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Storyteller Daniel R Bernstrom

My name is Dan, and I'm the author of One Day in the Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Tree, and more books soon to come from Harper Collins. This is my personal blog. Feel free to read as much as you want. Take care.

This Morning: On Wordshakes!

Sometimes, when you revise a story, your revision decisions have word shaking implications. Yes, a wordshake! Scenes fall down, plot roads buckle, and your once beautiful novel is left in ruins. Will I get out of this? I hope I do. But today, I'll close the book and...

Update: On Fighting for 1,000 Words

  Writing at times is painful, hard work. I didn't think I would ever hit my 1,000 word requirement today. I wrote 113 and thought I was about to die. I couldn't imagine that I had over 800 words left.   I'm happy to report that I indeed hit my 1,000 words...

Update: On White Paper and Crazy Beginnings

While I wait to start the third draft of my middle grade novel (Of Hamsters and Wizards), I've taken a step back to collaborate with an Comic Strip Artist friend. I'm beginning another early reader book, one for 2nd - 4th grade boys. I got up this morning afraid of...

Lab: Beginning a Story

There are two basic ways to begin a story: Outline or Freeform. In this Lab, you will learn about each one and then decide which story starter works best for you. Outlining: Many writers outline their stories. And even those who write free form also outline every now...