Stalking The Wild Story Idea

by JoslynChase in Story Power, Writing

I’m never at a loss for story ideas. At any given time I have at least half a dozen bubbling on my back burner. On the other hand, I deal with a constant demand for more stories to feed the magazines I market to, the books I indie publish, and the stories I write as […]

Dishing out the ear candy

Once upon a time, there was a carpet merchant. He had his small business, a beautiful daughter, and a bad habit of borrowing money from a loan shark to keep his business running. When the sum owed was quite large, the loan shark came to collect. The lender was a crafty fellow. He’d had his […]

Story is the beating heart of human experience

by JoslynChase in Story Power, Storytelling

There are people you know, that you’ve never met. Yet you’ve shared moments with them, and been touched by them, in a real way. You know them through their stories. These are people whose biographies you’ve read, or perhaps you watched a movie based on their lives. Or you’ve read scriptural accounts. Or maybe you’ve […]

Are you feeling it?

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 […]

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 […]