Oren Ashkenazi

Oren is a grumpy old man whose physical age hasn’t quite caught up with him, at least that’s what the kids who won’t get off his lawn keep saying. He’s been into roleplaying games since he was knee-high to a d10, and into prose writing for nearly as long. He loves stories and games that push the envelope of storytelling, like the Discworld series and the RPG Primetime Adventures. He’s also a huge Star Trek fan, though his rants on the mistakes of Voyager and Enterprise might make you think otherwise.

Podcast

293 – Titles

The Mythcreant Podcast

Every story needs to be called something, but the title you choose shouldn’t be a last-minute afterthought. Titles are a vital tool for communicating with the audience well before they turn the first page. But how does that communication work? What makes some titles better … read more »

Podcast

292- Killing Your Darlings

The Mythcreant Podcast

We’ve all heard how important it is for writers to “kill their darlings,” but what does that actually mean? How and when should you do it? Are there any other options? Why is this advice so common? We talk about all those questions and more … read more »

Podcast

291 – Compelling Character Motivations

The Mythcreant Podcast

Why is your hero doing what they’re doing? Do you know? Do they know? If not, then you might have a problem with character motivation, but don’t worry, we’re here to help. This episode is all about figuring out what drives your character, what pushes … read more »

Podcast

290 – Authorial Endorsement and Messaging

The Mythcreant Podcast

Can what your protagonist thinks and does really be that important? Can it actually have an impact on how readers understand the story? Yes, yes it can, and that’s what we’re talking about today. This episode is all about authorial endorsement: what it means and … read more »

Writing

Six Common Misconceptions Among New Writers

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Sadly, the structures in place to teach storytelling are woefully inadequate. Books on writing are dubious at best, and classes are either unhelpful, expensive, or both. We do our best to educate new writers here at Mythcreants, but one blog can only reach so many … read more »

Q&A

How Do I Introduce Alternative World Aspects?

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How can I seamlessly incorporate my fantasy world into the real world we experience today, especially without info dumping? For example, adding cities/towns to an already well-known city? A country to the globe? Even more specifically, I’m thinking of making Washington DC a state in … read more »

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