Characters

Q&A

How Do I Write Like an Adult?

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Hello! First of all, I love Mythcreants and have been a fan for years. Now, onto the question! I’m a writer, but I’m also not quite an adult yet. However, the stories I write are about adults (because I don’t want kids in my military … read more »

Podcast

286 – Character Death Revisited

The Mythcreant Podcast

Sometimes, characters die. In some stories, characters die a lot. But is this good for the story? Does it add gravitas and realism, or is it just a cheap way to ruin everyone’s day? We discussed this topic way back in the day, but we’ve … read more »

Analysis

Five Cool Storylines That Went Nowhere

Cordelia and Angel

We’ve all had the experience of reading a book or watching a show only for our favorite storyline to disappear without any resolution. Crafting a compelling plot requires an intriguing hook, strong stakes, and exciting conflict, so it’s weird when storytellers throw all that work in … read more »

Q&A

Can I Make My Protagonist a Mastermind?

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Hello Mythcreants, I’ve been trying to toy with a scheming protagonist with a master plan rather than a villain with a master plan. However, I want to keep his plan largely secret, but I don’t know how to do this without irritating readers by making … read more »

Storytelling

Seven Common Reasons Protagonists Are Unlikable

Bella from Twilight

If the audience can’t stand your main character, then they probably won’t get very far in the story. We call this critical factor a character’s “likability.” We’ve previously described how you can make your character likable by giving them sympathetic, selfless, and interesting traits. But … read more »

Analysis

Five Stories That Killed the Wrong Character

An Endgame poster showing Hawkeye and Black Widow side by side.

Character death is a contentious issue, and there are many stories out there that killed characters when they shouldn’t have. Today, we’re narrowing our focus to stories where a character death was called for but the author chose the wrong character. Which character dies can … read more »

Writing

Judging What Backstory to Keep and What to Let Go

A chess pawn casting the shadow of a queen.

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 »

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