Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. … More A Short Lesson from Mr. Kurt Vonnegut!
There you are in your home, and the soldiers smash down the door and tell you you’re in the middle of World War III. Something’s gone wrong with time. … More PKD: Breakfast at Twilight
Sometimes you read something and you can really relate to it, and sometimes you read something and every single sentence can make you FEEL. This story from Party of One: The Loner’s Manifesto encapsulates both of those and crafts into a short, but elegant story. I read it and felt the need to share it with you. … More Great Read: The Loner’s Manifesto by Anneli Rufus
I always feel such a sense of satisfaction after reading The Price; like the feeling you get when a chip crunches just right, or when your Dunkin Donuts coffee doesn’t burn your tongue off when you sip it. It’s real good stuff, you won’t regret spending sixteen minutes on this masterpiece of a story. … More My Favorite Short Story: The Price by Neil Gaiman
Believe it or not, this extremely short video delivers several very important messages for writers. I know that I had a change of thinking after I first watched this and, to this day, watching this video can help motivate me to write, and write better. Really worth checking out. … More Sit Your Ass In A Chair
I was scrolling through my Tumblr feed last night when I came across a vastly interesting, in-depth talk from Neil Gaiman (my personal favorite writer) on the subject of how stories last. What makes some stories last for thousands of years… even while others die away soon after a single generation? What is the use of stories, why do we keep them? And, what can we, as writers and readers, learn from the answers to these questions? … More How Stories Last