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Podcast

316 – Prescriptivism

The Mythcreant Podcast

The term “prescriptivism” gets thrown around a lot, often to describe some pretty bad behavior, but what does it really mean? That’s what we’re investigating this week, because we don’t want to be prescriptivist about it. We discuss how language changes depending on context, what … read more »

Podcast

314 – Levels of Editing

The Mythcreant Podcast

Most writers will seek out editing at some point in their careers, but what kind of editing should you get? Wait, there are different types of editing? Oh noooooooo – sorry, the writer in us got a little excited. This week, we are joined once … read more »

Podcast

313 – Cutting Clutter

The Mythcreant Podcast

Behold, an introduction, a beginning if you will, that is the place where the paragraph starts and I shall, heretofore, lay out the topic. The topic is clutter, if you couldn’t guess. This week, we discuss the nature of clutter: what it is, how it … read more »

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312 – Bias Free Language

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We use words every day, but we’re not always aware of what they mean. A phrase that sounds perfectly harmless to one person can be deeply unsettling to another. Changing a few words can completely alter the meaning of a paragraph. This is the reality … read more »

Writing

Breaking Your Prose in the Right Places

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We don’t write endless text without pause. At every level, from an entire book to each individual sentence, we break our prose into chunks. Some places in a story require a break, and in other places, breaking is optional. By placing these subjective breaks, we … read more »

Writing

Lessons From the Exposition of Crescent City

A woman stares through a crescent moon on a cover printed with House of Earth and Blood

I went looking for something to critique that’s not YA, and I hit the jackpot with this #1 New York Times bestseller House of Earth and Blood by Sarah Maas. She’s had plenty of bestsellers previously, and this is the first of her new Crescent … read more »

Podcast

288 – Melodrama

The Mythcreant Podcast

Behold, a podcast with emotions so deep you can feel them in your bones! No, not deep enough, your marrow! Or maybe your T-cells? That’s right, today we’re talking about melodrama, the thing that happens when authors try to make more emotional scenes by writing … read more »

Writing

Five Common Problems With Metaphors

A silhouetted city on an alien world.

Metaphors are strongly associated with beautiful prose, so many writers work to include them in their narration. However, not all metaphors are equal. Bad metaphors can detract from prose as much as good metaphors can enhance it. Let’s go over what you should avoid when … read more »

Writing

Description Makeover: Creating Magical Atmosphere

Great description evokes the imagination and establishes the atmosphere you want for your story. However, it takes practice to figure out how to create a strong impression and make every word count. To help you look at your writing critically, I’ve reworked three excerpts of … read more »

Podcast

279 – The City in the Middle of the Night

The Mythcreant Podcast

The season of Hugos is upon us, and Mythcreants is getting into the award-winning spirit! Not by winning awards of course, but by critiquing each of the six novels nominated for the biggest award in speculative fiction. This week, we’re doing The City in the … read more »

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