I tell stories.
Stories help us understand the world but also shape the world. Stories change the world. It has always been that way but most of us don’t realize it.
In fact, we are living the stories that have been told for thousands of years, handed down from generation to generation.
That’s why a great story can change the world.
What I Write
I am writing novels, scripts, and self-improvement books. Those are long pieces that require a bit of planning and hard work.
I also write articles and satire on Medium.com, which is a website dedicated to sharing great writing. You should check it out. Even if you don’t like what I write, I think you’ll find something there you enjoy.
How I Learned to Write
I’ve been practicing this storytelling since I was 16, slowly getting better, year after year. I’ve taken classes, attended workshops, and hired teachers.
When I first started, I thought that you just had to write and write and write and, if you had talent, eventually you’d figure it out and become a success.
But that was a story I was told about how to become a writer.
That story is mostly wrong. It worked for a few people, but most people need lots of training and help to become successful writers.
In the past ten years, I’ve taken more training on writing than I did during the previous 20 years. And that’s fine. Now it’s really fun to write.
Some of my older writing is still floating around, but the books coming out the past few years are much better. I think the books coming out the next couple of years will be better still.
I Tell Stories Live, Sometimes
This past year, I’ve been fortunate to tell stories before a live audience. I do this at The Moth, which holds shows across the country with open mic format, and you can show up and maybe tell a story.
Public speaking used to be terrifying for me, but I joined Toastmasters 12 years ago and told hundreds of stories in those meetings. Now I love to be in front of an audience. (Toastmasters, if you don’t know it, is an international organization that helps its members improve their public speaking ability.)
I Tell Stories in Film, Too
I’ve always been fascinated by films and television, and now I’ve started making films with friends. Sometimes I write these films, sometimes I act in the films, and sometimes I do both.
Making films is challenging. The art form requires lots of technical know-how, careful planning, and prolonged coordination of several people to make it happen. And once things are filmed, there are dozens more hours of work to edit, polish, and publish the final version.
You can see some of the films at my friend’s website, http://lightintheatticfilms.com.
And I Have a Family
I’ll let these pics tell the story. (Maybe tomorrow??)