Category Archives: storytelling

What’s the message of a wordless Word?

Our church picked “Voices of Christmas” as the theme for this year’s Advent-through-Epiphany series of worship services. In Advent, we explored the voices of prophets, Mary, angels, and shepherds. For the second Sunday in Christmas, we will look at Anna … Continue reading

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Not just a novelist

I have friends who’ve reported reaching 25K, 30K, 40K words on their nanowrimo novels already. Well, I’ve got nearly 1.9K now. Up from 1.2K a week ago. Just. But after taking the latter part of Thursday evening to drive west … Continue reading

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Awe and wonder

Last night marked the peak for this year of the Leonid meteor shower. The past couple of years’ peaks have come and gone behind solid cloud here in Chicago, not an uncommon occurrence this time of year. But yesterday dawned … Continue reading

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The value of story: road trip

There’s nothing like a 14-hour road trip to make vividly plain the full value of a well-told story. Especially a 14-hour road trip in a five-passenger sedan with five adult passengers, the shortest of whom (me) is 5’6″ tall. Our … Continue reading

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My accidental novel

How can one have a novel by accident? I doubt I’m alone in reaching this achievement, but to get to the point, we need first to backtrack a bit. I wrote one [unpublishable] fanfiction novel a while back, just to … Continue reading

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Enjoy writing even when you’re assigned a topic

Even when you’re writing what you “have to,’ love what you write. Oh, I can hear you now, saying I have it easy, getting to pick my topic and what do I know? But my professional career has consisted of … Continue reading

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Jane Yolen on “story”

I was just pointed to this link: http://janeyolen.com/the-alphabetics-of-story/. Jane Yolen is a brilliant storyteller whose novels I love. In this essay from 2000, she lists, with varying levels of detail, the aspects of story she finds important, organized around the … Continue reading

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Thoughts about “story”

Given that this blog is called “Starting Your Story,” we should perhaps consider what we mean by “story.” A story is a narrative. It has a beginning, middle and end. Or, to look at it another way, story consists of … Continue reading

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