In order to master the craft of writing and the art of storytelling you must internalize the rhythms of the human experience and the ways we share that experience. There are deep and consistent patterns in the ways we tell stories, weave narrative illusions, and develop fascinating characters.
This collection includes three Dunlith Hill Writing Guides:
Story Theory: How to Write Like J.R.R. Tolkien in Three Easy Steps
Verisimilitude: How Illusions, Confidence Games, and Skillful Lying can Improve Your Fiction
Character and Archetype: How to Make Readers Fall in Love with your Imaginary FriendsWhen you understand and apply the simple but powerful patterns taught in these guides, you will be well on your way to becoming a masterful writer.
Trained as an anthropologist, engineer, and historian, Deren Hansen brings a unique structural perspective to the conversation about writing and the writing life.
Being a professional writer involves more than mastering the craft of writing and the art of storytelling. There are the constant challenges of managing your own expectations as a writer, dealing with other people in the industry, maintaining your creativity, and running what is, in truth, a small business.
This collection includes four Dunlith Hill Writing Guides:
Surviving the Writing Life: How to Write for Money without Going Crazy
Professional Relationships: How to Deal with the Characters you can’t Re-write
Sustainable Creativity: How to Enjoy a Committed, Long-term Relationship with your Muse
Artisan Publishing: Why to Choose the Road Less TraveledTogether, they will help you explore an art-and-craft-centered approach to your writing life we call, The Artisan Way.
We generally associate creativity with spasms of brilliance even though waiting for inspiration is like waiting for lightning to strike—it happens, but it’s rarely predictable or repeatable.
Committed, long-term relationships don’t simply happen: more than just hard work, it takes discipline and wisdom to keep a romance alive. The same is true for creativity.
This book is about the discipline and wisdom of creativity, particularly as it applies to writers. If you master the techniques in it you will be able to make the time and space to collect ideas and arrange them in novel combinations that will delight your readers.Sustainable creativity is more than talent or mind-set: it’s a way of life. Like a lush garden that blossoms through careful cultivation, you too can enjoy a constant yield of creativity by design instead of the occasional happy accident.
For good or ill, once money enters the picture you become a professional writer: even if you’ve never received a penny for your words, as soon as you try to sell them—to agents, editors, or the public—the nature of many of your social relationships changes. People will no longer care about you; they’ll only care about what you and your writing can do for them.This guide looks at all the people who will be involved in buying and selling your books, what you need to understand about them, and how to deal with them. Using the principles in Dale Carnegie’s, How to Win Friends and Influence People, as a framework, you will learn how the mantra of the professional—“I have no problems; I cause no problems; I solve your problems”—is the key to your success as a writer.