Are you tempted by tropes? That's okay!
Without impacting future events, dreams feel like a tangent or a cheap route to excitement.
Your story recreates the same three-point structure at every scale.
You thought this episode would have a topic other than plot twists, but, twist, the topic is plot twists!
Clashes between story elements, mood, and atmosphere result in tone problems.
Conflict and intensity in a story must be timed to avoid both boredom and exhaustion.
Conflict centralizes tension and tension drives the story.
Internal conflicts are often more challenging than external ones.
These side characters impede not only the hero, but the story itself.
What people actually mean when they say “character driven,” and how plot strengthens character.
Disparate elements pull stories apart and bore readers.
Justifications for oppressed mages make as little sense as the idea of oppressing mages itself.
The worst story ever written... or is it?
But what is a flat character, really? Where did the term come from, and is it always bad?
Creating a selfish main character is tricky but not impossible.