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The Mission

Every story needs a why. A driving force. A goal for the protagonist to accomplish. A reason for the plot to progress.

This needs to be established early to engage the audience.

"Little Red Riding Hood went to take cookies to her Grandma" is the establishing motive.

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The Bad Guy

Every story needs a bad guy. Not necessarily a villain, just something that will establish tension. It's a barrier to the mission. Something that will put the mission at risk.

It's the first "but" moment in your story.

"Little Red Riding Hood went to give cookies to ...

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The Good Guy

Every story needs a good guy. For the catharsis, each story needs a resolution. A way for the mission to be accomplished and the bad guy to be overcome.

It's the second "but" moment in the story.

"Little Red Riding Hood went to take cookies to her Grandma, but

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Story vs. Event

Story vs. Event

An event is simply something that has happened. It's the headline to the article.

"Little Red Riding Hood took cookies to her grandma" is an event, but it's not yet a story.

A story is more. It's the substance of the article. It makes the listener en...

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Telling Good Stories

Telling Good Stories

Stories are foundational in our understanding of how the world works, and what humanity is like.

The art of telling a good story lies in distinguishing it from just an 'event' by adding tension.

This is done by adding a mission, a bad guy, and a good guy.

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Every story needs a bad guy. Not necessarily a villain, just something that will establish tension. It's a barrier to the mission. Something that will put the mission at risk.

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Show passion when you're telling a story

“What gets you excited about what you’re talking about? Why do you care?
If the audience knows why you care, they’ll have a reason to care.” In other words, the story needs to have stakes. And they don’t necessarily need to be significant. You can conceivably ...

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