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These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats , Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list - When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
Here’s a storyboard sequence I drew for the “Apprentice” episode from the first season of The Mighty B! Since it can be a hassle to open up all these individual pages, I also made them into a sweet slideshow player that you can view full-screen. Here’s that groovy slideshow player, but…
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Next week as you may know is Storytelling’s Biggest Online Conference … We’ve curated some of our favorite bite-size presentations from 7 storytelling experts that are part of next week’s Reinvention Summit. It’s like speed-dating for storytelling ideas and insights.
Leadership involves influence (though it also requires much more). Whether you’re motivating followers, promoting a new innovation, or gaining buy-in on a new strategy, your path as a leader or aspiring leader will involve having to gain commitment from a variety of stakeholders.
In his autobiography, The Moon’s A Balloon, British actor David Niven writes about an instance when the American playwright and screenwriter Charles MacArthur approached Charlie Chaplin for advice on how to improve the classic banana peel sequence, in which a person slips on a banana peel and falls to the ground. MacArthur wondered if his scene should start with a shot of a fat lady and then go to the banana peel or vice versa. Chaplin suggested that MacArthur start the scene with the fat lady, cut to the peel, cut to a wide shot of the fat lady approaching the peel, back to the peel, and then, right before stepping on the peel, she steps over it and falls into an open manhole. Why is this funny? Despite their surface diversity, most jokes are built using the same set of blueprints: they lead us down a path of expectations, build up tension, and at the end, introduce a twist that teases our initial expectations in a clever way.
And yet, at the end of the day — our own or days in general — what else do we seek from our books? The verities need not be expressed gently, unambiguously or in rhyming couplets, but it is the verities that make us know ourselves. And you can swoon your critical head off over Joyce’s bourgeois “Ulysses” and Robert Graves’s girl-crazy “Ulysses,” and still know in your acritical heart that neither holds a candle to the original wild sailor or even to Tennyson’s old salt, who strove, sought and found, and did not yield. When I start thinking this way, I wonder if I’m just growing old, and tired of modernity. Yet even when modernity was young, I was dazzled more often by clarity than by calculated difficulty, and pleased simply by someone doing a far, far better thing. It is always thus.
Rule No. 1: Show and Tell. Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-up teddy bears into class in the sad hope that someone else will love them as much as they do. “And what do you have for us today, Marcy?” “A penetrating psychological study of a young med student who receives disturbing news from a former lover.” “How marvelous!
Cowbird is a new platform for sharing stories online. Wait, wait! Don’t click away. While it’s true that there are already plenty of other platforms for posting pictures and text to the Internet, the design is in the details. With Cowbird, Jonathan Harris wants to encourage a slower kind of storytelling.