Writing and Ranting: My Thoughts on the Art

The secret every professional knows: How to keep your reader reading.

The reader can smell fake: How to write authentically.

A few useful observation on writing historical fiction.

How to write like George Orwell … and like Walt Disney.

How to create a main character – a hero – your readers will fall in love with.

The western tradition of storytelling began with Homer and from the get-go he did everything right – here are a few takeaways from “The Iliad” (and no, you don’t have to read the book, but it’s worthwhile for you to learn from it(.

My 3 video series

The 13 Principles of Anglo-American Storytelling

The 13 Principles of
Anglo-American
Storytelling

I write professionally in two languages – and in two cultures. I see the differences, and they are huge. I see clearly the reason the English-language tradition of storytelling is so powerful, and so successful.

I am teach a course based on these principles and am writing a book and producing a video series about them.

I have finished a 3-part introduction to the series on video. If you write, you should watch these three videos.

Writing and Ranting: My Thoughts on the Art

Writing & Ranting:
My Thoughts
on the Art

As I teach writing, as I write, and as I read, I think about writing.

These are my thoughts on writing in a series of live rants, often on a Saturday morning.

Enjoy!

The Rules: What Writers Say About Writing

The Rules:
What Writers
Say About
Writing

It is a peculiar custom English-language writers, from Kurt Vonnegut to Stephen King, to inventing lists of rules about writing, and more often than not, ending with list with the final rule that states, “There are no rules.”

In this video series, I discuss each rule, whether it’s true or not, and what it means for you as a writer.

Enjoy!

I teach Creative Writing online in German and English. I also coach writers working on specific projects, often in the structuring stage.

In English, I am not associated with a school at this time, but I coach individuals and offer coaching and teaching in small groups online. To find out more, send me an e-mail.

In German, I teach a number of courses online with Text-Manufaktur – to find out what I offer there and the schedule, visit their website.

I also offer coaching for individuals and small groups – for information on upcoming groups and other opportunities in German, visit my Facebook-page or send me an e-mail.

Learn Creative Writing With Grumpy

I teach Creative Writing online in German and English. I also coach writers working on specific projects, often in the structuring stage.

In English, I am not associated with a school at this time, but I coach individuals and offer coaching and teaching in small groups online. To find out more, send me an e-mail.

In German, I teach a number of courses online with Text-Manufaktur – to find out what I offer there and the schedule, visit their website.

I also offer coaching for individuals and small groups – for information on upcoming groups and other opportunities in German, visit my Facebook-page or send me an e-mail.

A candid and thoughtful reflection on faith, reason, and art

The author, in limpid prose, fleshes out a fascinatingly complex religion, which he convincingly argues is the most American of spiritual traditions. His philosophical restraint is admirable—far from repudiating Mormonism, the author actually succeeds in broadening and deepening the terms of its appraisal.

– Kirkus Reviews

Remarkable

Those interested in the intersection of religion and personal choice will find his memoir both forthright and insightful.

– BlueInk Review

His observations on faith and doubt are compelling

The generally lighthearted tone sometimes belies the serious nature of Hansen’s story, which is also one about loss. … His is a wholly human story—not about a lightning-bolt transformation, but rather about a gradual erosion of beliefs. What remains is a quest for meaning.

– Foreword Reviews

Enthralling

A very personal and immensely entertaining book … the personal story of a spiritual emancipation.

– B2 Radio, Katholische Welten