Happy New Year! Another year of storytelling is at my back and another year of storytelling possibilities stretches out in front of me. Which is a good thing. Mostly. As you may be aware, holiday celebrations can bring up strong emotions. And for me, New Years is an annual review where I suddenly discount accomplishments
This time of year is filled to the brim with celebration and ritual. There are holiday parties, special foods, and time spent with family. The holidays evoke feelsings of nostalgia, joy, and (for many, a huge amount of) anxiety. True. But how does that help with writing? The holidays provide rich sensory experiences and extreme
When I write ‘art vs commerce’, I suspect you have already taken a side. via GIPHY Nicholas Nickleby. Dir. Douglas McGrath. Perf. Nathan Lane and Barry Humphries. United Artists. 2002.
If you are a visual person like myself, please enjoy this cheat sheet I made based on the insightful book on story structure by Larry Brooks. Brooks Handout
The origin story of the phrase “the hero’s journey” comes from Joseph Campbell’s work and his book “A Hero with a Thousand Faces”. Campbell took a look at myths and stories across many different cultures and throughout history for similarities. It brings forward questions like: What makes a story a story? and What makes stories so
Where I try to pin down what exactly everyone means by “story”.
The past few weeks I have been doing a self-imposed crash course in story structure. I have read Story Engineering by Larry Brooks and The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne, and I’ve been desperate for a way to apply all that I’ve learned.
You know when you escape a painful conversation, and you turn to your co-worker/ lover / cat and say with an eye roll- “That person was trying to tell me their life story!” It is understood that life stories are boring.
Persuasion by Jane Austen is a delight. I pick it apart and put it back together three ways.