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Tag: storytelling

What does reading do for you?

I have been tearing through different books this year and am always blown away by lessons/insights I glean from each story, no matter the genre or subject matter.  I know I’m not alone in these experiences.

Yesterday, I stumbled upon an article that beautifully articulated these very feelings. Here’s a snap shot:

“Reading can create an intangible sanctuary where all are invited, regardless of faith, to receive benedictions that send us back into our respective broken worlds with more courage, strength, and hope.”

What about you? What does reading do for you?

Yes, it’s true.

What projects are you working on? What future works are you planning out?


Art is simply inevitable.

“Art is simply inevitable. It was on the wall of a cave in France 30,000 years ago, and it’s because we are a species that’s driven by narrative. Art is storytelling, and we need to tell stories to pass along ideas and information, and to try and make sense out of all this chaos. And sometimes when you get a really good artist and a compelling story, you can almost achieve that thing that’s impossible which is entering the consciousness of another human being – literally seeing the world the way they see it. Then, if you have a really good piece of art and a really good artist, you are altered in some way, and so the experience is transformative and in the minute you’re experiencing that piece of art, you’re not alone.”

– Steven Soderbergh (San Francisco Film Festival)

Encouragement for Friday.

“Writing is not like dancing or modeling; it’s not something where, if you missed it by age 19, you’re finished. It’s never too late. Your writing will only get better as you get older and wiser. If you write something beautiful and important, and the right person somehow discovers it, they will clear room for you on the bookshelves of the world—at any age. At least try.”
-Elizabeth Gilbert


How to tell a story.

Super simple and hardly exhaustive, but a fun tutorial.

Endings. Should they be conclusive or ambiguous?

“I look for ambiguity when I’m writing because life is ambiguous.”
― Keith Richards

I wrote a post awhile back about the power of the final words in a film/book, which generated some great conversation.

But what about endings that end before we find out how

[Yes, that was intentional.] Read the rest of this entry »