Stories

Got Stories?

Got Stories?

Is Coronavirus affecting your life as dramatically as it is mine? Are you sheltering at home, experiencing cabin fever, and looking for ways to keep busy? TV bingeing is an option: so far, I’ve sat through Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Community, After Life, The...

Five Steps Toward Better Storytelling

Five Steps Toward Better Storytelling

From udemy.comGreat and influential stories do not “tell”, they “show.”Through storytelling elements like plot, character, conflict, theme, and setting, you can show your message and let your audience arrive at your meaning at a comfortable pace.Stories can be really...

Thoughts on Growing as a Storyteller

Thoughts on Growing as a Storyteller

For the last several years, writing and telling personal stories has become an integral part of my lifestyle. I find the writing process to be intellectually challenging and emotionally therapeutic. And even in this new world of virtual audiences, performing stories...

Storytelling in the Age of Zoom

Storytelling in the Age of Zoom

What’s on your gratitude list? Lately, when I think about what I’m grateful for, Zoom has been right up there in my top ten. Zoom and storytelling are a surprisingly good fit — from the perspective of the audience member. No crowds, no traffic, no overpriced drinks....

A Garden Grows in Compton

A Garden Grows in Compton

In mid-June, I decided to plant a vegetable garden in my back yard. I was inspired by photos my daughter Arlynn texted me of her budding garden in Altadena. She had transformed her backyard by installing DIY raised planting beds, and filling them with all manner of...

How Do You Get Your Story Ideas?

How Do You Get Your Story Ideas?

It’s been theorized that there are only seven basic plot lines that have been told over and over again across cen-turies. The author John Gardner pared those plots down to only two: Someone goes on a journey, or, a stranger comes to town. So how do you work within the...

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