16 November 2010

The “Saw-the-Story-in-Half” trick

Frederick Faust isn’t only a great writer. He’s a great educator. I always learn about storytelling skills from reading him, much more overtly than from many other writers. But hidden among his letters, the very private writer who hid behind the twenty different pseudonyms (“Max Brand” the most famous of them) offers some interesting direct advice.

So today over at Black Gate, continuing this year’s tradition of Frederick Faust-related posts, I describe and then show in execution an intriguing story-creation exercise Faust suggested in one of his letters. I call it the “Saw-the-Story-in-Half” trick, and practice it on an unsuspecting fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm.

Read the complete post at Black Gate. . . .