DeNae Handy is a writer, blogger, storyteller, and editor, and is a columnist for Meridian Magazine. She is a popular speaker at conferences throughout the country, where she enjoys helping participants become better, more effective writers. DeNae believes that everyone has a story to tell, and that with a little encouragement even the simplest stories can be brought to life.
Ten years ago, I self-published my first book, "The Accidental Gringo." It was a little thing, maybe 115 pages, but I read and re-read every word so many times it took up encyclopedic quantities of my brain.
At one point, I thought, "You know, I bet I've got entire chapters of this thing memorized." I sure was proud of how thoroughly I had fine-tuned that book.
"I would love to write. I just don't know what I'd write about."
I can't tell you how many times I've heard those words, mostly because I don't keep a tally. But it's a lot. At least as many times as I've heard, "There's never anything to eat around here."
Whenever I speak at writing or blogging events, my subject is almost always "Narrative Arc and the Writer's Voice." I love helping writers tell the story they want to tell, and giving permission to just go for it to anyone hoping to write.
In the coming days, I'm going to lay out a very basic tutorial in storytelling. Make no mistake, however: there are dozens of ways to tell a story. This is just one framework to use.