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 […]

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 […]

Do animals tell stories?

by JoslynChase in Learning, Story Power, Storytelling

A couple of incidents in my life coincided to make me ponder this question—do animals tell each other stories? If you’ve read many of my blog posts, you know that I’m fascinated by the power of Story and I explore it in a variety of aspects and invite you to consider the impact it has […]

Story triggers a time machine

by JoslynChase in Learning, Story Power, Storytelling, Travel

What if I told you there is such a thing as a time machine and that story is what fuels it? Stick with me for a few moments and I’ll explain what I mean. Remember story problems in math class? Some students love them, and some hate them, but either way they are an important […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Better than hot chocolate

What’s better than hot chocolate for warming the heart during the holiday season? Hint: It’s a no-calorie option and it works year-round. It’s the power of story. And it’s especially potent at Christmas time because we’re more in tune with the greatest of all stories—the one that underpins everything. In our family, we had a […]

Choice reveals the character

I’ve been perusing YouTube a lot this week, gathering research material for the book I’m currently writing. As I watch the videos, I’ve noticed a lot of thumbnails along the right side of my screen that claim they can determine my personality by the colors or pictures I choose out of a lineup. I don’t […]