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Does My Character-Driven Story Need an External Conflict?

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I recently read your article on writing a character-driven story (I really enjoyed it, and it helped clarify my ideas quite a bit!) and realized that the fantasy YA series I am writing–especially the first book–is mostly character driven. From my browsing of bookstores, it … read more »

How Do I Know When to End an RPG Scene?

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How do you, as a player and as a GM, know when a scene in an RPG is over and it’s time to move to the next one? I ask because I’m going to be running an Anima Prime game soon, and while it isn’t … read more »

How Should I Alternate Action Scenes?

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Hi! Very general question on plotting, but… is there anything in particular one should think of when alternating between calmer parts of a novel and more action-filled parts? I’ve really tried to take all the advice on how every chapter should have conflict etc., and … read more »

Do the Mages in My Story Count as Oppressed Mages?

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Hey, Mythcreants, I’m planning a new story, and I’d like to know if it falls into the “oppressed mages” trope or not. Here’s the situation. A powerful empire has recently conquered a small tribe on its border. Both groups practice necromancy as their main form … read more »

How Do I Keep a Second Point of View Relevant?

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I’m working on a plot about two soldiers on the run trying to expose the corruption of a military organization. And to make it more realistic and get deeper into worldbuilding, I want to add a subplot about a journalist working on the same case … read more »

Do Character Flaws Need to Be Overcome?

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I am a (shamelessly) devoted reader of Mythcreants, so first I want to thank you guys for the always wonderful advice! Now, to the meat of the sandwich: I keep wondering this, but do ALL character flaws need to be overcome? In my book, the … read more »

What Do You Do With Really Rough Stories?

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Do you ever get hired for a copy/content edit for a story so bad that it isn’t worth salvaging? What do you do then? -Dave L Hey Dave, great to hear from you again! We do get orders for manuscripts that are extremely rough, as … read more »

How Do I Write Exposition in Close Perspective?

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I’m writing a story in first person, set in a world that has technology similar to ours, but also demons and magic (no masquerade). Magic is extremely limited in its use (which explains the need for tech), but is necessary to keep demons at bay. … read more »

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