Ira Glass on Storytelling:


- Anecdotes are storytelling in its purest form; not just a statement of fact after fact, but a sequence of events. This happens, and then this happens, but then this happens -> sabi nga sa Story ni Robert Mckee. 

-- The anecdote should encourage questions, and these questions should be answered

-- Moment of reflection: what is the meaning of all this? Dapat may meaning, kaya nakakaasar yung Pink Table joke because it all boils down to nothing.

- Abandon crap: edit, edit your work. Nothing but the best. You'll find a lot of crap and you must have the guts to shove them off your ass (huh). 

- On taste. This is so eloquently said that it must be quoted.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” 

One of my favorite quotes ever. Keep churning out work. Make deadlines. This is where you oft fail: God of laziness takes the better of you.

- Speak as ifyou're really just talking to a friend; talk like your normal self. Goddam this is hard, narealize ko to nung nagrerecord ako ng narration. My voice and delivery just plain suck. Execution is key - no matter how boring the subject, kung maganda execution wagi yun.

Now go apply these lessons to your life.

Posted by chronicwind on September 24, 2013 at 05:29 PM | catch a feather
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