How To Spin a Good Yarn Americana, humor, Illustration Friday, nocturnal, nocturnes, Writing Sometimes it takes a little imagination to spin a good yarn “Spin a Yarn” I have taken this week’s Illustration Friday topic and expanded it from the original “yarn” to the more colloquial “spin a yarn”. This term is kind of aphorism for storytelling in general, so what follows is a short discussion on storytelling. Step 1 Spinning a good yarn begins with observing an actual real life event. This yarn begins with the observation of a strawberry moon, a rare astronomical event that occurs, when the full moon falls on the solstice. In reality, such an event just occurred a few days ago. Step 2 Spinning a good yarn is enhanced when the truth is stretched a little bit. Maybe the man in the picture heard the owl or possibly just saw the bird fly by. Step 3 Next you need to fib a little bit more. A flying canoe is definitely in the land of make believe. Step 4 Finally there comes the big lie. In this case it is the lake monster.