Becoming a Storyteller: High concept, or, Wait–what?

Leafing through the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, you might come across an odd term: "High-Concept". If you're at a similar place in your journey to become a storyteller, you might be just as baffled as I am by the term. Thanks to a recent article in Writer's Digest, a little research, and … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: High concept, or, Wait–what?

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Becoming a Storyteller: Creating Conflict, or, Do I Have a Green Thumb for Fiction?

Drama is life with the dull parts taken out.  -Alfred Hitchcock This post's information comes to you via the works and words of one James Scott Bell, an author of numerous thrillers and books on writing craft, including Conflict & Suspense. James Scott Bell contributes regularly to Writer's Digest, is an active teacher at writing … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Creating Conflict, or, Do I Have a Green Thumb for Fiction?

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?

Becoming A Storyteller: Write What You Feel, or, Holy Sh*t Where’s My Kid?

The January 2013 issue of Writer's Digest magazine features and interview with bestselling author Lee Child. Child is the creator of the ever popular Jack Reacher character, who was recently portrayed by Tom Cruise in what might be one of the most egregious casting liberties taken by Hollywood. (The character Reacher stands 6'5", weighing over … Continue reading Becoming A Storyteller: Write What You Feel, or, Holy Sh*t Where’s My Kid?

My Review of Create Your Writer Platform

Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for Writer’s Digest Books, a bestselling humor book writer, and a freelance editor. He works for Writer’s Digest Books and edits the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS as well as the Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market. His bestselling humor books are: How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack and Red Dog/Blue Dog: When … Continue reading My Review of Create Your Writer Platform

Call Me Santiago, or, The Problem with Writing Blogs

Over the last several months, in the churning wake of agent silence, I've debated drowning my novel. The contemporary fantasy story I've been developing for some time was met with lukewarm interest last year at the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City, and I've spent much of my blogging time referring to entire process … Continue reading Call Me Santiago, or, The Problem with Writing Blogs