Must-read: “99 Ways to Tell a Story”

If I were to recommend a few books that all writers and artists should have on their resource shelf, I’d recommend Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking on Water, Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life, David Bayles’ and Ted Orland’s Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, and…

Matt Madden’s 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style.

When it comes to getting great ideas on how to approach a scene, it’s one of the most inspiring and useful books I’ve ever encountered. Check it out.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Tom Rackham

    I’ve recently discovered the book Exercises in Style by Queneau, which was the inspiration for Madden’s book… the English translation is excellent so I can only assume the original French is very good too. It is, indeed, inspirational, and very funny too.

    Glad to hear this version is similarly creative and inspiring.

  • Rick Ro.

    Jeffrey, thanks for passing this along. Us writer types are always concerned about the BEST way to tell our stories or write our scenes. Mr. Madden’s approach appears to be unique, clever, and does what all writers are supposed to do: show, not tell. I commend him for putting that adage to practice in a book about writing.

    These are GREAT to look through:

    Very thought-provoking stuff.