David Shank

91 posts

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.

How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot with Chekhov’s Gun

If you’re a writer, then I hardly need to explain Chekhov’s Gun to you. However, I didn’t know about it for a long time, so I can’t just go without explaining it at least briefly for anyone who might be unfamiliar. We all know what they say about assuming, right? […]

Do It for You

I’ve always had a difficult time growing facial hair. It’s mainly because I’m blond, but it also has a little to do with the fact that there are two places on my face that refuse to yield more than a single tiny hair every now and then. Call it self-consciousness, […]

The Lessons of 2017

I’ve changed a lot this year. Mostly for the better. New Years usually isn’t a big deal to me anymore. It used to be the time when I’d look back and go “Well that sucked, but next year will be better” only to say the same thing again a year […]

How to Live with Depression

I’m not the kind of person to post “how to” blogs because I’m not very good at imparting useful wisdom. However, here’s one thing where I’ve had some recent breakthroughs and months later I’m still doing pretty okay. In my last post, I pointed out how I’m worried I might […]

Too Much To Chew

It’s been over a month since my last post. For that, I sincerely apologize. The truth is, there are a lot of reasons for this. I’ll try to be coherent in explaining everything and I’ll even try to find a way to put a positive spin on this as is […]

Characters and Distance

I want to start this post by pointing out that when I write about writing, I’m not giving my thoughts on what I think you should do, or even what works. I’m really just sharing what works for me, and how I write. If it works for you, then great! […]

The Day I Discovered My Superpower – A True Story

Back in middle school, reading was a punishment. If I was grounded, I wasn’t allowed to play video games, watch TV, or even draw. I also couldn’t go out to see my friends. Okay, fine: friend. Instead, all I could do was read and write. This was my step-mother’s idea. On […]

Stick and Move

NaNoWriMo is a week in. Has your story taken any unexpected turns yet? Mine has. But I’ve developed strategies for this. Part of the fun of being a Pantser is never knowing where the story will take you. The appeal of being a Plotter is in knowing what’s coming next […]

Face Down the White Whale

NaNoWriMo is a few days in now. How’s it going for you? I can’t speak to how it’s going for me because I wrote this post a week ago. I’m sure it’s either fine or I’m staring at a blank screen for hours at a time hoping I can cause […]

Man Enough to Cry

Back in August, I had a big sad. I don’t necessarily consider it depression, because the cause of it was well-known to me and obvious. I had a relationship end after four years. I felt pretty worthless and hopeless, and yeah, I guess maybe it did trigger some depression, too. […]

Don’t Call Me Talented

If you’re here, then you already know I’m a writer. You might also know I’m a guitarist—and not a half-bad one if I may say so myself. These are the two creative activities I enjoy the most, and I’ve gotten good at them through practice and study. At least hundreds […]