Creating Waves of Awareness
Ira Glass teaches about telling a story.
What is a story in its purest form. This sequential series of events takes you through the story, as if stepping one place to the next.
Even a boring story can be told with some suspense, a sense of anticipation and waiting for something to happen by the way we tell the story.
Through each point in time we need description so we recognize the environment, setting and characters.
Ira says the storyteller must be raising questions in the minds of listeners.
Can you do this?
We have the anecdote. the building blocks and a moment of reflection.
Sometimes I wonder, "So get to the point already!" when listening to someone talk. We wonder, "Is there a point to this story?" What did the storyteller learn or what will we learn.
He says sometimes a predictable story line with nothing new being said leads to no where. Who wants to listen to that. But, how can we make this compelling?
We need the storyline, action and a moment of reflection. Allow the listener to pause and reflect and perhaps bring his own story or thoughts part of the entire story.
Are you a creative author and producer? Ira says finding the best story can be the most difficult part of the entire production. Maybe sifting through ideas or really searching them out. Perhaps talking to people, but finding out that the finished product or during the process of taking the story, it flops.
He wants to KILL and make something better live. What do you think? Oh my! He basically says you must be discerning in order to clean out the boring, non-essential or extraneous lines of the story.
My his words are SO Strong when he says you have to be ruthless to kill parts or all of the story, if it seems like a failure. CAn we learn about this producer Ira Glass by listening to his explanation.
He needs something compelling to make a successful finished production. He wants it to be memorable and special.
What if you are a beginner? Do you have good taste like Charlie Tuna?
There is a gap between what you begin to make and what you finish. He seems disappointed with his own work at that point in time, when he began to attempt his craft. When you fall short and what he imagined was missing. He encourages other artists that you must keep going and put tons of work gets accomplished.
Its much easier to have a deadline and someone you are responsible to produce a finished piece. Ira Glass has won so many awards and his shows have millions of listeners. And, mentioning the importance of the fact that people listen up until the end the show. Why? Because iin today's world, hardly anyone listens to one radio show for the whole thing, because people have short attention spans., people click the channel to surf and browse what else may be happening.
So, Ira gives an example of how he presented when he first started out and does a critical analysis of his own work. He calls it moronic, even though he tells us the complexity of the story. Now, he is able to condense the story down to a few sentences.
Now, he talks about the present. He tells us to be a warrior and to be fierce to keep fighting and pushing forward to the finish line. Are you imagining any type of remedy at this point?
Talking further about pitfalls and errors. He says everyone makes the same mistakes. He tells us something very important, that people can talk in a stilted way, just because they are imitating a model. But, this is truly the way every type of artist learns.
He says, "Be yourself!" Let your own personality shine through. Can you do this? But, he gives us another important aspect of an excellent storyteller. Be yourself and talk the way you would normally have a conversation with a friend.
He says that drama, interactions, relationships make the most interesting story. There needs to be a back and forth and interplay, some questioning, call and response, argument, surprise or conflict. There must be some emotional tie between the characters in the story. This way the listening can hear with suspense, emotion, empathy, sympathy, shock, surprise or whatever that drama or tragedy comes across in the storyline.
would anyone dare to venture a repertorization of The Making Of A Good Story?
I present this challenge to all HWC members to learn from Ira Glass and his instructions. Can you write your most dramatic true story to create a compelling story that teaches us something about homeopathy? Do you remember a time when you waited too long to give a remedy or to change a remedy; or perhaps you had a proving experience or an aggravation? What about how one of your teachers taught you something you will never forget?
And, don't forget to tell us your impression of Ira Glass the story teller who has millions of listeners.