Category Archives: Storytelling Basics

Scrooging and Grinching and the Heel-Face Turn

“Scrooge became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world… And it was always said of … Continue reading

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Why do Heroes and Heroines Always Have to Lose Their Parents?

I have three daughters, so it just so happens that we stumbled upon an obscure little animated film that my girls quite enjoyed. Frozen, I think it’s called. Ever heard of it? And, as other commentators have noted, many parents have had … Continue reading

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Get Lost! Or, Spill the Whine And Take That Pearl

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” –Henry David Thoreau Embarking on a Heroic Quest is a complex undertaking. In literature and film, when the Hero (or Heroine) answers the Call to Adventure, there is a specific … Continue reading

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Follow the String! Or, Defying Mother Nature in the Key of “C”

“Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Embarking on a Heroic Quest is hard. You face a variety of Trials, there are Tricksters who attempt to confound … Continue reading

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Be Untouchable! Adopt a Heroic Code

“Our integrity and reputation depend on our ability to do the right thing, even when it’s not the easy thing… The Code is based on our fundamental understanding that no one… should ever sacrifice integrity — or give the impression … Continue reading

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Quest Update: Victory on the Road of Trials!

The purpose of this blog is to inspire readers and myself to embark on a Heroic Adventure, one that forces us out of our comfort zones and face new challenges, to emerge transformed. I thought my own Adventure was about writing, … Continue reading

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Addition by Subtraction: Break out the Red Pen of Justice!

As you Write Your Own Story, it becomes clear that the things you leave out are just as important as the things you include. Addition by subtraction. Editing, both in writing and in Real Life, are critical steps that are … Continue reading

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