My name is Abe Austin and I like stories. I like to receive them, and I like to give them. At their very best, stories help us to interpret the world around us as well as understand our very own selves. Each one of us has been shaped in some way by the stories we have experienced. Good stories are one of the greatest gifts we can ever give.

I have strong feelings about what makes a story rewarding, meaningful, and distinctive. This blog is my space to share those opinions and practice their principles. Along the way I invite all of your insights as well. Let’s write together.


Lessons – Theory. Every Monday I will examine a principle or concept that can better an author’s craft. These concepts will be illustrated with examples from the most timeless of tales.

Short Stories Practice. Every Wednesday I will publish a chapter of my own short story which incorporates the principles discussed in Story Lessons. These short stories will be in all manner of genres and styles.

Improving Technique – Revision. Every Friday I will refine one of my published short stories, correcting errors and improving structure until it is of publishable quality, except for on the first Friday of every month, where I will instead give a brief update on the work of my full-length novel.