Storytelling Tips

27 10, 2021

Tina Fey’s Improvisation Rules for Writing

2021-10-27T20:46:25+00:00October 27th, 2021|Storytelling Tips|

Rule 1 – Say Yes Say yes to that story idea. Say yes to pitching at a conference. Say Yes to finding 15 minutes a day to write. Say yes to the value of your writing Rule 2 – Say Yes and…. Say yes and make a commitment. Offer something to move your yes

21 09, 2021

Jane’s List of Helpful Writing Books

2021-09-21T21:21:16+00:00September 21st, 2021|Storytelling Tips|

When I teach writing classes or give interviews, I often mention books that have been helpful to me in my writing life. Many of them are older but they transition well into this 21st Century. I’ve asterisked a couple that I keep coming back to, manuscript after manuscript. Check out these works by other

9 09, 2021

Jane and Craig Talk About Writing

2021-09-09T19:57:48+00:00September 9th, 2021|Storytelling Tips|

On September 8, 2021 Jane was joined by Craig Johnson (best-selling author of the Longmire mystery novels) for a  Zoom meeting to discuss how they develop a new storyline and the challenges they have faced to be a successful writer. The event was hosted by Powell's City of Books in Oregon. Join

29 08, 2021

Storytelling Tips from Three Experts

2021-08-30T19:31:03+00:00August 29th, 2021|Storytelling Tips|

Writing Tips from Three Experts On August 28, 2021 Jane was joined by Craig Johnson (Daughter of the Morning Star — Longmire fame) and Lakota writer David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Winter Counts) for a  Zoom meeting in which was titled "Conversation on Writing Native." The event was hosted by Sunriver Books and Music in

1 05, 2021

Storytelling Tips – Vexed and Blessed

2021-05-01T22:22:19+00:00May 1st, 2021|Storytelling Tips|

Vexed and Blessed American essayist and novelist Wendell Berry once said of parenting that it was “a vexed privilege and a blessed trial.”  I think that’s true of writing historical novels, too. I do feel privileged to be able to tell the stories set in another place and time. I love the research, the

13 04, 2021

Storytelling Tips – Writing Historical Novels

2021-04-13T22:45:56+00:00April 13th, 2021|Storytelling Tips|

Tips for Writing Historical Novels Begin with an unanswered question or something strange you want to thoroughly explore – a person, an incident, a time period that intrigues – a story that calls your name and won’t let you go. Don’t write unless you have to. Write one sentence each to answer these questions:

18 03, 2021

Storytelling Tips – Groping

2021-03-18T22:46:21+00:00March 18th, 2021|Storytelling Tips|

Groping Someone once asked physicist Albert Einstein how he worked.  “I grope,” he answered. I like that answer because I feel like I grope, too. I write mostly about real people, dead people one might say, and “groping dead people” doesn’t seem like a good way to spend one's time but it's my way.


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