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

Understanding Conflict & Tension

The words “conflict” and “tension” are casually thrown around in most discussions of storytelling, but they don’t mean exactly what they do in everyday speech. If you haven’t gotten a formal introduction to conflict and tension, here’s what you need to know. Read more »

Commentary

The Best Quotes From GeekGirlCon 2014

Mythcreants had a great time at GeekGirlCon, a woman-centered geek party with a social justice bent. To spread the fun, here’s my favorite quotes from the panels I attended. They include personal stories, fan debates, advice from editors, and more. Read more »

Podcast

32 – Keeping Order at the Gaming Table

The Mythcreant Podcast

Oren, Mike, and Chris discuss how to handle misbehavior during a roleplaying session, particularly when removing troublemakers isn’t an option. They provide tips for dealing with players that bully, argue, or cheat, and preventing problems before they happen.  Read more »

Analysis

Five Villains Who Follow the Heroine’s Journey

I outlined the Heroine’s Journey last week, but it’s more fun to watch it in action. Because this structure is about a character who’s out of balance and makes a course correction, it’s often used for villains who take a heel-face turn. Here’s five villains … read more »

Storytelling

Using the Heroine’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey has become widely popular. Unfortunately, the original was clearly intended for men and not women. In response, some feminists have created their own, female-centered version. Lucky for us storytellers, both can be abstracted to work for a wide array of stories. Read more »

Worldbuilding

Choosing Music and Instruments for Your Culture

The cultural ambiance of your world wouldn’t be complete without music. When adding musicians to your settings, it’s easy to insert generic instruments and songs without thinking through them. But that wouldn’t do justice to the huge diversity of music human cultures have. Here are some guidelines and inspiration … read more »

Podcast

30 – Technology in Horror

The Mythcreant Podcast

Mike, Oren, and Chris discuss the effect technology has on horror stories. They describe how technology can both hinder and facilitate the loss of control horror relies on, and list common themes in technology-focused horror stories. Read more »

Writing

Staying Interested in Your Work

Do you get bored with your story right after you figure out the ending? Do you lose motivation before you can turn your concept into a draft? If so, you’re not alone. Many people who want to write lose interest in new ideas very quickly. … read more »

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