Mastering the Element of Surprise

Mastering the Element of Surprise

I’ve got a surprise for you! Wanna know what it is? Well, then it wouldn’t be a surprise, would it? OK, I’ll tell you anyway… You have the surprising ability to surprise yourself. Not what you were expecting?  Well, therein lies the surprise....
Why Stories?

Why Stories?

It occurs to me as I write this that we are surrounded.  By dozens and hundreds and thousands of invisible, powerful, ever-changing things. By air molecules and dust spores, yes.  By tiny single-celled organisms that live in our eyelashes and intestines, true. (And,...
The Power of Your Story

The Power of Your Story

What are the most powerful words in the English language?  According to the legendary Don Hewitt, creator and long-time producer of 60 Minutes, they are these four, in sequence: Tell Me a Story. For the record, Hewitt is also quoted as having said, “I plan to...
How to Create Dramatic Arc Without All the Drama

How to Create Dramatic Arc Without All the Drama

Once upon a time there was a fair maiden who hoped to meet a prince. And she did. And they moved into the castle and lived happily ever after. The End. That’s not how you recall the story, is it? Let’s try a more modern version: Once upon a recent time, there was an...