Mythos & Ink Blog

Examining great sci-fi and fantasy authors to become greater writers.


We Want More of These 4 Relationship Types in Fiction

While many stories zero in on the "will they/won't they" romances, there are many other relationship types to be…


How to Write a Compelling Fallen Hero

Here are some steps to follow for when your hero decides to turn bad.


Murderbot, Voice, and Unreliable Narrators

As an editor, I'm often asked what voice is and how to develop it when writing a novel.


Add Tension to Your Novel with These Three Methods

If you want to add some variety or another layer of complications in your story, consider hitting your characters with…


What Makes a Redemption Arc Effective?

How to make the most of your villain-turned-hero.


4 Fantasy Settings that Aren’t Medieval Britain

Challenge yourself to think out of the box for your next fantasy story.


Seven Obstacles for Characters in Love

In a fictional romance, there needs to be something that keeps your lovestruck characters apart, and this is true for…


3 Tropes to Avoid When Your Hero has a Disability

Here's what not to do when your hero has a disability.


Three Ways to Avoid Vague Writing

To improve your writing, eliminate vague words.


4 Tropes to Avoid When Your Villain has a Disability

When your villain struggles with a medical condition, here are some tips on what to avoid and what to do instead.


How to Craft Characters with Disabilities

Contrary to popular practice, you do not need to write a book that entirely revolves around an illness or disability in…


How to Avoid the “No Practice Needed” Trope

The protagonist gains a new skill, either in magic or combat, and is immediately an expert without any training. Sound…


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Kyla Neufeld

Blog Author & Copy Editor

Kyla Neufeld is a poet, writer, and editor who lives in Winnipeg with her Sith Lord husband and Nazgûl daughter. She has a wide array of editing experience from working on a number of magazines and freelance projects. She’s also interested in the intersections of geek culture, feminism, and social justice, and is always looking for opportunities to write about them.

Kyla has been a geek since she read The Lord of the Rings at 13. Since then, she’s branched out to many sci-fi/fantasy worlds, including Hogwarts, Sunnydale, and the Old Kingdom. She’s also delved deep into Norse mythology and is currently writing a poetry series about Norse creatures.

Allison Alexander

Blog Author & Editorial Director

Allison has been an editor for seven years, working with seasoned and aspiring authors alike. The Executive Editor at Area of Effect magazine for three of those years, Allison enjoys working with nonfiction related to geeky topics, especially video games. For fiction, she adores science fiction and fantasy with fascinating characters, quirky adventures, and unique world building. Characters who represent marginalized people (especially chronic illnesses and disabilities) are especially attractive to her.

On her spare time, she can be found in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away, probably in the company of her husband and imaginary pet owl.

Kyla Neufeld Bio Photo

Kyla Neufeld

Blog Author & Copy Editor

Kyla Neufeld is a poet, writer, and editor who lives in Winnipeg with her Sith Lord husband and Nazgûl daughter. She has a wide array of editing experience from working on a number of magazines and freelance projects. She’s also interested in the intersections of geek culture, feminism, and social justice, and is always looking for opportunities to write about them.

Kyla has been a geek since she read The Lord of the Rings at 13. Since then, she’s branched out to many sci-fi/fantasy worlds, including Hogwarts, Sunnydale, and the Old Kingdom. She’s also delved deep into Norse mythology and is currently writing a poetry series about Norse creatures.

Allison Alexander Bio Photo

Allison Alexander

Blog Author & Editorial Director

Allison has been an editor for seven years, working with seasoned and aspiring authors alike. The Executive Editor at Area of Effect magazine for three of those years, Allison enjoys working with nonfiction related to geeky topics, especially video games. For fiction, she adores science fiction and fantasy with fascinating characters, quirky adventures, and unique world building. Characters who represent marginalized people (especially chronic illnesses and disabilities) are especially attractive to her.

On her spare time, she can be found in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away, probably in the company of her husband and imaginary pet owl.

Kyla Neufeld Bio Photo

Kyla Neufeld

Blog Author & Copy Editor

Kyla Neufeld is a poet, writer, and editor who lives in Winnipeg with her Sith Lord husband and Nazgûl daughter. She has a wide array of editing experience from working on a number of magazines and freelance projects. She’s also interested in the intersections of geek culture, feminism, and social justice, and is always looking for opportunities to write about them.

Kyla has been a geek since she read The Lord of the Rings at 13. Since then, she’s branched out to many sci-fi/fantasy worlds, including Hogwarts, Sunnydale, and the Old Kingdom. She’s also delved deep into Norse mythology and is currently writing a poetry series about Norse creatures.

Allison Alexander Bio Photo

Allison Alexander

Blog Author & Editorial Director

Allison has been an editor for seven years, working with seasoned and aspiring authors alike. The Executive Editor at Area of Effect magazine for three of those years, Allison enjoys working with nonfiction related to geeky topics, especially video games. For fiction, she adores science fiction and fantasy with fascinating characters, quirky adventures, and unique world building. Characters who represent marginalized people (especially chronic illnesses and disabilities) are especially attractive to her.

On her spare time, she can be found in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away, probably in the company of her husband and imaginary pet owl.