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.)