Plot

Storytelling

How to Plot a Novel Series

Harry Potter fights off a giant Basilisk at the end of book two

Over the years, we’ve received many questions about how to plot multiple books. The answer is surprisingly simple: story structure is the same no matter the scale. However, reader expectations about story continuity do change a little when the story is broken into different books, … read more »

Storytelling

Five Common Reasons Tension Is Missing

kitten yawning over book

You’ve added lots of conflict to your story, but readers are still telling you it’s boring. What gives? Unfortunately, a number of different things can cause this problem. To help you troubleshoot, let’s go over some common reasons that tension might be missing. Read more »

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 »

Analysis

Five Plot Twists That Are Too Obvious

A ship using WWI dazzle camouflage.

Plot twists are tricky business for us storytellers. They need to be foreshadowed so they aren’t jarring, but they also need to be subtle so they don’t feel telegraphed. Then you have to consider differences in your audience. Trope-savvy readers can spot even the subtlest … read more »

Podcast

259 – Turning Points

The Mythcreant Podcast

There’s a moment in every climax where the hero goes from losing to winning, or from winning to losing in the case of tragedies. It’s when Luke turns off his targeting computer or when Eowyn declares that she is no man. It’s got that special … read more »

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