Analysis

Five Wish-Fulfillment Characters

While we don’t always talk about it, we all love our daydreams. So naturally, some stories are designed to let us live our fantasies through the protagonist. There’s a little wish-fulfillment in any good story, but these go above and beyond, crafting every scene to … read more »

Writing

Three Ways to Plot With Index Cards

It can be tough to pull together the plot for a novel. There’s a lot that goes into it, and it’s hard to make sure that you have it all straight in your head before you start writing. Sometimes the only way to be sure … read more »

Writing

Tying Your Plot Together

You’ve finally finished the draft of your magnum opus. You’ve developed engaging characters and placed them in a vibrant setting. You’ve filled each scene with conflict, tension, and chocolate. But something’s wrong. The friends who’ve read it tell you that while each scene is entertaining, the … read more »

Analysis

The Problem With Prince Charming

Disney Princes

Welcome Kristoff to the magical world of Disney’s Princes! In light of the new edition to the Disney Prince family, I think it’s the right time to take our critical eyes off of the deeply controversial Disney Princesses and ask, “What about Prince Charming?” Just … read more »

Meta

The Best Posts of 2013

Happy Holidays! To tide you over while you hide from your relatives in the guest bathroom, here are the best reads of the year. We’ve divided into the most popular posts, and the posts we think are hidden gems. Happy reading! Read more »

Storytelling

Repairing Unbelievable Story Elements

In my last two posts I discussed the importance of belief, and how setting audience expectations are crucial to maintaining it. But setting expectations requires planning ahead. For episodic stories in particular, it’s impossible to plan for everything: An actor on a show could suddenly … read more »