What Am I Trying to Say?

An Examination of Themes, Messages, and Armatures Every story should have some kind of message, theme, thrust, main point, etc.  You may consider the prior sentence as just an opinion, but hear what I have to say and then disagree, if … Continue reading

Writing Scene-by-Scene

Whether you’re writing a novel, novella, or short story, you write in scenes.  If you’re writing a super short story which often one scene long, this concept still applies. Common scenes: An opening scene, a conclusion scene, a flashback scene, a fight … Continue reading

The Writer’s Journey: A Review

I have friends who don’t want to their writing to be cookie-cutter, fill-in-the-blank stories, thus they hesitate to read books on story structure.   There are many more people who just want to write stories than there are people who want to study … Continue reading

We Are All the Same: A Review of The Golden Theme

“We are all the same.” This is the core principle of Brian McDonald’s second book, The Golden Theme, and a fascinating exploration into why certain stories resonate with us as human beings. This book reads differently than his first book … Continue reading