Obstacles and complications…you gotta love ‘em

Whenever I’m up to my ears in knotty problems and difficulties, my children like to remind me that’s the way I’d write it. We all want smooth sailing in our day to day living, but when it comes to story, we demand conflict. Without it, there simply is no story. At its core, story is […]

What I did on my summer vacation

by JoslynChase in Reading, Travel, Writing

I remember how, when September rolled around and it was back to school, the teacher always gave a writing assignment on the topic of how we spent our summer vacation. It seems I’m feeling nostalgic, because I want to share the highlights of my late summer trip with you. In a recent email to my […]

Hooked on a story

by JoslynChase in Reading, Story Power

As readers, we’re each a little different, searching for a unique set of dynamics that creates our perfect read. That said, there are common factors that tend to hook us and pull us deep into a story, and it’s a subject I find fascinating. Today, I’m taking a look at some of those elements that […]

The multi-faceted benefits of a good book

by JoslynChase in Reading, Story Power

I’m guessing I don’t need to convince you that reading is a very good thing. You know that already, but perhaps it won’t go amiss for me to examine some of the top reasons why diving into a good book is a fabulous use of your time. If you haven’t watched my short video about […]

The spark that lights the torch

by JoslynChase in Reading, Story Power, Suspense, Travel, Writing

Probably the question authors hear most from inquisitive readers is, “Where do you get your ideas?” And of course the quantity and variety of answers rivals the stars in the sky—the possibilities are endless. I write suspense fiction—mysteries, thrillers, capers, heists, and so on—which almost always involve a crime of some kind. May I suggest […]

Spring has put me in a rhyming mood

by JoslynChase in Reading, Storytelling, Suspense, Writing

It’s Spring, and Spring has truly sprung Don’t believe me? Ask my lungs Their wheeze and gasp is problematic It doesn’t pay to be asthmatic   And yet, my lack of air must not Unseat me from my writing spot I’ve words to craft and tales to tell And so, my friends, I’ll bear it […]

We are all connected

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading

I attended a lovely memorial service last Sunday for a friend who recently passed away. It was marvelous to hear friends and family share memories of how this man had touched their lives. The room was spread with wonderful photographs, keepsakes, and items of significance that stood as a record, in part, of a life […]

How to use the power of storytelling in your life

by JoslynChase in Reading, Story Power, Storytelling

If you’ve been following this blog at all, you know I’m a big believer in the power of story. It’s a major focus of my work and my website and a fascinating topic in its own right—one I’m always interesting in exploring further. So when I came across this Ted Talk entitled, “The Magical Science […]

Getting serious about my series

by JoslynChase in Free Stuff, Reading, Writing

I just finished a five-day marathon of writing short stories for a Series workshop I attended. I had a great time and learned so much, plus I produced three new short stories that tie into some of the serieses (I understand this IS a word)  I’ve started. These companion short stories are a great way […]

Conflict: Who needs it?

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Story Power

It’s a fact few of us like to acknowledge, but we all need conflict. Conflict is what drives us to grow and change. It’s what shapes us and points us to the destiny we choose for ourselves according to how we handle that conflict. It’s hard and it hurts and nobody likes going through it, […]