A short segment about the influence Love and Rockets had on my artistic development aired recently on the public radio program Studio 360. You can hear it “here”:http://studio360.org/episodes/2008/10/31.
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Whatever your passion turns out to be is a combination of what you’re into, your circumstances, and what happens to fall across your path, added to what you decide to spend your time on and what you’re willing to take risks to do more of, with a just a tiny dash of natural talent.
Mastering your art form is how you become a great artist. It is not how you become a professional.
Framing is about connecting the very specific ideas and events in a story to something larger. Use the Story Madlib to create a frame that will connect your story to something universal.
Whenever there’s a sequence of events—this happened, then that happened, then this happened—we inevitably want to find out what happened next.
Also—and this is key—this banal sequence has raised a question, namely, What’s the guy saying? And you’ll probably stick around ‘til you find out.
Join me for a 3-week residency doing nothing but your big creative project. Oct 16-Nov 5, 2016.
What will make your audience unable to resist diving into your story?
When I learned the Focus Sentence in Rob Rosenthal’s Transom Story Workshop, I felt like I’d discovered a magic wand that let me get straight to the heart of my stories.
The best stories come from people following their taste, diving into something that inspires them. Your taste matters.
And how do you know what your taste actually is? You have to listen to yourself, pay attention to what excites you, what you talk about.
Which idea is keeping you up at night thinking about it?
Which idea are you telling your friends about?
And then invest in it: invest your time and your attention.
Pay attention to what you pay attention to.
Boston, April 1-3. Some of the best minds in narrative journalism will gather at the Power of Narrative conference to, as their tagline puts it, stay “Savvy, Skilled, and Solvent in Journalism’s Wired Era.” I’m proud to be a speaker and panelist at the conference, and look forward to meeting you there. The media landscape