Plot

Writing

How to Narrate a Riveting Fight Scene

Neo stopping bullets in the Matrix.

Many stories depend on fight scenes for action and excitement. Storytellers are used to watching marvelous fights on screen, but that doesn’t tell us how to make combat riveting with our words. So it’s no surprise Ellie sent us this question: I was wondering if … read more »

Podcast

55 – Pacing Your Stories

The Mythcreant Podcast

Mike, Oren, and Chris discuss how stories should be paced: the good, the bad, and the infuriatingly slow. They tackle the differences between visual and written media, how to pace a roleplaying game, and end with Chris’ advice for pacing dialogue. Read more »

Storytelling

The Seven Ingredients of an Amazing Climax

More than any other moment, the climax of your story determines whether your audience will walk away feeling satisfied with your work. A story that’s great until its lackluster finish is considered a terrible flop, while one that’s subpar until its fantastic finish will be … read more »

Storytelling

Four Ways to Jump-Start a Slow Beginning

Most of us know it’s better to jump into the action right when our story opens, but that’s more easily said than done. Sometimes the main conflict requires setup or the main character’s arc needs the context of their day-to-day life. How do you implement … read more »

Podcast

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 »

Writing

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 »

Writing

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 »

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