We can all let out a sigh of relief that 2020 is over. It was a nightmarish year, but at least some of us got extra time to write! Celebrate the bright spots by reading our top content of the year.
Our Top Ten Articles
Oren started critiquing worlds in depth this year, resulting in our biggest hit. Unsurprisingly, that was rounded out by social justice commentary and many helpful lists.
Cool space worms can’t save Dune from sexism, racism, and absurdity. Read more »
Keeping misogyny from our descriptions takes vigilance. Read more »
Because redeeming a villain is difficult, many of the same mistakes get repeated again and again. Read more »
Some classes are numerically stronger than others. Read more »
Is that queerbaiting intentional? Here’s how to tell. Read more »
When writing about autism, account for the interior motives and experiences of autistic people. Read more »
No one is inherently impoverished, and no one wants to be. Read more »
Audiences won’t get far in your story if they can’t stand your main character. Read more »
Authors have trouble deciding which character is most central and compelling. Read more »
Transferring roleplay to prose doesn’t have to be a roll of the dice. Read more »
Top Podcast, Q&A, and Comic
If you haven’t checked out our other content, here’s your chance to sample audience favorites.
I could tell you what this podcast is about, but how would you know if I was telling the truth? Normally, you’d just have to trust me, but in fantasy stories, we can have magic that stops people from lying. That’s what we’re talking about … read more »
I am having trouble with descriptive language for people, particularly big or fat or heavyweight people. What is some general advice you would have (or maybe a word bank? (if that wouldn’t be too much trouble)) on descriptive words for heavier weight people. I hope … read more »
The battle between good and evil has been canceled. Read more »
Every year, we publish posts that change our thinking or start discussions but aren’t sexy enough to make the top ten. So we’ve chosen some important pieces you might have missed.
The crucial, yet often overlooked ingredient to emotionally rewarding conflicts. Read more »
Misogyny, toxic masculinity, and confusion over class struggle make this book an insulting letdown. Read more »
How is your story being told to the reader, and how can you take advantage of that? Read more »
No failure a dull story makes; too much results in damage. Read more »
How to create a problem, cause, turning point, and improvement. Read more »
Thanks for Spending a Tough Year With Us
Here’s hoping 2021 will be better!