Characters: The Emotional Touchstone Readers Crave

All stories are human stories, whether in space or in a magical realm. Characters (should) endure the same trauma and challenges that audiences do in life. This mirroring gives us (readers) a safe place to feel and process our emotions.

Change Matters: How to Write Stories that Grip Readers & Don’t Let Go

Stories always have to be about people and the ways the story problem forces them to change. Without that? We don’t yet have a sound story.

Sales: How Can You Sell More Books When You’re Terrified of Selling?

Sales can be one of the most terrifying words in the English language. If one happens to be a creative professional, let’s just multiply that fear level by ten…or a thousand.

Commitment Matters: The Art of Embracing ‘The SUCK’

commitment, Steven Pressfield, how to become an author, Kristen Lamb, writing

I’ve learned that we need to first, test ourselves to even have an idea of our limits. Yet, even once that’s done, never underestimate what your commitments might actually demand.

‘The Silence’ Movie: How to Botch Storytelling in Every Way Imaginable

The Silence, The Silence Movie, screenplay, writing screenplays, Kristen Lamb

Why all the griping about ‘The Silence’? Other than I needed to gain something from the 90 minutes I can never get back? Movies, as I mentioned earlier, can teach us a lot about storytelling.