Commentary

How Should I Approach Disability in a Pirate Story?

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This question may actually be more for Fay Onyx, but let me know what you think. I’m working on a humorous not-at-all-realistic story where the main characters are pirates. If I have pirates with peg-legs, hooks, and eye-patches, then I support a stereotype about certain … read more »

Why Some Dark Topics Are More Sensitive Than Others

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Here at Mythcreants, we’re pretty adamant that most stories shouldn’t include potentially harmful subjects like sexual violence, racism against real groups, queerphobia, and the like. Whenever we write a post saying so, we’re bound to get at least one comment asking some variant of, “Why … read more »

Five Signs Your Narration Is Sexist

Sexism in stories can be quite egregious. Heroes may outright state that women don’t belong on the battlefield, rape is often treated like a cutesy and forgivable mistake, and supposedly likable characters act in blatantly misogynist ways. Read more »

Six Rape Tropes and How to Replace Them

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Fictional depictions or rape or attempted rape normalize sexual assault and are often hurtful to survivors. Let’s go over how rape ends up in our stories, why these patterns are hurtful, and how storytellers can accomplish their goals without it. Read more »

How Do I Show That a Character Is Trans?

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In a book I am currently writing, the fictional society has moved beyond any kind of transphobia, so being transgender is not treated as being anything out of the ordinary. Given this, I am wondering how to show that a character is transgender if it … read more »

Six Common Forms of Bad Writing Advice

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It probably won’t surprise you that there’s a lot of writing advice out there. Everyone seems to have their own take on this endeavor we call storytelling. That’s to be expected, but it’s often hard to tell the good tips from the bad. Without the … read more »