What is that last line even for?
Due to the linear nature of spacetime, stories have to start somewhere.
Arbitrary magic systems can work, but they have some liabilities.
You thought this episode would have a topic other than plot twists, but, twist, the topic is plot twists!
Confusing new terms can make readers feel jarred and overwhelmed.
Werewolves with smartphones, vampires on motorcycles, mages at school, and so many nightclubs!
Clashes between story elements, mood, and atmosphere result in tone problems.
Are you making a bold and progressive statement or simply reinforcing harmful norms?
Meta commentary on storytelling is often pompous, harmful, and incorrect.
How do you know which stories aren't yours to tell, and why should you care?
Conflict and intensity in a story must be timed to avoid both boredom and exhaustion.
Things are heating up this week, because we're talking about dragons, salamanders, and more!
Conflict centralizes tension and tension drives the story.