Worldbuilding

Five Ways Terrain Can Affect Fantasy Battles

Armies clashing on hilly terrain.

Writing fantasy battles can seem overwhelming when you’re first starting out. There are so many factors at play, from what type of armor everyone is wearing to how orders are issued across the battlefield. Where do you even start? Fortunately, you don’t usually need to … read more »

Storytelling

Five Relationship Dynamics for Stronger Romances

Two attractive women stand facing each other, staring lovingly

Relationship dynamics are like archetypes for romance – they provide a template for storytellers to start from. While there are many types of dynamics, these do something specific: show how each person in the romance benefits from the relationship. Mutual benefit gives the audience a … read more »

Podcast

225 – Fractal Plots

The Mythcreant Podcast

This episode is a podcast within a podcast within a podcast about plots within plots within plots. That’s right, today we’re talking about fractal plotting. What is fractal plotting, you ask? Listen and find out! We talk about the most basic parts that make up … 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 »

Podcast

224 – Threatening Villains

The Mythcreant Podcast

The best villains are super scary, from Star Wars’ Darth Vader to Avatar’s Azula, but they don’t get that way on their own. Storytellers have to make the right choices in order for their villains to be threatening, and it’s a task many struggle with. … read more »

Writing

Seven Ways Writers Sabotage Beta Reading

A woman dressed in a fancy steam punk outfit reads book through her monocle

Beta reading is a critical part of the writing process. It’s a preview of how real-life human beings will respond to your work, something every author should get before their book hits primetime. And yet, I keep seeing authors mishandle the beta reading process. Over … 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 »

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