Storytelling

Four Behaviors Fiction Needs to Stop Glorifying

We humans have spent the last 200,000 years trying to figure out how to treat each other, and while we’re still confused on a few subjects, the basics are pretty solid. At least, they should be. Somehow our fictional characters can’t go two seconds without doing something horrible. Read more »

Five Ways to Make a Great Story Even Better

If you’ve mastered the structure of your story, then it’s time for that extra layer of varnish. Even terrific stories can benefit from more attention in a few key areas. After you’re done, your story will shine that much brighter. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Telling a Story in a Prejudiced Setting

Prejudice is a part of human society, and some eras were just awful. However, we still want to tell stories in those time periods. The steampunk genre is based largely on Victorian England, a time when being female was enough for people to assume you … read more »

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 »

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 »

Nine Questions to Ask About Your Draft

You’ve worked long and hard, finally completing the first draft of your story. You could send it to others for feedback, but before you do, stretch your storytelling skills by thinking critically about your work. Does your beginning hold its weight? Is your middle taut … read more »

Five Steps for Adding Character Complexity

New character concepts can be thrilling. But if we just take our initial, exciting concept and run with it, we may end up with a character that’s one-dimensional. Flat characters feel less realistic, are more annoying, and become boring once their novelty wears thin. You … read more »

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