Storytelling

Six Tips for Avoiding Repetitive Conflict

Two hartebeests fighting for territory.

Conflict is, as we never get tired of saying, critical to stories. It’s what creates stakes, tension, and satisfaction, what keeps us turning the page to see what happens next. But have you ever felt like you were reading the same conflict over and over … read more »

Five Questions to Diagnose an Overpowered Hero

Krillin from Dragon Ball Z making an annoyed face.

Here at Mythcreants, we talk a lot about overpowered characters and the consequences they can have for your story. If you’ve read our previous articles, then you already understand the issue, but how you can you spot it? After all, few storytellers set out to … read more »

How to Use Failure in Your Story

Even in the lightest, most upbeat of stories, heroes shouldn’t succeed every time. Failure is really important, both for keeping the plot unpredictable and for maintaining tension. If the protagonist never fails, then it’s likely to be a dull story indeed. However, failure also carries … read more »

The Four Essentials of an Effective Character Arc

Yennefer from The Witcher, a beautiful woman with violet eyes, bright red lips, and a fancy black eyemask

Even though a character arc works much like any other plot arc, when subjective character feelings and motivation are added to the mix, storytellers often have trouble. To help you evaluate and improve such issues, let’s go over the four basic requirements of a character … read more »

Ten Ways to Keep Authorities Out of Your Plot

Stories need problems to solve and heroes to solve them, which sounds simple enough at first. But then you realize that in most settings, there are authorities whose job is to stop these problems. They might be police officers, teachers at a magic school, or … read more »

Seven Tricks to Improve Your Minions

Weyoun surrounded surrounded by Jem'Hadar soldiers.

Minions are a mainstay of speculative fiction, to the point that they are sometimes as well-known as their named overlords. What would Saruman be without his Uruk-hai, or the Dominion without its Jem’Hadar? And yet, minions are often plagued with problems. They’re too easy to … read more »

How Storytellers Use Reactivity & Proactivity for Effect

Neo from the Matrix clings to the outside of a skyscraper

Many stories put their main characters through an uncomfortable period of disempowerment so the audience can watch them overcome it. But when creating these sequences, storytellers can struggle with character agency. After all, if the character is making choices that affect the plot, doesn’t that … read more »

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