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A private music instructor, Mrs. Dixon (who retired from teaching in the public schools), told me yesterday her students don’t like to do improvisation. I asked her, why not? She said, “They’re afraid of making a mistake.”

I replied, “It’s hard to make a mistake if you know what key you’re in!”

She said that they just can’t get over messing up. Continue Reading…

In my previous post, I wrote about the differences between deductive and inductive reasoning. The question that naturally comes after that discussion is: which is better, deductive logic or inductive logic?

Are stories better than a three-point speech?


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The question you should ask instead is: Continue Reading…

Today’s article is part two of “Why You Need to Use Transformational Storytelling

I decided I was going to figure this whole story structure thing out.

Back in college I had a professor who always emphasized using stories for teaching. He taught us how to use the inductive method instead of the deductive method.

A few years ago this same professor gave a presentation about the differences between oral and literate cultures. I found all this fascinating and started to incorporate it into what I do.

The Difference Between Inductive and Deductive Methods of Communication


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Last week I compared goal setting with story structure. Let’s go deeper with that idea today by obliterating your fear of setting goals today and having to change course later.


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How Fiction Characters Change in the Draft

Let me illustrate with an example of me writing a book. When I sit down to write my fiction books, I have an idea of where I want the story to go. I know how the story will end, and I create an outline to get there.

Sometimes when I’m in the middle of a story, the characters do something I don’t expect. Or a situation in the story changes so much that I have to alter my outline. Continue Reading…

Sitting down to start a book project is like drawing up a plan for a new business. You have some idea where you want to go with it, but the end result usually looks different than your original idea.

I Can't Get My Book Finished!

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I’ve seen several surveys indicate that most Americans want to write a book. I’m sure this is true in other literate societies as well. However, most of the attempted books remain as incomplete drafts filed away in a desk drawer, on a computer, or somewhere “in the cloud” (online). The work-in-progress author feels guilty for not getting his book done. When her closest friends ask, “How’s your book coming along?” she replies, “I just can’t seem to finish it.”

What are the reasons for this partial draft phenomenon? Continue Reading…