Category Archives: Story Coaching

David H. Safford at Write To Done!

I’m publishing as David H. Safford at one of the best blogs for writers out there: Write To Done!

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3 Secrets to Creating Great Characters

Human beings are complicated creatures.

So are characters.

Yet the creation of great characters can be surprisingly simple.

Sure, you’ll eventually discover ways to layer your characters with depth and nuance. But as you plan and draft your story, you need to be laser-focused on these 3 simple and effective character traits to begin telling a powerful story. Continue reading 3 Secrets to Creating Great Characters

How to Focus and Create Insanely Useful Content

Writing useful content isn’t easy.

Whether you’re scheduling a week of tweets, composing a blog post, or assembling an entire eBook to give away for free on your website, you are probably like me and trying to make it as insanely useful as possible.

But it’s tough. Continue reading How to Focus and Create Insanely Useful Content

Better With Age: Growing With Your Story

As I say ‘Farewell’ to my 31st birthday, I’m tempted to think that the best is behind me, that my opportunities to find success and joy are lost to regret.

This temptation can’t be farther from the truth. In fact, it is riddled with lies and foolishness.

Being a writer truly gets better with age.

Continue reading Better With Age: Growing With Your Story

7 Indispensable Writing Resources

A carpenter has his tools, an artist her brushes, and a musician his instrument.

As a writer, you’re no different.

And other than your quill or keyboard, there are indispensable resources you should be taking advantage of in order to keep your best writing flowing.

Here are 7 of them, in no particular order. Continue reading 7 Indispensable Writing Resources

“When a Man Told Her She Couldn’t Have an Abortion, This Courageous Woman Responded With Two Words….And My Jaw Hit the Floor.” (Please Click This OMG!!!)

I am so sick of Clickbait.

Don’t know what it is?

Just peruse Facebook for thirty seconds and you’ll find some … like the title of this post.

Clickbait is a headline that stirs up shock and awe and lures readers in order to crank up web traffic.

It’s rampant sensationalism.

And the worst thing about Clickbait is that it discourages healthy dialogue and learning, and promotes raw emotion and outrage through manipulation.

Yeah…I’m talking about you, UpworthyContinue reading “When a Man Told Her She Couldn’t Have an Abortion, This Courageous Woman Responded With Two Words….And My Jaw Hit the Floor.” (Please Click This OMG!!!)

The Secret to Telling Inspiring Stories (A Lesson From Pixar)

Photo Credit: Creative Commons
Photo Credit: Creative Commons

This post originally appeared as a guest post for Bryan Hutchinson at his blog, PositiveWriter.com, in October 2013. You can check out his inspirational writing here

In my story-telling dreams I see entire audiences on their feet. Applauding. Cheering… Crying.

There’s something about a story or a movie making people cry that’s alluring. It’s a beautiful thing. A dark room, filled with 300 complete strangers, all sharing a collective cry. They walk out chattering like life-long friends, united by the story they’ve just witnessed.

I want to make art like that. Don’t you? But how?

Continue reading The Secret to Telling Inspiring Stories (A Lesson From Pixar)