Tuesday, December 18, 2007

On Storytelling

It's worth taking 5 minutes each to watch these four video snips on storytelling from Ira Glass, host and producer of public radio's (and now, premium cable TV's) This American Life:

#1 Components of story: action and reflection

#2 Finding the story ... trimming the story ... and (sigh) sometimes killing the story

#3 Pursuing through the it's-not-as-good-as-you-want-it-to-be phase

#4 Finding your voice and including others' voices

1 comment:

  1. Most of the writing books I have read say a lot about the characteristics of good story and what makes an idea a good idea, but hardly any of the books say where the ideas come from or how to construct ideas, and just as importantly, as Ira Glass says, how to discard ideas to make room for greater ideas.