This is the very first post in my new blog. I welcome a discussion about storytelling. I'm the author of a Story is a Promise. When I came up with these ideas about how a story functions as a promise and wrote the book, I thought if new and struggling writers could be taught the mechanics of storytelling, their writing would automatically improve. These principles have helped many writers, but I'm now exploring why so many people fail to learn storytelling (not just from me; I've worked with people who've taken writing workshops for 20 years from several dozen teachers and knew just about zero about storytelling). I'm actively seeking writers who would like to participate in a process I call Deep Characterization. Contact me for details.