Consider these three ways to Kill Your Readers

Murder of Crows

This is a guest post by author/editor Katharine Trauger You probably would prefer NOT to kill your readers. But you might be a reader murderer without realizing it. Here’s your personal “cheat sheet” for avoiding three hidden ways you might be killing your readers. Living readers love a well-written essay. You know those elegant pieces of […]

Blake Shelton, a Master Storyteller? Oh, hail yeah! (video)

Blake Shelton Doin'

Okay, you’ve got 4 minutes and 24 seconds to tell a great story. Ready? Go! Blake Shelton did it in spectacular fashion in this official video for his latest single, “Doin’ What She Likes” (album, “Based on a True Story…” ©2013 Ten Point Prod’ns Inc., Warner Bros.). In the video, Blake plays a regular guy […]

If you’ve ever written a story…

Saving Mr Banks movie

If you’ve ever written a story, Go see Saving Mr. Banks. If you’ve ever written a story about love, or about love and loss, or about joy and sorrow, whether your story was long or short, epic or small… If you’ve ever written a story that moved you to laughter or tears, Go see Saving […]

Writing and Weaving: How’s your warp and weft?

weaving a story

…the art of weaving has some strong parallels to the craft of writing Do you feel like your writing has become unexciting and one-dimensional? Sometimes we get so focussed with getting words onto paper that we forget to consciously work on our craft, and our writing begins to feel stale. Fortunately, thinking about your writing […]

Story Structure: Are you Plotting or just Plodding?

Hiking Kaibab trail

“The story is going nowhere. The blank screen is still blank.” How do your stories develop structure? The cursor on your screen is blinking, glued to one spot. Is the hockey game on television  beginning to look more important by the moment? You may be cursing your cursor, but what you are really angry with […]

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