Allison is the editorial director at Mythos & Ink, a sci-fi and fantasy (SFF) publisher. She gives advice on writing SFF from an editor's perspective and writes about upcoming books on their blog.
NaNoWriMo Prep: Use a Beat Sheet to Plan Your Novel | Mythos & Ink
September 10, 2020—Novel structure is important to know about because it keeps readers turning pages.
Murderbot, Voice, and Unreliable Narrators | Mythos & Ink
May 22, 2020—As an editor, I’m often asked what voice is and how to develop it when writing a novel.
4 Tropes to Avoid When Your Villain has a Disability | Mythos & Ink
February 13, 2020—Be careful when your villain has a disability, as there are some tired, harmful tropes associated with these characters and it’s best to avoid them.
How to Craft Characters with Disabilities | Mythos & Ink
February 6, 2020—Why is it important to include characters with disabilities and illnesses in our stories? For the same reason it’s crucial to feature characters of various races, sexes, genders, and minorities.
5 Tips for Writing an Unlikeable Protagonist (According to Final Space) | Mythos & Ink
October 3, 2019—In the space opera comedy Final Space, Gary Goodspeed is as unlikeable as they come. In the first episode alone, he comes off as rude, selfish, oblivious, and dense.
Marveling at the Enneagram One to Write Better Characters | Mythos & Ink
July 25, 2019—Cap wants to promote justice, be fair, and do good. These are the innermost desires that drive him. When the writers put him into situations where he’s unsure what is right and has to make difficult decisions, things get interesting.
5 Ways to Avoid Clichés and Write Stunning Prose | Mythos & Ink
July 11, 2019—In which we look at The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon as an example of well-written prose.
Editing Explained, Part 2: Line Editing | Mythos & Ink
June 13, 2019—Line editors focus on paragraph-level issues instead of broader story issues.
Editing Explained, Part 1: Substantive Editing | Mythos & Ink
June 6, 2019—Substantive editing is the first step after your draft is complete, and should occur before correcting grammar, punctuation, or word choice.
7 Books to Improve Writing Techniques and Craft | Mythos & Ink
May 2, 2019—Here are seven resources to improve your skills, written by authors who are fantastic at teaching the craft.
5 Mistakes that Kill Your First Chapter | Mythos & Ink
April 4, 2019—If you find agents and editors are not asking to look further than your first chapter, check it for these issues.
How to Build Your Novel’s Magic System | Mythos & Ink
March 17, 2019—If you have specific rules for how magic works in your world, you can do some pretty fun things with it.
How to Pitch Your Book in 280 Characters or Less | Mythos & Ink
February 28, 2019—Five examples of well-written pitches and five things I look for in a Twitter pitch.
5 Unique Magic Systems to Inspire Your Own | Mythos & Ink
February 21, 2019—Whether magic has detailed rules or its source is a mystery, the way it impacts the world is fascinating to explore.
How to Write an Attractive Query Letter | Mythos & Ink
December 11, 2018—This one little page of information is as crucial as the thousands of words you spent months painstakingly crafting.