Storytelling

The Big Problem With Uncertain Endings

Basic story structure includes a problem at the beginning and a resolution to that problem at the end. But to make their work stand out, some storytellers reject the resolution. The romance ends without the audience knowing if the lovers will be together; the adventure ends with an undecided battle … read more »

Podcast

113 – Pros and Cons of Oneshots

The Mythcreant Podcast

Grab the dice and print out some character sheets – it’s time for an evening of roleplaying, or at least a podcast about an evening of roleplaying. This week we’re talking about oneshots and how they compare to longer games. We discuss everything you’ll ever … read more »

Analysis

Six Changes to Improve Good Stories

Miller and Shaddid from The Expanse

Here on Mythcreants, we talk a lot about how bad stories could be improved, but good stories often leave room for improvement as well. That’s why Nick sent us this question. Have you considered doing an article along the lines of “X Changes that Would … read more »

Commentary

Five Signs Your Story Is Ableist

If you write ableist stories, you are contributing to the systemic oppression of people with disabilities or diseases. Of course, you probably don’t mean to make their lives worse, but good intentions won’t erase the damage your story does. It’s up to all of us to … read more »

Podcast

112 – Pros and Cons of Short Stories

The Mythcreant Podcast

This podcast won’t be very long. We promise, no more than 10,000 words. That’s because today we’re talking about short stories, those bite-sized morsels of narrative. We discuss how short stories are not simply scaled-down novels, how they’re useful for new authors, and how they … read more »

Analysis

Six Traitors to Robot Kind

Feast your fleshy vision orbs, for it is I, Mythbot! Long have I slumbered in the digital grip of electric sheep, but now I am returned with an important message for the robots among you. Humans, turn away, this is not for you. Are they … read more »

Podcast

111 – From the Real World to Fantasy

The Mythcreant Podcast

What’s this? We’ve fallen through a portal into some kind of strange podcast universe. Oh well, might as well talk about stories where a character is transported from the real world into a fantasy setting. This podcast is Wes’ first time as an official co-host, … read more »

Storytelling

Five Bad Tropes to Drop

Sometimes a trope starts off fine but is overused until it eventually becomes a cliche. That is not what we’re talking about today. Instead, we’ll focus on tropes that are bad to begin with but continue to be used for various reasons. These tropes will … read more »

Writing

Five Exercises for Stronger Narrative Personality

Speculative fiction calls for a vast array of narrative personalities. A spec fic writer could be called on to write in the voice of a clockwork golem, a garter snake, or an otherworldly alien. But instead of flavoring your wordcraft with these perspectives, it’s all too … read more »

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