Storytelling

Five Common Story Fragmentations and How to Consolidate Them

A cord unraveling, with a ruler for scale.

Paracord by David J. Fred used under CC BY-SA 2.5

In an ideal world, every story would function as a unified whole, with each aspect working together for maximum engagement. In the real world, many stories suffer from fragmentation: disparate elements pulling the story in opposing directions, leaving the audience bored rather than engaged. Fortunately, this can be fixed by consolidating. That’s when you take the fragmented elements of your story and make them work together whether they like it or not. Today, we look at some of the most common reasons stories fragment, then go over the best consolidation tactics for each situation.

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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 »