Rational magic systems powered by consistent metaphysical laws are cool and useful, but they aren’t the right choice for ...
You thought this episode would have a topic other than plot twists, but, twist, the topic is plot twists! On the one hand, everyone loves a good plot twist. On the other hand, plot twists ...
Is your story too slow? Try this one weird trick.
Hello mythcreants. Putting mysteries, secret organizations, cabals, betrayal… are all good ways to make engaging stories and glorious plot twists. But sometimes I have the feeling those works of ...
While satisfaction should be present throughout a story, the most potent dose of satisfaction is delivered by the ending. Or at least, it should be. When an ending fails to live up to expectations, it ...
Captain [pointing forward]: Set coordinates for planet Gargon. With a flash, the ship appears just above the atmosphere of a planet. Pilot: We’ve arrived, Captain. Captain: Excellent. Take us to the ...
Writing a single novel is hard enough, and writing an entire series is notoriously difficult. It’s so difficult that when I published a post on tips for writing sequels, some commenters responded with ...
Hello again! Do you have any advice about relationships between mortal and immortal characters? I know Twilight got some flak for the relationship between 104-year-old Edward and 17-year-old Bella.
Plot and character, the eternal enemies. Everyone knows that if your story has a plot, it means your characters are one-dimensional clichés, and if you have deep characters, it means your plot is ...
In The Hero of a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell demonstrated that many of the most popular stories, even over thousands of years and across cultures, shared a specific formula. That formula is now ...
Occasionally, the pressure to make our stories compelling can encourage practices that don’t actually give us the results we want. One such pattern is the hindrance character. Let’s go over what they ...
The oppressed mages trope is a personal bugbear of mine, as longtime readers of this site can no doubt attest. The trope is incredibly popular, even though it makes no sense. As with most popular ...