Good storytelling, a gateway to critical thinking

A good story can broaden our imaginations, our sense of wonder, and excitement. Storytelling is an excellent way to teach truths and encourage critical thinking and analysis that will remain with individuals far longer than what they learn in some classrooms.

Storytelling is a bridge between education and entertainment.

If I handed you a college textbook about military leadership and strategy, chances are you wouldn’t be too excited about it.

On the other hand if I gave you Ender’s Game, a marvelous Sci-Fi novel, filled with page-turning battles, compelling characters, and a message of tolerance, love, and understanding, you may be inclined to read. Then you may be surprised to know Ender’s Game is recommended reading for members of the U.S. Marine Corps precisely for the military leadership and strategy contained in its pages.

Good storytelling lets you take something from “boring” to “compelling.” Continue reading

PitMad, a Twitter pitch event for writers

Time to get ready for the upcoming Twitter pitch contest on September 9th, 2014, #PitMad!

#PitMad is where unpublished and unagented writers condense their novel into 140 characters (including hashtags, so really 120ish characters) and tweet their pitches from 8AM EST to 8PM EST. (Consensus for how often you should tweet is twice per hour.)

If an agent or publisher wants you to submit they will favorite your tweet.

If you want to show support to your friends on Twitter or just any good pitches simply retweet that pitch. Continue reading