David H. Safford

Author & Story Coach



Both Sides of the Hurricane

On Friday, September 8th, you decide to run from the hurricane.

You pack your car with the essential valuables and cover everything else inside with tarps, just in case one of the windows without plywood shatters when the brutal winds come.

Then you flee, the hurricane barreling toward you.

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Reasons Readers Quit #8: No Consequences


All of us grew up with them.

And we learned that adulthood is full of them, too.

But so often when we read a book or watch a movie, the rules of life and consequences don’t seem to apply.

And this is a sure-fire way to repel readers forever.

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Reason Readers Quit #6: No Authentic Conflict

In 2004, I wrote and produced a play. I was convinced it was brilliant

(It wasn’t).

I was especially proud of all the conflict between its two main characters, believing that this made the play an honest portrayal of life’s complicated issues.

When it debuted, I hoped that my friend and professional actor, Landon, would be mightily impressed.

(He wasn’t).   Continue reading “Reason Readers Quit #6: No Authentic Conflict”

Why Readers Quit #5: No Resistence

I love The Lord of the Rings. 

I fell in love at 17 when I saw The Fellowship of the Ring in the theater, and I immediately picked up the books.

I trust I’m not alone. Authors of great fantasy like Tolkien, Rowling, Martin, and more, fill our shelves and our imaginations. Continue reading “Why Readers Quit #5: No Resistence”

Why Readers Quit #3: No Choices

I’ve got some good news and some bad news.

Good news: This post will solve writer’s block.

Bad news: Solving writer’s block is damned near impossible, for if it was easy, nobody would complain about it.  Continue reading “Why Readers Quit #3: No Choices”

Why Readers Quit #2: No Physical Goal

“I want to write something that’s deep.”

If you’ve ever spoken or thought these words, then I have some tough news for you.

Readers are probably walking away from your stories.

And the reason is going to shock you.
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Why Readers Quit #1: Nothing Happens

“Nothing happens.”

Has a reader ever said this about your story?

This one hurts.  Continue reading “Why Readers Quit #1: Nothing Happens”

Why I Write: Answering Life’s Most Painful Question

The difference between a reader and a writer is significant.

As a reader, I never question why the author penned the novel I’m enjoying. I never wondered why J.K. Rowling told the tale of Harry James Potter. I just enjoyed it.

But as a writer, I’m plagued with the matter of Why.  Continue reading “Why I Write: Answering Life’s Most Painful Question”

I’m Blogging at “Write To Done!”

Check out David’s tutorial on Creating Your Own Professional 3D Book Image with GIMP at one of the most read and respected writing blogs: Write To Done!

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