Worldbuilding

The Problem With Oppressed Mages

Poster art for X-Men 3, showing the main characters in action poses.

I talk about stories that misunderstand power and privilege a lot here on ye olde Mythcreants, but I get by far the most pushback when it comes to the trope of oppressed mages. It’s not hard to see why. This trope is incredibly popular, and … read more »

Should You Give Non-Human Groups Marginalized Traits?

A dark-skinned Klingon from star trek discovery

At Mythcreants, we get many questions like “Can I avoid racial justice implications by using alien characters?” or “Is it okay to make my intelligent monster gender neutral?” To better answer questions like these, I’ll outline what you should know when making non-humans resemble marginalized people – … read more »

Seven Things Writers Get Wrong About Language

Bridge crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation

If you’re a writer of fantasy and scifi, language is literally indispensable. And because it’s something we use every day, many authors think they can change it up without doing any research. I’m all for experimentation, but knowing the essentials of how language works can … read more »

Getting Started With Worldbuilding

Some writers assume that writing speculative fiction is easy because we can “make up” our setting instead of researching it. But making up a world is like making up a story: it might be easy to put whatever you feel like on paper, but it’s … read more »

Should Your Sapient Aliens Be Bipedal?

Spock examining the horta from TOS' The Devil in the Dark.

Fictional animals come in all shapes and sizes, as it should be when the only limiting factor on biodiversity is the imagination of the artist. So why is it that, out of all possible forms, sapient creatures are overwhelmingly depicted as bipedal with an upright … read more »

Seven Common Problems With Spec Fic Technology

We write a lot about magic here at Mythcreants, but technology is the other half of the speculative fiction coin, and it has just as many pitfalls. In fact, technology can actually be more difficult to portray than magic, because technology is based on things … read more »

Making Teleportation Work in Your Story

Geordi and Ro transporting in Star Trek: The Next Generation

Known by different names, teleportation is the ability to instantly transport oneself from one location to another. Through the years and across mediums, characters have wielded this magnificent power and filled us with envy at the convenience it provides. In particular, it makes for a … read more »

Six Sources of Conflict for Your World

Cover art showing an injured owl.

Conflict is necessary for a good story, and it can arise from any number of places. You can generate conflict through the plot by making your story about a rebellion against an evil empire. Or, you can generate conflict between characters: the hero is all … read more »

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