While the title of this website might be a little misleading, they have an interesting section for storytelling. With over 250 pages in this section, they cover a range of topics that writers think about and try to improve. Here's the list:
I was geared to this website while listening to a Harry Potter podcast (yes there are HP podcast. You have to check them out.). They were talking about the folk lore of the Harry Potter and mentioned a man names Vladimir Propp who analyzed many folk tales and identified common themes within them. That page can be found here. I started reading it and then went looking at the section of this website. There are some nice tips there you can take away from.
Check it out for yourself: http://changingminds.org/disciplines/storytelling/storytelling.htm.
How to Destroy Your Initial Idea (& Make Your Story Better) by Guest Colomn
Pablo Picasso said, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” I wasn’t there when he said it, and I have no idea what he meant. He may have been in a bad mood. But I’ve always thought the statement sounded pretty cool. It makes the creative artist seem powerful and iconoclastic, smashing with the hammer of artistic vision the statues of conformity. As writers, we do have that power, if we’re willing to use it.
For our purposes, we’re going to use the quote to begin a discussion of destroying our initial idea. Sometimes the generative idea for a piece is more an avenue to richer ideas than an end in itself. At those times, we must be willing to let go of our initial premise. We have to explode the idea. In some ways, to echo Picasso, this is the first act of creation.
—by Jack Heffron
There are few comments more deflating than when your readers agree that your 25-page story “really begins on page 24.” We’ve worked hard on those first 23 pages. They’re honed and crafted and have a lot of good lines in them. And now we’re supposed to believe they’re a mere prelude to the real story? Sometimes the answer is yes.
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