The Art of Stories

The Art of Stories Has Relocated!


I’ve loved writing the Art of Stories blog and will continue the work on my new website!

Visit the Expand YourShelf blog for all the good stuff from Art of Stories plus posts about reading, books, and unusual things I’ve stumbled on through research.

Thanks again for your loyal readership!

Contact Me

We’re all about input and communication here! Please comment and add your voice to posts you read. The more we share, the more we expand our world.

If you would like to be notified about what’s new here, please email me.

Suggestions for topics, comments on writing, or book recommendations are very welcome!

Our Mission

Thanks for visiting The Art of Stories! It’s been fun writing it!

There will be no new posts here on, but you can find all our previous posts in addition to new material at After 3 years writing exclusively about the craft, I came to the conclusion that reading and expanding our horizons is just as important as working on the craft! So please visit, subscribe, and share all your favorite posts and find new things over at the Expand YourShelf blog!

Posts to Expand YourShelf aim to further uplift, encourage, relieve, and inspire the creative spirit.


The single greatest advantage a writer can have is an insatiable passion for continued education in English, creative writing, fiction, and the world in general. The Art of Stories blog approaches writing from a functional perspective. Each post, centered on a particular writing skill, tool, genre, or category of writing, is intended to provide instruction and inspiration toward improving writers’ skill.

Writing is an especially introspective art form, and one that can be an incredible help navigate life. Some aspects of it, though, can make already present problems worse. Many famous authors, especially those who are considered classical artists, struggled in relationships, destroyed their bodies with addictions, and messed up their lives enough to make writing impossible. Ironically, these poor choices were often made in the name of keeping up the quality of their work.

The Art of Stories blog was my small effort to share information on the craft and provide a balanced view of what writing is as a process, career, and personal journey. Whatever your level of commitment or height of your goals, writing should be a healthy, edifying experience.

About The Author

Allison BeckertMy name is Allison Beckert and I’m an author, independent editor, and writing coach. I’m from Arizona and have a BA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. I also studied Human Development, and Communication. I highly recommend a study of these (and Psychology if you can manage it) for any writer of fiction or narrative non-fiction.

I love the technique of writing. I’ve had the pleasure of helping friends and family bring their stories from their imagination to the paper. Content editing thrills me, and this particular approach uses the essential elements of narrative writing to turn a good story into a great read.

I’ve worked with the fantasy, realistic drama, and science fiction genres. I’ve also consulted on memoirs and self-help books. I’m strongest in narrative editing with plot, character, and structure consultations.

I started this blog to have a place to share what I continue to learn about writing and the lifestyle associated with it.

Currently, I have coauthored one self-published book, serve on the American Night Writers Association Executive Board, and am working on a number of projects including a regular column for a local paper, a short story collection, and a solo novel.



Twitter: @AlliBee23