Q&A

How Do I Keep the Authorities Out of My Plot?

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Hello Mythcreants.

Writing stories I’ve found myself having a hard time preventing my characters from having access to outside help who would solve their problems for them far too easily (cops, armed forces, figures of authorities, or just reveling everything outright to the people…), especially in modern and futuristic settings (damn you WiFi and cellphones!).

Do you have any tips or general guidelines to help me make my character’s lives a lot more complicated?

Thanks in an advance.

-Thomas

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Podcast

259 – Turning Points

The Mythcreant Podcast

There’s a moment in every climax where the hero goes from losing to winning, or from winning to losing in the case of tragedies. It’s when Luke turns off his targeting computer or when Eowyn declares that she is no man. It’s got that special … read more »

Analysis

Eight Sexist Themes From The Witcher TV Show

Renfri and Geralt fighting from The Witcher.

Netflix’s TV adaptation of The Witcher has been making all kinds of waves recently, for everything from its impressive fight choreography to its critic/audience split* to Henry Cavil’s impressive abs. You may have heard that it was criticized by a misogynist pundit for the outlandish … read more »

Analysis

Eight Effective Animal Companions

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Animal companions are semi-characters with simple personalities and limited agency. While they have feelings, they don’t usually talk or undergo character arcs. Instead of pursuing their own goals, animal companions give devoted assistance to a protagonist. Read more »

Q&A

How Should I Approach Disability in a Pirate Story?

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This question may actually be more for Fay Onyx, but let me know what you think. I’m working on a humorous not-at-all-realistic story where the main characters are pirates. If I have pirates with peg-legs, hooks, and eye-patches, then I support a stereotype about certain … read more »

Analysis

Five Stories Where the Heroes Lack Agency

When characters have agency, it means their choices matter in the story. The more agency a character possesses, the greater impact they have on the plot. This doesn’t only include their successes. A character can still have agency through failure, so long as that failure … read more »