Chris Winkle

Chris is the founder and editor-in-chief of Mythcreants. On the side she also designs, codes, and writes stories. When she manages to escape from chronic workaholism, she likes to drink tea, wear funny hats, pet kitties, and crush her enemies at the game table.

Storytelling

How to Choose Scenes for Your Story

A landscape of rolling grassy hills shows through a window

No matter the medium, every storyteller has to be selective about which events the audience will experience and which will be summarized or simply left out. This is particularly true for stories that take place over long time periods. Leaving out important events will frustrate … read more »

Podcast

304 – Scifi Weapons

The Mythcreant Podcast

Pew pew, laser beams! Oh no, they were blocked by an energy shield, zooooorrp! This week we’re talking about scifi weapons, because sometimes we have to come down from the writing-craft mountain and do some good old-fashioned nerding out. We talk about what these weapons … read more »

Storytelling

How & Why You Should Consolidate Your Story

A boy surrounded by glowing butterflies looks at the ones inside a giant lightbulb

We’ve mentioned many times that stories can’t handle infinite complexity; audiences have a limit to how much they can absorb and understand. When stories are over-burdened with too many ideas, they become both confusing and slow. Plus, dividing your wordcount between, for example, ten important … read more »

Q&A

How Do I Make a Verbal Conflict Exciting?

questions and answer talk bubbles

 What are the best ways to do verbal climaxes, and what are some good examples thereof? I want to write a story where the climax is a conversation between two characters to uncover the truth, or a detective’s denouement, or a courtroom cross-examination ending in … read more »

Writing

Nine Ways to Describe Your Viewpoint Character

Three aliens sit next to an astronaut

One of the most common questions that comes up in writing is how to gracefully describe the point-of-view character. In limited perspective, the narration reflects what that character is thinking at some level. While it’s easy to work in description of other characters as soon … read more »