Be Your Own Favorite Author

I am a self-published storyteller, not under contract by a major publishing house and have sold a very limited number  of books. In the literary world I am insignificant. That is the truth, but that truth doesn't change the reality that I am a storyteller. Storytelling is my passion and drive. Storytelling is my love... Continue Reading →

Hemingway’s Nobel Acceptance Speech

Ernest Hemingway's economy of words style applied not only to his writing. His Nobel acceptance speech is a little over three hundred and thirty words. What an incredible three hundred and thirty words they are....   Having no facility for speech-making and no command of oratory nor any domination of rhetoric, I wish to thank the administrators... Continue Reading →

PTSD – War Springs Eternal (Excerpt)

Please purchase a copy today. https://www.amazon.com/Springs-Eternal-Damaged-Broken-Collection/dp/1722717998/ War Springs Eternal is dedicated to my brothers and sisters in arms - -To those who were asked to do the unthinkable. -To those who HAD to do the unimaginable. -To those who are broken and still fighting. -To those for whom the fighting became too much.  War Springs... Continue Reading →

Is Hemingway’s Theory of Omission Lost On A New Generation?

Hemingway was counted among the lost generation. Today, are we living with a spoon-fed generation? Has a generation which has been conditioned by an educational system that teaches to standardized testing to be little more than automatons, regurgitating information and data as a demonstration of intelligence, now having difficulty grasping Papa's concept of omission as a means... Continue Reading →

Just because someone doesn’t like your story…..

.....doesn't mean you didn't tell a good story! On the author pages I belong to on social media, I see comments from authors distraught that someone gave their writing a negative review. In a profound way, when I read these comments, it pains me. When someone reviews a story, the odds are their review does... Continue Reading →

Ernest Hemingway Claims The World Breaks Everyone

The last scene of "War Springs Eternal," was a dream and in the dream, the main character was Ernest Hemingway.{I had been reading a biography.} The dream was so vivid, that when I woke, I grabbed my cellphone, opened my memo app, hit the microphone icon and immediately dictated the details of the dream. I... Continue Reading →

Only You Know Your Author’s Voice! Don’t Allow Others To Take It!

“… the alteration of a word can throw an entire story out of key.” Ernest Hemingway I have had people criticize my work for breaking conventional rules of writing and grammar. Sometimes, these notes are accurate, and I make corrections. More often, they are given by those who believe themselves superior to the storyteller. These over... Continue Reading →

Ernest Hemingway Claims The World Breaks Everyone

The last scene of "War Springs Eternal," was a dream and in the dream, the main character was Ernest Hemingway.{I had been reading a biography.} The dream was so vivid, that when I woke, I grabbed my cellphone, opened my memo app, hit the microphone icon and immediately dictated the details of the dream. I... Continue Reading →

Was Hemingway right? Does the world break everyone?

The last scene of "War Springs Eternal," was a dream and in the dream, the main character was Ernest Hemingway.{I had been reading a biography.} The dream was so vivid, that when I woke, I grabbed my cellphone, opened my memo app, hit the microphone icon and immediately dictated the details of the dream. I... Continue Reading →

Use YOUR Author’s Voice!

“… the alteration of a word can throw an entire story out of key.” Ernest Hemingway I have had people criticize my work for breaking conventional rules of writing and grammar. Sometimes, these notes are accurate, and I make corrections. More often, they are given by those who believe themselves superior to the storyteller. These over... Continue Reading →

What Hemingway Cut From For Whom the Bell Tolls | Literary Hub

A good article, written by Hemingway's grandson https://lithub.com/what-hemingway-cut-from-for-whom-the-bell-tolls/ “Who am I?” I am an independent, self-published teller of tales, an author, as of yet, scarcely any renown. However, as a storyteller, I know who I am, and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable. I invite you to visit my website, ShortStoryScribe.com and/or... Continue Reading →

PTSD WWI – War Springs Eternal (Excerpt)

Please purchase a copy today. https://www.amazon.com/Springs-Eternal-Damaged-Broken-Collection/dp/1722717998/ War Springs Eternal is dedicated to my brothers and sisters in arms - -To those who were asked to do the unthinkable. -To those who HAD to do the unimaginable. -To those who are broken and still fighting. -To those for whom the fighting became too much.  War Springs... Continue Reading →

Excerpt – War Springs Eternal

War Springs Eternal   by Joe Leonardi  ©2018 All rights reserved.   -1- Thunder announces a release from the earth. Fire ignites the darkness. Illuminating the night sky, Hell’s flame explodes bright orange.  A yellow, oily rain falls upon the battlefield. It touches the soldiers. Skin boils and blisters. A few will die here. Many, will recover. The... Continue Reading →

Never Surrender Your Author’s Voice!

“… the alteration of a word can throw an entire story out of key.” Ernest Hemingway I have had people criticize my work for breaking conventional rules of writing and grammar. Sometimes, these notes are accurate, and I make corrections. More often, they are given by those who believe themselves superior to the storyteller. These over... Continue Reading →

Writing Instrument of Choice

Recently I did a post entitled, Thank You Ernest Hemingway. The post contained seven tips from Hemingway on writing from open culture's website. The #6 tip was to write with a pencil. Hemingway gave three very very good reasons for using a pencil. All three basically boiled down to providing the writer multiple opportunities  to... Continue Reading →

Why The Past?

As writers and storytellers, we are often too in tune to our emotions and sensitivities. However, it can lead to unique insights.... There was a time I looked forward to each day. There was a time when I was ready. I now know I wasn't ready.  I now know I won't ever be ready. The... Continue Reading →

Hemingway – The Iceberg Theory

According to Jenna Blum in The Author at Work, “Hemingway said that only the tip of the iceberg showed in fiction—your reader will see only what is above the water—but the knowledge that you have about your character that never makes it into the story acts as the bulk of the iceberg. And that is... Continue Reading →

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