Studying the Masters

We write because we first loved to read. The power of the written word captivates us, and we long to wield that power too. What if I told you that reading (or even watching movies) could make you a better writer? Well it can, as long as you do it intentionally.

  1. If you are new to this writing journey, begin by looking for the things you’re learning. If you’ve read my post on Story Structure, look for these structures in action. See how many different ways they can play out. Learning about foreshadowing? Look for specific examples in your favorite books or movies.
  2. If you want to branch out from there, choose a book or author you admire. What specifically would you like to learn from them? Are they funny? Do their mysteries keep you guessing? Then reread their work with that in mind. Take notes. Look for patterns.

In this Studying the Masters series, I will share my own discoveries with. Here we’ll not only enjoy beautiful storytelling, but learn from it so we can one day do the same.



Doctor Sleep: The Key to a Powerful Sequel

Hey everyone! This is the first of a new series based on current movies. Each entry will begin with a spoiler-free review of a movie that is still in theaters, so you can decide if

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is a stunning movie. Set almost entirely within the dank walls of a state prison with corrupt guards, foul-mouthed convicts, and even less savory aspects of prison life, it manages to be