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.

Storytelling

How to Send a Message With Your Story

The tortoise smiles as it passes the sleeping hare

Many storytellers want their stories to say something meaningful, but fail to communicate that message successfully. This usually happens because the storyteller is futzing over the gift wrap while neglecting what’s in the box. Like anything else important, messaging has to be built right into … read more »

Podcast

280 – The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Mythcreant Podcast

What is a story, really? Is it just words, or is it a door to another world? In the second week of our Hugo series, we’re looking at The Ten Thousand Doors of January, a book that is very interested in those questions. We explore … read more »

Podcast

279 – The City in the Middle of the Night

The Mythcreant Podcast

The season of Hugos is upon us, and Mythcreants is getting into the award-winning spirit! Not by winning awards of course, but by critiquing each of the six novels nominated for the biggest award in speculative fiction. This week, we’re doing The City in the … read more »

Writing

Judging What Backstory to Keep and What to Let Go

A chess pawn casting the shadow of a queen.

Years of daydreaming and obsessing over ideas can leave us with so much background information that it becomes difficult to tell a concise story. If you include too much history, your story will be an overburdened mess. Even so, your story will probably be better … read more »

Q&A

How Do I Create a Platonic Friendship Between Characters?

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Dear Mythcreants, On screen or in books, I noticed that fully developed friendships are depicted more commonly than developing friendships. As a result, I realized that I’m sorely lacking in good examples to learn from. For the series I’m plotting, my character has to travel … read more »

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