This week I finished reading Shawn Coyne’s The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know. Coyne has been a book editor for over 25 years. The Story Grid is a tool Coyne developed so he can analyze and provide editorial comments. It took him a decade to create it. It inspires work from idea to first draft. The Story Grid shows you if your story is publishable. If it is, The Story Grid makes it better. If … [Read More...] about Book Notes: The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne
JOHN WOLCOTTHi. At 11 years old I lost my father to Hodgkins Disease, a form of lymphoma. I grew up without a father or father figure when I needed one most. I struggled figuring life out. I got into trouble. After a while I smartened up because I didn’t want to wind up like most of my friends: jailed, addicted, or dead. I experienced two of the three. I didn’t want to reach the third.
THE FATHER’S JOURNEY BLOG
His death never felt permanent. As a young boy I clung to the idea that I’d see him again. For five years I slept with his newspaper obituary and funeral card in my pillow case. But as I moved into my teenage years I understood my chances of seeing him would never come. Instead, I asked for a dream. If for anything else, the dream would be the field where my father and I would have our last … [Read More...] about Why I’m Saying Goodbye to My Father This Father’s Day