Inventing Original Stories from First Principles.
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Inventing Original Stories from First Principles.

What is a Story? Know your story will work, and create unlimited story ideas.
4.5 (30 ratings)
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163 students enrolled
Created by Harry Dewulf
Last updated 9/2016
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Identify the essential features of ANY story
  • Recognize a complete story idea
  • Identify what's missing from, and complete, a story idea
  • Incorporate your theme or message effectively and subtly in a story
  • Invent unlimited original story ideas
Requirements
  • It will help you if you refresh your memory of a specific story you've written before you start the course
Description

This is a course about stories, and about storytelling, over 6 lectures - an intro, four lessons, and a conclusion, by the end of which you will be able to take the analogy I have chosen - more - you'll be able to picture it well enough that you'll be able to carry it with you wherever you go, and use it at any time.

Through this course, you will discover the truth that underlies all stories - and that will enable you to trigger the reader's imagination, provoke the reader's desire to read your story.

But also, you'll be able to invent new stories whenever you need them. No more searching the web or mining your mind for story prompts. You'll always be only a few simple questions and a comparison with a child's toy away from a great story idea.

Is it "child's play?" 

No. You're going to have to engage yourself both imaginatively and intellectually - but that's a core skill for an author.

This course will help you to see what you're already doing right - understand why your best stories work so well.

This course will help you see what you're doing wrong - understand why some stories just don't seem to want to get written.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anyone who wants to write fiction
  • This course is suitable both for new and experienced writers
  • This course is useful both for writing and for live or improvised storytelling
  • You may find this course easier if you have already written a story
Course content
Expand all 8 lectures 01:26:13
+ Introduction - In the Garden of the Story
1 lecture 03:58

This is the introductory talk, delivered from my garden, as the weather was nice and the light excellent. I introduce myself, and tell you what you'll need to know for the main lessons.

Preview 03:58
+ Main Lessons - "The Top" - What is a Story?
6 lectures 01:16:54

In this first lesson, you discover the analogy at the core of the concept, and there are a couple of examples of how it is applied directly. It's important to understand that this isn't the only analogy that could be used for a story. It just happens to be an especially effective one. Just how effective should show more and more with each lesson.

Preview 19:28

I've made several technological improvements since the last course I recorded, but I'm still hampered by my eyesight. In this course I'm trying out a new system for my notes and scripted segments, and this is by way of an apology for them!

Apology... Sorry
01:00

Some theory and practice of what stories are for - you'll see the basic principle - to communicate a message - described and then demonstrated.

What are Stories For? - Part 1
18:58

The first part overran ever so slightly, so this is just the conclusion!

What are Stories For? - Part 2: Conclusion
02:22

This lecture shows the surprising interrelationship between the story idea and the reader's imagination, revealing just how little you need to tell the reader, and just how much help the reader will give you, if you will let them.

How do Stories Work?
15:10

Through a couple of improbable examples, you will be able to see how the cup & ball becomes an analogy that needs to be completed, in order to create new story ideas that are themselves complete, to be able to write the stories.

How do you Invent a Story?
19:56
+ Conclusion - Back in the Story Garden
1 lecture 05:21

My hopes and fears for you... and what you should do next.

Conclusion and "Outro"
05:21