Writing

Lessons From the Terrible Writing of Eragon’s Sequel

A red dragon from the cover art of Eldest

It’s been five years since I tore apart the prologue of Eragon. The critique clearly holds a special place in everyone’s hearts, whether it’s the Eragon fanragers who are still frothing at the mouth or the Mythcreants regulars who are still laughing. While I can’t … read more »

Judging What Backstory to Keep and What to Let Go

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Years of daydreaming and obsessing over ideas can leave us with so much background information that it becomes difficult to tell a concise story. If you include too much history, your story will be an overburdened mess. Even so, your story will probably be better … read more »

How Do I Add Humor to My Writing?

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Hi Mythcreants, I was wondering how to make sure you convey humor efficiently in a writing medium like novels? I know how it is done in comics and animation/movies, but even after reading many books with funny parts, I have a hard time finding a … read more »

Nine Truths for Roleplayers Who Start Writing

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Roleplaying is a type of storytelling, whether you’re a player or a game master. You might spend hours between sessions crafting the perfect adventure or practicing your character’s inflections in front of a mirror. Regardless, you’re contributing to a collective storytelling experience with the rest … read more »

Five Common Dialogue Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Deloris and Fred Allen talk in a car in October Faction

Among the ever-present need to sound natural but not too natural, the logistics of specifying who said what, and the importance on bringing out characters’ personalities, dialogue can be pretty tough to write. Let’s look at some common mistakes writers make and how we can … read more »

Making the Most of Your Narrative Premise

Three kids with luggage in a burning building on the cover of A Series of Unfortunate Events

We’ve discussed choosing the right perspective and narration style for your story, but for many stories, this is not uniform. Instead, the narration changes with the story’s content. One of the biggest factors in whether these changes are smooth or jarring for readers is your … read more »

Recording an Audio Version of Your Story

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With the booming popularity of podcasts and other audio content, self-published writers can benefit from having audio versions of their books. But because voice narration is a time-consuming specialty, it can be difficult to decide whether to shell out and hire someone or work on … read more »

How to Describe Women Without Degrading Them

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the sexist ways women are described in fiction. Given the normalization of the male gaze, this has left some men feeling unsure of how to write a positive description. And it’s not just men who describe women … read more »

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