Writing

Narration Makeover: Creating Tension

Mark Watney from The Martian digging himself out of some Martian soil

We’ve discussed creating tension at a big-picture level many times. However, it’s not enough to have a big-picture plan; tension must also be brought out in the narration. While the bestselling books I critique almost always have tense narration covered, manuscripts often don’t. Let’s help … read more »

Nine Ways to Describe Your Viewpoint Character

Three aliens sit next to an astronaut

One of the most common questions that comes up in writing is how to gracefully describe the point-of-view character. In limited perspective, the narration reflects what that character is thinking at some level. While it’s easy to work in description of other characters as soon … read more »

Lessons From the Tense Writing of Winter World

Someone trudging through the snow in front of a cityscape, over the words A.G. Riddle, The International Bestseller

I was hoodwinked by the marketing of Winter World. It says “International Bestseller” on the cover, and without thinking about it too hard, I assumed that meant this book was a bestseller. Only later did I realize it’s probably referring to the author, A. G. … read more »

Breaking Your Prose in the Right Places

A quill pen with a green feather rests on an inkwell on top of an open book.

We don’t write endless text without pause. At every level, from an entire book to each individual sentence, we break our prose into chunks. Some places in a story require a break, and in other places, breaking is optional. By placing these subjective breaks, we … read more »

Lessons From the Exposition of Crescent City

A woman stares through a crescent moon on a cover printed with House of Earth and Blood

I went looking for something to critique that’s not YA, and I hit the jackpot with this #1 New York Times bestseller House of Earth and Blood by Sarah Maas. She’s had plenty of bestsellers previously, and this is the first of her new Crescent … read more »

Six Common Misconceptions Among New Writers

A black and white image of an author's hands using a pen to draw a picture of a pen.

Sadly, the structures in place to teach storytelling are woefully inadequate. Books on writing are dubious at best, and classes are either unhelpful, expensive, or both. We do our best to educate new writers here at Mythcreants, but one blog can only reach so many … read more »