Commentary

Storytelling’s Terminology Problem

If you surf the web for tips on constructing stories, finding a new source of advice can be like vacationing in a foreign country: everyone speaks a language you don’t know. This is partly because some advice givers want their own patented terms and partly … read more »

Distinguishing Structured and Unstructured Advice

If you’re reading storytelling articles on Mythcreants, there’s a very good chance you’re reading them on other sites. As with most crafts, you might reasonably expect to hop from website to website without issue. No one worries that if they check multiple recipes for the … read more »

Recognizing Bad and Good Storytelling Advice

Writing advice comes at all levels of quality, from enlightening, to helpful in some circumstances, to story-ruining. For an example of all of these, just look at our breakdown of Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Rules of Writing. Yes, Kurt Vonnegut, a famous writer, had advice that ran … read more »

Why Storytelling Advice Is Such a Mess

Learning most crafts is a fairly straightforward process. Not so with storytelling. While a simple search will give you a plethora of tips and tricks, the fiction industry has no time-tested method of teaching the craft to newcomers. Based on the methods of those who are … read more »

Five Behaviors Fiction Needs to Stop Demonizing

Jake Peralta from Brooklyn 99

A while back, I wrote about bad behaviors fiction needs to stop glorifying. That was only half of the equation. Fiction is just as capable of demonizing benign or helpful behaviors, and it does so with disturbing frequency. This has harmful consequences in real life, … read more »

Five Signs Your Story Is Transphobic

Three soldiers crossdress in Disney's Mulan

It’s time for a look at the most insidious messages targeting trans people. To improve how our stories treat trans people, we need to consider not only trans women and trans men, but the entire gender spectrum. That includes people who … Read more »