A Clear Story

“Tell them what you are going to tell them; tell them; tell them what you have told them” – Aristotle

We creative people have the tendency to avoid clarity and simplicity. Why? From the start, make it clear. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, people love it. Even if they don’t admit it.

Entertainment in storytelling is about the journey.  Aristotle’s quote, a clear example of the three act structure, is pretty much saying: “tell us the ending first.” So scratch the mystery, suspense, and surprises. Engage us with the ending , which won’t give us all the answers, but sets us up to wonder “why it happened and how is it going to change?” Hence, making us want more.

In a personal level, this message has spoken to me to not be afraid of being transparent. People want raw and authenticity in their relationships.  And as a reader of this blog, I expect to give you that.  I make it clear, I’ll tell you my ending is to be a successful filmmaker, musician, and entrepreneur.  But now I’m facing some obstacles and challenges to get there. Finances, resources and time has all teamed up against me.  And that my friend is my story.  Well, not all of it obviously.  So my journey begins. Stick around and see, then in a future post months or years from now I’ll tell you what I have told you. 

Questions

  • Do you agree with being this simple in story?
  • What’s your personal ending?

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