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    Clues to a great story - TED

    Hey, so I just watched this TED talk on "the clues to a great story" - if you're interested, it's here:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_stan...eat_story.html

    (is it possible to embed videos? I don't know.)
    "As everyone knows, the earth is made up of four elements - earth, air, fire and water. Everyone is wrong. There is a fifth element - surprise"
    -Terry Pratchett

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    Loved that. The talk was by Andrew Stanton and he showed clips from his movie , "John Carter" as well as clips from "WALL-E", "Toy Story", "Lawrence of Arabia", "Bambi" and "Finding Nemo".

    Some of the points he made that resonated with me -

    Make me care

    First scenes should be a well-told promise like a pebble being pulled back in a slingshot and propelled forward to the end

    We are born problem solvers and readers like a well-organized absence of information

    Well drawn characters have a spine - an inner motive, an itch they can't scratch that drives all their choices

    Drama is anticipation mixed with uncertainty

    A strong theme is always running through a well told story

    The best stories infuse wonder

    Capture a truth from your own experiences

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    I transcribed that entire talk so I would have a copy for myself. It was a fabulous talk and said some things that I really needed to hear at the time.
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    I've been trying to say exactly what he has assembled. I'm taking notes.

    People! Watch this!
    Don't Fear Failure.

    "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn" -- Alvin Toffler.

    "The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night" -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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    Thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks very much for posting this, simonalexander2005!

    Quote Originally Posted by bearilou View Post
    I transcribed that entire talk so I would have a copy for myself.
    This might be the process you followed, but just in case it wasn't and this might be useful in the future: below a lot of TED talks is a drop-down menu saying "Show transcript". You can click on it, select the language you want, and it will display the transcript for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophia View Post
    This might be the process you followed, but just in case it wasn't and this might be useful in the future: below a lot of TED talks is a drop-down menu saying "Show transcript". You can click on it, select the language you want, and it will display the transcript for you.


    I'll know for next time!
    Quote Originally Posted by Phaeal View Post
    The first draft is a huge pile of clay that you've laboriously heaped on your table, patting it into a rough shape as you go along. From the second draft onward, you'll cut away chunks, add bits, pat and punch and pinch, until you finally have a gorgeous figure of, oh, Marcus Aurelius. Or a duck. But a damn fine duck.
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    There's loads of other good stuff on TED too - well worth exploring
    "As everyone knows, the earth is made up of four elements - earth, air, fire and water. Everyone is wrong. There is a fifth element - surprise"
    -Terry Pratchett

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