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.

Writing

Troubleshooting When You’re Stuck

At some point, writers must face hurdles that prevent them from working. Frustratingly, these barriers can appear at random, even for storytellers with a long history of productivity. But that doesn’t mean you can’t troubleshoot and resolve these problems. Read more »

Meta

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Mythcreants & Patreon

Two years ago today, Mythcreants launched into cyberspace. When an unknown group first launches a website, the internet is more like an echo chamber than a crowded party. It’s awkward and discouraging to speak to an empty room. But if you don’t, no one has … read more »

Podcast

53 – Of Points and Views

The Mythcreant Podcast

Ariel joins Chris and Oren for a discussion about perspective and point of view. They discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives and common mistakes writers make. Ariel stands up for second person, while Chris and Oren reignite their old debate about multiple points … read more »

Storytelling

Do Characters Need to Be Likable?

Woman with Halo

The other day, reader Ethan Michael asked us this: I’m writing my first book and have already plotted the story, but when I take to the internet to see how to make a character likable or if it’s important, I find numerous articles saying not … read more »

Storytelling

The Seven Ingredients of an Amazing Climax

More than any other moment, the climax of your story determines whether your audience will walk away feeling satisfied with your work. A story that’s great until its lackluster finish is considered a terrible flop, while one that’s subpar until its fantastic finish will be … read more »

Writing

Lessons From the Terrible Writing of Eragon

I’ve never read Christopher Paolini’s Eragon before now, but I’ve heard it compared to both Star Wars and Harry Potter. I know I can expect a young male chosen one and (obviously) the dragon on the cover. Perhaps a dragon named Eragon, as that’s just … read more »

Storytelling

Four Ways to Jump-Start a Slow Beginning

Most of us know it’s better to jump into the action right when our story opens, but that’s more easily said than done. Sometimes the main conflict requires setup or the main character’s arc needs the context of their day-to-day life. How do you implement … read more »

Commentary

Why Social Justice Is Intrinsic to Storytelling

I suspect more than one reader of Mythcreants has wondered why we don’t just stick to the technical advice and avoid all that political stuff. Why are articles with wording exercises and obscure weapons intermixed with long rants on gender equality and unjustified violence? It’s … read more »

Podcast

51 – Good and Bad Beginnings

The Mythcreant Podcast

Chris, Mike, and Oren discuss what a good beginning should accomplish. They analyze their favorite and least favorite openings, and describe different opening techniques. Mike raves about military scifi, Chris rants about unnecessary framing devices, and Oren actually defends something from criticism. Read more »

Writing

Writing a Short Story vs a Novel

A big horse walking alongside a miniature horse.

With the dawn of online publishing, we have more options for story length than ever before. Microfiction, flash fiction, novelettes, and novellas all have a market online, and most writers will transition to a different length during their careers. It can be confusing to adapt … read more »

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