Are you feeling it?

by JoslynChase, May 8, 2018 in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Story Power, Teaching, Writing

Why do we spend time reading a book or watching a movie? Why do we invest ourselves in a good story? The reasons tie into the same motivations that spur us to eat, build a shelter over our heads, and make babies. Survival—and because it feels good. In fact, these survival tactics feel good to […]

My love affair with suspense

by JoslynChase, April 24, 2018 in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Suspense, thrill

Suspense and I, we go way back. I’ve been in love with suspense fiction for as long as I can remember. I learned to read at age four, but I recall afternoon naptimes before that when my mother would fall asleep with the storybook in her lap, freeing me to peruse the bookshelves at my […]

Getting a glimpse of the big picture

by JoslynChase in Reading, Story Power, Writing

Have you ever tried looking at those Magic Eye posters? You start by wondering what images the bright colors and abstract shapes are hiding, then you relax your eyes and shift your focus until the picture materializes, sharp and three-dimensional. It’s a pretty cool experience, and though their big wave of popularity has long since […]

Does Joslyn Do Dragons?

Not really, no. So why do I have a new dragon story that I’m giving away to my readers? Check out the trailer and get your free copy, but be sure to come back and get the story behind the story. BENEATH BABYLON So what’s the story behind the story? I was recently invited, by the […]

Hook, line, and story problem

by JoslynChase in Reading, Suspense, thrill

Story Power gurus, from ancient times to modern days, proclaim the universal truth that nothing hooks and holds human attention like story. If you’ve ever damaged a tooth or had a sore spot or irregularity in your mouth, you can attest to the fact that your tongue will seek it out, poking and exploring. It’s […]

Anticipation, learning, and a lot of fun!

by JoslynChase in Publishing, Reading, Writing

As I release this post, I am in the midst of a week spent with the editors of WMG Publishing, participating in one of the most interesting, informative, and entertaining experiences I’ve yet had as a writer. I’m sitting elbow-to-elbow with some of today’s best writers, listening to and learning from some of today’s best […]

Guess what happened to me on the way to the grocery store?

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading, Teaching

Okay, so I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic, I’ll admit it. Since I was kid, I loved telling stories, and everything is fodder for my story mill. I remember returning from a trip to southern California when I was 14. Our family went out to dinner and I entertained the entire restaurant with […]

Come on, baby, light my fire!

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Reading, Suspense, Writing

Sun Tzu, the Chinese general and military strategist said: “What enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.” I think we can all agree that knowing, in advance, what will win would be valuable indeed. But a writer, writing for […]

My latest story is up for a Reader’s Choice award, and I’m asking for your help.

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Teaching

  Here’s the teaser… Locked inside the cold, metal walls of an abandoned warehouse, Homicide Detective, Adam Carson, wakes up on the wrong side of a gun. In the course of a morning, his wife leaves him, an assailant abducts him, and the unknown person  behind the gun treats him to breakfast. One that wreaks […]

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s what makes a story live and breathe.

by JoslynChase in Reading, Suspense, thrill

Fascinating and vivid description is lovely. Scintillating dialogue is a definite plus. Intimate peeks into characterization are wonderful to have in a story, but what keeps us turning the pages is that curiosity, the desire to answer the burning question… What happens next? Pretty much every kind of story benefits from the addition of surprise, […]