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

Is Backstory Necessary?

We received this question from Ruth Huish: Often I read a book and they spend so much time focusing on the subplot that I just want to say, “Get over it! I want to hear about the time-sensitive plot at hand.” And usually that plot … read more »

Meta

We’ll Be at GeekGirlCon 2015

Mythcreants has a panel at Seattle’s GeekGirlCon this year. The panel is titled Matriarchies, Patriarchies, and Beyond: Depicting Gender in Your Fictional World. We’re scheduled for Saturday, October 10th, at 11:30 am. Read more »

Storytelling

Why & How to Kill a Hero

Unless you’re writing a slasher,* killing an important protagonist is a tough decision that can have a profound effect on your story. For most works, it will have both benefits and drawbacks. Understanding the dynamics of character death can help you avoid pitfalls and select … read more »

Writing

Forty Four Words to Seek and Destroy

Words are the buildings blocks of prose, but not all of them are load-bearing. Some words clutter the page and make our writing sound wishy-washy, dry, or awkward. To strengthen your work, search for these 44 suspects and ask yourself: are they doing more harm … read more »

Storytelling

Five Traits of a Winning Concept

While plot and character are essential to stories, many works become popular because they have a great concept, like an evil and seductive gold ring or an encyclopedia for hitchhiking the galaxy. What makes a great concept? Ask yourself if your idea has these five … read more »