Chris Winkle

Chris is the founder and editor-in-chief of Mythcreants. On the side she also designs, codes, and writes stories. When she manages to escape from chronic workaholism, she likes to drink tea, wear funny hats, pet kitties, and crush her enemies at the game table.

Analysis

Five Surprisingly Successful Characters and Why They Work

Boba Fett from Star Wars

At Mythcreants we’ve previous discussed characters who were too unlikable, too isolated, or just disappointing. Some had too much candy or too much spinach, terrible motivations, or too much candy again. But believe it or not, we occasionally run into characters that impress us. Let’s go over some characters that were … read more »

Q&A

When Is It Appropriate to Dispel the Mystery?

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Hey! So my question is how often a writer should utilize mystery and enigma in stories.  In Star Wars, there was a huge fiasco when in the prequels they explained the nature of the Force, as many fans would have preferred it had been left … read more »

Podcast

200 – Horses in Fiction

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Everyone knows that the chosen one must have a chosen horse, a beast so noble and strong of will that no other warrior can ride it. Or maybe not? It turns out that horses are complicated animals, and they don’t always go along with human … read more »

Podcast

199 – Political Theory in Star Trek

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Sound, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Mythcreant Podcast, and as you might be able to tell, today we’re talking about Star Trek. But not just any Star Trek: political theory in Star Trek. For that we’ve brought on a special guest, … read more »

Worldbuilding

Getting Started With Worldbuilding

Some writers assume that writing speculative fiction is easy because we can “make up” our setting instead of researching it. But making up a world is like making up a story: it might be easy to put whatever you feel like on paper, but it’s … read more »

Podcast

198 – Symbols, How Do They Work?

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Hmm, this character is holding an apple; is it a symbol for original sin or health and learning? What about this marlin being eaten by sharks? Does it symbolize corporate bosses extracting value from the working man, or does it represent unfair taxation demolishing a … read more »

Storytelling

Five Concepts for Becoming a Better Storyteller

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Improving your work is a process fraught with conflicting feedback and emotional resistance. However, understanding some important principles can help you put the problems you encounter into perspective. Here’s five concepts that are useful for accepting feedback and making your stories better. Read more »

Podcast

197 – Supernatural High School Drama

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Pay attention, everyone! Class is now in session, and I hope you have done your homework as well as found a date for prom. That’s right, this week we’re talking about high school, but specifically supernatural stories that take place in high school. We’ll discuss … read more »

Podcast: Roleplaying Session

Scum & Villainy, Session Part 2

Our epic adventure in Scum and Villainy concludes! The Shrike’s crew have located their target, but how can they get to it? The warp-worm is surrounded by guards, and a Hegemony dreadnought watches the skies. If that weren’t enough, our heroes have competition from an … read more »

Podcast

196 – Dramatic Irony

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Take note, listener: at the end of this podcast, Oren will ask Chris what her favorite example of dramatic irony is, and she will have no answer. It will be very embarrassing for Oren, and everyone will have a good laugh. There, now you’ll get … read more »

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