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

Shaping the Sound of Your Dialogue

What you write between double quotes isn’t just ideas on a page; it’s notation for vocal sounds. Thinking of dialogue as sound will help you shape the voices of your characters and communicate their tone to readers. Read more »

Podcast

45 – Crafting a Climax

The Mythcreant Podcast

Chris, Mike, and Oren discuss what goes into a strong climax. They describe examples that are masterful or weak, list common problems, and offer tips for making climaxes stronger. Read more »

Writing

Labeling Your Dialogue

Argument at the Council of Elrond

Writers use labels, known as dialogue tags, to tell their readers which character is speaking. Many writers think dialogue tags are part of their story’s narration. That’s a mistake. Tags aren’t narration; they’re a technical necessity like punctuation, font, and quotes. We don’t want readers … read more »

Analysis

Four Popular Shows That Strived for Gender Equality

Telling an egalitarian story means fighting back against a lifetime of cultural programming, not to mention systematic bias in production, publishing, and marketing. So even when we try to make our stories just, problems we haven’t noticed can sneak their way in. Graded on a … read more »

Podcast

44 – Good and Bad Exposition

The Mythcreant Podcast

As you know, this will be a podcast about exposition which, as you also know, is a method for relaying information to the audience. It’s one of those techniques that’s easy to miss when it works, so we have to look extra close! Read more »

Storytelling

Ditch These Five Character Archetypes

Archetypes tell us what role a character plays in a story. Many of these roles are critical for storytelling, but some are just the opposite. Troublesome roles allow storytellers to cut corners, reducing the overall quality of the tale. Take these five archetypes: Read more »

Storytelling

Managing Bad Character Karma

Informally, a person’s karma is the destiny they have earned. It means that those who have done good deeds will have a better future awaiting them, and those who have committed wrongs will be punished by fate. You may or may not think that karma … read more »

Podcast

43 – Using Feedback on Your Writing

The Mythcreant Podcast

Chris, Mike, and Oren discuss the difficulties that come with revising a story based on feedback. They compare different methods of analyzing drafts, and offer tips for receiving and incorporating feedback from readers. Read more »

Writing

How Do You Describe a Character?

When we use description, we have to prioritize carefully. Too little description leaves the story without flavor, too much gets boring fast. The more effectively we use it, the more we can surf that sweet spot between short description and strong impact. Read more »

Writing

Outline a Short Story in Seven Steps

If you have lots of creative ideas and trouble organizing them, try using this framework to craft a short story. It isn’t the key to making every tale under the sun, but it should help you frame your central conflict, create a proactive character, and … read more »

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