Make a Long Story Short: Flash Fiction as a Writing Tool

There is much to be said for sitting down with a huge book and savoring it for days or weeks on end. I enjoy meeting a cast of interesting characters, exploring the world and setting, and marveling in the myriad, intricate storylines and subplots the author weaves together into a grand tapestry. I’m constantly in … Continue reading Make a Long Story Short: Flash Fiction as a Writing Tool

Believing Kermit: Lessons in Crafting Characters

Every writer strives to create characters that are memorable and multi-faceted, someone with whom their readers can relate to, root for, or root against. This is a tall order, especially when every character needs to also have a unique voice in the story. Very often—and this is especially true with newer writers—many of the characters … Continue reading Believing Kermit: Lessons in Crafting Characters

A Story About Nothing: Lessons About Writing From Seinfeld

We writers are constantly trying to hone our craft and improve our storytelling skills. One of the best ways to do that is to study the ways other people tell stories. A good writer will look to a variety of storytellers for ideas, inspiration, and instruction. Being able to understand why a good story works … Continue reading A Story About Nothing: Lessons About Writing From Seinfeld

True Stories Make The Best Stories

Recently, I saw the film Hidden Figures, which tells the story of the African-American women who worked as mathematicians and engineers for NASA during the 1960s. These women were an integral part of the space program from the earliest days of the Mercury program, and on up through the Apollo moon landings, but remained largely … Continue reading True Stories Make The Best Stories