Social Justice

Commentary

What Storytellers Should Know About Normalization

Three identical white men in identical shirts work together

When we’re making recommendations about story content for social justice reasons, we often mention “normalization.” The basic idea is simple: something that’s depicted in a story is more likely to done by real people. However, there are some common misconceptions about what normalization is and … read more »

Podcast

232 – Avoiding the Fridge

The Mythcreant Podcast

Fiction has a long history of sacrificing marginalized characters to further the arcs of privileged characters, but these days we have a name for that: fridging. Most of us understand that fridging is bad, but why is it bad? And once we understand that, what … read more »

Podcast

231 – Stories for Women

The Mythcreant Podcast

Some stories are clearly marketed at men, while some are clearly marketed at women, but it’s only that second category that’s ever mentioned out loud. Everything else is assumed to be for everyone. Why is that? What is it that characterizes stories aimed at women, … read more »

Commentary

Four Problematic Tropes to Drop

Kali and her gang from Stranger Things 2.

Despite what some people may tell you, storytelling tropes are not inherently bad. They’re just something that gets repeated often enough for us to give it a name. Plenty of them are very helpful to writers of all skill levels. But then again, some of … read more »

Q&A

Can I Use a Real Language for a Fictional Culture?

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Hello to everyone at Mythcreants, My question is about how to deal with semi-representative cultures – namely, those that deal with language. There are several countries in the world of my story whose people speak languages that are equivalent to real-life languages (The examples I … read more »

Commentary

Stories Need to Stop Promoting Torture

A lightning bolt crashing through the church window during the Salem Witch Trials.

Torture is an ugly stain on the soul of humanity, and I’ll be honest: I did not expect to be writing about it on a storytelling website in 2019. I just assumed everyone watched John Oliver’s segment on torture four years ago and got the … read more »

Worldbuilding

Understanding Appropriative Worldbuilding

Previously, I’ve dived into important considerations when creating characters to represent marginalized people and writing plots about their experiences. Now it’s time to discuss using other cultures in worldbuilding and the big bogey therein: cultural appropriation. Read more »

Q&A

How Do I Communicate My Character Is Black?

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Hello! I love this site and really appreciate the depth of thought you put into the articles here and how you approach difficult topics. I was hoping for a little help with introducing a physical description of a character. I am aware of the clichés … read more »

Commentary

Understanding Exploitative Plots

Last time, I described why it’s important to have diverse characters that represent people with marginalized traits. However, many storytellers not only add characters to represent marginalized groups but also choose to make their stories about marginalized experiences. Read more »

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