Posts Tagged ‘out on the wire’
Out on the Wire: the Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio
Discover how the best of the best in radio and podcasting make their magic. Ira Glass, Alex Blumberg, and more.Read More
Your story matters. But does the audience know that?
Framing is about connecting the very specific ideas and events in a story to something larger. Use the Story Matrix to create a frame that will connect your story to something universal.Read More
“This happened, then this happened, then…” Create suspense in your storytelling
Whenever there’s a sequence of events—this happened, then that happened, then this happened—we inevitably want to find out what happened next.
Also—and this is key—this banal sequence has raised a question, namely, What’s the guy saying? And you’ll probably stick around ‘til you find out.Read More
Grab your audience’s attention with the XY Story Formula
The Focus Sentence: Find the Shape of Your Story
When I learned the Focus Sentence in Rob Rosenthal’s Transom Story Workshop, I felt like I’d discovered a magic wand that let me get straight to the heart of my stories.Read More
Build your creative machine: form a collective
How can the work that feeds your soul also put literal food on the table? You’ve got to build your custom-designed creative machine.Read More
Episode 9: Make it Work Transcript
This is our transcript of Episode 9: Make it Work, adapted from our script. We use a combination of hand and machine transcription, and should be about 80-90% correct. Please verify against the audio before quoting. Building a creative career is like building a machine. There are a million moving parts, and the components you choose…Read More
Episode 9: Make it Work
It’s one thing to finish a story, it’s another to make stories your career. In our final episode of season one of Out on the Wire we talk to three creative professionals, Jakob Lewis of the podcast Neighbors, Dave Kellett of the comics Sheldon and Drive and the documentary Stripped, and Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer…Read More
Episode 8: Your Baby’s Ugly
Our stories are our babies, but not all babies are cute. This week, we figure out just how far we’ve still got to go when we take a finished draft of our own show and subject it to the cold scrutiny of an edit by Robert Smith and Jess Jiang of Planet Money. Our baby…Read More
Feel the burn.
Get better at helping others make their work shine. It’s a wonderful gift to give another storyteller. But it’s not all altruism: every time you work through a story, you learn more about your own work, and how to improve it.Read More