Plot

Analysis

Six Characters Siloed Into a Separate Story

Eleven eating waffles in the woods.

The more characters in a story, the greater burden it is under. Ideally, each character’s narrative will weave together into the throughline, but that doesn’t always happen. Instead, stories often fracture under the pressure of an oversize cast, splitting off into unrelated plots. In the most … read more »

Storytelling

Five Types of Disastrous Reveals

Amon from Legend of Korra

A great reveal can be sublime. Unfortunately, this has storytellers chasing after the perfect reveal even when their story would be better off without it. Reveals have to be set up just right to work, and some information is too critical to be withheld until … read more »

Q&A

Where Should I Start My Story?

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My main characters are part of secret government unit that goes after supernatural threats to America. Should I start the story with the new members being training? Or should I start with them being assigned to the unit and have flashbacks to the training to show how they’ve become friends, etc.? Read more »