for writers and readers….

“… through storytelling we share knowledge, recover from trauma, survive, thrive, re-build, testify…” Danny Denton QUOTES FOR WRITERS

And if “story” (be it journalism, memoir, poetry, fiction, chat, therapy, weather talk or whatever else) is our way of processing the things that happen to us and the things … Continue reading

April 4, 2021 · 4 Comments

Ready to make your messy inner self plain to see? Donald Maass on what storytellers have to do QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Protagonists and antagonists are fanatics. So are you. Is that scary? Sure, but own that side of yourself and you are less likely to shut it down. I mean who … Continue reading

May 3, 2020 · 3 Comments

Good prose is more muscle than fat, says Ursula Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Adjectives and adverbs are good and rich and fattening. The main thing is not to overindulge … I would recommend to all storytellers a watchful attitude and a thoughtful, careful … Continue reading

September 15, 2019 · 2 Comments

“…A story is how we construct our experiences…” Doris Lessing QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences. At the … Continue reading

November 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

What storytellers can do – Erin Morgenstern QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · 11 Comments

The Power of Stories – Emmanuel Reed Manirakiza Quotes for Writers (and peope who like quotes)

Inside stories lies transformational power, Power that moves the invisible us, Power that stirs our emotions, To experience the experiences of others; Stories allow us to imagine and live momentarily … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

Would you fail this writing exercise?

What do you think of these opening lines…do they entice you to read on and find out more? Councillor Brown was on time for the meeting to talk about installing … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

The difference between a lie and a story…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

A lie was something you told because you were mean or a coward. A story was something you made up out of something that might have happened. Only you didn’t … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

10 rules for writing a synopsis

I’m away for a few days so here is something from a year ago which I think is still interesting – synopsis training. The agent Carole Blake, author of From … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 10 Comments