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Ira Glass on Storytelling

Ira Glass of “This American Life” talks about the building blocks of great storytelling.

If you haven’t seen it, you should.
If you have, it’s worth another gander.

In this interview Ira Glass walks through story structure using a novel, simple structure that is easy to see how to put into practice. The basics: A story has two parts: an anecdote and a reflection.

The Anecdote is a cause & effect chain of events, each leads to the next. It also has “bait”: a lingering question that keeps you wondering what happens next.
Reflection is a moment where the meaning of the anecdote is described.
Wielded properly, the combination makes for a great tale. He uses a simple example to illustrate. Have a look!

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