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. read less
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Episodes

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 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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here: https://discord.gg/PtuCAmXnNn
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 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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here: https://discord.gg/PtuCAmXnNn
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 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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here: https://discord.gg/PtuCAmXnNn
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 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. And you can check out the Discord for Matt David's podcast Nerds 'R' Us here: https://discord.gg/PtuCAmXnNn
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 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.
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 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.
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 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. Also, the list of archetypes we were talking about can be found here: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/writing-101-the-12-literary-archetypes#12-archetypal-characters-to-use-in-your-writing
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 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. Also, the list of archetypes we were talking about can be found here: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/writing-101-the-12-literary-archetypes#12-archetypal-characters-to-use-in-your-writing
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 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. Also, the list of archetypes we were talking about can be found here: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/writing-101-the-12-literary-archetypes#12-archetypal-characters-to-use-in-your-writing
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 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. Also, the list of archetypes we were talking about can be found here: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/writing-101-the-12-literary-archetypes#12-archetypal-characters-to-use-in-your-writing