Archive of all blog posts tagged 'storytelling'

2020


Stories Of The New Weird Normal (2020/07/30 05:00)
How to seek out stories that intelligently confront the moral complexity of the 21st century.

The Payoff Is The Setup (2020/07/04 12:00)
Meaning, go straight to the good stuff and don't make people wait.

Bubble Poppers And What-Iffers (2020/05/22 08:00)
The more outside your bubble you have at your command, the more you have to answer any "what if?" in your work.

Cheating, Not B.s.ing (2020/05/04 05:00)
On the idea of: "Writers are liars and fabricators, but not b.s.'ers."

By Hook Or By Book Or By Crook (2020/04/29 05:00)
On how my friend and fellow writer Matt is against the idea of the "hook" as a narrative mechanism.

Escapism In Bad Times (2020/03/31 05:00)
The point isn't to run away from what's around you, but to see something new despite it.

2019


Highly Illogical, Jim (2019/08/06 08:00)
When does a story's logic hold fast, and when does it break?

Pull That Thread (2019/05/20 08:00)
If there's a thread in your story that begs to be pulled, pull it.

2018


Say You, Cliché Me (2018/04/17 08:00)
"A cliché is as much about the deployment and the mode of use as it is the item itself..."

KISS And Make Up (2018/04/11 05:00)
The productivity virtues of keeping it simple, stupid.

2017


Emotional Rescue (2017/12/02 08:00)
The greatest stories make us emotional standard-bearers, not just emotional recipients.

You Feel That Feeling? (2017/11/29 08:00)
On choosing an emotional resonance for a story.

Justice League Repair Shop (2017/11/20 08:00)
Why was 'Justice League' only okay instead of epic? How could it have been made epic? Here's my plan.

Just Us (2017/11/19 08:00)
On 'Justice League' itself. Beware spoilers.

While Standing On One Leg (2017/09/08 08:00)
Want to get to know your story? Pitch it to someone else.

Rock (Un)Steady (2017/08/05 08:00)
Just because something's in your story doesn't mean that's what your story's about.

It's About A Lot Of Things Dept. (2017/07/20 08:00)
Getting beyond the trap of: "But what's your story about?" "Well, um ... "

Two Ways To Blow It Dept. (2017/07/18 08:00)
Meaningless yet complex; simple yet shallow -- two ways to make a story founder.

2016


From The Closet Dept. (2016/07/19 07:00)
What happens to a story idea deferred? Does it dry up?

The Sense (And Sensibility) Of An Ending Dept. (2016/07/14 08:00)
I don't always know what will happen by the end of the story, but I do know how I want you to feel about it.

All The Wrong Lessons Dept. (2016/04/28 10:00)
Why bad video game lore is a lot like bad pop culture: it embodies the wrong lessons.

Rules Are Made To Be Broken Dept. (2016/03/02 10:00)
How laying the ground rules for my new book almost ground me down.

2015


Nothing Special Dept. (2015/08/10 09:00)
"When any image is possible, no image is all that impressive anymore."

2014


Nailing Jelly To The Surface Of The Pond Dept. (2014/12/20 10:00)
Getting your ideas together for a new story can be just that tough.

Wear Your Heart On Your Page Dept. (2014/09/29 10:00)
Why a compassionate writer is a better writer. (A somewhat roundabout discussion.)


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