Andrew Stanton delivers an excellent summary of much of what has become the Born Storytellers process of creating story. He points to a number of the theoretical devices we use in our creative acts, and he outlines why we need to apply these theories to break away from formulas that have us retelling the same stories. Of course he doesn’t know he does these things.
But consider the similarities:
- Know your ending
- Know what changes
- Give characters a hidden need or desire
- Raise story questions that promise the reader/viewer a worthy experience
- Create with anticipation and uncertainty
- Don’t rely on rules, know the guidelines so you can use them
- Leave the respondent feeling wonder at the end
- Use what you know, what you can put your hands on, a truth from your own experience
- Watch the video.
Join me July 2017 at the Creative Writing PD Masterclass for ATAR English teachers, and discover why these things are important. Details here.