So Job One is to figure out how to create that compelling body of work. Study your craft.follow link
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Read books that you love. Improve your storytelling. The Most Important Stories. It turns out that people pay attention to stories for a very simple, and selfish, reason: they want to hear about something that might help them in the future. Even great works of fiction about strange and distant lands will have a common sense of humanity about them, otherwise, who cares if Anna Karenina is so self-absorbed in the dismal world of her own making that she beheads herself on a train track?
In Wired For Story ,  Lisa Cron argues that we are designed by evolution to pay attention to stories. If the storyteller can figure out how to maintain the suspense around what happens next , the reader will be hooked by mechanisms in the brain, creating the quintessential page-turner. Donald Maas argues a similar concept in The Fire in Fiction ,  describing techniques for gripping the imagination and compelling the reader forward in the story. Yet these techniques are only a part of the equation. You still have to design a compelling story. Broken hearts, financial ruin, or war.
Coming to grips with your own character flaws. Discovering your spouse is not who they claim to be. Or finally admitting that you are not who you want to be. Those are the stories in your life you should be telling. A body of work of such stories would be a proud accomplishment.
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Because you love the craft of writing. Because you love the stories you tell. And because you hope at least a few people will feel the thrill of a great story, thanks to you and your work. Sign in. Get started. Mickey Hadick Follow. But were these projects to be proud of? The Writing Cooperative A writing community and publication focused on helping each other write better.
Public speaker, author, and quipster. We also let the teacher know that our daughter happens to stutter. We give the new teacher some helpful information about stuttering and say thank-you and have a great year. So, our daughter goes off to school. The first week she tells me that her teacher is doing something different this year.
It will be their special time for the whole week, the class will get to know them and a little bit about their lives. On Friday of that week, they get to bring a VIP very important person with them to class.
This VIP can be someone in their life who has done or is doing something that is special or makes an impression on them. My daughter tells me, her mother, that she wants me to be her VIP and tell her class about my tennis playing ability.
Poppy the Proud
When Oedipus challenged fate, lost, and naturally, carved his eyes out. His images of the unfurling freedom waiting for him out on the glinting asphalt of the open road were intoxicating. At the same time I also realized I wanted to be a writer. Drinking beer, listening to Pink Floyd, I fancied images of heading west, attending grad school in some big university, rubbing elbows with famous writers, moving to a big city, leasing an overpriced one-bedroom loft and scoring a job as a sports journalist. I knew I wanted a writing life.
But I thought I wanted a writing life on the road. A life to offer me the excitement that my current life lacked.
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I felt confined. Trapped by my small private college, my hometown and everyone in it. Including Cindy. I remember, as I entertained a sports journalism life, how much of an asshole I was to Cindy.
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How reckless I was with our relationship. As she sat on her bed in her dorm room, white Christmas lights snaking across the joint of wall and ceiling, I told her she was holding me back. Young men, like the gods we dress ourselves up to be, often believe we are the sole creators of our success and happiness.
So we distance ourselves from others. We forge fantasies.
We mask our unhappiness and insecurity with false bravado and empty dreams. I told her after graduation I was heading west. I was going to be a sports journalist. I wanted a life on the road, going to games, sleeping in hotels and writing stories.
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