Great Storytelling 101 (or: We've Forgotten How to Tell Stories)

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I love this quote from Steven Spielberg, because it's so true:

People have forgotten how to tell a story.

I recently watched a critique of the Star Wars prequel, hoping for a few laughs, but discovered an AMAZING teaching tool for novelists and other storytellers.

You may have been told a million times about the elements of a great story (e.g., protagonist, conflict), but this 9-minute clip has an immediate way of showing you what happens when those elements are missing! Fabulous.

(Note: Try to get past the odd, somewhat off-putting beginning.)

(Also note: This is just Part 1 of a 7-part series. All parts are worth reviewing for storytelling lessons.)