At some point, you read a novel or watched a movie and thought, “Hey, I can do this. Actually, I can do this better.”
So you came up with an idea nobody wrote about.
Then your idea swelled to the point your head would explode if it wasn’t unleashed. And you started creating your story because no one else could.
You dreamed it would touch people’s lives.
But one day you got stuck staring at a blank screen. Or wondering how to connect your ideas or turn them into a cohesive story. Maybe you just got frustrated reading the crap you left on the pages.
Well, it turns out that writing a timeless story can be a real pain in the azz.
Hey, I’m Dave.
I started this site in 2015 after my first writing coach offered me a refund.
Here are a few quotes from the email:
I couldn’t tell you the main storyline.
I can’t tell you, with confidence, what anybody in this story was trying to accomplish.
I can’t coach what I can’t comprehend.
After reading those words, I dropped my blackberry and fell face first onto the bed. I poured my soul into that novel and secretly dreamed it would be my golden ticket to escape Corporate America.
Instead all my writing earned was a refund offer.
That’s when I decided to learn how storytelling really worked. And I realized most advice was out of whack for people like you and me:
• Most advice says to just write and read a lot. “Butt in chair. Set a schedule. Study the craft.” Ok, but staying focused is often the hardest part and even practice doesn’t guarantee success.
• Outline before you write. Developing characters, building complex plots, yes, all that is key… but when do you know your story’s good enough? When do you actually start writing? How do you finish the first draft?
• Nobody talks enough about the mental warfare. You can have the “perfect” creative process… but still feel unworthy, unmotivated or scared of moving forward. That’s because creative storytelling is about more than the page breaks — it’s about the headspace.
When I learned how storytelling really worked, it was surprisingly simple — setting up the right conflict, revealing the true nature of characters, and pacing dramatic action from beginning to end — but it took a lot to tame the inner critic haunting my creative spirit.
Within six months of starting this site, I guest posted at that writing coach’s website.
One year later, I launched a novel outlining course.
Within 24 months, this website was named one of WRITER’S DIGEST’s 101 Best Websites for Writers.
By Dec 2017, I produced and published a documentary film on YouTube. 10M+ views, 10K+ shares, 400+ emails, two colleagues pulled me aside, a long-lost friend reached out, and a restaurant hostess thanked me during a date night with wifey.
Be Careful What You Dream — It May Come True
By Feb 2018, this introvert knew how to tell stories, but I was unable to fully embrace all of the attention and money I was earning.
So despite all my creative dreams coming true, I went offline.
By May 2018, I moved my family from the middle of the California burbs to the middle of the Arkansas woods. And I returned to writing for pure fun. But I still wanted to break free of my corporate career…
By April 2021, after three years of living in The ‘Sas, we moved back to Cali. My wife and I chose to repurpose our lives for our family and careers. (Plus managing acreage and livestock requires a lot of energy!)
By Aug 2021, I was able to exit my high-paying executive job because our family simplified our lifestyle and my wife went back to work (in a new career she pursued).
By May 2022, after an episode of “mid-life retirement,” I’ve come full circle as the Saturday Storyteller helping writers craft stories that give people their money’s worth.
What I believe
Start in the heart, not the wallet. Writing for money to escape a job you hate can easily corrupt your creativity. Build your legacy around connection vs. monetization.
You are the One you’ve been waiting for. Nobody’s coming with a magic bullet. Embrace that your potential is determined by your own free will and action.
Growing your business is an inside job. I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on the craft of storytelling and self-improvement (books, courses, coaching, conferences, retreats, mastermind groups). But not a single investment made a lasting impact when my mindset was infected with fear, self-doubt, or imposter syndrome. First compose your headspace. Then master your page breaks.
Feedback is a fast track to improving your craft. But who wants to hear their creative baby is ugly? Alas, criticism is the cost of entry for becoming the creator you’re meant to be.
People make time for what matters most. Track your days and you’ll find the ways you’re shaping your dreams. Being honest about your priorities is a major step to rewriting the story of your life.
Developing a writing habit can be life-changing. Journal your reality. Free your fiction. Write anything. Releasing your POV can clarify your life beyond the page.
Fear is the true path. I’m 92% introvert, but without braving new projects, people, and places, I’d still be the same kid I was decades ago. Step outside your comfort zone to expand your potential.
Trust your creative compass. I’ve paid and followed the advice of many “big-time” mentors and coaches but it’s often sent me off-track. Sometimes you have to bet on yourself. Honor your instinct because nobody should know you better than you.
The “natural born storyteller” is mostly a myth. Yes, storytelling savants exist. But most skilled storytellers are people who simply practiced the craft to come across as natural. Practice doesn’t make perfect but it does hone potential.
Be uncommon — Choose courage over coping. I believe streaming is the number-one dream killer, but it’s not the only culprit. The overconsumption of anything is really about coping which is really about escaping from reality. It takes courage to opt out of zombie mode and openly pursue your dreams. Adopt a little courage every day and you’ll be a hero some day.
Introverted since the 1980’s
Bad hair days since the 1990’s
Thinking outside the box since the 2000’s
Building story brands since the 2010’s
Artistic freedom since the 2020’s
From storytelling to a creative dream life
Once you take control of your craft expertise, you realize that your dream life is much bigger than releasing a breakout story.
It’s your mental wealth: Do you feel worthy of success? Will you give yourself permission to become the artist you’re meant to be?
It’s your social bandwidth: Do you want the masses disrupting your privacy or would you be happy with just 1,000 true fans?
It’s your lifestyle: Do you really want the pressure of writing to make ends meet or would you be okay writing for pure fun or just side money?
It’s about creative freedom. Do you feel free to create the dream life you want?
Honing your craft is a small, but critical piece of a creative dream life. But once you solve that, there’s so much more.
How I run my creative endeavors
I am a solitary creature by nature despite being a public personality in the digital age.
And my website is 100% me, myself, and I. So when you read, access, or use something here, you’re experiencing a solopreneur’s creation.
I don’t believe in boring you with cookie cutter stuff you can get everywhere else. Instead, I let you inside my life. That means you receive personal stories with actionable tips to get the creative juices flowing.
My goal is to make my free stuff better than other people’s paid stuff. I strive to give away an extraordinary amount of remarkable material. See for yourself with my Fiction Inspiration Game and Free Guides. I’ve also just started accepting enrollments for my new beta program, Your Novel Adventure: Plotting By The Seat of Your Pants. Click here to fall down the rabbit hole of your own imagination and take back control of your authorship.
The Saturday Storyteller believes in these two charities. I am a man of faith in the Christ Light – and my wife and I whole-heartedly believe in giving back to help humanity. We give locally within the U.S., but we’re heavily invested in two organizations in third-world countries. Those being Light 2 the World (building dynamic leaders grounded in the Word of God in Nepal), and Future Love (feeding and clothing impoverished children in the Philippines). Check them out…