Becoming a Storyteller: The First 50 Pages, or, Gimme Some Space, Short Story!

So, my writing about writing has taken a backseat to my writing about sports recently, but as I find myself waiting for the termite tenting crew to arrive at my house, I've decided to whip up a new little post. Last night I finished a short story, and this morning I submitted it to a … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: The First 50 Pages, or, Gimme Some Space, Short Story!

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: Don’t Panic, or, The Perils of Exposition

Ideas rattle through the cavernous recesses of my mind perpetually. They seem to come in all the "normal" places--you know, the shower, the car. While listening to a particular artist, while staring at the ceiling above my bed. I dutifully jot down the nuggets of these ideas and go about the rest of my day, … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Don’t Panic, or, The Perils of Exposition