which has been played; we know), and grown men playing offensive line. Also, no other Canales joined the Cobcast this week, but the threat was made. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informa…
 
Behold, an introduction, a beginning if you will, that is the place where the paragraph starts and I shall, heretofore, lay out the topic. The topic is clutter, if you couldn’t guess. This week, we discuss the nature of clutter: what it is, how it works, why writers use it, and when it should be removed. We’re joined by special guest Ariel, meaning…
 
We use words every day, but we’re not always aware of what they mean. A phrase that sounds perfectly harmless to one person can be deeply unsettling to another. Changing a few words can completely alter the meaning of a paragraph. This is the reality of biased language, and it’s the topic we’re discussing with special guest Ariel. We discuss why a …
 
Readers need to know things to understand your story. They need to know a whole bunch of things. But writing is a linear art form, meaning you can’t just download all the necessary info at once. So what are authors to do? That’s what we’re talking about today: how to get your audience the information they need. That means discussing the much malign…
 
How to put words on paper? Should you write every day, or just when you’re feeling inspired? Is there any point to tracking your word count or using specialized writing software? This week, we’re talking about productivity in writing, something that seems to be on everyone’s minds even more than usual, what with the plague times and political insta…
 
Sometimes a story is created as one thing, but you want to make it into another thing. Books to movies, TV shows to video games, graphic novels to roleplaying games – all of this is adaptation. Today, we’re nerding out on how adaptation works, how it can go wrong, and why the book is not in fact always better than the movie. Plus, a special tribute…
 
In storytelling, happy endings are the default for good reason. But there is another option. Sometimes the story doesn’t end well; nothing goes the hero’s way, and they either die or lose what is most precious to them. That’s right, this episode is about tragedies: how to write them, what the requirements are, and why it’s so easy to get them wrong…
 
Before your hero can clock in for a space 9 to 5, they first have to commute to work. To do that, they’ll need a rocket, space elevator, steam train, or maybe just a horse. That’s right, this episode is all about moving people, but not emotionally. Physically moving people. We’re talking all forms of transport, from the most overpowered teleportati…
 
Sometimes you want a story to do one thing, but you also want it to do another thing. Can it do both things? Should it do both things? That’s our topic for today: multitasking! This critical skill will help make your stories more efficient, allowing you to advance the mystery and the romance at the same time rather than one distracting from the oth…
 
These are the numbers #PatTheStat hates. Six straight losses to Iowa. Three straight one-possession losses to Iowa. One win in four games. It's a tough time to be a Husker fan. But Joe and Pat are here to talk about it. Tweedy tried, but it turns out that it's tough to get reception on the interstate in the Rockies. See acast.com/privacy for privac…
 
What’s that feeling inside you? Do you want one thing but also want another thing? Then you might have internal conflict, an important tool in any storytellers kit. External conflicts provide plenty of excitement and motivation, but internal conflicts are how you really get into who a character is and what they want. Of course, internal conflicts c…
 
Things have gotten bad. Maybe that's a sign that we as Husker fans need to chill. We might be less like the 1999 Indiana football team and more like the current Indiana basketball program. And that's not a good thing. But it's time to get back on the horse and relish #IowaHateWeek. Joe and Pat are here to commiserate about the Illinois loss and (ho…
 
What’s that, you want to know how to tell jokes in fiction? I guess we could… humor you. Yeah, that’s about the level of comedy you should expect from this podcast, but on the bright side, we do have some actual insights into how humor works in fiction. We talk about why some jokes are funny and some aren’t, how to add humor when you’re inexperienc…
 
Water, earth, fire, Amelia Earhart. Wait, what? One of those things is not like the others. This is what happens when you don’t theme your world. What does theming your world mean? I’m glad you asked, because this week we have a podcast all about it. This is our second time on the topic, but the last one is from 2014, and who even knows what we sai…
 
First there’s a problem, then there’s a turning point, and then… darn it, what comes after the turning point? If everything’s working properly, that’s when it’s time for the resolution, but this is trickier than some writers think. You have to show things resolving, not introduce some new problem or cut immediately to credits! Fortunately, we’re he…
 
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