This is a portion of The Immense Center that did not make it into the final book. Not because I felt it wasn’t good, but because I felt it interfered with the pacing. The characters are the narrator, Gabe, Mick,…Continue
Added by Michael Allen Williamson on September 29, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments
A few months ago, I had the pleasure to hear James Divine speak at a local event called, The Story Project. I actually learned about it right here on 48Days. I'm so thankful for this community and the connections I have made. Thank you Dan Miller for your leadership and example!
Added by Michael Allen Williamson on September 15, 2015 at 11:52am — No Comments
I was recently asked about finding your “writer’s voice” or how to develop a “writing voice.” I thought I would share my answer here in this blog.
A “writing voice” can mean different things depending on how you are thinking of the terms. When telling a story, the narrator of the story is almost another character and this is often crafted…Continue
Yeah, I play games. All kinds of games. PC RPGs, MMOs, table-top RPGs, the (very) occasional casual game, even bored games (yeah, I spelled it that way on purpose). I’ve been playing games all of my life. And, for much of my life, being a gamer came with a side of derision by my peers and elders. In contrast, it’s not hard to find evidence …Continue
Added by Michael Allen Williamson on August 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
The book was fantastic, but no one was going to read it. Not, at least, in its current state. The author had packed his* manuscript with helpful information and practical advice. The content and his message had real potential to help his audience. But only the most dedicated readers would push past the stale opening line.
Most chapters either dove…Continue
Have you ever read a book or heard a story that just had too many themes to follow? For example, I have a hard time with novels that have multiple families—each with multiple people who have their own issues. It’s a challenge for me to keep the characters straight in my head, especially if the names are at all similar or difficult to remember.…Continue
Just a note of encouragement to keep plugging away as I know many of us are working our way to finding the work we love around family commitments, working our "daytime" jobs, etc.
Similar to many of you, I found Dan Miller…Continue
Over the past couple years I’ve watched a few episodes of ABC’s “Shark Tank” TV show. I’ve found it intriguing, but haven’t got into the show so much that I felt like I had to see every episode.
A few weeks ago when my wife and I were at home, a rerun of the show came on. She said, “Shark Tank is on,” and I said, “OK.”
I was sure glad that we watched this one all the way to the end.
About the Tree T Pee
The final entrepreneur in season 5, episode…Continue
Added by Ryan Eidson on February 25, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I run a web site for kids called LightUpYourBrain.com. It's been around for quite a few years, and the most popular feature of the site is free MP3 downloads of audio stories for kids. As you might imagine, with the explosion in the number of mobile devices, interest in these stories just continues to grow. We currently offer about 25 stories on the site. Some are older public domain stories, but a growing number are from indie…Continue
I'm excited to announce today that my first fiction parable is on Amazon Kindle! A Couple with Common Cents is a short story that will inspire you to find abundance and hope in your finances--and life.
Tabitha, a young mother, has tried to talk with her husband, Jack, about their money…Continue
Added by Ryan Eidson on October 11, 2013 at 4:56pm — No Comments
Your story or in other words, what you believe your authentic self to be transmits energy, perceived luck or fortune, worldview and other intangible attributes to the people around you. That is why it is vital that you have both a realistic and positive story to tell not only the people you meet and deal with on a day-to-day basis, but also…Continue
Added by Greg Payne on August 14, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments
At some point in the search for your passion you’re likely going to feel frustrated by the lack of progress you’re making.
One of the biggest frustrations is how slowly the process moves.Continue
Added by Adam Rico on June 16, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
“We are blessed with two ears and one mouth. Perhaps we should consider listening twice as much as we speak.”—Anonymous-
A while back I was co-coaching with a mentor on "Life Skills for Personal Excellence". The lesson for the week was "Listening-Responding" (as opposed to 'hearing - reacting' as many of us have been programmed to do). I come from a large Italian-Irish family, not only to we tend to be the loud family…Continue
I met my friend Martha Orlando of Martha's Daily Devotions one morning this week for coffee at Starbucks. We were getting together so that I could share with her my publishing experiences and the recommendations that I have for her as she inches closer and…Continue
I used to manage a horse farm. In fact, that is what I went to college for. They were always my passion. As a small girl growing up in Lancaster, PA, I dreamed a runaway horse and buggy would drive by and I would be the one to stop it and be able to keep the horse.
I don’t know where I thought the owner would be, but those small details don’t matter when you are dreaming.…Continue
Added by Claudia Good on March 19, 2012 at 7:11am — No Comments
My dear hubbie and I love to celebrate the milestones in our girls' lives. We take pictures, create photobooks and save mementos from important events. One of our favorite and long lasting ways to commemorate a mile marker for our children, however, is give them a Story Ornament every…Continue
Added by Kim Hall on November 22, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
– OSCAR WILDE
Emulating other successful networkers is not a bad idea. However, be sure YOUR personality doesn’t become lost. Be yourself while focusing on honing the skills of professional network marketers that you respect and admire.
Challenge for today:
Do you have a 1 to 2 minute “story” that describes your life…Continue
I have a vision to run a 100 mile race one day. However, it would be impossible for me to do unless God showed up. I’ve ran a half marathon already, and my next most achievable goal is a full marathon this fall. I know I have that one down, but it will be a stretch. After I accomplish that, I’ll go for…Continue