Writing

Nine Truths for Roleplayers Who Start Writing

A book with pen and dice on top of it.

Roleplaying is a type of storytelling, whether you’re a player or a game master. And if you’re passionate about the stories at your RPG table, then you might seek out writing as another form of storytelling. However, this is a lot more complicated than you might think. Read more »

272 – Terminology Wars

The Mythcreant Podcast

Words words words! What do they even mean? And who decides what they mean? When you’re a writer, these are very important, which is why today we’re talking about the terminology of storytelling. In fact, we’ve already started, since “storytelling” is a bit of terminology … read more »

Five Common Dialogue Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Deloris and Fred Allen talk in a car in October Faction

Among the ever-present need to sound natural but not too natural, the logistics of specifying who said what, and the importance on bringing out characters’ personalities, dialogue can be pretty tough to write. Let’s look at some common mistakes writers make and how we can … read more »

Making the Most of Your Narrative Premise

Three kids with luggage in a burning building on the cover of A Series of Unfortunate Events

Your narrative premise is the explanation for how your story is being told to the reader, and it sets expectations for how your narration will work. Your narrative premise can help you take advantage of different styles while avoiding changes that are off-putting. Read more »

Recording an Audio Version of Your Story

A book wearing a pair of headphones

With the booming popularity of podcasts and other audio content, self-published writers can benefit from having audio versions of their books. But because voice narration is a time-consuming specialty, it can be difficult to decide whether to shell out and hire someone or work on … read more »

How to Describe Women Without Degrading Them

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the sexist ways women are described in fiction. Given the normalization of the male gaze, this has left some men feeling unsure of how to write a positive description. And it’s not just men who describe women … read more »

Lessons From the Purple Writing of The Witcher

A shirtless man with white hair stands in front of a castle

The Witcher book series, written by Andrzej Sapkowski and translated to English by Danusia Stok, started a popular video game franchise and now a popular TV show on Netflix too. I’ve seen the first season of the show, so that gives me some story context … read more »