Plot

Storytelling

How to Plot a Novel Series

Harry Potter fights off a giant Basilisk at the end of book two

Over the years, we’ve received many questions about how to plot multiple books. The answer is surprisingly simple: story structure is the same no matter the scale. However, reader expectations about story continuity do change a little when the story is broken into different books, … read more »

Analysis

Five Plot Twists That Are Too Obvious

A ship using WWI dazzle camouflage.

Plot twists are tricky business for us storytellers. They need to be foreshadowed so they aren’t jarring, but they also need to be subtle so they don’t feel telegraphed. Then you have to consider differences in your audience. Trope-savvy readers can spot even the subtlest … read more »

Podcast

259 – Turning Points

The Mythcreant Podcast

There’s a moment in every climax where the hero goes from losing to winning, or from winning to losing in the case of tragedies. It’s when Luke turns off his targeting computer or when Eowyn declares that she is no man. It’s got that special … read more »