Storytelling

Can I Make My Protagonist a Mastermind?

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Hello Mythcreants, I’ve been trying to toy with a scheming protagonist with a master plan rather than a villain with a master plan. However, I want to keep his plan largely secret, but I don’t know how to do this without irritating readers by making … read more »

Seven Reasons Storytellers Should Consume Bad Stories

Very few people set out to write a bad story. That’s a large reason why high-profile story bumbles by renowned storytellers draw so much attention from both fans and critics. These usually elicit an understandable combination of public anger, amusement, and disbelief. Traditionally, bad stories … read more »

Why Storytellers Fail at Grimdark and How to Fix It

Some stories have an overall mood that’s light or even cartoonish, yet feature gratuitous slaughter and suffering. I’ve previously described stories with this type of tonal dissonance as “slathered in grimdark sauce.” While grimdark sauce makes a story feel immature, this isn’t a problem that … read more »

Seven Common Reasons Protagonists Are Unlikable

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If the audience can’t stand your main character, then they probably won’t get very far in the story. We call this critical factor a character’s “likability.” We’ve previously described how you can make your character likable by giving them sympathetic, selfless, and interesting traits. But … read more »

Can the Protagonist Act as an Obstacle in a Romance?

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Hello! I’m writing a fantasy story where large parts of the story are dedicated to the romance between the main characters, but the protagonist is averse to emotional closeness. So when feelings start to develop it’s the love interest that pursues the relationship, with him … read more »