David Shank


About David Shank

David T. Shank is a writer, runner, and musician, in that order. His blog is hopefully an oasis among the vast ocean of negativity that is the Internet. He lives in Cleveland studying how to write good.


The Cowardice of Anonymity

For a long time, no one knew my real name on the Internet. I know what you’re thinking: “But that’s just good Internet safety practice!” And yes, that’s true. If you’re young or famous, it’s probably best to have a fake identity to participate in normal interactions on the Internet […]


Gathering Moss 2

Confession time: I still haven’t written a word of fiction since finishing the third draft of my manuscript and sending it to a few people to get their impressions. I’m sure I could tell you exactly how many months it’s been, but I think that would just make me sad. […]


Confessions of a Hobbyist

I’ve described myself as an overzealous hobbyist at times. I’m always tinkering with something new. Others might call me a “dabbler.” Years ago, I started making tiny wooden guitars and selling them on etsy. They took hours to make and I didn’t think they were worth much so I sold […]


Run from the Hip 2

When I started running, I found my legs in pain a lot. I tended to take time off from running when this happened, usually planning to just take the next day or two easy before hitting the street again. But then the downtime inspired only more downtime and suddenly I’d […]


Looking for Happy 1

Before you read this post, I’d just like to let you know I’m okay. This one is in a bit of a different format. I wrote the main chunk of it when I was extremely stressed out and in, honestly, a dark place. I’ve left that chunk intact with minimal […]


Have Less Stuff, Do More Things 2

In my efforts to try and understand myself and how I would like to grow, I’ve decided I have too much stuff. I’m a pretty neat guy. Wasn’t always. But living on your own for a while will make you want to be neat because you’re accountable to your mess. […]


Why I Write 2

Writers have all sorts of pretentious reasons for why they write. I’m going to add my own to the mix. But let me just say that there are really two kinds of writing I do, and a different reason for each. I write fiction novels and I write blogs about […]


Picking Up the Pieces 2

Part of why I didn’t want to maintain this blog in August was because my relationship ended near the end of July. In fact, that last post, Closing the Screen, was originally intended to go the other direction. Rather than limiting my screen time, I was going to make more […]


Closing the Screen 2

I’m not the best at Twitter. I’m objectively not the worst, and I’ve certainly gotten better at it, but there’s a lot of room for improvement in there. As such, I don’t exactly get bombarded by notifications. Which is a little sad sometimes. But this is mostly my fault. I […]


Adventures in Looking Young 2

I looked like I was eighteen for about seven years of my life. Starting in high school, people started thinking I was a senior in my sophomore year. Then when I actually turned eighteen, I hit a point of equilibrium, and for years after people thought I was still eighteen. […]


Self-Publishing Pipe Dream

So I just watched the Game Grumps Office Tour and boy howdy, apparently it’s the kind of thing that will make me say “boy howdy.” There’s a different room for everything. Their company (because at this point, it is a company with a business model and everything) has multiple departments now. […]


The Power of Flow

In the Fall of 2016, I took one of my favorite college courses. It was called Composition Theory for Teachers, and we basically just talked about writing. How to teach writing, mostly, but also best practices for getting writing out of students that’s deeper and more involved. We tried to […]