The Clues To A Great Story

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Storytelling  is joke telling. It’s knowing your punchline, your ending, knowing that everything you’re saying, from the first sentence to the last, is leading to a singular goal, and ideally confirming some truth that deepens our understandings of who we are as human beings. We all love stories. We’re born for them. Stories affirm who we are. We all want affirmations that our lives have meaning. And nothing does a greater affirmation than when we connect through stories. It can cross the barriers of time, past, present and future, and allow us to experience the similarities between ourselves and through others, real and imagined.

Take some notes. Because this good. Andrew Stanton shares some storytelling secrets here in this TED talk. I remember listening to it a while back. It’s one of those videos you have to listen to over again and again. So many hidden gold nuggets. What’s weird is that I listened to it again today and started understanding things I didn’t understand before. A year back, somethings he said was way over my head. That’s been happening a lot lately. Fresh revelation in my filmmaking craft. Maybe it’s age or the fact that I’m relentless about story. I want to be good at it.

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