Becoming a Storyteller: Building Initial Ideas, or, Get Thee to a Nunnery!

I'm one of Those people. Yep. I'm the guy that'll open a blast email from, say, Writer's Digest, and buy something they're advertising--thus ensuring another blast will clutter any number of inboxes. The item in question this time is a writing book (yes, another writing book) entitled: The Nighttime Novelist by Joseph Bates. This book grabbed … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Building Initial Ideas, or, Get Thee to a Nunnery!

Becoming a Storyteller: Plotter vs Pantser, or, Did Stephen King really just call me a Dullard?

Stephen King, in his seminal work On Writing, says the following about Plotting: "Plot is, I think, the good writer's last resort, and the dullard's first choice." Wait, what? I'm a Plotter! Or, at least, I was until five seconds after I read that line recently. See, these days I've been stuck in neutral, my tires spinning … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Plotter vs Pantser, or, Did Stephen King really just call me a Dullard?