Digital Plotting: 4 Steps To Visually Track Story, Plot And Character Arcs in Fiction

Body hunched and head bowed, hammering the keys, breaking the stream of words only long enough to grab the mug and gulp down coffee that’s been cold for hours: the writer at work, delving into territories unknown. We’ve romanticized the art of fiction to almost spiritual levels.  To hear some people talk about it, you’d think simply sitting […]

The Enrichment of Creation

“So great is the bounty with which (man) has been treated that he may now, perhaps, fairly dare to guess that in Fantasy he may actually assist in the effoliation and multiple enrichment of creation. All tales may come true .” –  J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories, 1947

Nerds Do It Better: Why Nerd Culture Cultivates a Better Understanding of Story

What does the term “great storytelling” mean to you? For many, it evokes names like Hemingway, Austen, Steinbeck, or Joyce. What probably doesn’t come to mind are titles like Star Wars, Mass Effect, Final Fantasy, Sherlock, or The Dark Knight. Literary classics, these titles are not, but I’m here to reveal a dirty little secret about all the stuff your […]

Every Man Has A Book In Him

“They say that every man has a book in him. This is about as accurate as most generalizations.” – Groucho Marx Without a doubt, the funniest book I have every read is Groucho and Me by Groucho Marx– without a doubt, one of the funniest men to ever live.  Those are my principles, and if you […]

Blasting

“There’s no rule on how it is to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly. Sometimes it is like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”  – Ernest Hemingway I am about to embark on the journey of “final edits.” The blasting has all been done. Time to chisel.  – CB

Read Everything

“Read, read, read. Read everything. Trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” – William Faulkner