Five narrative tropes that your story would really do better without.
How to help your character's internal journey carry the story.
If your story's frame is crowded, these five archetypes might be getting in your protagonist's way.
Recently, I wrote about the lessons writers can learn from roleplaying games.
What your story can gain if you sit down for a chat with a GM.
Good places to start if you've still got your GM training wheels on.
How to make your audience turn on the knight in shining armor by showing who's really wearing it.
How this story of a stranded astronaut succeeds at getting readers engaged.
How to hook readers with a few words.
Ditch these character models to ensure your story won't age like already-spoiled milk.
A meandering, flair-over-substance approach spoils this Tolkienesque opening.
Pull on these themes to make your downer society stand out on the page.
Choose a different model for crafting your protagonist.
How this RPG succeeds by making your PCs screw up.
How to establish who's the star of the show—and stick to that promise.
Oren, Chris, and Mike discuss making NPCs that are helpful to the game.
These combat tools put everything else in their system to shame.
Everyone's tired of these nonsensical storytelling justifications.
Why some characters get on our nerves—and what you can do to avoid it.
The RPGs to visit when you and your players want the heebie-jeebies.