How to Do Things With Stories
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How to Do Things With Stories

A Guide to Transformative Storycraft

About the Book

A story is evidence of a transformation. We write of what has transformed us; what we write will transform others.

Stories build the human collective world because they encode the two challenges each of us will face again and again: the challenge of facing the unknown and emerging anew; and the challenge of understanding each other.

To live is hard. To write is hard. The difficulty of writing is tied to the difficulty of living. The difficulty of remaining coherent while staying in motion.

In stories, we face the unknown. But storytelling itself is not mysterious. There is a rhyme and a rhythm to the process of crafting an impactful story. Learn how to tell stories that stay with your readers, by planting in them a question that will be the seed of their transformation.

About the Author

Mattias Martens
Mattias Martens

I am a former Yukoner residing in Vancouver, BC. I first started writing on a typewriter but am not quite as old as that makes me sound. I believe in the power of fiction to say things that nothing else can.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: What Can be Done?
  • Chapter 2: Ambiguity
  • Chapter 3: Tension
  • Chapter 4: Questions
  • Chapter 5: Case Study - The Minnesota Snowbirds
  • Chapter 6: Story Structure
  • Chapter 7: Choosing Symbols
  • Chapter 8: When to Make Sense
  • Chapter 9: Style
  • Conclusion
  • Afterword

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