Warning: This Story Structure Might Turn you into Hemingway

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You want to become a great writer. You feel like there’s a story in you, or three. But when you sit down to write, you find feelings, impressions, memories, and numerous disconnected ideas. How do you turn these random thoughts into stories? I’m about to tell you how to do it, so read closely. Stories … Read more Warning: This Story Structure Might Turn you into Hemingway

Three Pitfalls of Pop Psychoanalysis

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My mother’s nickname in our family was “the dog psychologist,” because whenever our dog behaved strangely she always had some complicated explanation for how it must be feeling based upon the traumas she imagined it had experienced before we got it from the pound. This sounds familiar, right? We love to put people, animals, friends, … Read more Three Pitfalls of Pop Psychoanalysis

How to Write Amazing Memoir Short Stories

Here’s my latest brainwave: memoir short stories. That’s as opposed to one long narrative memoir. There are a lot of advantages to writing this way, but first let me tell you why this is important for you. Lately, a lot of would-be memoirists have been contacting me, overwhelmed with the idea of writing their life … Read more How to Write Amazing Memoir Short Stories

How to Write Layered Conflict Into Stories

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My brilliant copy-editor friend Heather Munro recently asked me about story structure. I told her it’s quite simple. Stories are based upon conflict, but conflict isn’t what you probably think it is. To have conflict you have to have a character with a goal. Then, you have to have something to obstruct the character’s attempts … Read more How to Write Layered Conflict Into Stories