Emotional Rescue (2017/12/02 08:00)
The greatest stories make us emotional standard-bearers, not just emotional recipients.
You Feel That Feeling? (2017/11/29 08:00)
On choosing an emotional resonance for a story.
Justice League Repair Shop (2017/11/20 08:00)
Why was 'Justice League' only okay instead of epic? How could it have been made epic? Here's my plan.
Just Us (2017/11/19 08:00)
On 'Justice League' itself. Beware spoilers.
While Standing On One Leg (2017/09/08 08:00)
Want to get to know your story? Pitch it to someone else.
Rock (Un)Steady (2017/08/05 08:00)
Just because something's in your story doesn't mean that's what your story's about.
It's About A Lot Of Things Dept. (2017/07/20 08:00)
Getting beyond the trap of: "But what's your story about?" "Well, um ... "
Two Ways To Blow It Dept. (2017/07/18 08:00)
Meaningless yet complex; simple yet shallow -- two ways to make a story founder.
From The Closet Dept. (2016/07/19 07:00)
What happens to a story idea deferred? Does it dry up?
The Sense (And Sensibility) Of An Ending Dept. (2016/07/14 08:00)
I don't always know what will happen by the end of the story, but I do know how I want you to feel about it.
All The Wrong Lessons Dept. (2016/04/28 10:00)
Why bad video game lore is a lot like bad pop culture: it embodies the wrong lessons.
Rules Are Made To Be Broken Dept. (2016/03/02 10:00)
How laying the ground rules for my new book almost ground me down.
Nothing Special Dept. (2015/08/10 09:00)
"When any image is possible, no image is all that impressive anymore."
Nailing Jelly To The Surface Of The Pond Dept. (2014/12/20 10:00)
Getting your ideas together for a new story can be just that tough.
Wear Your Heart On Your Page Dept. (2014/09/29 10:00)
Why a compassionate writer is a better writer. (A somewhat roundabout discussion.)
Success Stories Dept. (2014/07/07 10:00)
It's not that we don't learn from success, it's that we learn all the wrong things.
But Here's What It's Really About Dept. (2014/04/14 10:00)
The story isn't the pitch, but for readers, it often is.
Pounded Out And Pounded Flat Dept. (2014/04/04 10:00)
Me versus template storytelling, again.
A Mouthful Of Stories Dept. (2013/12/24 10:00)
Great writing and great cuisine, compared.
Outlier Dept. (2013/11/23 10:00)
I used to never write story outlines. Here's why.
You Say Political, I Say Personal Dept. (2013/11/21 10:00)
A political struggle by itself wouldn't be the meat of a good story; it has to be something personal inside the political.
Kitchen Sinkmanship Dept. (2013/11/05 04:00)
Look at all the stuff going into the new book!
Plastics, Benjamin! Dept. (2013/08/26 10:00)
On why too much advice to writers is mere marketing advice.
Combine Fifteen Beats, Simmer, Serves Ten Million Dept. (2013/07/20 10:00)
How "story beats" have killed storytelling, especially in Hollywood.
The Feel-Bland Hit Of The Summer Dept. (2013/07/13 10:00)
Maybe we've grown weary of manufactured excitement, emphasis on that first word: manufactured.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind