Hey, I wrote a book! You’ve probably heard me mouthing off about it.
This book is Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative.
It is not, precisely, a book about writing advice.
Rather, it is a book about storytelling.
Further, it’s a book about why we tell stories, how we tell them, and what we can do to tell them in a way that is clear, clever, and confident. It’s about understanding the shape of narrative and letting characters be architects, not architecture. It talks about the value of theme — giving your story an argument and a deeper point to make. It’s about how, while formats change, the bones of story are the same. It’s about squirrel sex talks, wayward surfer dogs, Star Wars, Die Hard, missing pinky fingers, the jokes of 4-year-olds, and lots and lots of really weird footnotes*.
I hope you like it.
You can find it here:
Amongst other places where disreputable, deviant books are sold.
As always, if you dig it — or any of my books, or really, any book by any author you’ve enjoyed — please leave a review, tell a friend, yell your adoration into the ear of a magic goat, whatever you gotta do to share the love.
And again, if you’re out on the Leftmost Coast, you can find me at a trio of events with Kevin Hearne and Fran Wilde —
October 17th, San Francisco, Borderlands Books, 6pm — details here.
October 18th, Portland/Beaverton, Powell’s Books, 7pm — details here.
October 19th, Seattle, University Temple Church, 7pm — details here.
* no, really