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Storycrafting 5 – Mapping Die with a Human Heart Part 2

May 20, 2016


This post was kind of a follow along to Storycrafting 4. I had not really looked at Propps Narramemes until I was editing this series of posts. It was basically free content to try it out, and it was a very surprisingly good fit. Storycrafting 1 – The Hero’s Journey Storycrafting 2 – Assembling a […]

Storycrafting 4 – Mapping Die with a Human Heart Part 1

May 19, 2016


Mapping Human Heart to the Universal Monomyth Grids from Storycrafting 3 Previous blogs on this topic. Storycrafting 1 – The Hero’s Journey Storycrafting 2 – Assembling a Story Storycrafting 3 – Comparing Various Versions of the Hero’s Journey I think this horse is pretty well beat, but I thought I would just take one of my […]

Storycrafting 2 – Assembling a Story

May 16, 2016


In which I pontificate out loud hoping that if I can’t solve your story problems, at least I can solve mine. Storycrafting 1 Dream Storming Almost all of my stories start with dreams. Only recently have I been able to consciously craft a story from an idea. For example, a while ago I was in […]

Writing Destroying Angel

May 10, 2016


“I think the only reason I’ve ever found success at anything is because I greatly underestimate the amount of work something takes and so I just start.” Deconstructing a Genre For a year, I worked near a Barnes & Noble, so every couple of weeks I would pick up one of the pulp fiction magazines, […]

Narration in Technical Writing 2

November 19, 2013


In Narration in Technical Writing 1, I talked about using a “movie trailer” intro to “sell” a technical idea under a show-don’t-tell approach. Here I’ll talk about how to take  that that dramatic lead and convert it into requirements. From Narrative to Requirements “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world […]

Narration in Technical Writing 1

November 18, 2013


Every tech writer has a literary giant hiding inside. Why wait? You can use that talent for narrative at work. The Movie Trailer Intro I have been very fortunate to work with many brilliant people in my career. The year before last, my friend Mark Hoffman and I were the primary authors on a paper […]

A Book Writers Should Read

July 23, 2013


All You Need is Persistence, Skill, and Faith Realistically, it’s been 2 months since I posted anything. Which is crazy because I just got published on Gink and Gasoline and I seem to be hitting some kind of critical mass and my brain is on fire. And, it’s not like I haven’t been writing. I’ve […]