Author: Nathan B. Weller

7 Essential Fantasy Series

I should be honest with you: I’m a huge fan of the fantasy genre. The Hobbit was the first real novel I read as a kid and ever since I’ve been on a steady reader’s diet of magic and adventure. Which is why a list of essential fantasy series makes perfect sense as my first official reading list. The series I chose are a combination of well-known and established “fantasy pillars” and exciting new additions to the genre. I avoided children’s books (with the exception of The Hobbit) and I limited myself to epic fantasy as opposed to other...

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6 Writing Tips from Jerry Seinfeld

Whether it’s watching re-runs of Seinfeld, videos like this, or his new web-series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee I just love listening to Seinfeld talk shop and tell jokes. His style comes across as so effortless and fun that it’s enough to make you believe it might just be possible for you to tell great jokes too. That is, until you try. That’s when you figure out writing is difficult; even if you’re just writing down funny observations. 6 Writing Tips from Jerry Seinfeld As the video above explains, there’s a method to Seinfeld’s mild-mannered madness and a process...

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Kurt Vonnegut on The Shapes of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut is one of my all time favorite authors. I’m in awe of his ability to communicate volumes in a single sentence. Especially since his sentences are so often funny on top of being so damn clever. Here is a funny and clever clip of Mr. Vonnegut creating shapes that represent common (perhaps even archetypal) story plots. Enjoy! Kurt Vonnegut on The Shapes of Stories A Closing Thought I’m fairly confident that one could actually take the basic elements of storytelling and do a wide variety of things with them in terms of software. From coming up with...

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