Category Archives: Story

Learning to Tell Stories, Part 4: Toward Mastery

Making Storytelling Easier Whether you like story templates or don’t, this is my last thought on what I think is their first problem: they give students the illusion that they will make story-crafting easy, or fast, or less messy. On … Continue reading

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Learning to Tell Stories, Part 3: Recipes

Templates & Formulas Story templates are not new to the 21st century. In the 1930’s, The Plot Genie helped writers assemble a plot with a spinning wheel and lists of situations.1 I tried it decades ago, but couldn’t bring myself to care … Continue reading

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Learning to Tell Stories, Part 2: Books

A Glut of Knowledge When screenwriting books became popular in the 1980’s, I was ready for them. Here is a recollection. I started with Syd Field’s Screenplay, which I read cover to cover twice. He taught that a story has a predictable … Continue reading

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Learning to Tell Stories, Part 1: Scrounging

Seeking Story Knowledge You want to learn how to tell a story. So did I. Let me tell you the story of how I didn’t learn. Like you, I was raised on stories. For me it was television shows in … Continue reading

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