Recent posts tagged storytelling


2021


Them Changes

Change is the essence of storytelling: we tell a story because we want to document something that has changed. Or someone.

Diamonds And Pearls

Stories aren't diamonds of symmetrical perfection. They're pearls of asymmetrical beauty, and should be loved as such.

Roll With It

Your job when writing a story is to listen to what this material is telling you it needs to be, and go there.

Larger Than Life And Twice As Unreal

How not all fiction has to be "realistic" to be affective, and how new aesthetic standards can follow from that.

Death By A Million Brands Of Toothpaste

On choice paralysis in creative work and how to avoid it.

What They All Deserved

On being daring in a story, without that being an excuse for cruelty.

The Shoehorn And The Scissor

Two different ways of making a story complete in terms of what it addresses.

The Threshold Of Awesomeness

Sometimes there is too much of a good thing.

2020


The Seven Deadly Sins, Over And Over Again

On a narrow, reductionist view of fiction (and not a very good one, for that reason).

New Blood

On reinventing horror tropes for the modern moment.

No, You Really Couldn't Make This Up If You Tried

On the notion that if our moment in time were a story, nobody would believe a word of it.

Behind The Scenes With 'Fall Of The Hammer', Pt. 4: The Story

How everything from 'The Stars My Destination' to 'Streets Of Fire' (and even 'Justice League', in a negative way!) fed into the making of my new novel.

Stories Of The New Weird Normal

How to seek out stories that intelligently confront the moral complexity of the 21st century.

The Payoff Is The Setup

Meaning, go straight to the good stuff and don't make people wait.

Bubble Poppers And What-Iffers

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

On the idea of: "Writers are liars and fabricators, but not b.s.'ers."

By Hook Or By Book Or By Crook

On how my friend and fellow writer Matt is against the idea of the "hook" as a narrative mechanism.

Escapism In Bad Times

The point isn't to run away from what's around you, but to see something new despite it.

2019


Highly Illogical, Jim

When does a story's logic hold fast, and when does it break?

Pull That Thread

If there's a thread in your story that begs to be pulled, pull it.

2018


Say You, Cliché Me

"A cliché is as much about the deployment and the mode of use as it is the item itself..."

KISS And Make Up

The productivity virtues of keeping it simple, stupid.

2017


Emotional Rescue

The greatest stories make us emotional standard-bearers, not just emotional recipients.

You Feel That Feeling?

On choosing an emotional resonance for a story.

Justice League Repair Shop

Why was 'Justice League' only okay instead of epic? How could it have been made epic? Here's my plan.


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