Ryan M. Church

Posts Tagged ‘Storytelling’


In Uncategorized on June 17, 2016 at 3:18 pm

This torch has been passed into my hands thanks to Rami Ungar at Rami Ungar the Writer. This is the first time I have been invited to participate in an interactive pass it on type of post. So as it was passed on to me – I give you this posts proper introduction.

Now if you don’t know what #FirstLineFriday is, let me explain. On Fridays, you:

  1. Create a post on a blog entitled #FirstLineFriday, hashtag and all.
  2. Explain the rules like I’m doing now.
  3. Post the first one or two lines of a potential short story, a story-in-progress, or a completed or published story.
  4. Ask your readers for feedback and encourage them to try #FirstLineFriday on their blogs as well (tagging is encouraged but not necessary).

As I looked over at first lines from other stories. I discovered I had a style in which my first lines are short statements that lead into that line that draws you in. For those stories that I wrote that way I am not sure I would get very good feedback, because, these first lines give weight, backbone, background and tone for the fourth or fifth line. But here is a first line I wrote that I fell in love with all over again when I rediscovered it.

“The gray afternoon was pleasantly warm with a sweet salty vanilla breeze that whispered westward off the Atlantic.”

  • Does this opening line suggest genre?
  • or a relationship between the POV and the setting?
  • Is it compelling?
  • Does it promise possibility?
  • What do you think?

How To Learn In The Best Possible Way

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Everything we learn is through the stories we tell. Not just the one called reality. You can chop up the linear narrative of reality and change it’s meaning by turning reality into a fiction meant to manipulate the audience to the will of the storyteller. There is a name for having only a single narrative of reality: ‘Propaganda based upon lies or false premises’. It is only a true reality if there are a multitude of perspectives on the event as well as the full true and transparent chronological record of it.

One of the strongest early learning experience that has made an impression on my desire to continue to read and learn new things I had was while our teachers would have us read a story and discuss our interpretations of the story and every possible answer was correct even when opinions clashed. And that’s when the honesty is brought out in all of us.

In order to understand the value of that lesson I would suggest watching ‘The Carol Burnett Show’. You will witness the blessing of allow yourself to be vulnerable in front of others in a place where it is safe for everyone is safe to be vulnerable. It is a place where we can respect all opinions, values, and all emotions, with an openly and beautifully irreverent heart.

If you can do that than learning and storytelling can be a source of true intimacy and bliss. Something I often find lacking in the character of those who treat the art of storytelling as though it is 100% bullshit. Anyone who flat out admits to hating movies usually doesn’t respect the opinions of others and follows a course of reality that is 100% propaganda. Just my personal experience. I could accept your belief that I am mistaken. I just haven’t seen it turn out any other way 100% of the time from birth to now. I am well on my way to being forty. So, this has informed my outlook.

The Moral of the story: Learn by vigorous unfiltered reading and keep your thoughts open to evolution by inclusion and vulnerability.

The other side of the learning coin is experience. From experience we learn how to improve our skills. Trial and error.

The Moral of My Second Point: Put yourself out there and be willing to learn from being wrong.

The best writing advice I ever read was:

Be scary.

– Forgive my mushy brain, this damnation of a headache, and the book being in a box lying ion the floor of a basement a State away. But I believe the book in question is called SCREENWRITING 101.

Blow your own mind with infinite possibilities. You know sexy, nutty, and ever onward, kinda’ like Carol Burnett.