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!
Over the past several weeks, I have been dipping my toes into the chilly waters of online dating. Weird as it may seem, the thing I noticed the most from this new venture is how great of an exercise it is for writing/storytelling. … More Writing Exercise: Online Dating
Have no shame if your favorite books are popular books like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. Don’t listen to people who say a book isn’t any good; read it for yourself, you be the judge. Find the little nuggets that will help you learn to write better. And, likewise, don’t you dare put yourself through the disastrous experience of being forced to read something terrible just because it’s supposed to be a ‘classic’ or because someone else has declared all non-readers of the book uneducated. … More Read Anything (and everything)
The video above outlines the nature of stories. That being that they come in only a few particular shapes. This was a comforting video, for me, because it established in my mind what I had to do to be original. Because, you see, no one is actually expecting you to reinvent the wheel — they just want to see different styles of rims from time to time. … More A Note on Originality: Shapes of Stories
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
Writing, and drawing, and theater – these may be just hobbies for some people… and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you want to write, please write. If you can draw, I’d love to see it. And, there’s never too many people to grace the stage. But, don’t make the mistake of assuming others who share your passions are only hobbyists like you. … More More Than A Hobby: Choosing To Be An Artist