First – if you want a sneak peak of the first chapter in my second novel – GO HERE! This is super secret stuff. It hasn’t even gone to my beta readers and editors yet!
I love books.
I can’t help it, really. Since my mom taught me to read at the ripe old age of three (she was a very good teacher), reading books has been a part of who I am.
At some point, I’m not sure when, I decided that I had reaped the benefits of great writing without contributing for long enough.
I decided to become a writer.
Then I decided to become an editor.
After 8 years of trying to figure out my voice, my style, and what works, I decided to actually publish something.
That has yet to happen … #cantbringmyselftopullthetrigger
But I will publish it, and I will publish it soon. I’m almost done with the cover even.
That aside, I also love, and that is an understatement, story creation. I love everything about it.
A well crafted story can do so much for the world.
I love storycrafting so much that I make it a point to teach each one of my 4 children the main ingredients every single story needs to have.
I even write about the same stuff on LinkedIn and Medium. Writing, talking, preaching, and everything else I can do to get my storycrafting message across means a lot to me. And it’s rooted in this problem I’ve seen with feedback on the stories of others, and feedback on my stories.
The feedback is vague and unhelpful. #yourstorystinksbutIcanttellyouwhy
It shouldn’t be vague.
If someone were to give me a story, and I told them, “It doesn’t feel right,” or better yet, “You’re story was too slow.”
Those kinds of comments beg the questions: “What doesn’t feel right?” or “What can I do to speed those things up?”
For whatever reason, vague advice seems to be the norm.
It shouldn’t be that way.
As luck would have it, every story can be fixed. Better yet, there’s a fairly simple (not to be confused with easy) method to fixing it.
Your story just needs to have 8 things – I call them the essentials of storycrafting. If you have a scene that’s not working, chances are that it’s missing one of these essentials.
So that’s why I started up this little website. Hopefully you find it enlightening, and helpful in your journey to write better.
If you want to find out more, check out my blog.
I also have a writer’s group that I head. It mostly consists of a weekly newsletter chalk full of great tips on writing better, and free feedback on bits and pieces of your story. Just follow this link here to join.
I’ll even throw in a freebie and send you a free copy of my “Cheat Sheet” for writing a better scene. #freestuffmakeseverythingbetter
Thanks for stopping by!