How to prevent head-scratching events from tearing readers out of the story.
Mike, Oren and Chris discuss the weaknesses and strengths that come with episodic, overarching, and anthology stories.
How to manage your audience's expectations to keep your story immersive.
Why your story needs consistent rules, even if they're different from reality's.
Mur Lafferty joins Oren, Mike, and Chris to talk about classic creatures.
Why this widespread story term isn't as catch-all as it looks.
What to do when you've cracked the 50,000-word threshold.
These attributes will have readers raising their eyebrows.
How your beginning can hook readers from the get-go.
Why some characters stick in readers' minds—and what we can learn from them.
How far you should tip your storytelling hand about an important character's fate.
The highlights from this year's social justice-focused storytelling convention.
These potential pairings split fandoms, no matter which side won the canon.
The pros and cons of these personality-lacking protagonists.
How your story can treat its darker-skinned characters like trash.
Steer clear of these finales, especially if you're new to storytelling.