• The purpose of story: Why do people love stories?

    Why do you love the stories that you do? The study of the purpose of story is fascinating and reveals the way stories help you. Stories help you escape your problems, get a new perspective to deal with your problems, discover that you’ve been hiding from a problem, and...

  • How much more story do you need to stick around?

    How much more story do you need or want to remain engaged with the story? That “more story” usually relates to relationships. It helps us get to know the character in different contexts and with different people. In some ways, a character becomes an old friend because we’ve come...

  • Naming a story world: Examples to consider

    The stories we love include fabulous worlds. Naming a story world to capture its’ essence has its challenges. Different criteria for naming a story world are examined. These ways at looking at the naming of a story world are illustrated with examples of stories I love. Perhaps you love...

  • Using a real planet for a story: Criteria to consider

    Stories that use real world environments feel more real. Using a real planet can add to that sense of realness. Listed are criteria that I used to identify potential planets within a real star system. This will help me better define the environment of my story world.

  • Super heroes, secret identities and the author’s pen name

    There are interesting parallels between super heroes and their secret identities, and authors and their pen name. Some super heroes don’t seem to have a secret identity. For example: Jessica Jones. Is an author’s pen name such a secret after all? What's the big deal for the reading looking...