Here are three articles and six TED Talk videos to help you bone up on the art of successful story telling.
“Upright Citizen Brigade founding member Matt Besser is one of the world’s leading improvers. Here, the off-the-cuff expert offers wisdom on how to free associate your way to solid spontaneous storytelling.”
“David Mamet, America’s greatest living playwright, has forgotten more about all this than ten internet marketing gurus sipping mojitos in San Jose will ever know. A few years ago, a memo surfaced, written by Mamet to the clan of writers working on his television show. This little memo is actually more a master class in writing and storytelling.”
“Telling a story like a stand-up takes practice and there are key points to remember. Believe it or not, most stand-up comics are not wildly adventurous individuals who have hilarious things happen to them every day. What they’ve learned, however, is that it’s not the story, but rather how it’s told.”
“Why do we love our favorite stories? Do they need a beginning, middle and end, and a character who changes by the conclusion? Masters of storytelling explore new answers to age-old questions of the craft.”
And for those who are counting … I’m just about two weeks behind on my Education of a Writer series. But I promise you a new chapter on this Monday, July 1.
It’s called “Still Life.”
This will be totally different from the preceding fourteen chapters. I promise. In fact, I’ll have to explain what is going on so you aren’t totally scratching your heads.
Until then, feel free to catch up on the series. I appreciate every single one of you. Thank you!
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