Crafting a Story is Like Solving a Puzzle

Crafting a Story is Like Solving a Puzzle

Crafting stories well requires both sides of the brain.

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Today’s episode is about two things. 1. A great way to tell a relationship story is to choose a subject or activity that’s dear to the person you’re writing about. Then, describe that activity. 2. Stories are puzzles. There’s a false binary idea that writers are creative and therefore not good at math. We disagree. You have to tap into both sides of the brain to create good stories because there’s a mathematical equation in stories.

Writing about a subject or activity or in today’s case, a puzzle, is also a great way to get published.

Kristen Paulson-Nguyen, one of our past students, wrote a story called All We Can Do Is Sudoku. The story is about her father-in-law’s love for the puzzle. Of course, the story is about so much more. What’s awesome is that Kristen’s story was published on June 24, 2020 in The New York Times in the Crosswords and Games section. 

Writing Class Radio is co-hosted byAllison Langer ( andAndrea Askowitz ( This episode of Writing Class Radio is produced by Virginia Lora, Andrea Askowitz, and Allison Langer.Mia Pennekamp is our media specialist.

Theme music is by Amadians

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