The Top is a an analogy for a story; it's the bastard child of my research into the nature of stories through story analysis, my love of poetry, and the necessity of analogy as a tool for communication.
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.
And this analogy is all you need, in order to always be able to tell if your story idea is going to work but also...
... if you haven't got a story idea right now, this analogy is going to help you make one.
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.
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!
Some theory and practice of what stories are for - you'll see the basic principle - to communicate a message - described and then demonstrated.
The first part overran ever so slightly, so this is just the conclusion!
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.
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.
My hopes and fears for you... and what you should do next.
I've spent the last 10 years working with authors to get their books ready for publication, and then getting them published in the new e-book/e-reader/print-on-demand market. Some of my authors have gone on to get publishing contracts, and others are both traditionally and self published, including multi-award-winner Kary English.
My regular clients rely on me to understand and stimulate their creative process. We work together from development of the first story idea , through the drafting, redrafting and editing, right up to packaging and book launch; or they call me in at whatever stage they need me.