The story–from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace–is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
— Ursula LeGuin
Because you are human, you have a story. You have many stories. Some are your own, some are born of your imagination.
Maybe you’ve been working on telling one or more of your stories, but thus far without much success. You have tried, but you can’t quite get it down on paper. Or maybe you’ve been writing for a while, and you are frustrated by your lack of progress. The story in your head is not showing up on the page, and there’s nobody to ask about your work who can give you honest, informed feedback. Take heart: Where you are now, every published writer has been at some point.
–Thomas Mann. Essays of Three Decades. 1942.
The easiest way to get started is to have a look at some of the posts on my storytelling weblog, the ones that deal specifically with research and craft (there’s an index of the most relevant posts here, and a summary of the most important, most basic rules of thumb here on Write as well). I’ve been writing and fine-tuning these chunks of information for close to twenty years, and they may provide you with another way to think about a particular challenge, or point you in a new direction.
If you need more focused help, one-on-one, then we can talk about the ways I can provide support, feedback, and encouragement. For those in the Bellingham, Washington area, we can schedule a initial consultation in person; if not, that can happen by phone.