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 »

Roleplaying

The D&D 5E Ranger – Fixed

Art from the MTG card Daybreak Ranger: A woman with a longbow running through the forest.

Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition‘s ranger has been a sore spot for the community since the game came out. Like the paladin, the ranger is a half caster, mixing martial abilities and spells to the theoretical benefit of the class. Unfortunately, the ranger has never … read more »

Storytelling

How to Choose Scenes for Your Story

A landscape of rolling grassy hills shows through a window

No matter the medium, every storyteller has to be selective about which events the audience will experience and which will be summarized or simply left out. This is particularly true for stories that take place over long time periods. Leaving out important events will frustrate … read more »