The building blocks of these lessons-driven stories.
How jumping platforms can cause creative stumbles for larger canons.
How to spice up and flesh out your worldbuilding without letting the details bog you down.
Chris, Oren and Mike discuss mythic structure and the wide variety of works that use it.
How to get the chemistry crackling between your story's stars.
The occupants of this mythic structure often fit one or more of these molds.
How to choose between a big bad and a creepy-crawly horror for your story.
Very few have done them before—but that's because they won't work.
How your characters can drive the story even with their backs to the wall.
How to weave your story's strands together into a cohesive whole.
How to prevent head-scratching events from tearing readers out of the story.
Mike, Oren and Chris discuss the weaknesses and strengths that come with episodic, overarching, and anthology stories.
How to manage your audience's expectations to keep your story immersive.
When you've no leader to follow, check out these systems.
Why your story needs consistent rules, even if they're different from reality's.
Mur Lafferty joins Oren, Mike, and Chris to talk about classic creatures.
How your story's big bad can stick in readers' minds.
Why this widespread story term isn't as catch-all as it looks.
These attributes will have readers raising their eyebrows.