Can You Tell Me A Story?

Andrew Oldham's Boneyard

There is a problem, I can teach you the nuts and bolts of creative writing, I can teach you the importance of voice, creating characters, conflict and tension but I don’t think I can teach you how to tell a story. If you can’t lie convincingly or day dream, the likely chance of you making up a story on the spot may be pretty slim.  Drawing a blank when asked to tell a story may mean that writing may not be your bag. I’m not saying give up, go away or even jump off the end of a pier. If writing makes you happy, if you can do nothing else with your life, carry on writing but if you have never been published after years of writing and submitting, you may have to accept you may never be published. If you can live with that, carry on writing. It’s a…

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